His name is Arif and he runs an Attar shop by the name of "Irfan Perfumes" in the Jew Town. The fact that he managed to break our protocol during our window shopping in the Jew town, (we were going to visit his Attar shop at the end ), and lured us inside his shops tells you a lot about his salesmanship !
Technically it would be incorrect to call them perfumes, because unlike perfumes which use an alcohol base and therefore do not last very long, attars do not contain any alcohol and are therefore long lasting.
The word 'attar', 'ittar' or 'itra' is believed to have been derived from the Persian word itir, meaning 'perfume', which is in turn derived from the Arabic word 'itr'. Attar, is an essential oil derived from botanical or other natural sources. Most commonly these oils are extracted via hydro or steam distillation. The 11th century Persian physician Ibn Sina, is believed to be the first to derive the attar of flowers from distillation.
Arif made us smell the aroma of almost all of his perfume blends, all patented by his grandfather who hid the formula from his grandson till Arif was old enough to keep the secret formulas to himself. Their aromas were so exquisite that we ended up buying more than what we intended to, and in return he presented us with a small complementary bottle of his most expensive Attar - The Black Rose. Its fragrance remained on my clothing even after one wash !
While Wayanad was a treat for our eyes, Munnar was a treat for our souls. The photographs below speak for themselves !!
Munnar derives its name from the Tamil words munu [three] and aaru [river]. The town is situated at the confluence of Mudrapuzha, Nallathani and Kundala rivers.