Top things to do in Kerala's Western Ghats

Top Choice Nature Reserve in 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 country, i…
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 In…
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 water b…
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 tri…
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. Safa…
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 delicaci…
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 signa…
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 de…
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 to …
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.