This is about a journey through the beautiful Tamil farm villages to Kolli Hills or Kollimalai. The attractive Kolli Hills is situated 1300 meters above sea level, in the Eastern Ghats Mountain Ranges. The distance from Namakkal to Kolli Hills is 65 km. There are bus services to Kolli Hills from Salem and Namakkal.
These shops include hotels, grocery shops, vegetable shops, etc. It is a place where modern civilization has not spread its wings. Whatever it is, there is no tourist rush spotted in this place. The reason is not clear. The major attractions of Kolli Hills are Arappaleeshwarar Siva Temple which is said to have been built between the 1st and 2nd centuries, the nearby Agaya Gangai or Akash Ganga Waterfalls, Kollipavai Amman Temple, Murugan Temple, Seekupara and Selar Nadu Viewpoints Masila Waterfalls, Swami Pranavananda Ashram, botanical garden, children’s park, etc.
There are 2 mythological legends associated with Kolli Hills. According to one legend, the people in this region believe that taking bath in Akash Ganga Waterfall heals all diseases as there is presence of power of Shiva who is also known as Arappaleeshwarar. Another legend says that the sages picked out Kolli Hills as the best place to do their penance peacefully.
Akash Ganga Root
the sages began their rituals, the power of their meditation brought about a
lot of changes in the atmosphere making the life of the people difficult. It is believed that Goddess Kollipavai saved
the people by restoring the atmosphere with her enchanting smile. This place where goddess lives came to be
called by them as Kolli Hills.
Kollimala Root View Point
The Kollipavai Temple is also situated nearby. Kolli Hills is also famous for its ancient history. A group of people believe that Kolli Hills is the same Madhuvanam or honey forest of the monkey king, Sugreeva, that has been depicted in the ancient Indian epic, Ramayana. Kolli Hills are featured in classical literature like Silappathigaram.
Gangai or Akash Ganga is a gorgeous waterfall where water cascades straight
down from a height of 300 feet. All 4
sides of this waterfall are surrounded by hills. Akash Ganga Waterfalls can be reached by
climbing down a flight of 1001 steps from Arappaleeshwarar Temple. The steps are made of cement, and there are
handrail supports. Walking down enjoying
the chill of the majestic forests and the melodious bird songs is an amazing