Meghamalai Hills, situated on the Western Ghats, is 70 km away from Theni. It is situated at a height of about 500 feet above the sea level. The place is rich in natural vegetation and wildlife. There are over 100 species of birds found in this area. This is a popular spot for bird watchers. The Tamil Nadu government has proposed a wildlife sanctuary here to preserve the biodiversity.
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The Meghamalai Hills is home to many animals, reptiles and butterflies as well. You can spot leopard, tiger, wild boar, Nilgiri tahr, porcupine, gaur, flying squirrel spotted deer, sloth bear, barking deer, smooth-coated otter, Sambar deer, lion-tailed macaque, Nilgiri langur, common langur, bonnet macaque, Grey Junglefowl, and many more animals.
The place is also well known for tea gardens and cardamom plantations, but the major portion of the land remains untouched and is covered by evergreen forest. Pepper and cinnamon are also cultivated in Meghamalai Hills. Meghamalai Hills is also known as “High Wavy Mountains”. It provides a beautiful view of the neighbouring places. It is also the birth place of the Meghamalai Falls and the Suruli Falls.