The more you search about the Eastern Ghats is the more you get curious. There are so many unexplored places in this region that makes you wonder why aren’t people aware of these amazing spots. I have covered about a few places of the Eastern Ghats in the past but one more place came to my notice a week back. If you just look at the photos of this place it would make you feel like packing your bags and leaving for this place. In this article, I would be talking about Kalrayan Hills which is a magnificent place located at a height of 2500 ft. This place is divided into 2 sections – Chinna and Periya (Small and Big) Kalrayan. The place is full of greenery and deciduous and evergreen forests can be found here. There are many places which you can visit here, I would be naming the top 7 which would save your time in the pre-research.
Kalrayan Hills – The Unexplored and Untouched Hill Range
1. Periyar Falls
If you want to visit these falls then make sure that you don’t visit during the monsoon season as it is really close to the Vellimali Village which gets flooded during this season. The best time to visit these falls is during the post-monsoon season. In order to visit this fall, you will need to travel to the Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu. During the summer, the flow of these falls becomes less so the best months to visit this place would be during November – January. Whenever you visit this place make sure that you carry additional clothes because these falls are considered to very safe for taking a bath. These falls are not secluded so there are other tourist spots which you can visit like the Gomukhi Dam.
2. Pappanaikan Patti Dam
The first advice regarding this place would be not to visit it during the summer season. The water dries up and it doesn’t look the way you would generally expect it to. The best season of visiting this place would be during the monsoon season. If you are visiting Badrakaliamman Temple then make sure you don’t miss out on Kariya Koli Reservoir Project Dam (It is the official name of Pappanaikan Patti Dam) it is just 35 kilometres away from the temple. Take out half an hour of your day and just sit on side of the dam near the water, it would really calm your senses down.
3. Megam Falls
One thing that you need to understand is that if you are a person who doesn’t like waterfalls then Kalrayan Hills may not be the best option for you. There are many similarities between Megam Falls and The Periyar falls. Just like, Periyar Falls; Megam Falls also dries up during the summer and floods during the monsoon. If you want to enjoy the beauty of this place, then you should visit it during the month of November – January. Imagine, you are going to a place and from half a kilometre away you can hear the sound the waterfall. That’s the kind of experience which Megam Falls has to offer for you. If you want to visit this place then you would need to visit Kachirayapalayam district, from this district it is situated at a distance of about 5 kilometres.
4. Gomukhi Dam
The best part about travelling to Kachirayapalayam district is that there are many other places which you can cover in the area. One such tourist spot is the Gomukhi Dam which is located at a distance of just 2 kilometres from this district. Have you ever wanted to see a place which is just filled with greenery everywhere you look? Gomukhi Dam is one such place. This dam has a lot of importance as it supplies water to 2 districts in this region.
5. Manimukhnadi Dam
This dam is not a popular tourist spot but if you are planning to travel to Kallakurichi district then you can think of visiting this place. I personally didn’t enjoy this place because I didn’t find any wow factor. The dam is more than 50 years old and was built near the river Manimukhdha (from where it has got its name). It is located at a distance of about 10 kilometres and the dam is used to supply water to 2 districts.
6. Venkatramana Temple
The next place which you can think of visiting when you visit Kalrayan Hills is the Venkatramana Temple. This temple was built by Muthyalu Nayaka who had ruled from 1500 AD to 1560 AD. The temple may not be in a well-maintained condition; however, it is popular among the tourists. If you visit Pondicherry you would find a few pillars which owe its origin to this temple; it was taken by the French to decorate the city.
How to get here?
Now let’s come to the big question how would you reach Kalrayan Hills? If you taking the plane then you would have to come to Tiruchirapalli airport which is approximately 200 kilometres away from Kalrayan Hills. Villupuram would be the nearest railway station if you are taking the train and Kallakurchi is the nearest city if you are planning to go by road. You would want to stay in Kallakuchi for a good lodging experience.
Kalrayan Hills is still an unexplored place, so there might be places which you might have not heard of. If you are looking for an adventure then make sure you visit these unexplored places. These were the top 6 places you can visit in Kalrayan Hills. Happy travelling and exploring!