Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Poolampatty water place (Salem's Kerala)


Poolampatti (பூலாம்பட்டி) is the best location in Salem district 
This is located on one of the banks of river Kaveri.

The daily boat ride across River Cauvery in picturesque Poolampatti in Salem district throws safety to the winds. In Salem we have a nice place Called Poolampatti which is nearly 40 km away from Salem city. Every one in Salem please Visit it once.Boat ride Poolampatti to Nerunjipettai in erode.

The main occupation is agriculture here. With this cattle also adds to the source of income. 
Poolampatti is the ideal location for shooting films. Rasukutti, Pownu Pownuthan, Mutrugai, Samundi, Thamarai, Tele shooting such as Sun TV Sivasakthi etc. were taken here.









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Kalrayan Hills



Kalrayan Hills having tourist attraction like Megam Falls and Periyar Falls Gomukhi Dam at the Kalrayan foot hills.The Kalrayan Hills (கல்வராயன் மலை) are a major range of hills situated in the Eastern Ghats of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Along with the Pachaimalai, Javadi, and Shevaroy hills, they separate the Kaveri River basin to the south from the Palar River basin to the north.[2] The hills range in height from 2000 feet to 3000 feet and extend over an area of 1095 square kilometres.[1]
The hills straddle a number of Tamil Nadu districts, extending northeast from the Salem District. The range serves as a boundary between the Salem and Villupuram districts.The Kalrayans are divided into two sections — the northern section, referred to as the Chinna ("little") Kalrayans, and the southern section, called the Periya ("big") Kalrayans. The Chinna Kalrayans average 2700 feet in height, while the Periya Kalrayans average 4000 feet.

The range as a whole is fairly smooth, with soil well-suited for plant growth. Scrub jungles reach up to 400 metres in altitude, while deciduous forests can be found between above 800 metres. Sholas, a type of high-altitude stunted evergreen forest, can be found growing on isolated plateaus. Though the forest stand is growing, due to "habitat uniqueness, human impacts and cultural tradition," conservation efforts are needed.







 As I take the lonely steps that lead towards the Gomukhi Dam, the dim silhouette of the Kalrayan hills is visible against an inky black sky. The rippling waters are lit only by a thin crescent moon and a couple of winking stars. I am not really sure why I chose to visit the dam site at dead of night. RLTs after all are for day-trippers. But the effect the stillness of the dark has on me is puzzling — an enigmatic mix of calm and fear.
I take the bus to Kallakuruchi, a bustling town that lies 20 km from the dam and do what I should perhaps have done in the first place — find a lodge to spend the night. Another bus to Vellimalai the next morning on a road that runs uphill like a coiled cable.
On someone's advice, I check out the Periyar Falls first, which lies just short of the village. But all there is, is a disappointing trickle of water; apparently, this becomes a veritable flood during the monsoon season. The assurance that walking another few kilometres would take me to the Pudur Megan Falls and make up for this non-show keep my spirits up. But the narrow 4-km pathway and warnings that it would be foolish to venture alone dissuade me from making the journey.
At an altitude that ranges from 315 metres to 1190 metres, the Kalrayan hills roll out like an uneven carpet across Villupuram and Salem districts. Covering an area of 600 sq. km, these hills provide an expansive space for wandering about. However, there are not many places of tourist interest in this area, the few hamlets being far from appealing. This leaves any tourist who wants to come to these parts with only one option — exploring the area with an open mind and at his or her own pace. There are forested patches here which are unspoilt and good for trekking, the weather is invariably pleasant and there are a great many dormant waterfalls that spring to life in the monsoon months.
How to get there From Chennai, you may take a direct bus to Kallakurichi or via Villupuram. From Kallakurichi, there are buses that will take you all over the hills but these are infrequent.
Hiring a cab from Kallakurichi is a better option, though the best bet would be to set out in your own conveyance from Chennai.


 




Tamil Nadu is one of the most popular tourist ekandrallo villupuram. Click here to see a dense forest in the mountain ranges of the two eyes calavu kalrayan parucukunna greenery.Vayyaranga gomukhi River flowing among mountain ranges, the forest in the middle selayeti cappullu, ahladannicce Periyar, cloud and waterfalls, steep mountain peaks appeared kalrayan, adugaduguna ahladaparice areas, the oldest building sobhato ...Andalunnayante tourists beyond the hyperbole utini villupuranlo arsistunna not significantly.




