A view of Sirumalai from the View Point
|Elevation||1,600 m (5,200 ft)|
|Translation||Small Hill (Tamil)|
|Location||Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Parent range||Eastern ghats|
Sirumalai (Tamil: சிறுமலை) is a region of 60,000 acres (200 km2) situated 25 km (16 mi) from Dindigul and 40 km (25 mi) from Madurai,Tamil Nadu, India. There are many high hills in the area. Hillock International School is located in Sirumalai. Sirumalai is a dense forest region with a moderate climate throughout the year. The altitude of the hill is 1600 metres above sea level, and it contains diversified flora and fauna and a variety of animals. The Hill has totally 18 hair-pin bends and on the 18th bend you can able to find a church and a view point from where you can watch the beauty of Dindigul city and also the "Dindigul Rock Fort". The hill contains a small waterfall as well. The famous Sirumalai banana is slowly disappearing due to a number of diseases associated with it, which no one has been able to solve. Sirumalai farmers, in order to get maximum business, have planted silver oak excessively to an extent that in many parts it has become monoculture.
Man made fires on the Hills have destroyed medicinal plants and threaten the fauna habitat. Fires are often set to promote vegetation growth used for animal fodder, clear land for cultivation or improve access to timber.
Mathamalai Annai Veilankanni Church is situated on top of one of the hills. It can be reached by bus from the Dindigul bus stand (need to walk for 2 km approx. from the bus stop to the slopes of the Mathamalai hill). The local people takes festival for 'Our Lady Of Good Health' every year during the month of September with a flag hoisted prior to the festival.
Sirumalai Lake contains a small lake which was artificially created in the year 2010 was created by Mr Deenathayalan and his friends. Boating is available in the lake mostly during the weekends when there is enough water in it.
In the region of sirumalai the Agasthiarpuram is a holy place which people are believes that the siddas (monks) are living since ancient days. Also the area surrounded with lot of medicinal herbs and plants. In the tip of the hill there is historic Shiva Lingam which dates back at least 500 years. Food & lodging is available to visiting devotees in the ashram.
The famous Lord Murugan temple (Vellimalai Murugan Temple) is located in the mountain which is away from 45 minutes climbing over the valley.
Thenmalai is yet to be connected with road. This unpolluted and nature's glorious place will gives lot of pleasant and cool feel. From this view point we can see Madurai, Tamil Nadu maintaining the pazhapannai in the extend of 50 acres to supply the nursery and plants to the formers and growers. Which maintains the ecologiocal system of sirumalai and its surroundings.
We can watch Bison's, Deer (Kada Maan) and forest goat (kelai adu) and so many birds and small animals in this jungle.
Located in Sirumalai is Agastya Puram. Named after the prominent Agastya Siddhar. Located in Agastya Puram is Silver Hill, this is the tallest hill in Sirumalai. It is said that the peak of the Silver hill was made up of Silver but to avoid man's destruective actions during the Kali Yuga the hill was transformed via Alchemy in to stone by Agastya Siddhar, hence it got the name silver hill. The hills silver glitter can be still seen in the sun light. In the peak of this Silver hill is a 500-year-old Shiva Lingam, walk to top of the hill is about 30 - 45 minutes.
Agatthiyar SivaSakthi Sitthar Beedam
Agatthiyar SivaSakthi Sitthar Beedam is an ashram located at the silver hill in Agastya Puram. Food is served daily (Annadanam), lodging is available at the ashram.The ashram aims to promote various voluntary campaigns such as cleaning of the hills.
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