Small Bus Service from Dindigul
Sirumalai (சிறுமலை) is a region situated 25 km from Dindigul and 40 km from Madurai. There are many high hills in the area. Sirumalai is a dense forest region with a moderate climate throughout the year. The altitude of the hill is 1600 metres above sea level, and it contains diversified flora and fauna and a variety of animals.
The Hill has totally 18 hair-pin bends and on the 18th bend you can able to find a church and a view point from where you can watch the beauty of Dindigul city and also the “Dindigul Rock Fort”. The hill contains a small waterfall as well. The famous Sirumalai banana is slowly disappearing due to a number of diseases associated with it, which no one has been able to solve. Sirumalai farmers, in order to get maximum business, have planted silver oak excessively to an extent that in many parts it has become monoculture.
It is said during the era of Ramayana when Lord Hanuman carried the Sanjeevi hill a fragment which fell down became this hill.
Located in Sirumalai is Agastya Puram. Named after the prominent Agastya Siddhar. Located in Agastya Puram is Silver Hill, this is the tallest hill in Sirumalai. It is said that the peak of the Silver hill was made up of Silver but to avoid man’s destruective actions during the Kali Yuga the hill was transformed via Alchemy in to stone by Agastya Siddhar, hence it got the name silver hill. The hills silver glitter can be still seen in the sun light. In the peak of this Silver hill is a 500 year old Shiva Lingam, walk to top of the hill is about 30 – 45 minutes.
Agatthiyar SivaSakthi Sitthar Beedam
Agatthiyar SivaSakthi Sitthar Beedam is an ashram located at the silver hill in Agastya Puram. Food is served daily (Annadanam), lodging is available at the ashram.The ashram aims to promote various voluntary campaigns such as cleaning of the hills.
Thenmalai is yet to be connected with road. This unpolluted and nature’s glorious place will gives lot of pleasant and cool feel. From this view point we can see Madurai, Tamil Nadu maintaining the pazhapannai in the extend of 50 acres to supply the nursery and plants to the formers and growers. Which maintains the ecologiocal system of sirumalai and its surroundings.
We can watch Bison’s, Deer (Kada Maan) and forest goat (kelai adu) and so many birds and small animals in this jungle.
TNSTC-Madurai Dindigul region operating hill rider service to Sirumalai from Dindigul in Minimum frequency of bus service.
Dindigul-Thenmalai, Sirumalai Hill Rider Small Bus
Registration : TN 57 N 2254
Region : Dindigul
Branch : Dindigul-1
Route : Dindigul-Thenmalai
Route No: 301A
Via : Sirumalai, Agastya Puram
Type : Hill Rider, Small Bus
Source : Wikipedia