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Top Choice Indian in Munnar

Rapsy Restaurant

This spotless glass-fronted sanctuary from the bazaar is packed at lunchtime, with locals lining up for Rapsy’s famous paratha (Indian-style flaky bread) or biryani. It also makes a decent stab at fancy internationa…
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 Bird Sanctuary is home to over 320 fluttering species – unusual in that they are mostly forest, rat…
Nature Reserve in Around Munnar

Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

About 60km northeast of Munnar, this wildlife sanctuary protects deer, leopards, elephants and the endangered grizzled giant squirrel. Trekking and tree house or hut accommodation within the sanctuary are available,…
Nature Reserve in Parambikulam Tiger Reserve

Parambikulam Tiger Reserve

Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, 285 sq km of Kipling-storybook scenery and wildlife-spotting goodness, is possibly the most protected environment in South India, nestled behind three dams in a valley surrounded by Keral…
National Park in Around Munnar

Eravikulam National Park

This park, 13km from Munnar, is home to the endangered, but almost tame, Nilgiri tahr (a type of mountain goat). A safari bus will take you into the Rajamala tourist zone where the likelihood of a sighting is high. …
Nature Reserve in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Bison, sambar, wild boar, langur, over 1000 elephants and around 46 tigers inhabit South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary, which encompasses 777 sq km and a 26-sq-km artificial lake created by the British in …
Museum in Munnar

Tea Museum

About 1.5km northwest of town, this museum is a demo model of a working tea factory, but it still shows the basic process. A collection of old bits and pieces from the colonial era, including photographs and a 1905 …
Factory in Munnar

Lockhart Tea Factory

This working tea factory, 15km from Munnar, is the only one in the region open to the public. Guided tours of the 160-year-old factory explain modern tea processing from picking to export. There's also a small museu…
Live Performance in Munnar

Punarjani Traditional Village

Touristy but entertaining daily performances of Kathakali (5pm) and kalarippayat (6pm). Arrive at 4pm if you want to see the ritual Kathakali make-up session. Tickets are available on the day but for the best seats …
Multicuisine in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary

Kofiland

For a dining splurge, head to the cavernous palapa-style restaurant at the new Kofiland Resort on the outskirts of town. Overlooking the pool and lagoon through floor-to-ceiling glass windows, it has a vast menu of …