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Kolli Hills

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Kolli Hills or Kolli Malai (Tamil: கொல்லி மலை) is a small mountain range located in Central Tamil Nadu.




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Kolli Hills or Kolli Malai (Tamil: கொல்லி மலை) is a small mountain range located in central Tamil Nadu in Namakkal district of India. The mountains are about 1000 to 1300 m in height and cover an area of approximately 280 km². The Kolli Hills has 70 hair pin bends to reach the top of the hills. The Kolli Hills are part of the Eastern Ghats, which is a mountain range that runs mostly parallel to the east coast of South India. The mountains are relatively untouched by commercial tourism and still retain their natural beauty.

From chennai, you have travel towards salem. After crossing chinna salem, you should take a left at attur town. Till Attur it's a four lane highway. After that its hardly 60-70 kms to kolli hills.


There is a nominal vehicle fee (Rs.10/bike & Rs.20/car) collected by the temple committee for visiting the temple and waterfalls. There will be an additional Rs.10/visitor at the falls' entry.

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The place is very underdeveloped in terms of traveler's convenience. Very few lodging options, eat-outs and very few places to see. The climate is the best factor. You can relax, lay back and enjoy the nature.

There is a Indian Oil petrol bunk opened near Semmedu village. Also there are KVB and Indian Bank ATM's in the same village

See[edit][add listing]

  • Aagaya Gangai (Waterfalls). The main attraction of Kolli Hills. One has to climb down (and back) 1302 steps to reach the falls. The steps are steep and can get very tiring. It takes approximately 30 mins to climb-down to the falls and 1 hr to climb-up back.  edit
  • Arapaleeswarar Temple. This temple, who main deity is Lord Shiva, is located right opposite the Akash Ganga falls. The temple is quite old with some history attached to it.  edit
  • Botanical Gardens. This place is an ideal spot for loitering around with kids. There is a view point at the top of this Botanical Garden.  edit
  • Mini Falls (Waterfalls). This is a small waterfalls situated close to the Arapaleeswarar temple. Not fit for any purpose other than viewing and photography  edit
  • Masila Falls (Waterfalls). This is again a small waterfall. This is not as huge as the Akash Ganga falls, but good enough for taking bath.  edit
  • Ettukkai Amman Temple. This temple, who main deity is Amman. This is a very small temple. The goddess is considered to be very powerful among the locals. Try the Kuzhi Panigaram near the temple.  edit
  • Sikku Parai. This is a view point. This is a very small place. One can get a very beautiful view of the valley from this spot. This spot is also called the "suicide point" by the locals.  edit
  • Sozhakaadu. This place is right at the entry point of Kolli Hills. This place offers a telescopic view of the valley. One might need a special permission to visit this place.  edit

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  • angling. there are many medium sized rivers at Kolli. There aren't any restrictions on fishing.  edit

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  • Pineapple. tasty and served fresh.  edit
  • Jack Fruit.  edit

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Fresh fruits are the main attraction. You can get fresh pineapple, tapioca, jack fruit. There is one decent non-veg hotel and numerous veg hotels. Naatu Kozhi Varuval (Country Chicken Roast) is a local favorite.

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There are TASMAC liqour shops in Semmedu and Solakaadu towns. They stock some decent branded liqours.

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Good lodgings and resorts are scarce. Nallathambi Resorts [1] should be preferred for a family stay. There are other small lodgings and mansions, available at a low rate. But service and cleanliness is not commendable. When planning for a weekend stay, make sure you book early.There is a new homestay opened, made of ecofrindly wooden cottages by name "Kolli Hills Camp", near Thembalam arch.



Stay safe[edit]

There are absolutely no street lights outside town. The towns sleeps by 8pm.

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