About Pollachi

Country: India | State: Tamilnadu

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest City to Pollachi: Coimbatore (48 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Pollachi: October to March

Peak Season: December to February

At a distance of 30 km from Udumalpet, 48 km from Coimbatore, 65 km from Valparai, 116 km from Munnar, 130 km from Dindigul, 163 km from Kochi, 191 km from Madurai, and 526 km from Chennai, Pollachi is a scenic town and a taluk headquarters in Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu in India. It is the second-largest town in the district after Coimbatore and among the stunning offbeat places to visit in Tamil Nadu as part of Coimbatore Tour Packages.

Located on the tip of the Annamalai hills and the plains of Coimbatore, Pollachi is a largely visited tourist hub known for its rich greenery and amazing landscape. The ancient name for Pollachi was 'Pozhil Vaitchi' meaning 'the land of natural wealth and prosperity' in Tamil. The town was also called Mudi Konda Chola Nallur during the reign of Kulottunga Chola III. Since ancient times, the Pollachi market called by the name of 'Pollachi Sandhai' has been considered as a prosperous bazaar that combines great natural wealth. The town markets are always alive with cattle, traders, and vegetables but jaggery dominates as Pollachi remains the biggest market in Asia for Jaggery production.

The charming town of Pollachi is known for its lavish greenery and blissful sceneries. Primarily an agricultural region, Pollachi adorns vast spreads of coconut, jaggery, and vegetable fields. The ancient Arulmigu Subramania Thirukoil which dates back to the 8th century CE is one of the most popular temples of the region. It was believed to have been a Shiva temple at some point in history. The famous Topslip, Annamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, Aliyar Dam, and Masani Amman Temple attract tourists and wanderers from all over the world throughout the year. The picturesque town has become a favorite spot among film-makers with over 1500 movies being shot here in the past few years.

Although many religions like Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism prevail, Pollachi is mainly a Hindu town. Navaratri and Pongal are the two religious festivals celebrated here with great pomp and fervor. Also, Pollachi hosts the Cattle Festival generally during February, a competition for farmers and agriculturalists to showcase their best cattle and agricultural produce and win prizes as well. One can attend Pollachi Fair, a vendor and hawker fair held every Thursday. During this event, sellers market a variety of items such as clothing, pulses, vegetables, oils, etc.

About 50 km from Pollachi, Coimbatore Airport is the nearest airport that has well flight connectivity with all the major cities of India including Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, and Pune. Pollachi Junction has regular trains from Palakkad, Coimbatore, Tiruchendur, and Palani. Both State government and Private deluxe buses ply to Pollachi from nearby cities and towns such as Coimbatore, Dindigul, Chennai, Chalakudy, Tiruppur, Udumalpet, Madurai, Valparai and Palani.

Surrounded by the mighty Western Ghats, the town not only possess a charming scenic beauty but also experiences a mild and pleasant climate throughout the year. However, the best time to visit Pollachi is from December to February and in the monsoon season when the place looks splendid. Summers in Pollachi hit up to 35 degrees celsius and is generally not a touristy time.

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 04259
Languages Spoken: Tamil, Malayalam, English & Hindi
Major Festivals: Navaratri, Pongal & Cattle Festival
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How to Reach Pollachi

By Air

Nearest Airport: Coimbatore - Coimbatore Peelamedu Airport (50 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Pollachi Junction (0 Kms)
Coimbatore Junction (48 Kms)
Palakkad Railway Station (53 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Pollachi Bus Station (2 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Pollachi

Pilgrimage

#1 of 12 Places to Visit in Pollachi

At a distance of 14 km from Pollachi Junction, Sri Masani Amman Temple is a sacred Hindu temple located at Anaimalai near Pollachi, Tamil Nadu. Situated at the confluence of Aliyar River and the Uppar stream, it is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in the Coimbatore district and among the top places to visit in Pollachi.

Also known as Anaimalai Masani Amman Temple is dedicated to Goddess Arulmigu Masani Amman. The presiding deity is seen in a lying posture measuring 15 feet with four hands holding a skull, snake, drum, and a trident. The most noteworthy feature of the temple is that it serves as a welfare government listening to the grievances of the public, as a clinical dispensary rectifying the physical ills of people and as a court of justice easing the suffering of men and women. Besides the presiding deity, the temple also has idols of Neethi Kal or the Stone of Justice and Mahamuniappan.

