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Periyar Tiger Reserve

Periyar Tiger Reserve

Bison, sambar, wild boar, langur, around 2000 elephants and 35 to 40 tigers wander the lushly green hills of South India’s most popular wildlife reserve, which takes in 777 sq km of glorious Western Ghats...

Nature Reserve in Kerala's Western Ghats

Parambikulam Tiger Reserve

Encompassing 644 sq km of glorious Western Ghats terrain and wildlife, nestled behind three dams in a valley at altitudes of 300m to 1440m, Parambikulam Tiger Reserve is possibly the most protected space in South...

Nature Reserve in Around Munnar

Thattekkad Bird Sanctuary

A serene 25-sq-km park in the foothills of the Western Ghats, cut through by two rivers and two streams, Thattekkad shelters around 300 fluttering species – unusual in that they are mostly forest rather than...

Nature Reserve in Around Munnar

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

This 90-sq-km sanctuary, 50km northeast of Munnar, protects deer, leopards, elephants, gaur, langurs and endangered, Nilgiri tahr and grizzled giant squirrels. Entry is by three-hour trek with tribal guides (two...

National Park in Around Munnar

Eravikulam National Park

Around 11km north of Munnar, Eravikulam's 97 sq km of grasslands and shola conceal the world's largest population of endangered, but almost tame, Nilgiri tahr; 700 to 800 of these mountain goats roam its wilds....

Multicuisine in Periyar Tiger Reserve

Spice Village

With tables sprinkled across a verandah or an earthy interior adorned with wood carvings, the sophisticated Spice Village resort restaurant serves a regularly changing menu of South Indian and international...

Multicuisine in Periyar Tiger Reserve

Chrissie’s Cafe

A perennially popular traveller haunt, this 1st-floor and rooftop cafe delivers with cakes and snacks, excellent coffee, free water refills, well-prepared Continental faves like pastas and salads, and fabulous...

Indian in Munnar

Rapsy Restaurant

This spotless glass-fronted sanctuary in the bazaar is packed at lunchtime, with locals lining up for Rapsy’s famous paratha (Indian-style flaky bread) or biryani. It's equally popular with travellers and makes a...

Multicuisine in Periyar Tiger Reserve

Grandma's Cafe

Hidden down a few steps, this lively indoor-outdoor cafe-restaurant is all bamboo tables, good vibes and bright yellow walls scrawled with messages from past diners. Breakfasts wander the globe from French toast...

Factory in Munnar

Lockhart Tea Factory

One of several working local tea factories open to the public, Lockhart dates from 1879 and sits 10km southeast of Munnar. Guided factory tours explain modern tea processing from picking to export. There's also a...

Cafe in Munnar

Taste the Brews

An easy-going traveller-oriented cafe, opposite the bus station, for Continental-style breakfasts (omelettes, fruit salads), fresh juices, carrot cake and tastings of local tea and coffee.

Indian in Periyar Tiger Reserve


At the English-manor-style hotel of the same name, Ambadi feels more formal than most Kumily eateries, with an almost churchlike decor of carved wood and tiled floors. It's popular with locals and visitors alike...

Live Performance in Periyar Tiger Reserve

Mudra Cultural Centre

Kathakali shows at this cultural centre are highly entertaining. Make-up and costume starts 30 minutes before each show. Arrive early for a good seat; use of cameras is free and welcome. There also two...

Multicuisine in Munnar

Ali Baba & 41 Dishes

A sizzling Indian-international menu of red-hot noodles, spiced seafood platters, paneer/chicken tikka, northern gravies and southern thalis draws locals and travellers to this halal restaurant with Munnar-themed...

South Indian in Munnar

Saravana Bhavan

Town-centre branch of South India's favourite pure-veg chain, serving all the idlis, dosas and filter coffee you could want. The restaurant was closed at research time due to the 2018 floods so check locally to...

North Indian in Munnar

Sree Mahaveer Bhojanalaya

Friendly and well-dressed, this all-veg hit at the northern end of Munnar keeps busy with families for its great range of thalis: pick from Rajasthani, Gujarati, Punjabi and more, plus a dazzling array of...

Live Performance in Munnar

Punarjani Traditional Village

Entertaining (though aimed at tourists) daily performances of Kathakali and kalarippayat, 7km southwest of Munnar. Same-day tickets are usually available but for the best seats consider booking ahead.

Farm in Periyar Tiger Reserve

Abraham’s Spice Garden

Insightful one-hour tours weave through perfumed spice gardens at this friendly, organic 12-hectare family farm, 3km west of Kumily, in operation since 1952.

Museum in Munnar

Tea Museum

Around 1.5km northwest of town, this KDHP-owned museum is a demo model of a working tea factory, but still shows the basic process, along with a collection of relics from the British era including photographs and...