Kolli Hills or Kollimalai, also called as "the Mountain of Death" is one amongst the many hill stations of Tamil Nadu. Kolli Hills is located in Namakkal District and stands at around 1000 to 1300 m above MSL(Mean Sea Level). In the recent days, the popularity of this hill station is on a rise. It is also considered as a Herbal hot-spot because of the availability of various medicinal plants. The place is also associated with pre-historic ages and various kings and has been mentioned in many Tamil literature works.
|A beautiful Veiw|
1. Waterfalls - Innumerous. The most famous being the 'Agaya Gangai' and the 'Masai' waterfalls. Amongst the lesser known falls are the Falls 65, Kovil Falls, Junior Falls, Kollimalai Falls, Mini falls and so on .
|One of Many Beautiful Falls of Kolli Hills|
2. Temples - Lord Arappaleshwara Temple is the main temple on the Kolli Hills. There are many other temples like the Periswamy temple, Ettukai Amman temple and so on.
|Lord Arappaleshwara Temple|
|GajaLakshmi on the Lintel|
|Decorative Stone Work|
4. Pre-Historic Sites - Siddhar Caves (Caves where Sages lived ), Mudhumakkal Thazhi (Burial Urns).
5. Many Trekking Routes
Places of Accommodation:
1 N P S Lake View Resort, Semmedu
2 Nallathambi Resort, Semmedu
3 Arrow Mansion, Semmedu
4 Wild Orchid Camp(Kolli Hill Resort), Vazhavanthi Nadu
5 Govt. Cottages and Rooms are also available
We have not stayed in, or visited any of these Hotel/Resorts, the above list is an additional information to the tourists visiting this place.
|Hoarding Depicting the Places of Interest on Kolli Hills|
Directions from Bangalore: Bangalore - NH 7 - Hosur - Krishnagiri - Salem - Rasipuram - Left Turn - Right Turn inside Rasipuram town -After about 5 km, Right Turn towards Senthamangalam - Left Turn after 25 km (Look for directions board ) - Kolli hills. (About 300 kms from Bangalore)
Entry fee is collected at the Forest Check Post at base of the Hill.. A Wonderful weekend getaway from Bangalore.
References and Suggested Reading :
1 Trails of a Traveler by Ram
2 Be on the road with Shankara
3 My Travelogue by Bhushavali