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Pollachi Tourism

Pollachi is a town and a municipality close to the foothills of the Western Ghats in Tamil Nadu, 40 km south of Coimbatore. It is picture-perfect for the nomenclature Mini Kodambakkam. Though prominently known for cash crops, coconuts and second-biggest market in the country, the town has now become famous for cinema shootings and consequently a huge tourist attraction. Next to Coimbatore, Pollachi is the leading town in the district and an important commercial centre.


A small town located off Coimbatore, Pollachi is a gem waiting to be discovered. Derived from the Tamil word ‘Pozhil Vaichi’ meaning ‘the land of natural wealth and prosperity’, Pollachi is on the cusp of the Annamalai hills and the plains of Coimbatore. If you like nature and want to explore its unbridled beauty, this is where you must head to. With a landscape that has tea gardens, misty mountains and green tall trees that seem to touch the clouds, the beauty of this place is certainly unparallel. This is where you can see green hills lined with perfectly manicured tea bushes, coconut trees that make a stark contrast against the blue sky and a rustic charm that is hard to miss. A melange of culture, religion and nature, this is a destination for all the right reasons. Little wonder then that this is a popular spot for shooting movies. In fact, its The picture-postcard landscapes apart from this, Pollachi has many secrets waiting to be unravelled and it is indeed a pleasure to discover what this charming town has to offer. Pollachi can get very hot so it is better to carry appropriate sun guards. Likewise, the monsoons can be harsh, so make sure you have an umbrella handy. Dress conservatively as this is a small town. Entry to temples may become an issue if not dressed conservatively. Make sure not to litter the surroundings as this has a tendency to disturb the natural environs.

Sightseeing Points In Pollachi

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Aliyar Ashram is the home of the Vethathiri Maharishi Kundalini Yoga and Kayakalpa Research Foundation, founded by Shri Vethathiri Maharishi in 1985. In a beautiful natural setting at the foothills of the Western Ghats and in view of the Aliyar reservoir, the Temple of Consciousness is the focus for a silent revolution, transforming the lives of thousands of people, irrespective of creed, color, race, religion or nationality. Vethathiri Maharishi Institute for Spiritual and Intuitional Education is a unique Institution which provides residential spiritual education. The Temple is an architectural beauty, built in the shape of vernacular OM and so it is known as Omkara Mandapam.

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Aaliyar Dam is a reservoir located 27 KM away from Pollachi on the foothills of Valparai, in the Anamalai range of the Western Ghats. The dam offers some ideal getaways including a park, an aquarium and a mini Theme-Park maintained by Tamilnadu Fisheries Corporation. It is an ideal picnic spot. If you are taking public transport, take Town bus (route number 37A and 37B) or take a bus to Navamalai or Valparai and get down at Aaliyar Dam. Drinks and snacks are slightly expensive than the MRP here.

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Amaravathy Dam is 20 km from Thirumoorthy dam. One must take the left road near Chinnar check-post (Tamilnadu side) along Udumalpet – Munnar road, to reach this place. The Amaravathy Sagar Crocodile Farm, established in 1975, was once the largest Crocodile nursery in India is nearby. However, due to poor maintenance and lack of facilities, only few Crocodiles are now alive.

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Masani Amman is an avatar (manifestation) of Shakti Devi. She also known as Masani Devi among north Indians. Her temple is located in Anaimalai, Pollachi, Coimbatore. Arulmigu Masani Amman Temple, also referred as Anaimalai Masani Amman Temple, is a highly revered shrine situated at Anaimalai, which is located about 24 km far south-westerly to Pollachi. It is situated at the confluence of Aliyar River and the Uppar stream, nestled amid grasslands against the backdrop of mighty Anaimalai Hills. The Temple enshrines Goddess Arulmigu Masani Amman as the presiding deity. The deity is seen in a lying posture measuring 15 feet from head to foot, which is unique. 

