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Meghamalai, Tamil Nadu

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The name Meghamalai translates into “cloud-covered hills,” and that itself amply describes the place. The town usually remains engulfed in mist and fog during the monsoon and is one of the wettest places as well. To reach the place, also known as the High Wavy Mountains, tourists have to negotiate a thrilling, memorable, and nervy drive through 18 hairpin bends. If you are a nature lover who loves tranquillity, then Meghamalai, at over 4600 feet above sea level and surrounded by a rich variety of flora and fauna, is the place to be. With dams, grasslands, plantations, hills, lakes, waterfalls, wildlife sanctuaries, frequent sightings of animals, and comfortable stay options, Meghamalai is an unexplored rejuvenating escapade. Located in the Theni district, Meghamalai is about 60 kilometres from Theni and 135 kilometres from Madurai. The nearest rail and air links are at Madurai.

Nearby Places to See


The town in the High Wavy Mountains features a lookout point from which visitors can get a bird’s-eye view of the surrounding area. To reach the lookout, visitors would only have to walk a short distance.

Chinna Suruli Falls
About 55 kilometres from Meghamalai, you’ll find this 40-45-foot-tall tiered waterfall. The Meghamalai mountain range is the source of the stream that shapes this popular picnic spot.
Maharaja Mettu
Located just 13 kilometres from Meghamalai, this viewpoint offers a breathtaking panorama of the surrounding plains and ghats. This scene presents the viewer with a panoramic view of nature from every angle. After a short stroll, you’ll reach the viewpoint, which is occasionally visited by elephants.
Meghamalai is close to six different dams. From these six dams, three—the Highway Dam, the Iravangalar Dam, and the Manalar Dam—stand out as must-sees due to their convenient locations and picture perfect surroundings.
Meghamalai Wildlife Sanctuary
More than 60,000 acres of land make up this wildlife sanctuary on the border between Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The sanctuary is home to a wide variety of animals and birds, as well as an abundance of plant life.

Mangala Devi Kannagi Temple
Stone-built and ancient, this temple can be found in the town of Keelagudalur, about 45 kilometres from Meghamalai. To reach the peak, you’ll need to walk for around 20 minutes.


Things to Buy

Things to buy include Tea powder, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Spices, Honey.

Foods to Relish

Variety of non-vegetarian food, Vegetarian Meals.