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26th Jul 16

Beautiful groundnut farm

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Kaliyapuram Village

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Small but mystical place packed with routine.A lot of student population due to Annamalai University which makes one part of town with fast food joints and the contrast provided by traditional meals /tiffin centres in other part of town around the Great Nataraja Temple - can have fun of both the worlds simultaneously at one place the mystical charm of traditions and traditional puja at temple and exuberance of dreams being nurtured at the Youthful enviornment of University.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Local Silk Sarees and dress materials is some thing to lay hands on

Activities & things to do: need to be really creative for this one

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: By Train or road from Chennai approx 5- 6 hr plenty of proivate bus service with Volvo and sleeper facility available.

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Anaimalai Overview

Anaimalai is a small village located around 5 miles from Madurai, in the state of Tamil Nadu. This village is situated in the Coimbatore Hills District and is considered to be one of the eight sacred Jaina Hills. The village is surrounded by a natural cave which comprises three carved berths that are located both inside and outside.

There are Brahmi inscriptions of around the 1st and 2nd centuries inscribed outside the cave walls. These inscriptions state that the three carved berths were gifted by Nathan of Kunrattur to three monks, namely Eri Aritan, Arrattakayipan and Attuvay. Until the 9th century, Anaimalai village was not known for being a lama centre. Historians have found various stone sculptures at this cave dating back to the 9th century.

Anaimalai has an average elevation of 258 metres and is situated close to a village named Vettaikaranpudur. This village lies on the Anaimalai Hills, which is a mountain range in the Western Ghats covering the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Anaimalai in Tamil means Elephant Hill and has its highest peak at Anamudi, which is around 2,695 metres high.

The Anamudi Peak is the highest mountain peak in South India and is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for its selection as a World Heritage Site. There are around twelve major forest areas in the region that are famous for their coffee and tea plantations on the lower slopes along with teak forests on the higher altitude.

Anaimalai always experiences heavy monsoon rains with the annual rainfall varying from 2000 mm to 5000 mm. This region is known for its abundant wildlife and is famous for the tiger and elephant reserves. Some of the main wildlife sanctuaries in the region include the Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary.

Eravikulam National Park and Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary are also situated in the Anamalai Hill range. The best time to visit Anaimalai as well as to trek in the Anaimalai Hills in the Western Ghats is from November through mid-May.


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