A historic centenary goes unnoticed
Mudhuvans The Original Inhabitants of Kannan Devan Hills
Mrs. A.W. John on Monorail, c. 1900
As Monorail from 1902 - 1908Kundala Valley Railway was built in 1902 and operated between Munnar and Top Station. This railway was built to transport tea. Initially a cart road was cut in 1902, then later replaced by a monorail goods carriage system along the road leading from Munnar to Top Station for the purpose of transporting tea and other products from Munnar and Madupatty to Top Station. This monorail was based on Ewing System
and had a small wheel placed on track while a larger wheel rested on the road to balance the monorail. This was similar to Patiala State Monorail Trainways.
In the early 1900s the Kanan Devan Hills Produce Company introduced its own coinage, and this money was in use throughout the High Range for all financial transactions relating to the workforce.
The basic purpose was to minimize the risk of the worker disappearing or 'bolting' after payment, as this currency was negotiable only within the Company.
To commemorate the Introduction of its own coinage, the Company misted the two gold coins displayed here, one of which pictures Sir John Muir, the then Chairman.
Munnar Factory, c. 1910
Workshop staff including G.A. Cole and C.A.V. Grant, 1920s
Family get-together at High Range Club, 1920
First Independence Day celebration at Munnar Town, 1947
An unknown photographer's legacy
J J Murphy’s bungalow and grave yard
At Yendayar, we have the J J Murphy bungalow now functioning as a school, a few minutes away is his grave yard in Mattumala hillock.
BEFORE THE ARRIVAL OF PARTY POLITICS AND WORKERS UNIONS
The Koliekanam Bungalow was built in 1938. The medium peaked roof and the gabled porch with charming multi painted bay windows makes the bungalow a beautiful country house. The north-east facing bungalow has inviting interiors which spreads from the long front verandah. The walls are made of cut or dressed granite. As you drive in from the south to the eastward facing, cute little bungalow, unique in many ways, the first thing that attracts you is the mirror-like flooring in coffee brown shade which has endured human footsteps for more than half a century and lays still without having a scratch for the last seventy years.
KILLING WILD ANIMALS WERE CONSIDERED SPORTS FOR HIGH SOCIETY (WHITES -LATER INDIANS)
On the northern corner of the garden there are a group of huge trees which stand shading and enclosing the fringes of the compound. The northern boundary rolls down steeply into the valley, where a small brook flows undisturbed with a lulling sound. The bungalow is situated on the edge of a cliff with panoramic view of undulating stretch of meadows and mountains. Two mountains named “ANNAN and THAMPI”(the Tamil word for elder and younger) forms a close back drop on the southern side. The whole setting is as beautiful and scenic as a picture post card. Atop the mountains we can spot the view of Deviculam in the Munnar region.
High Range club.
Visit the high range club, which reflects the real planter’s life, were you find the good old days.
The club is located along Connemara estate en-route to the forest ranges of Vallakadavu Division of Periyar Tiger Reserve.
We can spend the evening in the company of present managers and member planters of nearby estates, play snooker or do some reading in total privacy.
Activities Offered Deep in the Periyar valley
Periyar Tiger Reserve - Thekkady
Treks can be arranged within the cardamom plantation and the forest with recognized guides Trekking on foot along the edge of the Periyar Tiger Reserve with possibilities of spotting several species of exotic flora and fauna.
kattappana old busstand (1960)
Address: High Range Club, Moolakadai, Munnar, Kerala 685612
Phone:04865 230 253
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