Right between the 200km distance from Coimbatore and Madurai lies the hilly town of Palani. The town has two hills, Sivagiri and Sakthigiri, that are the prominent visual in this scenic, hilly landscape. There are many lakes in Palani that eventually drain into the Shanmuga River at the foot of these hills.
Palani, derived from Pazham (Fruit), combines two words - 'Fruit' and 'You'. This Tamil town is famous for its temple dedicated to Lord Murugan or 'Kartikeya', son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, who is believed to have lived here after leaving Mount Kailash to become an ascetic.
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