Kolli Hills Tourism

Kolli Hills Tourism

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Kolli Hills Info

  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • District: Namakkal
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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Kolli Hills Traveller Reviews

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Ganesh sivaji

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  • Ganesh sivaji
  • 2 Reviews
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"Not much greenery, chillness and water in October" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I was expecting the weather to be more than pleasant. But it was 32 during the day and 18 to 23 during the night. Hills were dry. No water in Masilla water falls. Overall the hills weren't like what we expected. Only consolation was the Silverline retreat hotel that we stayed. I heard there has been no good rainfall for past 1 year.
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Mohan doss Doss

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  • Mohan doss Doss
  • Lives in Chennai
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"It is not falls really it is true"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 25, 2016
Agaaya gangai
No chance
No words to express
You have to step down 1200+ steps to reach the base
And to cross 50mtrs of flow water to reach the falls.
No words to express to reach there and to come out you must step up 1200 to go up.
No food is available.
Very risk after steps are over you have to walk on dangerous rocks to reach the falls.
Force of the water is triple value than kutralam.
Good for photo shoot.
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Suraj Sabat

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  • Suraj Sabat
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A Bike Ride to 70 Hairpin Bend Road"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 24, 2016
Starting Point- Marathahalli, Bangalore.
Total Distance Covered - 650 km.
Number of Days - 1 day.
Roads-90% of the ride will be on NH7. Hair pin bend roads are really well maintained. Though I will recommend riding there only if you are having good hold with your vehicle.
Place to Visit - Aggaya Gangai Waterfall. You can directly sit under this waterfall. You can use google map to reach the spot and climb down around 1300 steps to see this waterfall.
Shopping- Many spices are sold, you can have a look to buy.
Parking Space-Good enough space for bikes and cars.
Note: 1. Very less restaurants are available.
2. Please carry some cash, as some petrol pumps near to Kolli Hills do not accept cards.
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Raju Iyer

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  • Raju Iyer
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Kolli Malai - The Pepper Hills"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Jul 31, 2015
We, two couples from Bangalore decided to visit Kolli Malai. After a net search, we zeroed down on Hotel Nallathambi. When contacted on phone, they asked us to transfer Rs 1000 to their bank account to accept a confirmed booking which we did. We booked two non AC rooms.

The journey by car was interesting. From Bangalore we drove to Salem before branching out on the Salem Namakkal Road. There were good breakfast restaurants including a A2B. The real journey started from the foothills. There were 70 hairpin bends before we reached Kolli Malai.

The Hotel Nallathambi was comfortable. The food was good and nominally priced except the palm sized phulka which to our horror we found cost Rs 25 each!!!

Carry your own liquor. The local liquor shop stocks cheap brands which are best avoided and the resort has no bar,

The entire hill has tall trees with pepper vines creeping up to the sky. June is the harvest month. The green pepper pods costs Rs 175 per kg while the dried ones cost around Rs 250 per kg.

A good place to relax and unwind with family and friends.

Note: Only BSNL has connectivity. So be prepared to be cut off from telephone & whatsapp calls!!
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Mohan doss Doss

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  • Mohan doss Doss
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 3, 2015
Really blessed by god because we enjoyed it there. But I advice to go here with friends not family. Real beauty of nature. Agaya gangai falls - go 1300 more steps down and enjoy falls 350+ feet high speed falls. Medicinal value + 72 more hair pin bend roads. Thrill to go and drive. Better to book cab. Trinity travels Chennai arranged the tour in a marvellous way.
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Amit  Rao

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  • Amit Rao
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  • Lives in Pondicherry
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"Hill of Herbs and medicines.."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 21, 2013
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 Akash ganga falls is a site to see.
A long steep steps takes you down to the falls, Coming back up after a good bath in the falls is very tiring.
A lot of pepper trees are all around, but the local say that the quality, is not as good as the one in Ooty.
A good place to relax, away from the noise of the city.
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Arun Bc

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  • Arun Bc
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"Good with friends"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Nov 2, 2013
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 in that hill, hence I bought 2 Kgs of it. My hotel staff said that other spices are mostly from Salem and its better not to buy them. Note: Its not a commercial tourism place, hence hotels were not there much. There was a resort which had Kitchen and we used to have dinner there. Rates are costlier than Chennai there. Mornings and afternoon, we had food in one of the hotels next to bustand, it run by women welfare society. I requested for some special food for lunch when I had breakfast and they prepared it for me. Note: If you are a pure vegetarian and cannot eat in a hotel where there is egg and chicken prepared, please avoid Kollihills stay.
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Arunan Chandrasekaran

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"Good Leisure Spot"

  • Posted Aug 30, 2013
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 etc: nothing big warnings
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Vaira Muthu

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  • Vaira Muthu
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  • Posted Jun 18, 2013
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 nice and it is a very nice experience of Going down 1200 Steps to see a Nice falls.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food is very nice in a restaurant opposite to bus stand in semmedu. Attractions at kolli hills were thick forests, Kolli pavai temple, Arapaleeshwarar temple, etc. Nothing to shop especially.

Activities & things to do: Must go down 1200 Steps to take bath in a nice agaya gangai falls. Also Must enjoy the 70 Hairpen Bends.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From chennai, we can go to namakkal and from namakkal we can get buses for Kolli Hills or else can go by taxi which costs about Rs.1700 from namakkal to Kolli hills.
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Santosh Bs

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"The other side of Kolli hills"

  • Posted Mar 1, 2013
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 completely with plastics and 'bottles' at every nook and corner. What looks like a nice view of the surroundings reveals plastic littered all along if you observe closely.
In short, a promising place but right on the path of destruction!

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: No hotels only small eateries, need to rely food mainly in the place you stay.
A couple of falls, viewpoints, botanical garden and the arappaleshwar temple are the places to visit.
You can shop for the locally grown fruits/vegetables in bulk at good fares.

Activities & things to do: Temple visit
Akash ganga falls near the temple (a steep downward climb of 1200+ steps and not for all)
Botanical garden and the lake nearby (for the pedal boating)
Masila waterfalls and the Sekumarai viewpoint (crowded on weekends).

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Good roads and the drive through 70 hairpin bends is fun. Signboards are mostly in Tamil and need to take help from the locals. Drive cautiously on the hairpin bends as the roads are narrow and trucks/buses may appear out of nowhere.
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