Meghamalai, popularly referred to as the Highwavy Ranges, is a mountain range in the Theni district of the Western Ghats, Tamil Nadu, near Kumily, Kerala. The distance between Dindigul to Megamalai is 120 Km.It takes 2 hours, 46 minutes to travel from Dindigul to Megamalai. Cardamom plantations and tea estates dot it. The place is located at an altitude of 1,500 m above sea level and is rich in fauna and flora.This area, now mostly planted with tea, includes the estates of Cloudlands, Highwavys, Venniar and Manalar, to which access is now largely restricted. It also contains significant remains of evergreen forest that are untouched.
The Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary can be a great buffer for the Periyar Tiger Reserve and the Grizzled Squirrel Wildlife Sanctuary, which can greatly improve the protection of the southern Western Ghats, the hills south of the Palakkad Gap.
DAY WISE ITINERARY
DAY 1 – Dindigul to Megamalai (Megamalai Sightseeing)
- Morning pick up from Dindigul.
- After Refreshment at Theni.
- On the way Breakfast (Your own cost).
- Then proceed towards Meghamalai.
- On the way to visit Highwavys Dam, Megamalai View Point, Chinna Suruli, Manalar Dam.
- Overnight stay @ Hotel – Megamalai.
DAY 2 – Megamalai Sightseeing
- After fresh up and Breakfast @ hotel.
- Check out the Hotel.
- Then Proceed to visit Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Manalar Waterfall, Venniyar Tea Estate, Highwavys Lake.
- Then proceed towards Dindigul.
- Finally drop @ Dindigul Railway Junction.
What ‘s Included
- We can provide stay for ( 2*, 3*, 5*, 7* )
- Solo Traveller
- Double sharing Rooms
- Suite Rooms
- Deluxe Rooms
- Royal Suite Rooms
- Home Stay (As per required )
- From Trip start to till end the Tour Guide will be take care Local Speaking Guide – ( English,Tamil,Hindi,Telugu & Malayalam ) *
- Breakfast Lunch Dinner (As per required )
- All local vehicle transport (Dindigul to Megamalai to Dindigul).
The last thorough study of flora in the biodiversity-rich area of Meghamalai was performed in the early 1980s, according to experts.Vegetation ranges from scrub forests at the foothills, ubiquitous expanses of tea and coffee farms, to spice (pepper, helllcardamom, cinnamon) plantations and finally to the thick evergreen forests at the top. Since then, no systematic study has been carried out on the vegetation.
A view of the entire mountain range of Varusanadu Hills is offered by the Highwavys. All around, in particular the Highwavys Group of Estates, there are large private tea, spices, and coffee plantations. Some of the other small plantations in Meghamalai are also called Ananda Plantations, Ponsiva Plantations, and Fieldmede Estate. A manmade lake offers plenty of space for leisurely walks.
Six hill dams and the place of origin of Suruli Theertham (Suruli falls near Cumbum town) are popular tourist attractions. The deep Cumbum Valley and the villages of the Theni district can be viewed from the Manalar Dam. The heart of Meghamalai is the Vellimalai (Silver Mountain, 1,650 m) area.
On green hilltops, silver-lined clouds seem to rest gently; the place where the river Vaigai originates is nestled in this area. This location provides an opportunity to see aesthetically and scientifically maintained tea gardens for wild animals. Meghamalai Falls (Suruli Falls) is on the Suruli River, originating in the Meghamalai Hills.
Oriental honey buzzard, broad pied hornbill, Indian brown mongoose, Jerdon ‘s palm civet, white-bellied short-wing, black-naped monarch, pied thrush, gaur, tiger, leopard, Asian elephant, mouse deer, Ghatixalus asterops, Raorchestes beddomii, Raorchestes ponmudi, Nyctibatrachus sp., Ramanella triangularis, Ramanella montana, Calotes grandisquamis. Species found in the High Wavy Mountains.
A large range of birds , mammals, reptiles and butterflies are also found in Megamalai. It is also an excellent location for bird watching. Over 100 species of birds have been recorded in the forests.
The hill station has a rich flora diversity that includes scrub forests and plantations and precious fauna including Great Indian hornbills, Grizzled Giant Squirrel, Fruit Bat of Salim Ali, White-bellied Woodpecker and numerous rare deer species.For more details about Dindigul to Megamalai tour package please contact 9443204141,9578784466.