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Eating In and Around Munnar - From <i>Dosas</i> to <Parathas</i>

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The aromatic South Indian cuisine you can sample in Munnar and its surrounds uses generous amounts of coconut in most dishes. Seafood also features on many menus and the region's ubiquitous fish curry can be tasted at many local restaurants. Other popular ingredients include lentils, dried chilies, tamarind, and ginger.

Typical dishes


Restaurants in Munnar often specialize in South Indian cuisine such as dosas, idlis, and appams. These are all pancake-like staples served with vegetarian stews or savory side dishes like sambhar and chutney.

Around Munnar bus station


The town of Munnar features a mix of traditional South Indian restaurants and casual eateries serving North Indian cuisine. The bustle surrounding the main bazaar, close to the bus station, includes some of the town's most popular eateries. Rapsy Restaurant is known for its fish curries, a staple in Munnar and throughout Kerala. It draws a vibrant lunch crowd, with locals also seeking out its paratha and biryani dishes. There are also popular small dining spots in the markets, as well as street stalls around the bus station which offer spicy "Gobi noodles".


  • Rapsy Restaurant, SH 17, Mosque Road, Main Bazaar, Munnar, Kerala; Tel: +91 4865 230 456


Old Munnar


Some of the hotels in Old Munnar feature restaurants specializing in South Indian fare as well as traditional North Indian curries. Inside SilverTips Hotel, Mayabazar offers South Indian cuisine and also serves breakfast spreads for its guests. For more South Indian specialities, Saravana Bhavan wins accolades for its dosa-sambhar and flaky, layered paratha.


  • Saravana Bhavan, M.G. Road, Munnar, Kerala; Tel: +91 4865 232 115; Website: Saravana Bhavan

  • Mayabazar, Aluva-Munnar Road, Munnar, Kerala; Tel: +91 4865 230 238; Website: Mayabazar


In the hills


In the hills surrounding Munnar, many of the tea plantations and other plush resorts feature onsite dining options that cater to the tourist palate. Though South Indian delicacies are on offer, the eateries often mix in a number of Northern Indian, as well as continental options, too. The Barn at the Windermere Estate focuses has a romantic setting with a fireplace and warm wooden decor, plus a set menu including imaginative dishes such as masala quail.


  • Windermere Estate, Munnar-Bison Valley Road, Pothamedu, Kerala; Tel: +91 484 242 5237; Website: Windermere Estate