 Nature saundaryadidevata erparucukunda domiciled here ..? Puram beauty of the bow to see how long tanivitiradu annatlunde. The second largest district in the state of Tamil Nadu .. villupuram Trichy - Chennai highway virajillutom the district center. Kanuvindu the green hills, historic old structures, temples, churches, mosques, castles, rajamandiralu .. The okatemiti, which contained a number of tourist attractions to the area by bus, rail facilities are always available. 


Cudalsinavive ... 
See the main tourist area where kalrayan hills, about 15 km from the kalrayan kallakurci kallakurci tarincenduku from the hills and buses are available for ornamentation. 3,500 kilometers in altitude from sea level utini resemble the hills of Western Ghats koluvudirina kalrayan pancutunnayi pleasure to cold weather. Dense forest, selayella runs, vanamulikavanam, gomukhi River tourists. Spas can also be caused to the Eco Tourism of the State of paryatakasakha prakletimadhya pleasure as well as tourists, are central to sedadirce. Kalrayan  many parts of the hills, to the baths are only some of them vutundi vila. 


Periyar Falls: 

 Approximately 15 kilometers away from the Periyar Dam gomukhi Falls offers tourists a great experience. Gomukhi Dam - kariyalurku bassumarganlo ccu thinking approach to this area. Falls are also the jalakaladavaccu roddupakkrane. Kariyalur is 10 km away from here. Falls on the way to the green hill areas of Periyar kanuvindu kariyaluruku to num bytes. There are lodging houses are also available for visitors. Traveling a distance of 5 km from Periyar vellimalaiki achieved Falls. Away goes the year, with another five kilomi Turley urges puskalanga Falls visited the water available for the cloud. 

Jinjikota: the rule of the Vijayanagara rulers during the Three Hills Constructed nellurunu jinjikotanu ... Ruled in the capital. Rediscovering the dark, cakkilidurga, the hills rajagiri velisayi mukkonam shape. Jinjikotanu built upon the expertise of eminent architects. The Castle of Indo - Islamic marriage the way it built its impressive atrium. The fort was built at the mouth of venugopala pujalandukum still tondi temple. Hanuman Temple, Ranganath temple, ullakhan mosque, temples kamalakanni mogul emperors built vijayanagararajulu here. 

 Ramanatha isvaralayam rajendracoludu built in 1012, Brahma Temple, popularly known as Islam. Villupuraniki tiruvakkarailoni National Geological Park is 40 kilometers away, another tourist area of ​​interest. The park attracts all tidal The types of trees. It is near the Queen mahadevar sembiyan Shiva built during the reign of the emperors caru cola. Off the coast of Sri Sri candramaulisvarudu tanambika vakralingesvarudu, vakrakali koluvudiraru ammavarito. 


Danamiccarata write ..! 
Hilly area of ​​about 600 square kilometers in extent, extending kalrayan villupuranlo samrajyadhipati srikrsnnadeva Vijayanagara karlar I emigrated from Kanchipuram to the history of the tribal tegavariki simply donate. Today there are many structures built during the reign of villupuranlo rayalavari darsanamistundatam the instance of the search.


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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Pachamalai Hills Near Attur,Salem

Pachimalai Hills are a part of the Eastern Ghats in the southern state of India,Tamil Nadu. The hills are spread over the districts of Tiruchirapalli, Salem and Perambalur. Pachai in Tamil means green and the Pachimalai hills is greener than the some of the hills located nearby. The rivers flowing through the hills are Kallar and Sweata Nadi. The Veeraramar Dam is located in the hills across the Kallar River. The waterfalls in the hills include Mangalam Aruvi, Koraiyar Falls and Mayil Uthu Falls. The most cultivated fruit in the hills is jackfruit. 



There are many native tribes inhabiting the hills. The hills are spread over the towns of Thuraiyur, Esanai, Perambalur, Gangavalli, Thammampatti, Arumbavur,Malayalappatti, Thedavur and Uppiliapuram. 


