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The Rolling Hills of Meghamalai

by Madhav Srinivasan 5 year, 6 months ago

The mighty hills of Meghamalai are located in the Western Ghats, in the Theni district of Tamil Nadu. Situated at a height of 1500 meters above sea level, this hill station has abundant cardamom and tea plantations.

The hills of Meghamalai are ideal tourist spots to visit due to the enchanting natural beauty, wildlife and plantations that are found here. The Highways, Manalaar and Cloudlands are three of the largest tea estates found here. 

The Highways share a border with the Periyar Tiger Reserve which contains a myriad of exotic animals. This region serves as the perfect destination for travelers who wish to enjoy a restful and serene trip and become one with nature. Meghamalai hosts a variety of rare flora and fauna, exotic birds and wildlife. Elephants and wild gaurs are often spotted in this region.

Best time to visit Meghamalai

The ideal time to visit Meghamalai is between the months of October and March. This is due to the fact that the Monsoons cool down the region and you can enjoy pleasant climate during your visit.

Meghamalai- Major Attractions and Activities

Some of the major activities in the Meghamalai region include:

  • Wildlife Spotting: The dense Meghamalai forest is home to a large number of animals, most notably the tigers, leopards, elephants, gaurs, deer, wild boars, the Nilgiri Langur and Tahr, sloth bears, macaques, otters and more than hundred different species of birds. Bird watching is another widely popular activity in this region.
  • Plantation Visits: This is another major attraction in the area. The land is covered with extensive tea, cardamom, coffee, pepper and cinnamon plantations.
  • Visit to the dams: There are six major dams which are popular among tourists located at Suruli Theertham. Ferry services and pleasure boat rides are going to be introduced shortly so that tourists can get a better view of the majestic surroundings.

Meghamalai- How to get there

The nearest airport is situated at Madurai, Tamil Nadu at a distance of 185 kilometers from Meghamalai. The nearest railway station is situated in Dindigul at a distance of 165 kilometers from Meghamalai. It is situated at a distance of 85 kilometers from Thekkady in Kerala and 43 kilometers from Chinnamanoor by road.

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