Wanding around "Smelly New Delhi" (as I affectionately called it), I daydreamed about the fresh air and open roads of Munnar: a high-altitude town in India's southwest that abounds with green hills. Through coconut groves and around elephant sanctuaries, the paths wind. Misty verdant valleys form the gateway to wildlife sanctuaries and in the Western Ghats, tea plantations abound along jagged mountain peaks. Despite earlier insecurities, I had convinced myself that the tranquil landscape would outweigh the risk of motor biking around some of the most dangerous roads in the world. This assumption paid off; the roads turned out to be not nearly as chaotic as I originally feared.
My advice: rent of motorbike from Gokulam Bike Hire and take to the roads. You'll see and experience far more than the tour buses that sputter up the hills. You can explore tea stations, play with elephants, swim in waterfalls, and visit temples at your own free will.