Pachai means Green and malai means mountain.Pachamalai which spread with a few ranges is a haven of the tribal of this region with unique culture and way of life.It's altitude is 500 meters to 1000 meters above msl.This mountain range has in itself different small regions like Thenpara nadu,kombainadu ,Aathi Nadu and Vannadu. It is a good hill range for trekking, to enjoy nature and the animal life .Small streams and falls add colour to these hills .



Mythulu Falls (Chinnamangalam Mayil Water Falls)


PERAMBALUR: Here is good news for nature lovers and environmentalists. The Mayil Ootru Falls at the Pachamalai Hills near Ladapuram is getting a lot of water, thanks to the monsoon showers.
Though the falls remains dry for the major part of the year, a sharp spell of rain is sufficient to rejuvenate it and attract tourists for a couple of months from late October or early November.
Although a person can drive up to a hamlet in the vicinity of the hills, he has to trek for some distance along a narrow path.

The Collector, Anil Meshram, who visited the hills on Wednesday, said that steps would be taken to develop the falls into a tourist centre.
A pathway from the village would be set up ensuring easy accessibility to the hills, he added.

      
Myluthu falls is located on the foot hills of Pachamalai, Tamil Nadu, a place of scenic beauty. Approximately 15 km away from Perambalur (district Perambalur) by road to Thuraiyur. 


    

A dense forest region, best for trekking and other adventurous activities. A natural stream, suited for swimming. There is also a waterfall, high up in the hills called Akaya Gangai.

 It is perceived to have high medicinal values as it flows across plethora of herbs with medicinal values.


Hidden Beaty
You know you've left the city when yellow and black signboards bear names like Manachanallur, Pulivalam, Pagalavadi and Thuraiyur; when tree trunks marked by the state highway number, line up like sentries on either side of the road and when the carpets of cultivated green roll out seamlessly at the periphery of your eyes. As the road narrowed like a funnel that ended at the forest checkpost, the wind lashing my face shed a few degrees of heat, while the sun squeezed through the thick canopy to dapple the road ahead. Bound towards the reserve forests of Pachaimalai near Tiruchi, I was being escorted by the forest department to the Yettu Erumaipalli falls.


I wondered sitting in the jeep what undiscovered looked like: according to M. Pichai, Assistant Conservator of Forests (who was accompanying me), the falls are unknown to even people living at the foothills of Pachaimalai. “The Malayali Gounder Tribe living here are the only ones who know about it,” he tells me. The thrill of being let in on a secret mounted as the jeep manoeuvred 15 sharp hairpin bends right at the beginning of the climb. The landscape rose beside us to stony heights before falling on the other side into the green depths we were leaving behind.

A dusty view point jutted out of the hillside to dutifully expose a facet of the rolling panorama you could capture for memory. The butterflies darted purposefully between flowering shrubs on the edges and the tapioca grown in abundance swayed lazily in conversation with the now chilly wind. Throughout the climb, the road was so narrow that I wondered if our jeep would have to retrace its path in reverse gear, to make space for an oncoming vehicle.

Encountering no vehicle from the opposite direction, we drove past men squatted on their haunches outside a stone building. Seated beneath its broken glass windows, their towel-turbaned heads turned to catch a glimpse of those within the jeep. The signboard ahead announced we had reached Top Sengattupatti, clearly the top of this 1,000 m high hill.

Our destination was about eight kilometers from the Forest Guest House in Top Sengattupatti. On the way is a dilapidated house, which Mr. Pichai says was the guest house built and used by the Britishers. The space outside the old guest house seems to be lit by sunlight that looked like it had rubbed off some green from the forest cover above, making it seem surreal. The spot has been featured in Tamil movies, I'm told.

The closest hamlets to the Yettu Erumaipalli falls are Periyamangalam and Chinnamangalam and the only signs of human occupation were the neatly cut out step field with their own nel kurudus (mud huts that store farm produce), some clothes drying on a bush and two pigs left bound by someone, probably for a feast.

We were greeted by two bikes at the end of the incline beyond which lay the falls. Somebody's already here, said the local forest ranger who had hopped on to the jeep at Top Sengattupatti. If water falling from a height fell without a sound, this spot would have evaded discovery forever, I thought to myself while I looked around. From where we stood, the sound of water gushing downwards, and the thin mist before us were the only clues.

