Misty Mountain Tops & Waterfalls, This Summer Check Into This Secret Hill Station Under 9 Hours From Chennai
Feel like Ooty and Kodaikanal are too overrated? Ditch the obvious hill stations this summer and check into Kolli Hills, one of the secret and severely underrated hill destinations in Tamil Nadu. Located in Namakkal district, Kolli Hills is an offbeat hill station full of potential - from waterfalls to hillocks, here are the best places to check out in Kolli Hills.
Make your time at Kolli Hills worthwhile by visiting the Botanical Gardens. Located just three kilometres from Semmedu, what awaits is a dreamy rose garden which will make you feel like you’re in paradise. The garden also has a point from where you can get the best views of the hills, eco-friendly cottages, and a children’s park buzzing with energy. You can spot a variety of plant species here including lilies and several orchids.
Kolli Hills is home to a rich cultural history and the Arapaleeswarar Temple is the most iconic. This temple has been around since the 1st century and is a treasure to spot some of the best domes and sculptures of Dravidian architecture.
Tampcol Medicine Farm
Tampcol Medicine Farm is well-known for housing several medicinal plants in Kolli Hills. This state-run farm is a must-see for both the view and vantage points as well as the plants. The herbs that grow here are used for producing Ayurvedic medicines.
Agaya Gangai Waterfalls
This 3000 feet waterfall is one of the best spots to check out in Kolli Hills. There are about 1000 steps to climb before you reach the waterfall. This is perfect for a hike, and at the end you can click the most aesthetically pleasing pictures for your feed.
Vasalurpatty Boat House
Chill by this lake and soak in Kolli Hills - perfect for boating, this lake is surrounded by a lush green cover with hillocks in the background. The entry fee is priced from INR 5 and you can hire a 2-seater pedal boat for INR 20.
If archaeological spots are your thing, don’t forget to check out the Siddhar Caves in Kolli Hills. This cave is centuries old and was home to sages who would meditate all day, and even today only two people can enter the cave at once.