Kolli Malai, Karumandurai and Megam Falls Trip

One of the many trips I enjoyed to the core as after a very long time it was a bike drive trip to the beautiful underrated Eastergn ghats of Kolli hills and Karumandurai.. It was totally a 400 km drive in to the monsoon months in Eastern ghats and we were able to witness absolutely stunning landscapes and waterfalls in those 2 days..

Most of the places we epxlored and clicked pics were off beat places where we trekked down and walked towards the path of streams and found some hidden gems...This place will look very ordinary in dry seasons as well..

 A total of 10+ waterfalls were explored and was a great great trip...Kolli hills was so so special and we enjoyed the Herbal soup provided there.. These are so unique places where there is not much human disturbances and we can go and explore the trails without any fuss.. Loved the trip... Just to add Kolli hills has 70 hairpin bends the highest in south India so do have little caution if ur not used to hill driving..

Post the Kolli Hills , Next day we drove the Karumandurai which is another unexplored hill station near Salem and did a trek to see the Megam waterfalls. The River Gomukhi Forms a lovely falls and the valley view is spectacular..It was a trek of about 8 kms both ways and offers beautiful views of the valley and the River. There are other 3-4 waterfalls to explore there and will do it next monsoon season.

Places to see :

Kolli hills
Agaya Ganga falls
Sittraruvi ( Small falls)
Karumandurai Hill station ( Day 2 and near Salem)
Megam Falls
Gomukhi River valley view
Velli Falls
Periyar Falls

Things to try :

Herbal Soup
Pepper and Spices

Route map :
Bangalore - Salem - Kolli hills - Namaruvi falls - Salem - Karumandurai- Megam falls - Salem - Bangalore ( 500 kms)

Best time to visit : Sep to December

Roads: Amazing from Bangalore

Caution: 70 hairpin bends and the highest in South India so take caution if ur not experienced in hill driving

Stay : Many homestays available 

Must try  : Herbal veg soup and Pepper

Tip : Try to explore all the streams and the ways it travel as it brings amazing destinations 

Our exploration ended up in seeing these sunset screens

The roads to Kolli Hill

Agriculture fields of Kolli

After a decade a bike drive 

70th Hairpin bend and one heck of a ride...

The Streams of Kolli Malai

The Temple near Agaya Ganga Falls

The Sittraruvi Falls

The Mighty Agaya Gangai Falls

Nammaruvi Falls

Took a nice Dip

We followed the Streams and found many Small waterfalls

Golden Sunset

The Shiva temple near Belur, Salem

The Stunning views of Gomukhi River

Malabar Grey Hornbills on a Tree

A small falls near Megam Falls

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  2. can you add details of the trips that you make - like how did you go, details of road route , places to stay , best time - that helps

  3. Wow. This looks so refreshing. Dieing to visit it ASAP