Taking the lead, Mr. Pichai and the forest ranger disappeared through a small tunnel like opening in the outgrowth. Looking down at the path dotted by rounded boulders of all sizes, I was reminded of my adventure trip in school. I stepped on to the rocks gingerly, laughing nervously every time I went off balance. The passage led to a clearing that opened out on both sides to show where the water came from and where it began falling at a steep incline. Seated there on a large boulder were two men (probably from the neighbouring villages) who looked slightly bewildered by our crowd. They were steaming some root vegetable over a campfire for their snack.

Undisturbed moss coated the rocks making them slippery, while the water was coldly defiant of the scorching sun. A spot on the banks bore colours probably from the horns of the Pongal-painted cows that were washed there that morning and the birds chirped loudly, excited by the sudden increase in human voices. Maybe they weren't too happy about the discovery.
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PACHAMALAI EVOKES forested hills and verdant valleys. But, as one has learnt the hard way with RLTs, nice sounding names do not always lead to nice places.
"Why do you want to go to Pachamalai, there is hardly anything there," said a forester when I told him I was planning a visit.
However, others assured me that a trip to Pachamalai is well worth the journey. I headed from Tiruchi towards the North on the Musiri-Athur-Salem Road via Thuraiyur, an 80 km-odd drive. As I approached the Pachamalai hills, I tried to picture them in my mind's eye — they are said to resemble an inverted tumbler or horse shoe.
The 14 km drive up the ghat road began at Shobanapuram and had 11 hair-pin bends. About three km uphill, a breath-taking view of the valley unfolded. I stopped to take in the scenery at Top Sengattupatti.
True, Pachamalai is not as `green' as its name suggests but as I discover it is a wonderful refuge from the bustle of a city.
About 1,000 metres above mean sea level, the range comprises patches, which alternate in shades of brown and green. Cliffs and vales dot the landscape.
Brown, I gathered, is due to tapioca cultivation done by the tribals on patta land. This erodes the top soil exposing the bare rock.
The forest extends over 425 sq km and comprises four types of trees: deciduous, semi-moist, sub-tropical dry deciduous and dry deciduous.

Mahogany and sandalwood trees are found in plenty. Pachamalai also has a wealth of medicinal plants, tubers, flowers, birds and butterflies, besides monkeys, squirrels and bears.
The original inhabitants still live there, in relative isolation from the mainstream. I learnt from them about a trekking route, a four km stretch that leads to Ramanathapuram via Kanadapatti. The area is deafeningly silent. Trekking is not too difficult here, but one can hardly spot animals. However, an unusual sight greets one at the foothills near the Periaswamy Koil in Shobanapuram. Hanging from the branches of two huge banyan trees are hundreds of bats — the Indian flying fox. The species is unique to this area.
A sense of eeriness prevails, for even in broad daylight, it is dark under the trees, thanks to the bats. Just clap once and the bats take off and after circling about for a while, return to the branches. The view reminds you of a scene from a horror movie.
As for the Pachamalai hilltop, one can hardly find people there, as it has not been promoted as a picnic or trekking spot.
If you are looking for some peace and quiet, Pachamalai is a possible destination.
Hotel accommodation is available in Thuraiyur and Perambalur, besides the forest lodge for which permission is required.


Medical Plants


Pachamalai hill range extends into Trichy and Salem districts of Tamilnadu. The approach to the hills is from Uppiliapuram. The base station is Shobanapuram 4 Kms from uppiliapuram. The 12 km drive from foot hill to Top senkattupatti is a wonderful location for people interested in medicinal plants. As one reaches the first habitation of Thenpuranadu, hamlets on the right side belong to Trichy district, while the left side belong to Salem district. CTMR team comprising of Vd.S.Usman Ali, Dr.T.Thirunarayanan. Dr.S.Rajkumar along with Dr.T.R Siddique Ali interacted with the Village administrative officer, Tribal headmen individually and tribal men collectively at Top sengattupatty, Periyanagoor, Mayalampaddi, Nalla mathur. To the surprise of the team inspite of the rich availability of medicinal plant flora, the tribals have completely forgotton the traditional medical knowledge excepting two village elders who treat patients for poisonous bites. One of the Govt. Primary Health Centre also has a Siddha physician and only a very few patients take traditional medicine. Apart from cattle rearing and Tapioca monoculture no other economic activity is being carried out. The monoculture of tapioca has led to destruction of the native flora. Surprisingly collection of Minor Forest produce like Chebulic myrobalan is also not being taken up by the tribal as they consider that less remunerative due to the high transportation cost.

