Kodaikanal - Palani Hills

Kodaikanal - Palani Hills is one of the most frequented excursions from Kodaikanal. The Palani Hills form the eastern fringe of the mountainous Western Ghats.

The hills form the watershed of the River Vaigai which has its basin in the south and the River Amaravathi which forms the north basins. With a different climate from that of the rest of Tamil Nadu, the Palani Hills make an exciting detour from the hill town of Kodaikanal.

The Shola forest covers most of the area in the Palani Hills. The forested area is rich in the growth of variegated species of animals and plants. The flora and fauna of the region comprise of orchids, loya, the grizzled giant squirrel and the Nilgiri tahr.

The richness of flora and fauna in the forest area is caused due to the heavy rainfall that drains the Palani Hills near Kodaikanal. Some of the perennial rivers and rivulets originate in the forest regions of Palani Hills.

The wet temperate Shola forest is navigable and easily visited by the tourists. The ecosystem of the hill is maintained by the Palani Hills Conservation Council with the help of the various other organizations that aid to maintain the ecological balance in the region.

The Palani Hills is divided into the Lower Palani Hills and the Upper Palani Hills. The lower Palani rises to an altitude of 800 - 1500 meters while the upper Palani Hills rise to an altitude of 1800 - 2500 meters.

The hill town of Kodaikanal is nestled in the heart of the hills. An excursion of the Kodaikanal - Palani Hills reveal the virgin beauty of the region.

Last Updated on : 05 May 2011