About Meghamalai

Country: India | State: Tamilnadu

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest City to Meghamalai: Madurai (126 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Meghamalai: October to May

Peak Season: December to January & March to May

At a distance of 55 km from Theni, 59 km from Gudalur, 92 km from Kumily, 126 km from Madurai, 127 km from Munnar, 130 km from Dindigul, 214 km from Kochi, 216 km from Alappuzha, 250 km from Tirunelveli, 294 km from Thiruvananthapuram, 344 km from Kanyakumari, and 563 km from Chennai, Megamalai or Meghamalai is a beautiful hill town in the Theni district of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the offbeat hill stations in South India and among the top places to visit as part of the Tamil Nadu Tour Packages.

Popularly called Highwavys Mountains, Meghamalai is an unexplored paradise in the Western Ghats and is very little known even to the people of Tamilnadu. It is also known as 'Paccha Kumachi' meaning 'Green Peaks' in the local Tamil language. The town was called High Wavys during the British period. Later, locals call it Megamalai since the peak is always covered with clouds. If you are looking for a calm and tranquil weekend from the hustle-bustle of city life, Megamalai is the perfect place to visit.

Perched at an altitude of 1,500 m, this small hill station is a place of natural beauty dotted with cardamom plantations and tea estates. It is a perfect getaway to beat the heat and enjoy some peaceful time relaxing amidst nature. Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Highwavy Dam, Megamalai Viewpoint, Manalar Dam, Suruli Falls, Iravangalar Dam, and maharaja Mettu are some of the top places to visit in Megamalai. Its long winding roads through lush green tea plantations are ideal for nature walks. Also, Meghamalai offers many opportunities for its visitors including trekking, mountain walks, bird watching, and wildlife spotting.

With an elevation of 1650 m above sea level, Vellimalai forms the heart of the Meghamalai Mountain range. Silver-lined clouds gently resting on green hilltops is a common sight here. This region is also the abode of river Vaigai. The hill range also affords a wonderful view of the entire range of Varusanadu Hills. There are a few large private tea and coffee plantations in and around Meghamalai include The Highwavys Estates, Ananda Plantations, Ponsiva Plantations, and Feildmede Estate which give plenty of scope for leisure walks.

Madurai Airport is the nearest airport which is about 137 km from Megamalai Bus Station. It has direct flights from Chennai, New Delhi, and Bengaluru. Madurai Railway Station is the nearest railhead which is 126 km from Megamalai. It has well-connected trains from all the major cities of India. From here, one can reach Megamalai by bus or hiring a cab to reach Megamalai. Megamalai is well connected by a few buses with Theni and Chinnamanur (4.30 AM, 6 AM, & 10 AM). Theni Bus Stand is the nearest major bus station and has well bus connectivity with Madurai, Palani, Dindigul, Thiruchirappalli, Kumuli, Bangalore, Coimbatore, and Chennai. It is always better to travel by SUV due to the pathetic road condition.

There are few deluxe, medium to budget accommodation options are available in Megamalai to stay and explore the nearby places.

The best time to visit Megamalai is from October to May with cool and pleasant weather for sightseeing. Avoid visiting Megamali in monsoon as there is a chance of landslides and road blockages.

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Poor
STD Code: 04546
Languages Spoken: Tamil, Malayalam, English & Hindi
Major Festivals: Details Not Available
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How to Reach Meghamalai

By Air

Nearest Airport: Madurai - Madurai Airport (137 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Theni (55 Kms)
Madurai Junction (126 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Meghamalai Bus Station (0 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Meghamalai

Backwaters

#1 of 8 Places to Visit in Meghamalai

At a distance 1 km from Megamalai Bus Station, Highwavy Dam is an artificial dam situated in Megamalai. It is one of the famous tourist places to visit in Megamalai as part of the Madurai Tour Packages.

The small hill town of Meghamalai boasts of 6 dams along with countless waterfalls which are round-the-year waterfalls. Iravangalar Dam, Manalar Dam, and Highway Dam are the most popular ones. Surrounded by tea and coffee plantations, the Highwavy Dam is a peaceful place to visit with your family and friends.

The Highwavys dam was built in the year 1978 CE. Its water capacity is 2.4 million m3. The serene lake and the beckoning mountains ranges are among the best places in Meghamalai to spend some time in solitude with your loved ones. During the rainy season, one can witness the majestic flow of water that attracts many tourists every year. Also, the scenic mountains-cuddled on either side of the road that leads to the dam will make the visitors fall for this place.

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Backwaters

#2 of 8 Places to Visit in Meghamalai

At a distance 4 km from Megamalai Bus Station, Manalar Dam is an artificial dam situated in Megamalai. It is one of the famous tourist places to visit in Megamalai as part of the Madurai Tour Packages.

The small hill town of Meghamalai boasts of 6 dams along with countless waterfalls which are perennial. Iravangalar Dam, Manalar Dam, and Highway Dam are the most popular ones. Surrounded by tea plantations, the Manalar Dam is a peaceful place to spend some time in solitude amidst mother nature.

The Manalar Dam was built in the year 1978 CE across Suruli River, also known as the Manalar River. Its water capacity is 13.5 million m3. The serene lake and the beckoning mountains ranges are among the best places in Meghamalai. During the rainy season, one can witness the majestic flow of water that attracts several tourists every year. The dam offers the bird's eye view of the Cumbum ravines and the villages in the Theni district. Besides, it is also an ideal place for photographs .....

