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Meghamalai – High Wavy Mountains

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Meghamalai – High Wavy Mountains.

Tucked within the Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu, Meghamalai in Theni district is the kind of hidden paradise that you read about in books, complete with exhilarating trek routes, breathtaking scenes and an excellent opportunity to take a break from your everyday life in the lap of nature.

The Highwavys Mountain, locally called the Meghamalai, is an undulating terrain of peaks belonging to the Varushanad Range of Western Ghats, in Theni district of Tamil Nadu. Located at an elevation of 1,500 metres above the sea level, Meghamalai is covered in the trademark green of Sahyadri, thus earning the name ‘Pacha Kumachi’ in Tamil, meaning ‘Green Peaks’.

Up until recently, the Meghamalai Hills were restricted to private estates of tea and coffee plantations. But now, the vast area of peaceful wilderness is opening up for the tourists gradually, one beautiful location at a time. However, it remains one of the untouched and untarnished destinations near Theni. The landscape here is painted with lush forests and rich tea estates, waiting to be explored. Sudden waterfalls on the way break the green monochrome, and there is always the latent thrill of coming across one of the many endemic species of the Meghamalai Hills.

The nearest airport to Meghamalai as well as the nearest railway station would be Madurai. You can hire a car, preferably an SUV since the road can be bumpy, and drive to Meghamalai from Madurai or Theni as well. It takes an hour and a half from the main city of Theni and around 3 hours from Madurai by car. There are long-route buses as well from Madurai and even faraway cities like Chennai and Bangalore and local buses from Chinnamanur which leave at 4:30 AM, 6 AM and 10 AM.

 

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