Kolli Hills is one of the beautiful places, situated in Namakkal District of the state of Tamil Nadu. This beautiful location is referred to as the Kolli Malai, and it means the ‘Mountains of Death.’ The hills are over almost 1000 to 1300 meters in height that cover more than 280 sq. Km. You will get nearly 70 hairpin bends, which take the tourists to the top of the hill. Furthermore, the hills are actually the part of discontinuous Eastern Ghats. The early Hindu literature talks about the actual existence of the Kolli Pavai ghost on the top of these hills and in this way, they have earned the ultimate destination this name. This image or spirit used to tempt the wayfarers and kill them. So, if you are a travel buff, you would surely love to roam around the entire place to explore the beauty of nature as well. Location of Kolli Hills Namakkal district ,
How to reach Kolli hills
Air: The location can be easily accessed from the contiguous airport located at Trichy, and this is around 90 km from Kolli Hills.
Road: You can also get the prepaid taxis, which is accessible from the airport reaching the destination.
Rail: The Salem Railway Station is the nearby railhead, outside which direct buses are available for the Kolli Hills
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Along with a rich historical and cultural significance, which dates back to as long as the 1st century CE, the Arapaleeswarar Temple was built by the Valvil Ori. The place is dedicated to Lord Shiva and an essential part of Kolli Hills sightseeing, the temple stands as the witness to the excellent Dravidian style of architecture till today.
This is situated at a distance of only 1 km from Semmedu. The Botanical is one of the paramount places to visit in Kolli Hills. It features a beautiful rose garden, eco-friendly cottages, and a majestic viewpoint and also a Children's Park. This is an absolute must visit.
Tampcol Medicinal Farm
The place is much famed for being the home to the medicinal plants in abundance. This is a beautiful place to roam around as well. If you are a travel buff, you will surely love to wander around the area for sure.
Trek to Agaya Gangai Waterfalls
The notable part of the Eastern Ghats and situated in the famous Kolli Hills, the Agaya Gangai Waterfalls or the Kollimalai Falls, measures up to 300 feet, includes of about the 1000 steps descending to the base, and this is much famed amidst the trekkers. Along with the trail stretching up to the distance of only 1 km from Arapaleeswarar Temple, the trek to Agaya Gangai waterfalls is a crucial part of Kolli hills trekking in Tamil Nadu. Post monsoons during the months from November to January.
Vasalurpatty Boat House
This is situated at a distance of about 5 km from city center of Vasalurpatty, and the boathouse has been built on the artificial lake which is one of the favorite places to visit in Kolli Hills. The tranquil lake is surrounded by the vibrant green landscape of the hills that makes is it one of the most experience in Kolli Hills.
Explore The Siddhar Caves
If you are in the Kolli, you will surely love to explore lots of beautiful places and amongst all Siddhar Caves is one of the exciting places to roam around. Fit for only one or even two people to enter the caves at a time, and this has been believed that the Siddhar Caves are surrounded by medicinal herbs on all sides that are also the specialty of Kolli Hills.
Seeku parai view point
Seekkuparai is one of the best view point in Kolli Hills. The FOREST DEPARTMENT has developed this View Point. One need to take couple of minutes walk to reach the view point. This place would provide an awesome and scenic view of the valley. There is also a forest department watch tower. This is around 2 kms from the Semmedu town. The view point is definitely a must visit in Kolli hills.
Other things to do
You can visit the Ettukai Amman Temple situated in Valapoor Encounter surprises at Masilla fall, and Namma Falls You can discover the numerous viewpoints like Selur viewpoint, Binnam viewpoint, Sirumalai viewpoint, and Seekuparai viewpoint You can get to the remote Bogar Caves, as well as Kayanavandhu Caves Stay at one of the traditional wood houses