Much loved by the British Raj, this delightful hill station at 1,600 metres above sea level finds itself at the heart of emerald-green tea plantations and the glorious mountain landscapes of Kerala’s Western Ghats.
Situated in the scenic Cardamom Hills, Munnar is still relatively undiscovered despite being one of Kerala’s premier tea-growing regions. While not much to do in the town itself, you’ll find plenty to occupy your time on the surrounding slopes, from tea factory visits to guided walks to hidden waterfalls. Keen hikers can even enjoy invigorating treks up nearby Anamudi, the highest peak in southern India measuring in just shy of 2,700 metres.
Munnar is surrounded on all sides by miles and miles of green, misty hillsides dotted with 19th-century tea estates and charming old planters bungalows still standing from the days of the Raj. The fresh mountain air and panoramic landscapes continue to draw visitors today. Take a stroll to see the pickers at work or get a deeper insight into Munnar’s tea-producing history at the Tea Museum on the Nallathanni Estate.
Nearby Eravikulam National Park is another major attraction, known for its population of endangered Nilgiri tahr (mountain goat) as well as sambar deer, lion-tailed macaques, Indian bison, leopards, tigers, the occasional elephant and various endemic birds. It’s a wonderful place for a trek, offering beautiful views over the tea plantations. We’d also recommend a visit to Mattupetty Dam where you can enjoy boat rides on a pretty lake.