The Kolukkumalai tea estate is located about 25 kms from Munnar town. Spread across 500 acres at an elevation of 6675 to 7980 meters, the estate lies at the base of the Kolukkumalai peak. Regular vehicles cannot ply on the path to the estate. Not only did the route pass through a private estate, the road finally went up the mountain to Kolukkumali was in truth just a dirt track. And so only local Jeeps were permitted to venture up to the precipitous mountain. The drive from Munnar to Kolukumalai is wonderful and takes you past some popular tourist attractions like Chinnakkanal Falls, Lockhart Gap View and the Pothamedu sunset point. As we passed Suryanelli village, Anayirankal Lake sparkled gaily in the morning sun.