Kolli Hills

Last updated on March 13th, 2020 at 04:46 am


The place Kolli Hills is a mountain range has located at Namakkal district, Tamil Nadu the ominous name of this place means ‘Mountain of Death’. Situated at an altitude of 1300 m above sea level, this place is a part of the Eastern Ghats range in India. Kolli Hills is not offering any form of commercial tourism activity and provides its visitors with a clean, greenery environment along with that hill stations near Chennai within 400kms. This region has 3 reserved forests in this area are Kundur Nadu, Puliancholai, and Ariyur Solai. This place has 70 hairpin bends from Namakkal to the top of the hills which are a more interesting part of the journey.

Legend of Kolli Hills:

It is said that this hill station has much mythical significance, and has a name in some of the most famous parts of South Indian literature. These mountains are very high in height and have numerous hairpin bends, which they named “Kolli Malai”, which translates as “Hills of Death”.

The hill is called Kolli Malai after the Goddess Ettukkai Amman (Kolli Pavai). Based on legend says, the sages chose the Kolli Hills while searching for a place of peace for their penance. However, demons invaded the mountains to prevent penance when the sages initiated their rituals. According to legends, the sages prayed to Kollipavai who chased the demons.

Different and several forms of flora and fauna can be enjoyed here. If you want to visit the caves, there are Siddhar caves in the Kolli Hills. Locals claim that the sages practiced their medicinal rituals here. There is no doubt that you can still see caves bounded by medicinal herbs. Some caves are so tiny and narrow that only one person can apt.

The landscape is mostly surrounded by coffee and tea plantations with many paddy fields and jackfruit trees. The town is still beautiful during the rainy season as the valley flows with many streams.

Handpicked Places to Visit in Kolli Hills:

These hills are well-known not only for their natural beauty but also for its spiritual importance for the reason that of the Arappaleshwar Temple devoted to Lord Shiva. The peak can also be accessed by road, and the road through it is winding with many twists and turns.

One more important attraction of the place is the Agaya Gangi Waterfalls. It is located near to the Arapaleeswarar Temple. To reach the falls, one needs to climb over 1200 stairs in the underground. But the view from above is amazing. Even in the summer season also the waterfalls are never dried. So the indigenous community here thinks through this as the form of God.

Best time: March to December

Elevation: 1300 mts.

Trip Duration: One Day

Attractions and place to visit nearby:    

  • Siddhar Caves
  • Arapaleeswarar Temple
  • Natural reserves
  • Agaya Gangi Waterfalls
  • Pineapple Research Farm
  • Botanical Garden
  • Masila Falls
  • Selur View Point
  • Seekuparai View Point
  • Trekking
  • Meditation
  • Hiking and Plantation Tours


  • An annual tourism festival in the month of August is organized at pineapple research farm by the state government.
  • Ori Festival is also celebrated in grand style in the region.

How to Reach

Distance: 360 KM from Chennai

Nearest Airport: Salem Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Namakkal and Salem