Exquisite Shimla versus Serene Munnar
Shimla and Munnar are both considered to be the jewels in India’s crown. Situated at an altitude of 2159 meters and 1600 meters respectively, both the hill stations boast of their ever-evolving scenic beauty. Shimla, nature’s masterpiece, is a paradise of the North Indian state of the Himachal Pradesh, whereas Munnar, land of the rivers, is a pride of the South Indian state of Kerala.
So, let’s get enchanted by the ever-lasting splendour of both these scenic beauties.
Shimla, as they call it, a pastel painting in all its vigour is a heaven for adventure seekers and sports lovers. As enthusiastic as you may be, you can indulge in activities like river rafting, angling for trout trekking, rock climbing, camping and golfing. Take a stroll down the busy Shimla Mall, hang around the ridge or even take nearby tours to temples. Shimla retains its colonial aura, with its grand old buildings, one of them being the stately Vice regal Lodge and the charming iron lampposts. It leaves you mesmerized for days!
Munnar, a countryside location tucked away into the hills is one of the most beautiful hill stations where the three mountain streams – Mudrapuzha, Nallathanni and Kundala – come together. ‘Three Rivers’ is the literal translation of the word Munnar. This serene land is not only blessed with almost every shade of green, owing all credit to the tea and cardamom plantations, shola forests and grass lands but is also home to waterfalls and lakes. Tourists can experience nature walks, trekking, hiking, boating and even bird watching tours in Munnar. A perfect getaway to calm your senses.
Tourist attractions in Shimla
The ridge and the Mall form the heart of the city, where vehicles are not allowed. It is the main shopping area with most of the shops still housed in the buildings of the old era where you can shop to hearts content for handmade artefacts, Kinnauri Shawls and some handwoven woollens. We love old school! One tier below this shopping area is the Middle Bazaar with smaller shops incorporated with residences. However, if woodwork fascinates you, Lakkar Bazaar has some of the most amazing collection of wood work. Now you know where to pick your souvenirs from!
A heritage site located on the Observatory Hills, it is also known as Rashtrapati Niwas. This Scottish baronial edifice was formerly the summer residence of the British Viceroys. Who said you can’t afford a trip to England?
Situated about 25 km from Shimla, Naldehra is a popular nine-hole golf course. Located on a gradual slope on the mesmerizing hill top of Shimla surrounded by fir trees, and a peaceful picnic ground, this scenic spot is must visit in all its serenity.
Situated 19 km from Shimla, Kufri is the highest point in the surrounding region. It consists of a Himalayan Wild Life Zoo which hosts rare Antelopes, Birds and rare feline species. The famous heritage hotel The Wildflower Hall is on the way to Kufri at Charabada. Luxury awaits you.
A picturesque site on the Shimla-Kalka Railway line offers you walks in quiet surroundings.
The name Tatta Pani, translates to “Hot Water” in local dialect. This is about a half a square kilometer area on the banks of the Satluj river with boiling hot Sulphur water springs. Bathing with this water is known to be good for skin. A treat to yourself.
Tourist attractions in Munnar
The lake and dam of Mattupetty is a beautiful picnic spot and is widely famous for its dairy farm – which is a joint venture of an Indo-Swiss Project. The place houses around 100 varieties of high yielding cattle. A picturesque view.
Located 7 km from Munnar, Devikulam is an idyllic hill station with its vast lawns and exotic flora and fauna. The Sita Devi Lake, with its mineral waters and picturesque surroundings, is a great pick for a picnic spot.
Pallivasal is a place of immense scenic beauty, situated at a distance of 8 km from Munnar. It is the venue of the first Hydro Electric Project in Kerala.
Eravikulam National Park
Eravikulam National Park, located at a distance of 15 km from Munnar, is situated in the Devikulam Taluk and is home to the famous endangered mountain goat The Nilgiri Tahr. During the early months of the year, it is usually closed for the Tahrs calving. So plan your visit accordingly.
Located about 6 kms from Thodupuzha on the Thodupuzha – Moolavattom road, this artificial lake is an ideal haunt for the tourists looking for some engaging boating and fishing.
Lock Heart Gap
Located between Munnar and Rajamala, at a distance of 10 kms from Munnar, Nyayamakad is a land of breathtaking waterfalls. The waters cascade down a hill from a height of about 1600 m. The enticing surroundings make an excellent picnic spot and an adventurous trekking point.