Tucked inside Tamil Nadu's Western Ghats, Megamalai in Theni district is the kind of secret paradise you read about in books, complete with thrilling trekking trails, stunning scenes and an excellent opportunity to take a break in the lap of nature from your daily life.
The Megamalai Hills were, until recently, confined to private tea and coffee plantation estates. But now, the vast region of quiet wilderness is steadily opening up to visitors, one beautiful place at a time. It remains, however, one of the destinations near Theni that is untouched and untarnished. With lush forests and rich tea plantations, the landscape here is drawn, waiting to be explored. Sudden waterfalls crack the green monochrome on the way, and one of the many native species of the Meghamalai Hills still has the latent thrill of coming across it.
The flora and fauna are Meghamalai 's true jewels. As you drive into Meghamalai, with its elegance and beauty and its majestic appearance, you can almost sense the wilderness of the place enveloping you. The forest and its inhabitants here in Meghamalai have something really irresistible about them.
Some of the other plantations here, apart from extensive tea and coffee estates, are pepper, cardamom and cinnamon. As for the fauna, there are various species of birds, mammals , reptiles and butterflies in Meghamalai. It is very popular here to have elephants, leopards, Nilgiri tahr, Indian gaur, barking deer, sambar, spotted deer, langur, macaques, and sloth bears. One can also spot over a hundred different kinds of birds, including the Great Indian Hornbills, with some patience.
Winter is the best season to visit Meghamalai. The weather here from October to March is great for a trip. The cold climate wraps like an envelope around the hills and the valleys, thereby producing a beautiful atmosphere.
Places to visit in Megamalai
The Suruli River falls down from the Meghamalai Range in two stages to form the waterfalls of the same name. Suruli Falls cascade down in a roaring whiteness from a height of 150 ft to collect into a pool and then plunge for another 40 ft after a short distance. Hundreds of eager visitors take a dip everyday at the foot of the waterfall. Many of them are devotees; some of them are searching for their long-suffering disease to be healed, while the others are there only to enjoy the falls.
In the ancient Tamil epic, Silappathikaram, written by the poet Ilango Adigal, the beauty of these falls is described. Near Suruli Falls are five caves reflecting Indian rock-cut architecture from the 11th century. The water of the Suruli River is considered medicinal and curative.
The hills of Suruli are a part of Pothigai Malai. A strongly divine and spiritual base is the Pothigai hills. There is a tale that the place was unbalanced when Shiva and Parvati entered into divine marriage at Mount Kailash in the north because of the multitude of holy beings witnessing the wedding. Agastya Maharishi was requested by Lord Shiva to proceed to southern India to balance the universe.
Agastya Maharishi then continued to the hills of Pothigai and the world was balanced. On a Shivalingam that was at Tiru Kalyana Teertham in Pothigai hills, Agastya Maharishi was able to imagine the marriage of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Several saints and sages from the Himalayas visit these hills, particularly on a full moon day. The striking resemblance between the profiles of Mt. Kailash and Agasthyamalai confirms these holy peaks' mythological links.
Near the falls is Suruli Velappar Temple, in honour of Kartikeya. This temple has an OM Pranava form. OM is the Universal Root Mantra. Before the Earth and all planets were made, this Mantra was generated. When you are in the meditation frequency, you can hear the OM Mantra in this cave. Omgara Guru Sidhar Gunaneethy, who is the founder of Rishi's Meditation, made this remark.
The Kailasanathar Cave Temple lies 800 m (2,600 ft) above the fall. Many Sidhars meditate in a natural spring at Kailasanathar cave with waters that have medicinal powers. Now, many of the souls of Meykanda Devar are there. Kailasanathar cave is linked with the Kovil Cave of Sathura Giri Mahalingam. The Murugan statue of the Palani temple was constructed with Navapasana (a special medicine made from nine poisons) by Bogar. Before he came to the Kailasnathar temple, the bogar installed the statue. Here he took several herbals and created the Navapasana statue of Murugan.
