Kolli Hills Tourism

Kolli Hills Tourism

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Nice unexplored hill station with abudunt beauty where you can relax and spend good time with family

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: sights : as you enter you can go in a circle
PWD Guest House - Solkkadu view point
Val Vil Ori statue/park - Semmedu
Seeku Parai View point - Semmedu
Botanical Garden & View Point - Vasalurpatti
Bamboo Park and Chinese Boat - Vasalurpatti
Boating - Vasalurpatti
Santhana Aruvi
Masila Aruvi
EttuKai Amman Temple ( Kolli Pavai)
Arabaleeswara Temple ( old pandya times )
temple falls ( behind temple) small drop around 20 feet)
Agaya Gangai ( 1000 steps down and 100+ feet drop)
Watch tower

Lilly restaurant , Semmedu ( opp community hall)
Hotel vasanth, Semmedu ( opp Bus stand)


MS Swaminathan foundation - Tribal co-op , Semmedu Bus stand

Activities & things to do: KIDS - Botanical garden, Bamboo park & Boat house
SPRITUAL - Ettukai amman temple, arapaleeswara temple
NATURE - view points seeku parai(west) , solakkadu(west), selur ( south), meganikadu ( north), arabaleeswara ( east)
MOTORING - long, well paved roads and we can roam around for 60 -80 kms in a circular path . the 70 hairpin bend is a joy to drive with good roads and sharp curves and a breath-taking views ( good views in 27, 37, 48,60)

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: check and snap the overview map available at foot hills for exploring good locations or take GPS
In the hotels around bus stand or the petrol bunk - you can pre-order non-veg lunch - nattu kozhi or mutton and its delicious with the local spices
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Kolli Hills Traveller Reviews

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Amit  Rao
  • Amit Rao
  • Lives in Pondicherry
  • 22 Reviews

"Hill of Herbs and medicines.."

  • 7/7
  • Posted 5 months ago
It is a calm and quite place, not much visited by travelers. Is a very good place to get lost from the daily rat race. Nov-Dec is the right time to visit this place, as it will be green after the rains. There is not much to see, but the....... More
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Arun Bc
  • Arun Bc
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 4 Reviews

"Good with friends"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 5 months ago
It was a relaxing week, we took a lot of rest and and liked this aagaya gangai water falls a lot. Jackfruit was Rs. 20 and it had around 40+ fruits in it. I think it was end of season at that time. Pepper is the only crop that is grown a lot....... More
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Arunan Chandrasekaran
  • Arunan Chandrasekaran
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews

"Good Leisure Spot"

  • Posted 8 months ago
Kolli hills is situated near to Namakkal. It is a place still not fully explored. Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Jackfruit Activities & things to do: Take rest and enjoy bathing at falls Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings....... More
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Vaira Muthu
  • Vaira Muthu
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Coimbatore
  • 6 Reviews


  • Posted 10 months ago
It is a very calm place with Nice greeneries as the Tourists were very less. Better suitable for those who want to spend their time in silence without any pollutions. Sight seeing places like seekuparai view point, Agaya gangai falls were very....... More
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Santosh Bs
  • Santosh Bs
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 20 Reviews

"The other side of Kolli hills"

  • Posted 1 year ago
For a generic traveler, Kolli hills is a good place with great weather, good location and the drive through the 70 hairpin bends making it an ideal weekend destination. But, if you just look in depth, its disturbing to see the place littered....... More
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Kolli Hills Info

  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • Famous for/as: Hill
Kolli Hills are located in the Namakkal District of the state of Tamil Nadu. The destination is also referred to as Kolli Malai, which means the 'Mountains of Death'. 
These hills are over 1000 to 1300 metres in height, which cover more than 280 sq. km. There are around 70 hairpin bends that take tourists to the top of the hill. Moreover, the hills are part of the discontinuous Eastern Ghats. 

History of Kolli Hills

The early Hindu literature talks about the existence of Kolli Pavai ghost on the top of these hills, thereby earning the destination this name. This image or ghost used to entice the wayfarers and kill them.

Kolli Pavai is also known as 'Ettukai Amman', who is the local deity of the Kolli Pavai Amman Temple. Ancient sages used to worship Kolli Pavai Amman, who is believed to chase away the demon interrupting the rituals of these sages. 

Kolli Hills are also famous for their rich collection of rare herbs that are effective for almost all kinds of diseases. Besides, Tamil literature like Purananuru, Ainkurnuru, Manimekalai and Silappadhikaram talk about Kolli Hills. 

In 200 AD, the entire region was under the control of Valvil Ori, who is believed to be one of the prominent philanthropists of ancient Tamil Nadu. He is also believed to have used a single arrow for killing a boar, lion, bear and deer. His marksmanship and valour have been mentioned in the works of various Tamil poets. 

People and Culture in Kolli Hills

Kolli Hills are covered with evergreen forests, including tea, coffee, pineapple, black pepper, jackfruit and many other plant spices. The tribal people living in the region are fond of eating rice and millets. These tribal people also often eat the ripe jackfruit and mostly soak it in wild honey for adding to its taste and fragrance.
An annual tourism festival in the month of August is organised at this farm by the state government. Ori Festival is also celebrated in grand style in the region. 

Things to do in Kolli Hills

Kundur Nadu, Pulianjolai and Ariyur Solai are the three main reserved forests of the region that are managed and controlled by the Government of Tamil Nadu. Arapaleeswarar Temple, Siddhar Caves, Agaya Gangai Waterfalls, Botanical Garden, Masila Falls and Selur View Point are few of the popular attractions of the region. The Government of Tamil Nadu has established a Boat House in the region that attracts travellers.

Trekking at Kolli Hills is the main adventure activity available in the destination. There is a pineapple research farm maintained by the Government of Tamil Nadu at Seekuparai Viewpoint. 

Travelling to Kolli Hills

The destination can be easily accessed from the closest airport situated at Trichy, which is around 90 km from Kolli Hills. Prepaid taxis are available from this airport to reach the destination. Salem Railway Station is the nearest railhead, outside which direct buses are available for Kolli Hills. The destination can be visited any time of the year, except for the monsoon season when there is a danger of landslide due to heavy rainfall. 

Accommodation options in Kolli Hills

Accommodation options in Kolli hills ranges from budget to luxury hotels. Tourists can also opt to stay in hotels with hill view rooms. 
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