(4500 Ft Above Sea Level)

Tamil Nadu | India
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Meghamalai is categorised as Plantations

Views (Nivalink Trip Dated - 6 June 2011)
Grey-breasted Laughing thrush (Photo Courtesy: Chandru0072)
Drives (Nivalink Trip Dated - 6 June 2011)
View Point (Nivalink Trip Dated - 6 June 2011)
Tea Plantations (Nivalink Trip Dated - 6 June 2011)
Local reservoir (Nivalink Trip Dated - 6 June 2011)
Tea Factory (Nivalink Trip Dated - 6 June 2011)
Plantations (Nivalink Trip Dated - 6 June 2011)

Reasons to Visit
  • Meghamalai is a remote tea plantation getaway set on the Tamilnadu side of Periyar reserve
  • Meghamalai is totally cut off being surrounded by Meghamalai Wildlife Sanctuary and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and excellent for trekking, bird watching or just a totally cut off / off-beat stay.
  • Meghamalai area is full of tea, coffee and cardamom plantations with a bit of pepper and cinnamon as well. Woodbriar Tea Estate has over 6000 acres of tea plantations and is home to one of the largest tea factories in Asia.
  • Meghamalai forest area Resident and migratory elephants are common. Other animal population comprise tiger (rarely sighted), leopard, Nilgiri tahr, gaur, spotted deer, barking deer, sambar, wild boar, porcupine, Nilgiri langur, lion-tailed macaque, common langur, bonnet macaque, sloth bear, Grey Junglefowl, Smooth-coated Otter and flying squirrel. The sanctuary is also home to the endangered, arboreal Grizzled Giant Squirrel Ratufa macrora.
  • At Meghamalai 100 species of birds have been identified. The rare Great Indian Hornbills are found here. One of the rarest fruit bats of the world, Salim Ali's Fruit Bat is only found in this mountain range.
Know It
  • Entire Meghamalai has very limited rooms to rent and therefore early reservation is a must
  • Nature centric Destinations in Tamil Nadu offering Bird watching"Meghamalai (85 kms from Thekkady) is spread over hectres of isolated tea plantations offering an exclusive experience. Over 100 species of birds have been identified around here. Great Indian Hornbills are found here. One of the rarest fruit bats of the world, Salim Ali's Fruit Bat is only found here. Wildlife such as Wildlife elephants, Indian Gaur, Barking deer is commonly sighted. Tea plantation bungalows for stay here enhance the overall experience."
  • Destinations in South India offering Tea Plantation Experience"Meghamalai (4500+ ft asl, 85 kms from Thekkady and 125 kms from Madurai) is a large Tea Estate area and an exclusive Tea Estate area having a few tea plantation bungalows around it. The heritage bungalows have an offbeat character and offer walks, treks and bird watching around it. "
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  • Bird Watching at Meghamalai

Stay Ideas

  • Meghamalai – A Plantation Bungalow experience

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    Meghamalai is totally cut off being surrounded by Meghamalai Wildlife Sanctuary and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and excellent for trekking, bird watching. Over 100 species of birds have been identified around the tea plantation highlands.
    Bird Watching

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  • Munnar ( 118 Km )

    Munnar is a premier hill station in Kerala. It is situated at about 6000 ft above sea level and more

  • Madurai ( 125 Km )

    Madurai today is one of the busiest towns in Tamilnadu. The Meenakshi temple is awe-inspiring and more

  • Teekoy ( 154 Km )

    Teekoy is a plantation area 43 kms from Kottayam enroute to Vagamon and home to some plantation more

  • Palani ( 170 Km )

    Palani or Pazhani is home to one of the most sacred temples of Lord Muruga and is the third more

  • Karur ( 200 Km )

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  • Palakkad ( 277 Km )

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  • Chennai ( 543 Km )

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  • Tumkur ( 569 Km )

    Tumkur is an industrial town on outskirts of Bangalore (70 kms) on NH-206 and often a stopover for more

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Nearest Airport in Meghamalai
  • Madurai Airport ( IXM ) , Madurai-125 Kms
Nearest Railway Stations in Meghamalai
  • Kodaikanal Road ( KQN ), Kodai Road-106 Kms
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