The beauty of the Western Ghats reaches its epitome in the misty mountains of Munnar and around. Pretty much the reason why it caught the imagination of the European tea planters and in a very short span, ever green forests where replaced with sprawling lush green tea plantations. The rich tradition of growing some fine tea can be experienced at the Tea Museum while a plethora of shops stock and sell different varieties of tea. However, the best things to do in Munnar revolve around nature and adventure. Munnar is home to Anamudi, Southern India’s highest peak, and a hardy cousin of the sheep known as the Nilgiri Tahr. There are plenty of hiking options on offer around Munnar; the one day hike to Meesapulimala comes highly recommended. For something even more strenuous, you can cycle to the peak of Top Station and catch some stunning views of the Western Ghat range of mountains. The town of Munnar is like any other quaint Indian hill station threatened by rampant commercialization. We recommend you using the town as a base to explore the luxury that nature has to offer in this stunning landscape. And before we forget, watch out for a tree full of fireflies outside your window once the sun goes down!