Megamalai tourist spots
Chinna Suruli Falls is a picturesque destination to visit from Theni, set in the lap of lush, green forests. In the foothills of the mountain, it cascades all the way down from Meghamalai to create a pool of cold, sparkling water. Chinna Suruli Falls is a lovely and serene destination to visit in and around Theni, situated around 54 kilometres from the main town, close to the village of Kombaithozhu.
Cumbum Valley, also referred to as Kambam Valley, is a valley along the Kerala state border in the Theni district of Tamil Nadu state in India. This is the most fertile valley in South India, with land between Thekkady Hills, Varusanadu Hills, and Kodaikanal Hills in the valley. It is one of the few places where grapes are grown in Tamil Nadu. Around 90,000 tonnes of Muscat grapes and 10,000 tonnes of Thomson seedless grapes are produced each year in the Cumbum valley.
Cumbum Valley is made up of large farmland areas and includes crops such as paddy, vegetables, grape vineyards, and farms of mango and pomegranate. Cumbum also happens to be one of the few grape growing regions in Tamil Nadu.
The farmers in the Cumbum Valley can harvest the fruits up to five times in two years. You can visit the grape farm at Cumbum and have a first-hand look at the production of grapes in the large vineyard. The visit to the grape farm is an experience of a new culture in many respects. At the farm, people from neighbouring villages are working and you can communicate with them and learn more about their lives and jobs.
Bird Watching: There are in any event 100 types of winged creatures in the trees of Meghamalai, including probably the most uncommon and jeopardized species. Visitors who relocate to Meghamalai are likewise well known transitory feathered creatures. Entertain yourself with the investigation of feathered creatures and be satisfied by their magnificence. Meghamalai is a stunning spot that will offer you a reprieve from the buzzing about of life in the territory. On the off chance that you live between the mists in some charming spot, you can feel it. The area merits a visit as is the new blended tea/espresso channeling mug that you will arrive.
Walk around Plantations: Take a walk around the rich green tea , espresso, cinnamon, and cardamom manors to become acquainted with their development technique and investigate the unlimited fields. A portion of the new produce can likewise be bought and gotten back.
Trekking: The Megamalai timberlands are incredible for journeying and investigating shrouded mysteries, regardless of whether they are trees, winged creatures or creatures. The journeys are straightforward and pressed with noble magnificence that will make your heart swell with satisfaction.
Jeep Safari:An energizing experience is a jeep safari over the tough landscape in Megamalai. For those in affection with an adrenaline surge, it is an absolute necessity do. In Megamalai, it is a well known game, and sightseers and nature darlings regularly choose it. The thick and rich trees, cascades, flavor estates, and the bountiful green vegetation are secured by the safari. It is a mainstream climbing elective. You get the opportunity to see the natural life 's living space and figure out how to value its magnificence.
Pickup from Theni.
After Refreshment at Theni.
After a wholesome breakfast to visit Suruli falls.
Located at a mere distance of 6 km, Suruli Falls is a must visit place to witness the beauty of water flowing between lush green trees.
To visit Cumbam valley grapes garden,kodi Lingam temple and kalahasthi temple.
Come back to Hotel.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
On Second day,Wake up nice and early, have a hearty breakfast and head to Megamalai.
This place is a perfect getaway to beat the heat and enjoy some peaceful time relaxing amidst nature.
To visit Megamalai major attractions such as Highways Dam,Megamalai View Point,Chinna Suruli view and Manalar Dam.
Overnight stay at Megamalai.
On Third day ,After Breakfast and then check out from Hotel.
To visit Megamalai Sightseeing such as Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Venniyar Tea Estate and Highwavys Lake.
Nestled between the evergreen forest this place is filled with the fresh aroma of cardamom, cinnamon and pepper.
The lush green tea plantations will give you the chance to drink fresh piping tea and enjoy a lazy stroll in the midst of flora and fauna full of nature.
Then transfer towards Theni with sweet memories of Megamalai.
Finally drop at Theni.
What 's Included
We can provide stay for ( 2*, 3*, 5*, 7* )
2.Double sharing Rooms
5.Royal Suite Rooms
( as per requirement )
From Trip start to till end the Tour Guide will be take care
Local Speaking Guide - ( English,Tamil,Hindi,Telugu & Malayalam ) *
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Chennai to Chennai Transports*
All local vehicle transport