TNSTC Madurai Iravangalar Meghamalai Hill Rider
MEGHAMALAI HILL RIDER
Meghamalai,(மேகமலை) popularly called High Wavy Mountains, is a cool and misty mountain range situated in the Western Ghats in Theni district, Tamil Nadu, Kerala boarder near Kumaly Idukki District, South India. It is a place of natural beauty dotted with cardamom plantations and tea estates. The place is situated at an elevation of 1,500 m above sea level and it is rich in flora and fauna. This area, now mostly planted with tea, includes Cloudlands, Highwavys and Manalaar estates, the access to which is now largely restricted. It still includes large untouched remnants of evergreen forest.
Megamalai: As the name suggests, Megamalai is the kingdom where the clouds meet the mountains. It is arguably the most beautiful hill station in South India, known to a selective few and seen by even fewer people. This lovely place is bound to capture your imagination. Good place to stay and enjoy a lovely surrounding. One can also watch the animals roaming in the forests, which are close to Megamalai, Megamalai, popularly called High Wavys Mountains, is a cool and misty mountain range situated in the Western Ghats in Theni district, Tamilnadu, India. It is a place of natural beauty dotted with cardamom plantations and tea estates. The place is situated at an elevation of 1,500 m above sea level and it is rich in flora and fauna. Megamalai a 6000 acre tea plantation is located in Tamil Nadu about 43 kms off Chinnamanoor, on the Madurai – Kumili Interstate Highway. Today Meghamalai has become the cynosure of every tourist.
Highwavys: The Highwavys panchayat has a number of attractions like Manalar, Venniyar and Iravangalaru dams, Megamalai estate and Maharajamettu, where tourists view vast catchments of Thekkadi dam, Magarajothi hill of Sri Iyyappan temple and a bird’s eye view of Theni district. Highwavys is a view point that will afford a wonderful view of the entire mountains range of Varusanadu Hills. There few large private tea, spices and coffee plantations all around, notable include The Highwavys Estates owned by The Woodbriar Group, Ananda Plantations ,Ponsiva Plantations and Feildmede Estate have the largest holdings of plantations in Meghamalai,an artificial lake and plenty of scope for making leisurely walks.
Vellimalai: At an altitude of 1650 m, Vellimalai forms the heart of Meghamalai. Silver-lined clouds gently resting on green hilltops is a common sight here. This region is also the abode of river Vaigai. The hill range also provides a wonderful view of the entire range of Varusanadu Hills. With tea and coffee estates, houses of plantation workers and an artificial lake, there is plenty of scope for enjoying the natural beauty.
There are some places you think are beautiful, some much more than others and some that leave you feeling all comparisons are inane. Megamalai & Highwayvs will make all comparisons inane and leave you stupefied by its sheer beauty. The Views are breathtaking, the climate perfect. The serene lake and the beckoning mountains ranges are perhaps the best `real’ description of paradise. Amidst the natural beauty, it is also about wildlife sightings, treks, and picturesque walks, camping out on a mountain cliff or bathing in a waterfall. To wake up to the call of a distant elephant trumpet, to walk beside the lake for miles across undulating hills, to walk past an elephant skull to a private waterfall or to simply sit atop a grassy cliff and be in communion with mountain peaks all around, are some other things that will become forever locked within your memory for a long, long time. Whoever described paradise must have been here before!
Sightseeing / Tourist attractions:
Deep Cumbum Valley and the villages
Upper Manalar Estate
Venniyar Tea Estate
Maharaja Mettu – A bird’s eye view
Magarajothi hill View of Sri Iyyappan temple.
Thekkadi View point
Trekking / Tourist attractions:
Elephant Corridor -amazing point
pothai pull medu
Megamalai rain forest
Manalar Water falls
Game set Block no 27 – amazing point
Megamalai Water Falls:
The Meghamalai ranges are also the birth place of the Megamalai fall. This fall descends from a stream originating from the hills. It is also known as the Clouds Land Falls and serves as the rendezvous of many wild animals. Megamalai falls are round-the-year falls that do not run dry. The originating place of Suruli Theertham (Suruli falls near Cumbum town) are popular attractions for tourists.
Tamil Nadu Forest Department is established the Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary in an area of 600 sq km of the forest in the division. The Sanctuary will serve as an excellent buffer to the Periyar Tiger Reserve and will also help in strengthening the conservation efforts in the Tea estates and dams.
Vellimalai (Silver Mountain, 1,650 m) area is a heart of Meghamalai. Silver-lined clouds seem to rest gently on green hilltops and nestled somewhere in this region is the place where the river Vaigai originates. This lovely place will give an opportunity to see wild animals and aesthetically and scientifically managed tea gardens.
How to get there/Access
By Air: Nearest Airport – Madurai, Tamilnadu is 130 kilometers, Trichy 190 kms and Coimbatore 290 Kms.
By Train: Many trains pass through Dindigul, kodairoad, and Madurai, which is nearly 130-140 kilometers to Megamalai.
By Road: Highwavys is connected by Road with Chinnamanur & Theni. All important towns. Regular bus services are available from Theni to Madurai, Palani, Dindigul, Thiruchirappalli, Kumuli, Bangalore, Coimbatore and Chennai.
Madurai – Theni – Chinnamanoor – Megamalai/ Distance 130 Kms (Travel time – 4 hours)
Coimbatore – Pollachi – Periyakulam – Theni – Chinnamanur – Megamalai Distance : 294 Kms Travel Duration : 8 Hrs
Chennai – Trichy – Dindigul – Theni – Chinnamanoor – Megamalai / Distance (Travel time – 12 hours)
To reach Vellimalai:
Theni – Kana Vilakku – Kandamanur – Kadamalaikundu – Megamalai Range office – Kumanan Thozhu – Aranmanai Pudur – Koraiothu – Manjanuthu Forest Check post – Arasadi (Around 85 kms) tribal hamlet.
Tour Escort Service for trekking.
Megamalai Tourism, for Reservation call 98940-55554
No1, HMS Colony,
Andalpuram, TPK Road,
Madurai – 625003
H/p: 94 878 50508
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Region : Dindigul
Depot : Theni
Route : Theni – Iravangalar
Via : Chinnamanur, Highwavys.
Timings : 03:30, 04:00 from Theni.
Pic : Allwin Samuel