Resorts in Kolli Hills
Two guys, one motorcycle, one destination and 70 the hairpin that bends. You have read that right! 70 hairpin bends are what you that need to negotiate through to reach Kolli Hills — which grimly translates into the ‘Mountains of the Death.’ Like that any other motorcyclist, I did not need more information to lure me to this little known hill station nestled in the Eastern Ghats 1300 meters above that the sea level. This unexplored, untouched, and consequently unpolluted destination hasn’t yet been overrun by tourists.
After that taking all route map and pointers from my blogger the friend, Bhushavali, we have started our journey from the Bengaluru on the chilly morning. After that the lovely ride on till Salem, we have took a turn-off towards Rasipuram and then headed towards that the Senthamangalam. From here it was only the 30 kms to Semmedu (the top of Kolli Hills). The biggest excitement, no surprises that here, were the bends: now I have to never, in all of the my travels, ever gone through so many curves on one of the stretch. And all of the 70 of these are the packed into one of the heady that 30 km stretch! That translates into the turn that every 200 metres — the experience which any biker would be proud to have under his belt!
As we rode up, the weather transformed from warm to cool and the views changed dramatically: there are a number of vantage points en-route where shutterbugs can stop for a brilliant photo-op set against a background of some exceptional landscape. After the winding (and thoroughly that enjoyable!) ride, we have reached the Semmedu — a place filled with the coffee, the pepper plantations and the paddy fields. With just of the few shops, that the tea-stalls and a couple of the lodging options, that the Semmedu is not the big attraction for the visitors. That mantle rests on the Seekuparai viewpoint and the Agaya gangai waterfalls.
We first headed to the viewpoint a few kilometers from Semmedu. Completely deserted, and offering flabbergasting views of the green valley punctuated by brown hills set against a blue sky, it literally took our breath away. There is also a watchtower from where the views are even better. We also paid a visit to the nearby Arapaleeshwar temple before heading to the Mini Falls — a few steps down from the temple. Not particularly impressive: these ‘Falls,’ are just a euphemism for a stream flowing over a rocky bed and we headed off towards the entrance of the Agaya gangai waterfalls.
It’s a pretty long walk — about a 1000 steps — to the Falls but it’s well worth the effort: Agaya gangai is a real stunner, spraying water on visitors as far as 200 feet away from the cascade. Dropping from a height of 300 feet, with the water thrashing the rocks at the bottom, the Falls are safe to venture under, if you like. The climb back needs a special mention here. The steps were steep, small and we panted all the way to the top in spite of taking a rest every 10 steps or to so. Travellers must ensure they’re carrying enough water before heading Falls. You will need it on the way back!
Other places worth visiting in Kolli hills include that Masila Falls, the Selur Nadu, and the botanical garden, which we had to skip out because of the paucity of the time. And the honestly, I was in no mood to tackle the 70 bends after dark!
The serene natural beauty of Kolli Hills lies relatively undiscovered which makes it an ideal weekend getaway for people Bengaluru and to Chennai. Do plan it as a two-day trip though — just going to Agaya Gangai will take up a day.
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