Located 25 km (16 miles) from Dindigul and 40 km (25 miles) from Madurai, Tamilnadu , India, Sirumalai is an area of 60,000 acres (200 kms). The region has many high hills. Sirumalai is where Hillock International School is situated. Throughout the year, Sirumalai is a thick forest area with a mild climate. It includes diversified flora and fauna, at an altitude of 1600 metres above sea level. There are 18 hairpin twists on the road.
Sirumalai Hills has many natural scenic attractions that its tourists enjoy and make it a popular destination. Below, they are described:
Church Annai Velankanni
At the peak of the hill, the church is on a slope. The closest bus stop is 2 km from here. In September, people host the “Our Lady of Good Health” festival annually, with a flag hoisted prior to the event.
Sirumalai Lake consists of a small lake which was formed artificially in 2010. This is a man-made pool. This lake is bordered by tall, verdant trees. For those who wish to glide across the placid waters of the lake gently, boating facilities are also open. Boating is accessible only on weekends where there is ample water in the lake.
Tower of Surveillance
An observation tower on the seventeenth Hair Pin Bend provides a (much needed) stopover spot. At this point, you can do nothing better than enjoy the jaw dropping scenery below.
When Lord Hanuman had to look for a certain herb and not find it, the hill became popular, and he had to take the whole hill with him to heal Lord Laxmanan. A bit dropped down here on his way back from Sri Lanka with the mount, and it became known as Sanjeevani Hills. This hill is one of the Hills of Sirumalai.
The Saathiyar River flows southward and empties into the Vaigai River, emerging from the Sirumalai hills. A region of 819 square kilometers (316 sq mi) surrounds the lake. The gross surface area of the sub-basin is 4,279.89 hectares (10,575.8 acres). Saathiyar Dam has been installed across this river for irrigation purposes near Vadipatti. This is the Saathiyar Dam catchment area in Madurai.
Murugan Temple in Vellimalai
The famous temple of Lord Murugan (Vellimalai Murugan Temple) is situated in the mountain that climbs over the valley 45 minutes away. In the nearby villages and cities, this temple is renowned.
The Khandige Estate
In the Sirumalai hills, an isolated range of hills in the Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu, the Khandige estate spread over 1000 acres, drained by three rivers of which 2 are perennial, flowing through the Khandige estate before flowing as a series of waterfalls into the plains. During the months of October and December, the area will receive an average of 120-132 cm of rain.
This land, surrounded by approximately 20-30,000 acres of reserve forest, has a natural wealth of flora and fauna, particularly medicinal plants, which have remained largely untouched. The key goal of this property is to protect the biodiversity of the Western Ghats and to avoid or at least discourage the degradation of this rich eco-system due to rampant deforestation.
Range of Selvi Koil
The site gives a panoramic view of Dindigul and the town of Chinnamalai. At dusk, the Selvi Koil Point shows an oval-shaped view of the beautifully lit Dindigul and neighbouring Chinnamalai town below.
In the Sirumalai Hills, named after the famous Agastya Siddhar, Agastya Puram is situated. Agasthiarpuram is a holy place in the area of Sirumalai where Siddhas (monks) have lived since ancient times. The area is surrounded by medicinal plants and herbs. There is the ancient Shiva Lingam at the top of the hill, which dates back at least 500 years.
Hills of Silver
Silver Hill, which is the highest hill in Sirumalai, is situated in Agastya Puram. It is said that the top of the Silver Hill was made up of Silver, but the hill was turned into stone by Agastya Siddhar through Alchemy to escape man’s destructive behavior during the Kali Yuga, so it got the name silver hill. The silver shimmer of the hills can still be seen in the sunshine. Sirumalai A 500-year-old Shiva Lingam is at the end of this Silver Hill, a 30-45 minute walk to the top of the hill.
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