Munnar is a town in the Western Ghats mountain range in India’s Kerala state. A hill station and former resort for the British Raj elite, it’s surrounded by rolling hills dotted with tea plantations established in the late 19th century. Eravikulam National Park, a habitat for the endangered mountain goat Nilgiri tahr, is home to the Lakkam Waterfalls, hiking trails and 2,695m-tall Anamudi Peak.
When to visit
Munnar has a subtropical highland climate. Days are generally warm, while evenings are mild to cool. Apr–May is a popular time to visit, before the heavy Jun–Sep monsoon rains. Dec–Jan is also a peak travel period. A key annual event is Onam (Aug/Sep, dates vary), an age-old Hindu harvest festival, with pookkalam flower carpets and local foods served on plantain leaves, plus traditional dances and rituals.