The nearest air port is in Coimbatore. Coimbatore has has regular flights from Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calicut, Chennai, Cochin, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi and Sharjah. Air Sahara, Indian Airlines, Air Deccan and Jet Airways operate flights out of Coimbatore Airport.
Palani is approximately 100 kilometers from the Coimbatore. Mode of transport from the Coimbatore to the Palani includes taxi, bus and train.
The state transport corporation and a lot of private bus operators ply bus from Palani to major cities in Tamil Nadu(Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tuticorin etc) and also to the neighboring Kerala(Palakkadu, Kochin).
Getting around Palani is easy. There are public transport buses, auto rickshaws and taxis available in plenty.
Auto rickshaws are not advised as they charge whatever they feel like, if they find that you are an outsider. Always its better to ask your Hotel pupil to arrange for transportation.
There are lot of places to see around Palani. In the town, Murugan Hill temple is one of the interesting and religious place.
Murugan Temple You have to take 670 steps to see the temple. From the Murugan Hill top, we can have nice view of entire Palani and the agricultural places around it.
Kuthiraiyar Dam Falls is located near Pappampatti, Palani. It has a water falls at the back of the dam. Once you reach the dam, one can find the way to go to falls with the help of the local villagers. There is a small trekking route available to reach the Kumbai which is about 1 Km from the falls.
Thakkam thootam is another small water falls near the Palani. Water from this place was taken into Palani through pipes and stored in Palani Hill Water Tank, which is distributed to Palani after filtration. To reach this water falls, you have to take bus from Palani and get down at Thakkam thottam village. From the village you have to walk 3 to 4 KMS to reach the falls. The places on the are beautiful and pleasant. On the way you can find a small dam. after that the path becomes difficult. Actually there is no pathway after this point. you have to climb small rocks and find your own way. you can find many small water falls of about 6 to 7 feet height. The mountain on the two sites of the path looks really good and dense. There is no way of getting lost in the forest, as you can always find your way back by following the water ways. Warning During summer times, elephant groups will be seen around this place. Forest guard warns you if any elephant groups are in this area. its always better not to enter into the forest during this period time.
Kodaikanal is another beautiful Hill station near Palani. its about 32 km from Palani.
Palani don't have a good shopping area as Chennai.
A lot of South Indian restorans(Veg and Non-Veg) are avialable in Palani town. Few restorants serve chinese and North Indian foods too.
Palani is famous for its Panjamirtham, which is made of five fruits. Its one of the unique sweets which you cannot see or taste any where else in the world.
All soft drinks are available in almost all small shops near Temple and in the town. Fresh fruit juices are also avialable in the fruits shops around the temple and near bus stand.
Alchocal shops are aviable in bars and liquier shops.