Kollimalai Tourism – A small hill station located in Namakkal district will leave you speechless with kollihill’s beauty and various kollihills cottages to stay. Kollihills has narrow 70 hair pin bends & so kollimalai tourism attracts bike riders from Tamilnadu and Karnataka(Bangalore) as it is located nearby and would only take 5 hours to reach the kolli hill station.
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Located in Tamil Nadu above 1400M sea level, Kolli malai is also called as mountain of death but not because of any deaths happening over there but it just sounds cool to call that way and because of the thrill of sharp hairpin bends. The meaning of Kolli hills originates from the mythological story of the goddess kolli pavai also known as Ettukkai Amman who helps the siddhas who come to collect medicinal plants and to meditate peacefully inside the kolli hills forest and if there’s some evil spirit tries to distract them then the goddess would kill them.
Also read : Ramakkalmedu tourism
How to Reach Kollimalai
If you are planning to reach kolli hills by Train or Plane then Salem is the nearest railway station & has the nearest airport.
If you are planning to visit kollimalai by road then you’d be surprised with its beauty and breathtaking views along the hairpin bend. I’d suggest you to take a bike because it’s completely a different ride that every bikers must try in Tamil Nadu(hope you’re not a ladakh fan).
We had pit-stops in many places before reaching the top of the kollimalai and one such place had to be mentioned is 34th hairpin bend. This kollimalai was ruled by the legendary philanthropist valvil ori who’s a great archer and his strength is mentioned as a painting in the walls of 34th bend. If you are a fan of off-beat places then check out Megamalai & Ramakkalmedu tourism.
Places to Visit in Kollimalai (Kolli Hills)
The frequently visited places (also which i’ve enjoyed) are :
- Aagaya Gangai – This falls is a huge one which is famous in kollihills because of its medicinal values. People here believe that the waters descends from the forest carrying along with it all the essence of the plants it comes across and thus it is said to have few medicinal properties.
I have been twice to Aagaya gangai and I’d say the best time to visit this falls is either at the starting of the Monsoon or after the Monsoon season because the water will rush with full flow.
There’s a small room to keep your belongings before you go to bath in the falls and during heavy rains you will have to take the support of the ropes attached near the sides to reach the falls.
One issue with reaching this falls for older people is that there are 1000 steps that had to be walked down to reach the falls.
- Kollipavai Temple – How can you miss this place(even as an atheist) you can have a look at the ettukkai amman inside the ettukai amman temple who’s believed to be the goddess saving the siddhars in the forest.
- Masilla Falls – If you are not planning to visit the Aagaya Gangai for any reason then you can go to Masilla falls. (No water is found in Masila falls during summer days)
- The Siddhar Caves – There are few caves near the falls where one can visit them if you’re a spiritual person and you might be interested to find some medicinal herbs or medicinal plants on the way.
- The Arapaleeswarar Temple – This is located next to the Aagaya gangai falls and is opened only during the prayer times, so you plan your visit to this Arapaleeswarar Temple accordingly.
- Sunday Market – There’s a market in Kollimalai which will open only during Sundays and this is the best place to have a look if you’re planning to buy fruits or vegetables as they’re cheap on those days.
- Namma Falls – This one is a small falls but worth a visit.
Activities to Do in Kollimalai Hills:
The best activity is already mentioned that is arranged by trekking clubs to the Aagaya gangai waterfalls and be careful inside the reserve forests. Other activities for the nature lovers includes trekking with permission through the reserve forests with filled with tropical plants and during full moon days locals claim that Siddhars can be seen meditating and visit there to collect medicinal herbs.
Stay in a good resort and have a campfire during night. There are many viewpoints in Kollimalai and tourist spot in Kollimalai along the hairpin bends such as Namma falls, selur nadu, sirumalai view point and seeku parai that you’ll enjoy witnessing the sunsets and sunrise.
You can also know about the history of valvil ori from the locals.
Resorts to Stay in Kollimalai Hills: Kollimalai Cottages
If you are planning for a one day trip then I’d suggest visiting atleast Aagaya Gangai falls but if you’re planning to stay two days to enjoy the tourist spot in kollimalai then you can find the best resort or wood house from Booking.com and other apps. Few good resort which has more review is
|Kollihills Cottages:||1.Silverline Retreat||2.NPS Lake View||3.PA Holiday Resort|
1.Silverline Retreat : Great for visitors on a mountaintop and amid the rolling green Kolli Hills, this modest hotel is 6 km from both Seeku Parai view point and the Namma Aruvi falls. It’s also 45 km from Kalangani railway station.
2. NPS Lake View: Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, Free parking, Accessible Pool, Laundry service, Business centre, Pet-friendly, Room service, Child friendly, Restaurant Kitchens in some rooms & Airport shuttle
3.PA Holiday Retreat: Set in the forested Kolli Hills region of the Eastern Ghats mountain range, this low-key resort is 3 km from the Seeku Parai View Point, 12 km from the Agaya Gangai waterfalls and 44 km from Kalangani railway station.
4.There’s a boat house near the lake which you can stay or you can try the wood house.
How Safe is Kollimalai?
Well, if you are planning to trek in the forest to reach the kolli hills then it is quite risky. Otherwise for a normal trip with family or friends this is a safe place to come. People here are helpful and humble so solo women travellers need not worry about the safety.
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