An Wonderful Fanning session in Kollihills
The Mountain is named Kolli Malai behind the name of Goddess Ettukkai Amman(KolliPaavai).
The Kolli Hills are featured in several works of classical Tamil literature such asSilappathigaram, Manimekalai, Purananuru and Ainkurnuru. The region was ruled by Valvil Ori around 200 A.D., who is praised as one of the seven great philanthropists of ancient Tamil Nadu. His valor and marksmanship are sung by several poets, and his exploits are a popular part of folklore. Ori is said to have killed a lion, bear, deer and a boar with a single arrow. The hills are said to be guarded by Kollipavai also called as “Ettukkai Amman”, the local deity. According to legend, the sages chose Kolli hills when they were looking for a peaceful place to do their penance.
The Kollihills became taluk and forms a part of Namakkal district. Semmedu is the headquarters for the Kolli hills and Semmedu is connected by road to Namakkal and Salem. Nowadays the Bus service is provided up to Arappulishwarar Temple. BSNL (earlier DOT) established the first Telecommunication networks (LDPCO) in 1977 and after wards the Telecom facilities are continuously expanded depending upon the requirements at Kolli hills.
The mountain is a site of pilgrimage, because of the Arapaleeswarar temple, which is believed to have a secret path to the Shiva temple in Rasipuram. This Shiva temple is said to have been built by Valvil Ori in the 1st or 2nd century when he ruled this area. “Arappaleeswara sathakam” is a poem which praises Lord Arappaleeswarar. It is believed that this temple existed during the Sangam period itself. According to legend, the shiva linga in the temple was found when a farmer was ploughing his land. It is said that the farmer accidentally hit the shiva linga while ploughing, and that led blood to ooze out of the statue. The small wound is said to be visible on the shiva linga even today.
Two viewpoints – one at Seekuparai and another at Selur Nadu – are being developed to encourage tourism. As of 2007, creation of a park and formation of an approach road to the Seekuparai viewpoint were nearing completion. The government maintains a pineapple research farm where hybrid varieties are created. Research about medicinal plants is also pursued on these mountains.The government holds a tourism festival in August.
Kolli Hills has been the top choice for nature lovers, hiking enthusiasts, trekking clubs and meditation practitioners among hill stations in Tamil Nadu. In comparison to other hill stations in Tamil Nadu, Kolli Hills is not commercialized, less polluted and offers unique mountain ranges.  Agaya Gangai is the famous waterfall situated near the Arappaleeswarar temple. Additionally the district administration has recently developed a botanical garden, Boat house, Cave house, New waterfalls called Masila Falls. The administration also celebrated “Ori festival” with lot of cultural events..
Under the foot hills of the Kolli Hills there are so many Small and Big Towns existing. From these places the Kolli Hills is visible in a panoramic view and the climatic conditions of these places is influenced by the climatic conditions of the Kolli Hills. Following are the few Towns surrounding the Kolli Hills: — Namakkal,Sendamangalam, Kalappanaickenpatti, Belukurichi, SingalandaPuram, Rasipuram,Namagiripettai, Thammampatti, Mullukurichi, Koppampatty, Thuraiyur, Puliancholai,Thathaiyangarpet and all these places are well connected by frequent bus services.
People of Kolli Hills come down by foot with their produces to the foot hills of Kolli Hills and they sell their produces and go back after buying their required materials. This type of activities take place in few places like, Karavalli, Belukurichi, Pavithram,Thammampatti, and Puliancholai. People from various surrounding places of Tamil Nadu come to Belukurichi to buy the products of Kolli Malai.
Karavalli-Kollimalai ghat section in having largest number of Hairbin bends in south india. it has 70 Hairbin bends. Apart from TNSTC buses, there is a sole Private Operator PSK having two bus service to Kollimalai. One each services to Arappaleeswarar Kovil and Vasalur Patti from Senthamangalam.
தென்னிந்தியாவில் 70 கொண்டை ஊசி வளைவுகளைக் கொண்ட ஒரே மலைப்பாதை இதுவே. காரவெளியிலிருந்து தொடங்கும் மலைப்பாதை கொல்லிமலையை 35 ஆவது கிலோ மீட்டரில் அடைகிறது. புகழ்பெற்ற அரப்பளீஸ்வரர் கோவில் இங்கு அமைந்துள்ளது. கோவிலை ஒட்டி பாதாள நீர்வீழ்ச்சி காண்போரை வியக்க வைக்கும் ஒன்று. அடிவாரத்திலிருந்து சுமார் 1 கிலே மீட்டர் கீழே 1050 படிகளில் இறங்கினால் இந்த நீர்வீழ்ச்சியை அடையலாம்.
வாசலூர்பட்டி படகு இல்லம், தாவரவியல் பூங்கா, நம்ம அருவி, மாசிலா அருவி, சிற்றருவி, எட்டுக்கை அம்மன் கோவில் என சுற்றுலாத்தளங்கள் ஏராளம்.
நாமக்கல், சேலம் மற்றும் சேந்தமங்கலம் ஆகிய பகுதிகளிலிருந்து அரசு மற்றும் தனியார் பேருந்துகள் கொல்லிமலைக்கு இயக்கப்படுகின்றன.
Kollimalai Tourist Places
Agaya Gangai Water Falls
Namakkal to Kollimalai, Salem to Kollimalai and Kollimalai to Salem, Kollimalai to Namakkal, Kollimalai to Senthamangalam Bus Timings
TN 30 N 0067 Namakkal-1 Depot in Namakkal-Vilaram Route Via Senthamangalam, Kalappanaickenpatti, Karavalli, Cholakadu, Semmedu
TN 30 N 0068 Namakkal-1 Depot in Namakkal-Othakadai Route Via Senthamangalam, Kalappanaickenpatti, Karavalli, Cholakadu, Semmedu, Senkarai
TN 30 N 0069 Namakkal-1 Depot in Namakkal-Senkarai Route Via Senthamangalam, Kalappanaickenpatti, Karavalli, Cholakadu, Semmedu
TN 30 N 0074 Johnsonpet-2 Depot in Salem-Kollimalai route via Rasipuram, Senthamangalam, Kalappanaickenpatti, Karavalli, Cholakadu, Semmedu
TN 30 N 0289 Namakkal-1 Depot in Namakkal-Arappaleeswarar Kovil Route Via Senthamangalam, Kalappanaickenpatti, Karavalli, Cholakadu, Semmedu