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.