Naripadi village 7 Km from kodamalai on the other side of Pachamalai slope in the Gangavalli Taluk of salem was no better as most of the tribal have taken up other vocation. Youngsters have joined central Govt departments like railways and postal department. An eighty year old Poojari of the temple is the only person still preserving traditional knowledge and also growing medicinal plants for dispensing to his patients


Another interesting hillrange ,adjoining kollihills is Pachamalai but less in height.The people are hardworkers and selfsuffecient in food and other basic needs.

Trekking:
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Essential informations about Trekking

Trekking
Long Hard expedition of any terrain with definite purpose.

Advantage & Purpose

World's full-fledged health oriented sport with field study,research,soil systems,future disasters,poachers activities,ecological values, food chain&webs,survival & surveying of living beings, happenings,recreation along with 'Physical and Psychological strength for sound body and sound mind

Field Kit
Trek sack / knap sack(For one day) / camouflaged dull coloured Jeans-salvar kamees / T-cap/shoes(with good grip) / socks 2 pairs/wind jacket / Bermuda/Belt pouch/pocket diary/pencil/Identity Card/whistle / pocket knife/mug/plate/water bottle(2)/toilet kit/towel/air pillow / sleeping bag or ground sheet &blanket / torchlight/candle & match box/compass / Essential medicines / Pill case/Massage cream / Sewing Kit / Binocular / Camera kit / First aid kit / Area map / Map reader / Permission letter / Packed food/Fruit juices / Glucose / Sugar / Salt / Chocolate.
Planning
Know the areas, season, people culture and climatic conditions and obtain permission letter from forest department and engage local 2 or more guides with good experience to lead and pack the trek.

Disposal
Kindly bring back all the wastes which are not decomposable by earth & wild life. Bury all decomposable garbage. Bring back tin, bottles, and plastic things etc., to the plains. Put off fire in case if you ignited it in case of emergency.

Precautions & safety

Avoid using perfumes / Don't' carry sound making devices / Trekking pack restricted to 9+3 guides / camping tenting sites should be laid on bare land / Avoid camp fire & smoking / Trees are to be treated as you / Ensure the camp site environmentally clean before you leave / If you see any fire put off / while trekking, do 'cat' walk/ If you sight any animal send message by face, hand body or leg sign or murmur / flowers meant for plant propagation & insects food / Don't pluck flowers / Don't collect flora or fauna (dead or live) from hills, its service required for earth / have sense of animal behaviour: Elephant chasing-run towards slope / Use dry clothings to keep your warmth / Always keep quarter bottle of water spare for the use of emergency dehydration / Avoid attracting animals by throwing eatables / Some times trekking will discouraging, punishing frustrating, exhilarating still worth while to have for our future

Carry native seeds, saplings, rootings etc to plant in open hills. Carry excess salt and used dresses to give it to tribals if you sight them.

RECORDS

Take notes and take photographs of peculiar things for memory, environment education for official to make decision etc.

FEEDBACK

After trekking draft your experiences and findings along with thanks letter to the concerned officials usually forest and tourism officials

LAST WORD
Trekkers must follow safety standards, environmental codes and accept the nature’s strict and impersonal rules.

Mr. Namperajan. A.S
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Kumaragiri Hill Murugan Temple and Lake


Temple's Speciality:
The Place, Kumaragiri is named after Kumaran, the other name of Muruga. He appears with the Dandam (staff) on hand facing North, the direction belonging to Kubera the God of Wealth.


Festival:
Thai Poosam in January-February, Skanda Sashti in Iypasi – October-November, Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Opening Time:
The temple is open from 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m
Address:
Sri Dandayuthapani Temple, Kumaragiri, Salem
Phone:
+91- 427 - 240 064.

