Hill Stations near Trichy

The geographic midpoint of southern state of Tamil Nadu, the Tiruchirappalli city widely called as Trichy with fondness is a thriving urban centre in terms of its tourism options. The assorted range of tourist attractions of Trichy city include historic religious sites like Malaikottai Ucchi Pillayar Temple, Samayapuram Mariamman Temple, Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Thiruvanaikaval Jambukeswarar Temple, Natthersa Mosque, Srirangam Sri Ranganathar Swamy Temple and many other renowned sites, picnic spots like Mukkombu, Puliancholai, Summer beach at Cauvery Riverbed, and other importance tourist sites like Government Museum, Amma Mandapam Bathing Ghats and many more.

Trichy always tops the chart when it comes to meeting the standards of a perfect tourist destination. Apart from the above named tourist attractions, the city also houses a stunning hill station popularly known as Pachaimalai Hills. Temples, Picnic Spots, Government Museum, Hill Stations and what not! You name it and the rock fort city of Trichy delivers. It might not sound good for some as Pachaimalai Hills is the only hilly area in Trichy but even so, owing to its exclusive location, the city acts as a convenient junction for tourists that it connects all the other population hill stations located in the state. Let's explore some of the popular hill stations near Trichy.

Pachaimalai Hills

Pachaimalai Hills literally known as Green Hills in the local language of Tamil is an integral part of Eastern Ghats (Purva Ghar) of Tamil Nadu. Eastern Ghats are basically a noncontinuous chain of mountains situated along the country's easterly seacoast. The hills acquired the name of Pachaimalai as it considered as the most greenish hills in the region. The hills spread over Salem district, Perambalur district and Trichy district.
Pachaimalai/Pachais

The rivers streaming through the Pachaimalai hills are Swetha Nadi (links with Vasishta Nadi to take shape as Vellar River) and Kallar (tributary river of Neyyar river). The popular Veeraramar Dam is situated in the Pachaimalai hills across the Kallar River. Some of the waterfalls of the Pachaimalai Hills include Mythulu Falls, Mangalam Aruvi and Koraiyar Falls (close to Thondamanthurai, Perambalur). The hill station offers a few options for the trekkers too.

Quick Facts:

Range: Eastern Ghats
Elevation: 1,847 feet above sea level
Distance from Trichy: 81.2 km
Preferred Route: Drive via SH 62, SH 30 to Sobanapuram Road
Nearby Areas: Attur, Arumbavure, Gangavalli

Contact for Trekking in Pachaimalai:
District Forest Officer
Trichy Division
3E, Kajamian 1st Street, Kaja Nagar, Mannarpuram
Trichy
Phone Number: 0431-2422165

Tips for travelers:

Never miss tasting the Jackfruit (palappalam) which is one of the popular seasonal agribusiness productions from Pachaimalai

Kolli Hills

Kolli Hills, popularly called as Kolli Malai is relatively a small range of mountains situated in the southern state of Tamil Nadu in the Namakkal district (Namagiri Mavattam). The renowned Hills are an integral part of the Eastern Ghats and are comparatively uninfluenced by typical tourism elements, nevertheless, hold back their scenic concern. The Kolli Hills are embraced with evergreen woodlands, and the hills are a leading producer of a wide range of products, which include coffee bean, pineapple, tea leaf, jackfruit, common pepper and many other spices.
Kolli Malai or Kolli Hills

Kolli Hills also feature three distinctive reserve forests that are managed by the Tamil Nadu government, that is to say, Pulianjolai, Ariyur Solai and Kundur Nadu. Furthermore, Kolli Hills is an illustrious site of pilgrimage, due to the presence of ancient Lord Arappaleeswarar temple, which was constructed by Valvil Ori in the 1st or 2nd century.

Quick Facts:

Range: Eastern Ghats
Elevation: Varies from 500 m to 1190 m above sea level
Distance from Trichy: 106 km
Preferred Route: Drive via Grand Southern Trunk Road/National Highway 45 and SH 62 to Kannanur Road

What to lookout for: Kolli Hills has whopping 72 hairpin bends to get through the peak of the hills

Highlights:
  • Stunning Agaya Gangai waterfalls (located near the Arappaleeswarar temple)
  • Yearly tourism festival is organized by the Government of Tamil Nadu (Month of August)
  • Two viewpoints: Seekuparai and Selur Nadu
  • Not a commercialized spot, pollution free and provides singular hill station experience to trekkers and nature buffs
Tips for travelers:

Kolli Hills Jackfruit is very popular for its mesmerizing aroma and exclusive taste, which can well be experienced when soaked in forest honey

Sirumalai Hills

Sirumalai Hills, a fantastic escape for weekend, is actually a group of hills located in Dindigul district (Tintukkal). Though Sirumalai Hills are an offbeat hill station, several small towns are located in these picturesque locations, and attempts are very much on to modernize it into a distinctive tourist attraction in the near future. Located just 25 km away from Dindigul, the first 14 km going up stretches out the astonishing 19 hairpin bends.
Sirumalai Hill Station

These hairpin bends extend a bird's eye view of the Sirumalai hills and getting the majestic view of Dindigul district will probably strike the visitors dumb with astonishment and surprise for some time. An exclusive observation tower on the seventeenth hairpin bend offers a chance to have a break and enjoy the panorama of luxuriant woods all around. The last hairpin bend guides to a settlement known as Sirumalai Palaiyur.

Quick Facts:

Distance from Trichy: 140 km
Range: Eastern Ghats
Elevation: 5,249 feet above sea level

Tips for travelers:
  • Do not forget to treat your tongue with the very famous Sirumalai bananas
  • Better to fill your fuel tank in Dindigul or Natham as there are no fuel stations available on the hills
  • Same goes with the essential medicines too as there are no hospitals or pharmacies available on the hills

Some of the other popular hill stations near Trichy are

  • Yercaud (Salem district) - 169 km from Trichy
  • Kodaikanal (Dindigul district) - 197 km from Trichy
  • Yelagiri (Vellore district) - 271 km from Trichy
  • Valparai (Coimbatore district) - 278 km from Trichy
  • Ooty/Udhagamandalam (Nilgiris district) - 284 km from Trichy

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