Kolli Hills also known as Kolli malai which is part of Eastern Ghats, in Namakkal District, Tamilnadu, India. Kolli Hills is a special place to be explored in south India, and it is famous for its natural beauty, majestic landscapes, and awesome weather. Kolli Hills ranges from1000 to 1300m in stature and cover an area of 280 km². The road to
Kolli Hills is also known as Kollimalai Ghat Road and is one of the most adventurous mountain roads with a length of nearly 46.7 kilometers. There are 70 continuous hairpin bends here. The road starts in Kalappanaickenpatti and ends at the ‘mountains of death’, popularly known as
Kolli Hills. Kolli Hills can be visited in summer, monsoon or winter.
A number of hiking enthusiasts, members of trekking clubs and general appreciators of nature can be seen visiting Kolli Hills throughout the year.
Kolli Hills is located 294 km from Bangalore, 392 km from Cochin,
362 km from Chennai, 229 km from Coimbatore, 256 km from Madurai, 128 km from Trichy, 84 km from Salem, 75 km distance from Attur, and 52 km distance from Namakkal. The reliable best tours & travels in Madurai is offering a decent package to explore South India in a comfort zone, in case of any assistance you can contact them.
Places to visit in Kolli Hills :
- Arappaleeshvarar temple
- Masila Falls
- Kolli Paavai (Ettukkai Amman) Temple
- Seekuparai and Selur Nadu ViewPoints
- Botanical Garden
- Boat House
Arappaleeswarar Temple :
The Arappaleeshwarar temple is located on the arterial road that runs through the hills, the road on which buses ply. There is a regular Govt bus service from Namakkal right up to the temple.
The temple for Arappaleeswarar (Lord Shiva) and Aram Valartha Nayagi (Goddess Parvathi) is located in a peaceful and serene location amidst the greenery of the Kolli Hills. The temple, named ‘Thiru Araippalli’, is a Devara vai puththalam being mentioned in the poetry of Thirugnana Sambandar and Appar. ‘Arai’ means hill and Pallii’ means temple. The eighteen Siddhars of Tamil tradition worshiped at the temple and their idols can be found along the outer wall (mathil) of the temple.
The entrance to the steps leading to the falls is right opposite the temple.
There are several small shops around the temple that sell tea, coffee, snacks, and beverages, along with local produce such as pepper, pineapple, jackfruit, and millet.
Agaya Gangai waterfalls are a nice place to visit during the rainy season for the watery experience. There is a small river that runs right next to the temple which can be reached by climbing down about 50 steps.
The Agaya Gangai waterfalls, the main attraction of Kolli hills is also formed by the same river. There is a small river Named, Aiyaaru that runs through Kolli Hills, which makes the Agaya Gangai waterfalls. We have to go down about 1200 steps to reach the falls. The entrance to the steps is right opposite Arappaleeswarar temple. The height of the falls is about 300 feet. Parts of the stretch are steep and strenuous.
Maasila falls is much smaller than “Aagaya Gangai waterfalls” but it is easily accessible, much safer for bathing and an ideal place for family outings. Good place for nature and landscape photography.
Masila Falls is a medium-sized waterfall, but it is easily accessible, much safer for bathing and which is an ideal place for family outings. The falls are 200 ft in height. A concrete pathway that extends right up to the waterfall exists and an improvised parking spot has been set up in recent times for the benefit of tourists. This is a place where tourists love to shower in the freshwater of the falls. At the top of the Masila Falls, the Masi Periasamy Temple is located. The view from the temple is enchanting and the lush greenery that surrounds the waterfall adds to the feeling of being in another world altogether.
In Maasila falls, the hot herbal soup, tasty pineapple and jackfruit etc available at the small eateries run by localities.
Kolli Paavai (Ettukkai Amman) Temple:
Kolli Hills or Kolli Malai in Tamil got its name from the Goddess Ettukai Amman also known as Kolli Paavai, the local deity.
Ettukai Amman Temple is located near to Masila Falls and off the road on the way to Agaya Gangai falls. Poojas on no moon day are very special. The mountains have several mythological legends associated with them.
Kolli Paavai temple is located on a small mountain and one has to park and walk for a km to reach the temple. Temple is surrounded by beautiful mountains, farms, and forests. Temple has a big lake in front of it. The walking trail is filled with scenic beauties. Never miss visiting this temple when you visit Kolli hills.
Seekuparai and Selur Nadu ViewPoints :
Seekuparai and Selur Nadu refer to two viewpoints that are being developed by the Government in an effort to promote tourism in Kolli Hills. Extremely low pollution coupled with considerably high privacy due to a lack of awareness regarding the viewpoints make Seekuparai and Selur Nadu an ideal place to visit and unwind.
Selur viewpoint is at the top of the Kolli hills. Low valley of Kolli hills can be seen from this point. This is popularly known as Rock pillar. On a good day, you can have a wonderful sight of the valley and hills and an ideal place to take good photographs. A must visit place in Kolli Hills.
Seekuparai viewpoint is a place for green valley lovers. The viewpoint offers a beautiful 180-degree view of green valley and the nearby green-clad mountains beside the Namakkal town in the plains. Evening hours would be ideal for valley and sunset photography. The hug of a cool breeze is worth enjoyable. It is a must-visit for nature lovers and it would be very refreshing! Homemade chocolates and good quality baskets available at a cheap price.
Botanical Garden :
Botanical Garden is located just three kilometers from Semmedu. The botanical garden is a picnic spot that has a park, rose garden, eco-friendly cottages, Herbal Park and a viewpoint. There is also a small children’s park in the garden that includes rides like a see-saw, wave slide, statues of animals and merry-go-round.
The garden is famous for a porch room that is used for conducting a flower show and a pineapple research farm. You can spot a variety of plant species here including lilies and several orchids it makes the tourists fall in love with the place. This is a spot that is popular among all age groups at Kolli hills.
Boat House :
The Boat House, situated in Vasalu Patty on the Solakkadu-Thinnanurpatty Road, is a picnic spot where boating can be done. There is a small natural island in the middle of the lake. The Government of Tamilnadu has established a boathouse that attracts a lot of tourists. Pedaling boats and Motor Boats are available in the Boat House.
How to Reach :
Trichy at a distance of 133 Km is the nearest airport which is connected to Chennai, Mumbai, and Bangalore.
Kolli Hills, well connected by good motorable,traffic-free road from Attur, Salem, Rasipuram, and Namakkal en route to Chennai, Bangalore, Trichy, Madurai, Coimbatore, and Cochin. There are regular bus services too.
Nearest Railway Station is Salem (90 Km) centrally connected across South India, Attur (75 Km) and Trichy (123 Km).
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