Top 5 Places To Visit in Kolli Hills

According to legend, a ghost called “Kolli Pavai” dwelt above the majestic Kolli Hills, which is how the hills got their name, which literally translates to “Mountain of Death.” These massive hills, known among the locals as the Kollimalai, rise to an astonishing altitude of more than 4,265 feet. Because of the Arappaleshwar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, the mountains are known not only for their natural beauty but also for their religious significance. The peak is also reachable by road, though the road leading up to it is winding and full of twists and turns. It is the best place to visit because it has remained relatively unaffected by commercial tourism, much of its natural beauty has been preserved. This guide illustrates that there’s a lot more to Kolli Hills than meets the eye, no matter how mysterious the Kollimalai secrets are.

1- Agaya Gangai Waterfalls

Agaya Gangai Waterfalls
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The Agaya Gangai Waterfalls are found in the Kolli Hills of Tamil Nadu’s eastern ghats. These falls, originate from the River Aiyaru, at a 300-foot drop taken by Panchanathi, a vivacious stream in the Kolli Hill jungles, especially between November and March. The waterfall is also revered as sacred, not only because of its natural splendor but also because it is located near the Arappaleeswarar Temple. It is a calming place for waterfall aficionados, although it needs a 1300-step climb to get there. Note- It’s critical to bring supplies, be safe, and dress in sturdy boots and clothing. During the monsoons, the waterfall is dangerous and should be avoided.

Timing- Open 24 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

2- Siddhar Caves

Siddhar Caves
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The Siddhar Caves in Tamil Nadu’s Kolli Hills are a sacred and quiet haven for ascetics. Sages are claimed to have dwelt here, growing medicinal herbs and practicing extraordinary healing techniques. Herbs like these can still be found in the caves. The vivacious Agaya Gangai waterfall, which is famed in this region, can be seen on the way to the caves.

Timing- Open 24 Hours
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

3- Arapaleeswarar Temple

Arapaleeswarar Temple
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The Arapaleeswarar temple is an ancient temple in Tamil Nadu’s Kolli Hills established during the Chola period. All over South India, it is regarded as a prominent destination of worship for Lord Shiva. The sanctum’s outer walls are inscribed with inscriptions attesting to the Chola rulers’ contributions to the temple. According to legend, blood began to stream out of something implanted in the Earth when the land was being plowed to build the temple. They discovered a Shiva Lingam while digging. Even today, this Shiva Lingam can be viewed at the shrine. A statue of Lord Shiva’s vahana (vehicle), Nandi, may also be found here. In short, one of the best places to visit in Kohli Hills.

Timing- 6 AM To 12 PM & 4 PM to 7 PM
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

4- Tampcol Medicinal Farm 

Tampcol Medicinal Farm
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The Tampcol Medicinal Farm is located in Namakkal, Tamil Nadu, and is operated by the Tamil Nadu Medical Plant Farms & Herbal Medicine Corporation Limited (TAMPCOL). The estate is nestled amongst the famed Kolli Hills and features a picturesque farm with medicinal herbs for treatment. The erstwhile Tamil Nadu government recognized the need to promote medicinal plants, ayurvedic medications, and other Unani or Siddha techniques in 1983.  TAMPCOL has an on-site store where guests can purchase health and therapeutic products created by the company.

Timing- 8 AM to 7 PM
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

5- Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden
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The Botanical Garden, which is only 3 kilometers from Semmedu, is one of the best sites to visit in Kolli Hills. Botanical Garden is a must-see on your next vacation to this region, with a gorgeous Rose Garden, a spectacular view-point, eco-friendly cottages, and a fun-filled Children’s Park.

Timing- 8 AM to 8 PM
Entry Fee- No Entry Fee

Best Time To Visit Kolli Hills

Kolli Hills in Tamil Nadu can be visited throughout the year, with the exception of January, when temperatures dip due to the altitude of this gorgeous region. The weather on Kolli Hill is pleasant during the rest of the year. As a result, the best months to visit Kolli Hills are February through December. Furthermore, due to the restricted number of attractions, two to three days would be sufficient to discover the finest of the Hills.

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