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Kolli Hills

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"The Mountain of Death"

Kolli Hills Tourism

With an ominous name which means ‘Mountain of Death’, Kolli Hills or Kolli Malai are a mountain range located in the Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu. It is relatively untouched by commercial tourism and therefore has retained most of its natural magnificence. 

The mountains are famous for not only their natural beauty but also have religious significance because of the Arappaleshwar Temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The peak is accessible via road as well and the road leading up to it is winding with several twists and turns.

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Trekking in Kolli Hills

The trek begins at Puliancholai. Cultivated flat fields end at Puliancholai and forest territory begins beyond this point. The river bed is rocky, flat and wide and the trail goes right next to it. Walk on the along the river until you reach a stage where the river crosses points. The crossings at this stage are easy and you have to simply jump from one rock to another.

The first one hour of the trail runs along the river until it forks right and leaves the river behind. Continue walking down this trail. The vegetation becomes thicker and you enter tall shrubs and trees. The trail is gradually begins to ascend for the next 30 minutes.

In the next half an hour you come to a clearing from where you can see the Raasipuram town below. This is an indicator of half the trail being completed. From the clearing the trail moves to the right and the ridge line which is your destination is seen. Follow the trail until you reach a few point in the next 20 minutes. Three fourths of the climb has been completed.

The last stretch lasts for about thirty minutes and you are required to walk along the ridge. Walk down the trail through the paddy fields. Cross a few houses and take the foot trail which descends into another stream. Cross the stream and in 10 minutes you can see the temple at Kolli Malai. The temple marks the end of the trek.

The trek to Koli Hills is not said to be complete until a visit to the Akash Ganga Falls. The falls are located 1070 steps below.

Entry Fee and Timings 
There is an entry fee of Rs.10 per head and the last entry time is 3 p.m. At the base is a 10 ft wide pool which has a variable depth of 3ft to 6 ft. Wade/swim through the water holding on to the fixed ropes and get to the base of the water fall.

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What is the best way to reach Kolli hills?

Rail: The nearest railway station to Kolli Hills is Salem which is located approximately 90 kilometers away. Trichy is also located quite lose. Taxis from Salem or Trichy to Kolli Hills cost around Rs1200 on an average.

Road: Kolli Hills is readily accessible by road and is connected to cities such as Chennai and Salem. Salem is well linked to Chennai, Madurai and Trichy by private as well as Government buses. A taxi ride from the bus stand at Salem to Kolli Hills is around 88 kilometers in distance and costs around Rs.1100 on an average.
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What are the places near Kolli hills?

The top places near to Kolli hills are Pondicherry which is 175 km from Kolli hills, Yercaud which is located 57 km from Kolli hills, Kodaikanal which is located 148 km from Kolli hills, Namakkal which is located 20 km from Kolli hills, Munnar which is located 192 km from Kolli hills

What is the best time to visit Kolli hills?

The best time to visit is March-June, during spring or August-December, during autumn. The weather in Kolli Hills is generally pleasant. It is wise to avoid peak winter or monsoon months as the temperature gets quite cold in this mountainous terrain.
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