According to the legend, the Masani Amman Temple was constructed in the name .....

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Pilgrimage

#2 of 12 Places to Visit in Pollachi

At a distance of 1 km from Pollachi Junction, Sri Arulmigu Subramania Swamy Temple is a Hindu temple in Pollachi, Tamil Nadu. It is one of the sacred places of pilgrimage in Pollachi and among the must include places in Pollachi Packages.

Dedicated Lord Murugan, Sri Subramania Swami Temple was built in 12-13th century AD during the reign of Kongu Sundara Pandian and Kongu Tribhuvana Chakravarthi Vikrama Chola according to epigraphic findings. Konga Cholas built this temple in honor of 'Lord Shiva' and named it as 'Thiruvahatheswaramudayar' temple, 700 years ago. There is also one such detail on the southern wall of the temple showing the name of the temple as Thiru Agatheeswaram Udayar belonging to the sixth year of the rule of King Perum Padappu Sorupam of Kochi royal family. In due course, it came to be called 'Subramanyar Kovil' and 'Lord Subramanyar' is worshipped here.

This temple has a high architectural value. The temple faces east with one Prakara and accommodates .....

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Backwaters

#3 of 12 Places to Visit in Pollachi

At a distance of 24 km from Pollachi and 43 km from Valparai, Aliyar Dam is an earthen dam located at Aliyar village in Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the popular dams in the Coimbatore district and among the prime places to visit in Valparai.

Built across the Aliyar River, the Aliyar Dam was constructed during 1959-1969 mainly for irrigation purposes. Azhiyar Dam was inaugurated on 2nd October 1962 by then Prime minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and was commissioned in 2002 to generate Hydro Electric Power. The dam is located in the foothills of Valparai, in the Anaimalai Hills of the Western Ghats. The height of the dam is 81 m.

There is a well-maintained park built at bottom of the Dam along with an aquarium, a mini Themed - Park and play area maintained by Tamil Nadu Fisheries Corporation. The view of the Anamalai range around the reservoir is a feast for the eyes and the view of the coconut groves from the top of the dam is amazing. One can also .....

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Waterfall

#4 of 12 Places to Visit in Pollachi

At a distance of 5 km from Aliyar Dam, 27 km from Pollachi and 38 km from Valparai Bus Station, Monkey Falls is a natural waterfall situated in the Coimbatore district of Tamil Nadu. Situated on the Pollachi-Valparai road in the Anamalai Hills range, it is one of the magnificent waterfalls in Valpari and among the best places to visit as part of Valparai Packages.

Situated near Aliyar Dam, Monkey Falls is cascading down from a height of about 60 feet into a pool. Enveloped between evergreen forests and rocky cliffs, this enchanting waterfall brings together the entire scenery. Reaching this falls requires a short trek through an evergreen forest surrounded by rock cliffs. Take a dip in the falls is refreshing though it is a bit dangerous during monsoons when the water flow is high. As the name suggests, the place has several monkeys. So, has to be careful while taking care of their belongings.

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Wildlife

#5 of 12 Places to Visit in Pollachi

At a distance of 35 km from Pollachi and 76 km from Coimbatore, Topslip is a protected tiger reserve located in the Annamalai mountain range of the Western Ghats in Tamilnadu. It is one of the must include places in Pollachi Tour Packages.

Situated at an altitude of 240 m, Topslip is the tourist zone and main birding area of the Annamalai Tiger Reserve, which is separated from the Nilgiri Hills by Palghat Gap in the north. It stands majestically with Green Spread Mountains and forest all around. The place got its name during the British era, as lots of its timber slipped down to the plains below. Topslip is blessed with a gentle altitude, a salubrious climate, and a variety of flora and fauna. Its picturesque location and fabulous scenery have made it a popular location for several movie sequences. It is also famous for the elephant camp.

It is the best gateway for a wonderful wildlife experience of the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary. The unique teak forests, Bamboo forests, .....

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Wildlife

#6 of 12 Places to Visit in Pollachi

At a distance of 5 km from Topslip, 40 km from Pollachi, 80 km from Palakkad, and 82 km from Coimbatore, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected tiger reserve located in Palakkad district of Kerala. Situated on Tamil Nadu - Kerala Border, it is one of the popular wildlife sanctuaries in Kerala and among the top places to visit in Pollachi.

Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, formerly known as Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, is a 391 Sq. km protected area in Chittur taluk of Palakkad district of Kerala. The wildlife sanctuary, which had an area of 285 sq. km was established in 1973. It is in the Sungam range of hills between the Anaimalai Hills and Nelliampathy Hills. The sanctuary was declared as a Tiger Reserve in 2010. Including the buffer zone, the tiger reserve has a span of 643.66 Sq. km. The Western Ghats, Anamalai sub-cluster, including all of Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site.

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Wildlife

#7 of 12 Places to Visit in Pollachi

At a distance of 38 km from Pollachi and 76 km from Coimbatore, Annamalai Tiger Reserve is a protected area located in the Annamalai mountain range of the Western Ghats in Tamilnadu. It is one of the popular tiger reserves in India and among the must include places in Pollachi Tour Packages.

Annamalai Tiger Reserve was originally called Anamalai Wild Life Sanctuary notified in the year 1974 and established in the year 1976. Later, it was renamed as Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park in honor of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's visit in 1961. Located at an altitude of 1400 m, the sanctuary has declared as Annamalai Tiger Reserve in 2007 with an extent of 958.59 sq. km that encompassed the erstwhile IGWLS&NP or Aanaimalai Wildlife Sanctuary.

According to the National Tiger Conservation Authority, the Reserve presently includes a core area of 958.59 sq. km and a buffer area of 521.28 sq.km forming a total area of 1479.87 sq. km. The reserve is bordered with .....

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Pilgrimage

#8 of 12 Places to Visit in Pollachi

At a distance of 13 km from Pollachi Junction, Sri Mariamman Temple is a Hindu temple situated at Sulakkal village near Pollachi in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the sacred temples in Pollachi and among the must-visit places as part of Pollachi Tour Packages.

Dedicated Goddess Ambika, this 400 years old temple is one of the most important Mariamman temples in Kongunadu. The deity is a Swayambu Murthy. There is a scar on the idol caused by the hoof of a cow. As per the mythology, the cows of a nearby village called Velayudhampalayam used to graze in this area. The villagers observed that the amount of milk given by the cows was progressively coming down as the cows. So the farmers decided to find out the reason behind it and came to know that the cows were pouring their milk at a specific place. When they drove away from the cows, the leg of one of the cows was caught in a bush and when the cow took his leg off it, suddenly the swayambu appeared from the little flawed which had happened .....

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Pilgrimage | Waterfall | Backwaters

#9 of 12 Places to Visit in Pollachi

At a distance of 38 km from Pollachi, Thirumoorthy Hills is one of the charming outdoors near Pollachi. A part of the Anamalai range of the Western Ghats, it is one of the famous places to visit in near Pollachi.

At the foot of the hills is the Thirumoorthy Temple, also known as Sri Amanalingeswarar Temple. A perennial stream flows by the side of the temple. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu trinity, Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Brahma. Legend says that Athri Maharishi and his wife Anasuya Devi resided in these hills, and the Gods of the Hindu trinity had come down to test their devotion. The Gods asked Anasuya Devi to make their offerings in nudity. She agreed and changed the Gods as babies with her devotion, fed them & put them to sleep in a cradle. Athri came back afterward and hearing the story from Anasuya praised the three gods sleeping in the cradle. Later, the Trinities come back to their original form and give a boon to Anasuya. According to her wish, three children .....

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City

#10 of 12 Places to Visit in Pollachi

At a distance of 491 Kms from Chennai, 209 km from Madurai, 383 km from Bangalore, 85 km from Ooty, 189 km from Kochi and 207 km from Mysore, Coimbatore (also known as Kovai) is the second largest city in the state of Tamil Nadu with metro population of over 2 million.Coimbatore is also the administrative headquarters of Coimbatore district and also one of the top Tamilnadu tourist places.

Situated on the banks of the Noyyal River, Coimbatore is known as Manchester of southern India due to large number of textile industries located in the city. Coimbatore is also famous for its engineering firms, automobile parts manufacturers & educational institutions.

Coimbatore was ruled by several dynasties including Gangas, Cholas, Delhi Sultanates, Vijayanagara Kings & Madurai Nayaks when it was a small town of less than 3000 residents. It was the .....

Distance (From Pollachi): 48 Kms
Trip Duration (From Pollachi - Including Travel): Full Day
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