 Temple steps are very steep and it will take 20min-30min to temple from adivaram.now road facility is coming up, which will be new life for this temple on the hill. Same mini bus concept should be introduced here.
Visit http://temple.dinamalar.com/en/new_en.php?id=465

Kumragiri Lake






 

Hill Temples in Salem

Ootumalai Dhadayuthapani Balasubramaiar temple
have road facility. Visitors to this temple is increasing in good no. especially in the evening. I wish TNSTC-SLM give mini bus permit here instead of regular bus.The next hill top we covered was Oothumalai. Here, you could go all the way to the temple by car. Oothumalai is about 11 kms from Skandasramam. This hill top temple too is dedicated to lord Muruga, assuming the name of Balasubramaniar. It is a small temple, but very interesting for two reasons: Here, Lord Muruga is seen holding the neck of his beloved peacock, a unique posture not to be seen in any other temple. Also, the view from the hill top is amazing and one could capture a good view of Salem town from here.
                                       



As you descend a few meters, you would notice a small Shiva temple. Next to the linga, on the rocks one would find wonderful engravings of gods and goddesses along with asuyambuSudharshana chakra. This small section of engravings is fenced and is worth a visit if you do reach Oothumalai.


Oothumalai Sathyanarayana Temple: 
In Oothumalai itself, opposite to the small Shiva temple, a climb through a series of steps would take you to a Vishnu temple, assuming the name of Satyanarayana. It is one of the very few temples dedicated to Satyanarayana in Tamil Nadu and hence assumes significance. The flight of steps are few, probably less than 60, but slightly steep in nature. The temple is a small one but the statue of the principle lord here is worth a visit for its beauty. It does feel quite enchanting to take a round around the temple premise.


Kumaragiri Murugan temple
                                   
                                   
now road facility is coming up, which will be new life for this temple on the hill. Same mini bus concept should be introduced here. For those fit bodies and souls, the next temple to check out is Kumaragiri. The temple is located on a hill top and is dedicated to Lord Muruga. One needs to climb more than 700 steps to reach Kumaragiri hill top. Unfortunately, you cannot take your vehicle along and will have to be climbed by stairs. The temple truly looked fascinating from the foot of the hill but looked like an exhaustive climb. Given our plans for covering more temples that morning, we decided to give it a skip. But, if you have the time and stamina, it is worth the climb. I will have to probably catch it sometime later.


Kanthashramam



though popular, even many salemites don't know the location. Now new NH-68 bye-pass will pass close to this hill.A Oodai (small river) near Kandhasraman have some waters during winter can be developed.One of the primary landmarks of Salem or probably the most known temple closest to Salem. It is about 10 kms from Salem town. It is located on top of a small hill called Skandagiri. A couple of small hairpin bends would take you to the main entrance of the temple. The temple was set up in the 1970s. As the name indicates, it is the temple dedicated to lord Muruga. However, the temple is more famous for the sheer size of statues of various gods and goddesses in its premises. In specific, the relatively big statues ofPancha Mukha Vinayaka, Anjeneya, Danvantiri and Dattareya deserve special mention.


There is also a special hall here for statues of various renowned sages and saints across India. Also, extremely unique and interesting in Skandasramam, is the presence of Nava grahas like Surya, Chandra, Ragu and Kethu with their spouses. I found this quite fascinating. Everything about Skandasramam is quite big in scale and the Nava grahas that way do not disappoint. It is verytough to find statues of Nava grahas with such grand sizes and finesse as you observe in Skandasramam. The same foundation have a Skandasramam constructed in Selaiyur in Tambaram, Chennai which is equally impressive. But, it is always good to visit the place where it all started. A must visit in Salem, especially if you have not been to the one in Chennai.


Nethimedu,Kariyaperumal Karadu




Subramania swamy temple and Kariaperumal temple. Steps are availabe till Murugan temple. But further up though huge temple was built for Perumal, sill there is no proper paved steps. There should road connectivity to top of hill to these two temples


Poimaan Karadu i.e Nagaramalai perumal temple
 another popular hill temple. But it is opened only during Puratasi since there is no steps nor road this temple. So there should be paved steps to this mountain.



