The Holy CSI Christ Church, Munnar

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The CSI Christ Church at Munnar has a unique historical background that is related to the cemetery adjoining it. In 1894, Mrs. Eleanor Knight was buried here. She was the wife of Mr. H.M. Knight, who was the General Manager of this plantation. After the burial of Mrs. Eleanor Knight, several other British folks were also buried here. Later, Mr. Knight presented this area for the use of cemetery. In the year 1900, on 15th April, which was the Easter day the area was formally consecrated by Rev. Noel Hodges.

In March 1910, the church's foundation stone was laid by Sir A.K. Muir. On 16th April 1911, it was dedicated to Rev. W.F. Hoysted, the priest at that time. Later, the British left the High Ranges in the Western Ghats and handed over this church to the CSI North Kerala district.

The Indians and the British worshipped in the same church, but at different timings. Currently, it is considered as the HQ of the CSI Munnar Pastorate that has about 1000 Tamil families as well as 18 churches. Tourists that explore Munnar come for a visit here by booking bus tickets on one day tour program.

The Christ Church has a rich history and it also had played an essential role in the comprehensive British era. It is built of rough-hewn stonework and has un-plastered walls and was constructed in 1910 by the British. The tainted glass window depicts the saints and the Biblical personality that lends this church its exclusive charm. There are many brass tablets in the remembrance of all the tea planters of the British era.

Truly this ancient church attracts many visitors and you will see many private buses as well as charter bus rental that bring the sightseer to experience the peaceful and holy ambiance. Other major attractions at the Munnar Hills are:

Mattupetty is spotted at 1700m height over the sea level. The Mattupetty Lake along with its Dam is an attractive picnic spot with picturesque view of the lake and tea plantations. Boating facilities are accessible at the reservoir. The Shola forest around Mattupetty is perfect for hiking and is home for variety of birds.

Pothamedu and Devikulam are the hill stations with velvet lawns, cool mountain air, striking flora and fauna that give a rare experience. Pallivassal has the initial Hydro electric project in Kerala.

Rajamala is at 2695 meters above the sea level. Nilgiri Tahr dwells here in this mountain. The mountain Goats that are becoming extinct just like the Nilgiri Tahr are found here.

Eravikulam National Park spreads in 97 sq km area with rolling grasslands and evergreen forest. It was originally set up to shelter the Nilgiri Tahr.

Marayoor is famous for its sandalwood trees. There is also a solitary banyan tree that covers a hectare land area that attracts the tourists. The caves that have the relics and murals from the Stone Age civilization, children's park and the sandalwood factory are all underneath the canopy of this single banyan tree.

Munnar hill stations are an ideal place to get away from every day noise and spend some time in the tranquil and fresh atmosphere. You can get in touch with a reliable travel agent and buy bus tickets for Kerala to reach this destination and get recharged.

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