India is a
land of spirituality, with the vast and fertile Ganges plateau. Spanning 3214 KM
south-north and 2933 KM east- west, it has an area of 32,80483sq.km.The
beautiful state of Tamil Nadu is situated is the Southern region of India, with
Chennai as its Capital. Palani town is 472 KM away from Chennai. It has area of
6.63Sq.KM and is located at 10.3 N and 77.3 E of the meridian. It is about
309-323 m above sea level, and has a rainfall of 560mm annually. Getting rain
by the North-East Monsoon, this town is situated 10 KM away from the range of
the Western Ghats on the South, called the Palani Hills. Kodaikanal a famous
tourist township is situated and these hills, at a height of 2133 M. The
Shanmuga River (consisting of Palar, Porundalar, Varadhamanadhi, Pachaiyar, Kallar and
Kanar) flows from these hills and is 3KM away from Palani. Its length is 19KM .
Palaniís temperature is 22 c - 35 c.
Details of the Palani Hills
The Palani Hills, famous in the
Sangam Literature, has a height of 160 Meters. It has a path around
it, admeasuring 2.84 KM. The Hill has 689 steps to reach the top, and is
surrounded by various medicinal herbs and trees like Sandalwood ,Kadamba, etc.,
as also fields and groves.
Important places around Palani
Kodaikanal, the Queen
of the south Indian Hills is situated near Palani and is an import tourist
centre. Perianayagi Amman temple, Periyavudaiyar temple, Dams at Palani
Porundalaar, the garden of herbs etc., situated in an area of about 7KM radius
around Palani. The Kurinji Andavar temple at Kodaikkanal is a famous shrine.
There is a temple for Lord Muruga at Poomparai. The Kurinji plant which blossoms
once in 12 years is seen in this area.
temple is considered to be the foremost among Murugan temples of Tamil Nadu.
Thousands of devotees come and worship here throughout the year. Apart from the
people of Tamil Nadu, those from Andra , Karnataka, Kerala, etc., also come from
large numbers and worship here. So the temple here always has a festival look.
Lord Gnanadandayudhapani, in the form of Guru, showers his grace on the
devotees. This place is situated at a distance of 56 KM from Dindigul, 472 KM
from Chennai, 114 KM from Madurai, 103 KM
from Coimbatore, 126 KM from Erode and 156 KM from Trichy. Kodaikkanal is 64 KM
away on the South of Palani. There is train facility to reach Palani from all
the above places, except Kodikkanal, which can be reached by bus or car. As the
above towns have air travel facility, visitors can reach Palani by car after
reaching the above town by air from elsewhere.