Other deities worshiped in the complex include Neethi Kal (stone of justice) and Maha Muniappan. It is a popular belief here that Masani Amman will cure any illness if you go around her trident. During ancient times, Anaimalai was known as Nannur and the region was ruled by Nannuran. He had proclaimed severe punishments on those who plucked fruits from the dense mango grove that belonged to him. One day, a lady happened to consume a fruit not knowing of the strict measures. Nannuran sentences her to death despite the plea of the general public. Later, Nannur was killed by the villagers in a battle near Vijayamangalam, and a shrine was erected to worship the lady who sacrificed her life. Since the lady was killed, the deity was called as Shmeisani, which in Sanskrit means ‘graveyard’. Later, the deity came to be called as Masani. Legend has it that when Lord Rama had set out to search for Sita, Rama had stayed in a graveyard at Anaimalai. Before leaving for Sri Lanka, Lord Rama created an idol of the goddess to worship, using clay. As a ‘vardaan’, Masaniamman blessed Lord Rama on his triumph over evil and winning his devoted wife back. The goddess was lying on her back in the graveyard, thus the reason why the image is placed this way.

Elite Itinerary Pollachi Parambikulam Tiger Reserve

Parambikulam Tiger Reserve Lying adjacent to the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary, the 285 sq km stretch of forest known as Parambikulam Tiger Reserve (formerly Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary) is one of Kerala’s premier wildlife reserves. Though this place is a part of Kerala, this place is accessible only from Pollachi. Touring the sanctuary is possible by boat or jeep; both can be hired from the park authorities. Alternatively, you can climb one of Parambikulam two watchtowers for a bit of wildlife-watching. One tower is at Anappady (8 km from Thunakadavu) and the other’s at Sungam (5 km from Thunakadavu). This park is open throughout the year but it is better if you avoid visiting the park during monsoon season (June – August).

Thunakadavu is the headquarters of the sanctuary and is 48 km from Pollachi. Forest Rest Houses room rent is about ₹200 per night at Thunakadavu, Thellikal and Elathode. Tree houses cost about ₹300 to ₹600 per night. Alternatively, one could stay at Top Slip area too as it is only 30 minutes drive from Thunakadavu and offers a number of accommodation options. Accommodation can be reserved through the Range Officer, Thunakadavu. Rooms at the Thunakadavu PWD Resthouse and the Tamilnadu Government Inspection Bungalow can be booked through the Junior Engineer, Tamilnadu PWD, Parambikulam.

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Topslip is a part of Anamalai Tiger Reserve (formerly called Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary). It is located at about 37 km from Pollachi town. It is separated from the Nilgiri Hills by the Palghat Gap on the north, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary (Kerala) to its west and to the Eravikulam National Park (Kerala) and Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary to its south. There are many places of natural and scenic beauty in the Anamalai Tiger Reserve. Some of them are Karian Shola, Anaikunthi Shola, groves, waterfalls, teak forests, reservoirs and dams. There are arrangements for exploring the sanctuary on elephant back or by van. 

If you plan to walk in the park, you must have a Park Guide with you and you are allowed to walk in the park for a maximum of four hours for ₹70 per person. If you are visiting the park for the day, you can go directly to Top Slip (Entry ₹50). The Sethumadai checkpost is the entry point to Top Slip. But if you plan to stay at Top Slip, please book accommodation in advance, by confirming and sending a DD to The Wildlife Warden Office, 178 Meenkarai Rd, Pollachi. Phone: 04259 222535 (Open Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm). Last minute accommodation is only available for VIPs, government officials and other foreigners, in most cases.

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FAQs About Pollachi

Pollachi is a well-developed town in Coimbatore district in the state Tamil Nadu. This town is famous for the trade of jaggery, coconuts, vegetables and livestock on a large scale.

Topslip is located near Pollachi in the state of Tamil Nadu, India, at an altitude of 800 feet from the sea level on the Anamalai mountain range. It is a part of the protected Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary. Topslip is blessed with a gentle altitude, salubrious climate and a variety of flora and fauna.

Pollachi is a well-developed town in Coimbatore district in the state Tamil Nadu. This town is famous for the trade of jaggery, coconuts, vegetables and livestock on a large scale.

The top attractions to visit in Pollachi Town are: Arulmigu Masani Amman Temple. Arivu Thirukoil. Topslip Tiger Forest. Sulakkal Mariamman Thirukoil.

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