Lakes in Salem

We keep hearing about lakes upgradation/restoration every time.

Kannakurichi lake i.e Mookaneri - Almost restored.
Kannankurich Lake can very well be converted as very good tourist spot, if corporation authorities take steps. Almost all over the year water is there. (Except for some years Apr-May-June it has no water) Parasal service is there with small boat house which are used by fisherman. If we pay some amount they will take us for boating. If you take a mini bus trip from Hastampatti to Karpagam it will take the Lake bank road which is around 1.5 Kms is a spectacular view on entire lake. Members please visit this area by 2 wheeler will definetely enjoyed the ride,(take diversion near Chinna muniappan temple on Kannakurichi main road) particularly in the evening with cool breeze. Some years news came that a water theme park proposal on the banks of this lake, but got only knows the present status. Corporataion also already indicated in its budget that the lake will be improved and a boat house constructed and that also gone to dust bin.

Kumaragiri lake
We can expect some improvement in this by coming years.Almost Kumaragiri lake also having the same status, which also needs to be converted as tourist spot, which is having another attraction near is Kumaragiri temple. Corporation should take steps to run buses from New BS to Kumaragiri foot hills, which will improve the tourism

Pannaimarathupati lake 
 DPR is prepared, It may take shape in coming years.This Lake itself is surrounded by mountains. Oothumalai from North, Jeragamalai from North east and bothaimalai stretch from South east. Its intake should be from these mountain streams.

My wish the bose maiden exhibition concept should be shifted to some other place and the ground should be used for building city bus routes bus stand, Integrated flower/Vegetable and fruit market with a small square in the middle.

Gvt exhibition can be taken to bye-pass road i.e to 3 roads where Jawahar bill was there.

Temples in Salem

Kailasanathar Kovil (Tharamangalam)
     30 km from Salem. A Siva temple, perhaps the most beautiful of its kind in Salem District.  Parts of it existed as early as the tenth century: as it stands now, it is the product of the Gatti Mudhali dynasty of the seventeenth century.  Reconstruction and collaboration of the old temple was begun by Mummudi, continued by Siyazhi, and was brought near completion by Vanagamudi.  This West facing temple is enclosed by a massive stone wall measuring 306’ and 164’ reportedly built in the thirteenth century.  The main entrance tower (5 storey’s 90’high) is conceived as a chariot on wheels, drawn by elephants and horses.  Twice a year, during August-September and February – March for three days in succession, the rays of the evening, sun shine through the entrance tower, the portico, and enters the sanctum sanctorum and falls on the deity.  The consort of Kailasanathar is Sivakami. 
Kandhasramam, Udaiyapatti
     5km from Salem.  A temple complex, constructed between the years 1970 and 1971 by Santhanandha Brahmendhra Sarasvathi Adhyavadhutha Swamy.  It is situated on the extreme northern end of the Jarugu Malai mountain on the banks of stream called Kannimar Odai and is dedicated to three deities:  Murugan as Skandha Guru, Lakshmi as Dhurga Paramesvari.  The complex also contains shrines for Sadhasiva Swamy and Swayamprakasa Bramendhra Sarasvathi Adhyavadhutha Swamy, two renowned saints of the avadhutha order and the gurus of the founder.  The mammoth stone statues of Anjaneyuar, Vinayakar, Dhatthathreya (all of them 16 high), and Idumban (13) are remarkable for size and artistry.  The Yajur Vedhic School in the complex gives instruction and training to young Brahmins into priesthood.
Kottai Mariamman Temple
     This Temple is one of the very oldest pilgrims in the Salem district.  In every July – August Mariamman festival is very famous. This temple is located in heart of the city.
Kandasamy Kovil
     Kalpatti A Murugan temple, also known as the Sundhara Kandhaswamy Kovil, one of the seven richest temples in the district.  The karum sambal (black ash) that is given to the devotees is believed to cure diseases and to serve as an antidote for snake poison. The temple was founded in the late eighteenth century by Pazhani Kavundar and later (around 1820) was built up by Katteri Lakshmana Kavundar.  The hut in which the founder worshipped his kaadi is now the Idumban shrine, a part of the expanded temple complex.  It includes the Raja Gopuram and a peacock shrine all enclosed within a compound wall.  The Raja Gopuram was renovated in 1978.  There are temple chariots, Chithra Ther and Vinayaka Ther, Which are pulled around the temple during festivals.  The annual Thaipoosam festival in January is very popular and is attended by thousands of pilgrims from the surrounding villages who bear kaavadi in fulfillment of vows.  The cattle fair held during the festival is one of biggest in the Kongu country. More than 50,000 heads of cattle are sold and bought in this fair.  Entire families from various parts of the district will travel in bullock carts to attend the fair.  On these days, large offerings of agricultural produce, money, and jewels.  There are chathrams built by Arya-Vaisya, and Nattukkottai Chettiyar castes for the convenience of pilgrims.  The Arya-Vaisya chathram is known as Rasipuram Pattabi Chettiyar Chatram and conducts special worships at the temple during February.
Lingam (1008) Temple
     This temple is under the control of a private department of the Vinayaga Mission.  This temple contains 1008 Lingam with Nandi in the ‘Moolasthanam’.  This temple is located in Ariyanoor.
Oothumalai Sathya Narayana Sithar Beedam
     Oothumalai is situated 6 km from Salam.  It is found in Tamil Nadu (India) state, in Trichy Main Road Focused at Oothumalai Pilgrim hill. It has special features as Sri Sathya Narayana Temple which is present on hills, similarly not found anywhere in Tamil Nadu.  Oothumalai hill also has the feature of Swami Muruga Temple.  In this hills, the sithar’s like Agathair, Pambatti Sithar, Bogar and many others made meditation to get grace from the god.

