Kollihills Sightseeing

Leisure Places

The Boat House, situated in Vasalurpatty on the Solakkadu-Thinnanurpatty Road, is a picnic spot where boating can be done. There is a small natural island in the middle of the lake.

The Boat House at Vasalurpatty is located at Km 9/2 of Solakkadu – Thinnanurpatty road. It is one of the most beautiful spot with small natural island in the lake covered with huge rocks and greenery on all sides. Perennial water source available in the lake throughout the year.

Akasa Gangai is an enchanting 300 feet waterfall of river Aiyaru, located near Arappaleeshwarar temple. Thousands of steps lead down to the falls. It is situated in a beautiful valley surrounded by the mountains at all sides. Enroute, the natural beauty of the valley and the vegetation-covered peaks . The location is ideal for trekking and the breeze is pleasant, the cascade of silvery water touching and brushing the innumerable herbs which are abound in Kollihills keeps everyone spell bound and fresh with its herbal qualities.

This is comparatively a small waterfalls and the height is quite lesser. There is a small trail (concrete path) few meters the tourists have to walk to reach this spot. A bath in this cascade refreshes you.

View points in Kolli Hills have been developed for promoting tourism. One of the view points is at Selurnadu and another is at Seekuparai. The State government has developed a park and a road leading to the Seekuparai View Point.

Botanical Garden is a picnic spot that has a park, rose garden, eco-friendly cottages, Herbal Park and a view point. Botanical Garden is formed at the old TAMPCOL site located some 3 Km from Semmedu . Eco friendly cottages and a view point is located. There is also a small children's park in the garden that includes rides like see-saw, wave slide, statues of animals and merry-go-round. The garden is famous for a porch room that is used for conducting a flower show and a pineapple research farm.

Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 8.00 AM - 8.00 PM , Saturday - Sunday: 8.00 AM - 8.00 PM

Visit the historical place at Selur Nadu where the benevolent King Pari gave his royal chariot to help and support a jasmine creeper grow. You can still see the ancient culvert at this spot.

One of the most panoramic spots on the Kolli Hills is the Selur viewpoint with clear views of the low-lying valley. It is a secluded place where you can hear the birds calling and the whisper of the breeze An annual festival is organised by the state government during the month of August for encouraging tourism. The Selurnadu View Point is a quiet place in Kollimalai from where beautiful views of the surrounding areas are available.

Monuments

The Siddhar Caves, situated on the Kolli Hills, are considered to be the residence of sages who practised medicine centuries ago. The size of some caves is so small that only one or two people can go inside at a time. These caves are also surrounded by small groves full of medicinal herbs.

The Centre of Advanced Study (CAS) in Marine Biology is a reputed Marine Institute in India which is actively engaged in teaching, research and extension activities in Marine Sciences. The advantage of the Centre is the ideal location and easy access to different biotopes such as estuary, mangrove, backwaters and coastal waters. Despite being located 12 Km. away from the main campus Annamalai University in a rural setting, the Centre made rapid strides in various facets of Marine Science. This Centre, the brain child of the Eminent Scientist (Late) Prof. R.V. Seshaiya, was established during 1957 as a field laboratory for the Department of Zoology, Annamalai University at Parangipettai. The status of a separate department to this station was conferred by the Annamalai University in 1961. In October 1963, this department was recognized for its outstanding research contribution by the University Grants Commission (UGC) as the Centre of Advanced Study in Marine Biology and the Commission continues to extend generous assistance till-date.

The Centre has successfully completed more than 150 research projects and 48 research projects funded by various national and international funding agencies are in operation.
Recognising the expertise and excellent scientific achievements of the Centre, the United Nations University having its Head Quarters in Tokyo signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Annamalai University to conduct Training Workshop on Methodologies for Assessing Biodiversity of Coastal Ecosystems from 2000 from trainees from developing Countries in Asia.
The Centre is offering diversified Academic Programmes (M.Sc.) such as Marine Biology & Oceanography, Coastal Aquaculture, Marine Biotechnology, Marine Food Technology, Marine Microbiology, Ocean Science & Technology, Marine Pharmacology and Marine Chemistry in the field of Marine Science.

Places of Worship

Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthi. A scar on the head of the Shivalinga is visible caused by a hit of a plough. The construction of the shrine is such that a devotee could enjoy the darshan of Lord Arappaleeswarar, Mother Thayammai, Lord Vinayaka and Lord Muruga standing from a single spot.There are shrines in the inner corridor of the temple for Lord Muruga with his consorts Valli and Deivanai, Lord Vinayaka, Lord Kasi Viswanathar, Visalakshi, Lakshmi, Saraswathi, Dakshinamurthy, Chandikeswara, Durga, Kalabhairava, Sun and Moon. Kollimalai has the reputation of being ruled by the Chera kings. One of them, Valvil Ori was known for his charitable and compassionate traits.A part of the region ruled by him was known as Arappalli. As Lord Shiva graces this place as a Swayambumurthy, Arappaleeswarar temple came into being here. There is a statue for Valvil Ori here.The temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Saint Ganasambandar and Saint Thirunavukkarasar as Araipalli.Arapaleeswarar Temple is situated in an area called Valapur Nadu. The Lord graces the devotees along with Mother Thayammai, Lord Vinayaka and Lord Muruga.Devotees believe that Arapaleeswarar is in the form of a fish. Therefore, they offer food to the fishes in the people before entering the temple. .