Want Go Trekking In Tamil Nadu? Here's A List Of Trails

For those interested in trekking, many scenic trails run through Tamil Nadu's hills, introducing you to unimaginable beauty as you climb higher
Tamil Nadu has its unique list of hill stations
Tamil Nadu has its unique list of hill stations Shutterstock

When you've had enough of the sunny shores, Tamil Nadu has its unique list of hill stations where you can surround yourself with emerald green scenery, breathe in the crisp air, hear birds sing, and enjoy spectacular views. For those interested in hiking and trekking, many scenic trails run through these hills, which also introduce you to the region's beauty as you climb higher. If you have been searching for new heights, these spots across the southern state will excite you. 

Grass Hills 

Nestled at an awe-inspiring altitude of 2,400 meters, Grass Hills rests within the verdant Anamalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu, stretching out to the neighbouring Eravikulam National Park in Kerala. A natural wonder, this land of lofty peaks and high plateaus boasts a rare and unique montane shola-grassland ecosystem found only in the higher reaches of the Western Ghats. 

Venturing into this cool haven, one is greeted with a breathtaking sight of emerald green grasses swaying gently on the mountain slopes, enveloping the surroundings in a tranquil aura. The sun setting over the hills paints a vivid picture, etching itself indelibly into the memory of any observer. 

Grass HIlls is a feast for the eyes
Grass HIlls is a feast for the eyesWikimedia Commons

Grass Hills is a feast for the eyes and a veritable wildlife sanctuary. The Valparai range is home to the Nilgiri Tahr, an exclusive and endangered species of wild goat that prefers open terrain cliffs and grassy hills at altitudes between 1200 and 2700 meters in the Western Ghats. Other majestic creatures, including elephants, bison, Indian Gaur, bears, and Nilgiri Langurs, wander freely in this habitat. The area is also a haven for diverse birdlife, including the iconic Hornbill.

Perumal Peak

Perumal Peak beckons to the adventurer's soul, a trekker's paradise in the Perumalmalai hills near the idyllic village of Perumalmalai, a stone's throw from the Palani road. This high Peak, nestled among the grandeur of the Western Ghats mountain range in Tamil Nadu, draws visitors from far and wide.

The trek commences from the base of the Peak, a tranquil spot near the Perumalmalai Village, a mere 11 km from Kodaikanal. The trail stretches over 7 km, taking trekkers on a journey of moderate difficulty, with a few steep parts of navigating. The trek is an experience in itself, taking around 3-4 hours each way, providing a glimpse of the raw, rugged beauty of the region.

For those seeking a deeper connection with nature, overnight camping atop the Peak is possible, allowing for a truly immersive experience. The stunning vistas from the top and the tranquil ambience make it the perfect spot to reconnect with oneself.

Perumalmalai village is easily accessible by bus or private vehicles from Palani or Kodaikanal, providing visitors with a hassle-free journey. It is little wonder that Perumal Peak is a must-visit destination in Kodaikanal, an adventure one will cherish forever.

Kolli Hills

Kolli Hills
Kolli HillsShutterstock

395 kilometres from Chennai lies the enchanting Kolli Hills or Kolli Malai, a cluster of small mountains nestled in the Namakkal district of Tamil Nadu. Rising at the height of 1000 to 1300 meters, these hills span over 280 square kilometres of undulating terrain. To reach the summit from the Namakkal side, one has to traverse 70 sinuous hairpin bends, each turn revealing breathtaking vistas of unspoiled wilderness. Despite its growing popularity among visitors to Trichy, the Kolli Hills have managed to preserve their pristine charm, escaping the grasp of commercial tourism. The mountains remain a true natural gem.

Thalaiyaar Falls 

Imagine yourself journeying through the lush terrain of Tamil Nadu, surrounded by verdant hills and breathtaking vistas. A magnificent sight beckons you from afar as you travel along the winding ghat road towards Dindigul. The Thalaiyar Falls, also known as the Rat Tail Falls, cascades down from a dizzying height of 975 feet (297 meters), making it the highest waterfall in Tamil Nadu and the third highest in all of India.

Despite its grandeur, this natural wonder remains elusive, tucked away from the prying eyes of the masses. No access road leads to its location, rendering it a hidden gem amid the wilderness. Yet, for the intrepid adventurer, a 6-kilometre trek through the rugged terrain stands between them and the majesty of Thalaiyar Falls. The trek, which takes around 2-3 hours each way, is considered of moderate difficulty, offering a refreshing challenge to those seeking to explore its secrets. And for those who embark on this journey, the reward is a truly unforgettable experience of nature's awe-inspiring beauty.

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