Ayodhyapattanam Ramar Temple
10 km From Salem.  A Suburban town on the eastern end of Salem City.  It is supposed to have been named after Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Rama who is believed to have stayed here on his way from Sri Lanka at the end of the war with the demon king Ravana.  Ayodhya was not only the birthplace of Lord Rama and therefore sacred to the Hindus, but was also sacred to the Jains and Buddhists.  It was the birthplace of Rishaba, Ajitha, and other Jain theerthankarars. It was the place where the celebrated Toothbrush tree of the Buddha grew.  The naming of this village may possibly have roots in the local Jain Buddhist traditions, not just the Hindu epic, Ramayana.  It contains a beautiful Vishnu temple dedicated to Kothandaramar.  The town includes the railway station, Masinayakkanpatti , on the Salem Atthur line.  The weekly market, established by Taluka Board in 1895, meets on Thursdays.
Utthama Chozhapuram Temple
“City of Utthamachozha”, a small town on the western bank of the Thirumanimuthu Aru.  It was known variously as “ Karapuram”, “Kaveri Poompattinam,” and is still known as “Periyur.” During the Chozha period, the town flourished as one of the mahanagars of the Kongu Nadu.  Utthama Cheeti, a local merchant built temple in this area is called Karpuranathar temple.  The village also contains temples dedicated to Azhagiri Perumal and Mari Amman.  In 1854, when the Perumal temple fell into ruins, the deities were removed to the Karapur Nathar Kovil.  The deities returned home after the temple was rebuilt in 1865.  The first zamindhari of the village was sold in 1802 to “Syde Ahmud”  (Syed Ahmad).
Belur
It is 25 km away from Salem on the banks of river Vashistanadhi. There is a white rock north of Belur which is said to represent the ashes of the Yagam (Sacrificial fire) performed by Vashista.

Chinnathirupathi(Karuvalli) 

 Lord Prsanna Venkataramana Perumal is a swayambumurthi.Omalur is 29 km from Salem. Town buses are available from Omalur to the temple place. Omalur is about 10 kms from Taramangalam and from Omalur, the Chinna Tirupathi temple is about an other 10kms. There is one place called Chinna Tirupathi near Salem as well. So, make sure you do not land up at the wrong place. The temple is quite an old one, but has been significantly extended in recent years. So, at the outset the temple looks quite new. However, one can observe the contrast in new and old architecture when one enters the inner sanctum. As the name indicates, it is a temple dedicated to lord Vishnu. The lord here assumes the name of Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal.