The Kolli Hills or Kolli Malai is a small mountain range in central Tamil Nadu, a state in southern India.
Its height ranges from 800 to 1100 meters with the highest peak being 1445 meters. The name means “Mountains of Death” because legend has it that there lived the spirit of a woman of great beauty who caught the walkers and killed them. This mythical woman has been identified with the local deity Kolippavai, also known as Ettukkai Amman.
The main city is Semmedu. Arapaleeswarar Temple is the main point of pilgrimage. It used to have a reputation as an unhealthy area but today it is a tourist center for nature lovers.
Access : Coordinates: 11.6, 78.55 / The Kolli Hills or Kolli Malai is a small mountain range located in the middle of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
- Kolli Hills is mentioned in the poems of at least seven poets. After the Sarvayaran hills, only these hills are covered with rain forests. Many beautiful waterfalls can also be seen in Kolli Hills.
- Elephants and tigers used to live in the largely inaccessible parts of the mountains, today even black bears, porcupines and hares have become rare
- Kollimalai is a small town inhabited by a small number of poor people engaged in agriculture, To reach Kollimala, one has to climb a steep pass with over 70 curves.
- Top sights in Kolli Hills : Near the Akasa Gangai Falls is the 12th-century Arappalleeswarar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, with numerous 16th-century modifications , it is the only historical temple building in the Kolli Mountains that is dedicated to a Hindu high god. A goddess by the name of Kolli Paavai or Ettukkai Amman was also worshiped for a long time.
/ A large waterfall known as Akash Ganga enhances the beauty of the Kolli Hills. Akash Ganga Falls is the main attraction of the Kolli Hills. It is located in the middle of two hills, between the two great mountains / Masila Falls on Kolli Hills / the Karavalli – Kolli Hill road / Namma Aruvi falls.
Go next : The nearest town is Namakkal, about 26 km (driving distance) to the south-west , the large city of Tiruchirapalli is about 100 km south-east./ Palakkad is an important place in Kerala, India, located at a distance of about 250 km from the Kolli Hills in the state of Tamil Nadu.