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Nature

#3 of 8 Places to Visit in Meghamalai

At a distance of 11 km from Megamalai Bus Station, Megamalai Viewpoint is the picturesque spot located in Megamalai, Tamilnadu. It is one of the best and scenic places to visit in Megamalai.

Surrounded by blissful nature and green cover, this breathtaking viewpoint will make you awestruck. If you are looking out for an adventurous experience, then the Megamalai viewpoint is a must-visit place for you. Also, one can do activities like camp firing and spend a memorable night with your loved ones with proper guidance.

Tourists need to do a short trek to reach out to the spot. From the viewpoint, one will get stunning views of surrounding plains, lakes, vast tea gardens & mist-covered mountains. As there are no shops one must carry an essential amount of snacks, water, first-aid kit, etc.

Timings: 6 AM - 5 PM

Entry: Free

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Backwaters

#4 of 8 Places to Visit in Meghamalai

At a distance of 18 km from Megamalai Bus Stop, Iravangalar Dam is a man-made reservoir situated at Iravangalar village near Megamalai. It is one of the scenic dams in Tamil Nadu and among the famous Megamalai tourist places.

The small hill town of Meghamalai boasts of 6 dams along with countless waterfalls which are perennial. Suruli Theertham, Iravangalar Dam, Manalar Dam, and Highway Dam are the most popular ones. Surrounded by tea plantations and misty hills, the Iravangalar Dam is a perfect place to spend some time in solitude amidst mother nature.

An undiscovered eco-paradise, Iravangalar Dam is a must-visit tourist spot on your next trip to Tamilnadu. The serene lake and the mist-covered lovely picturesque environs attract a lot of tourists every year. The dam is maintained by the Tamilnadu electricity board. It is a perfect weekend getaway to chill in the soothing climate and to get drenched in the beauty of the lush green valleys and mist.

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Waterfall

#5 of 8 Places to Visit in Meghamalai

At a distance of 3 km from Kombai Thozu, 44 km from Theni, 69 km from Megamalai, Chinna Suruli Falls is a picturesque waterfall located at Kombai Thozhu village near Theni. Situated in between Megamalai and Theni, it is one of the beautiful waterfalls in the Theni district and among the top places to visit as part of Megamalai Tour Packages.

Chinna Suruli Falls is located amidst thick green forests at the foothills of the Meghamalai range. It is also known as Cloudland Falls as it originates in the Megamalai Hills. In the local language, Chinna means small or younger, so in a sense, it is called the younger Suruli Falls and is different from Suruli Falls which is situated near Cumbum town.

The waterfall cascades down from a height of 190 feet and is two-tiered falls. During peak season, the resounding cascades amidst the silver-lined clouds invite a huge number of travelers from far and near. It is a perfect spot for picnics and outings and a must-visit for shutterbugs. It .....

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Wildlife

#6 of 8 Places to Visit in Meghamalai

At a distance of 3 km from Megamalai Bus Station, Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected reserve situated at Megamalai in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the popular sanctuaries in Tamilnadu and among the top places to visit in Megmalai.

Covers an area of around 63,000 hectares, Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is a haven for wildlife and nature lovers. As this wildlife sanctuary is located at the border of Tamilnadu and Kerala, hence it acts as the buffer zone for Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala. The sanctuary is a haven for wildlife buffs and nature lovers. From shrub and evergreen forest to a range of mammals, birds, and reptiles, it dwells so many species of flora and fauna. Proposals have been made to transform the Megamalai Wildlife Sanctuary in the Theni district into a tiger reserve.

Sharing its boundaries with Srivilliputhur Grizzled Squirrel Sanctuary and Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala, the sanctuary is home to elephants, tiger, leopard, Nilgiri tahr, gaur, spotted deer, .....

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Nature

#7 of 8 Places to Visit in Meghamalai

At a distance of 1 km from Iravangalar Dam and 17 km from Meghamalai Bus Stop, Maharaja Mettu is a popular vantage point in Megamalai. Located at Vennial Tea Estate, it is one of the must-visit places in Megamalai as part of Megamalai Packages.

Maharaja Mettu offers a wonderful view of the entire mountain range of Varusanadu Hills, lush tea plantations & Cumbum Valley. From the viewpoint, one would be amazed to see endless greenery complimented well by the rocky mountains.

The route to the vantage point kept meandering through the tea estates. From the road, one needs to cover about 400 m to reach the viewpoint. The spot is maintained by Tamil Nadu Forest Department, y so one needs to pay the entry fee to enter the viewpoint. View of the plains interspersed with clouds and mist was spellbinding from the point. If you are lucky enough, you may spot some wild elephants in the surrounding jungle.

Timings: 8 AM - 5 PM

Entry: Rs. 10 for Person

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Heritage | Pilgrimage | City

#8 of 8 Places to Visit in Meghamalai

At a distance of 464 km from Chennai, 136 km from Trichy, 169 km from Thanjavur, 170 km from Rameswaram, 114 km from Kodaikanal & 209 km from Coimbatore, Madurai is the third largest city in Tamilnadu and one of the most famous centers of pilgrimage in India and also the prime site of heritage in Tamil Nadu. The city is very well known for Madurai Meenakshi Temple and among the must include places in your South India tour packages.

Situated on the banks of the River Vaigai, Madurai is also referred to as Athens of the East and Temple Town. Madhurai is the oldest continually inhabited city in the Indian peninsula, with a history dating all the way back to the Sangam period of the pre-Christian era. It has been inhabited since at least the 3rd century BCE. It is considered as the cultural capital of Tamilnadu.

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Distance (From Meghamalai): 126 Kms
Trip Duration (From Meghamalai - Including Travel): Full Day
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