Palani Dhandayuthapani Temple (Murugan Temple) is located on the top of a hill and travellers can reach there by climbing over 600 steps or taking the rope car. The top of the hill offers a splendid view of the entire town, a sight no traveller would want to miss.
The temple is said to have been built by Cheraman Perumal who belonged to the Chera dynasty. The Pandyas and the Cholas renovated and expanded the temple between the 8th and 13th centuries. They included the gopurams and mandapams to the temple exhibiting their own styles of architecture.
Later the Nayaka kings also added a few sculptures to the temple during their rule. Palani Dhandayuthapani Temple is one of the few temples of India where Lord Murugan is worshipped as Kaumaram.
The Idumban Temple, a noteworthy place in history since the time of Sage Agastya, is located on the Idumban Hills. According to legends the sage ordered his assistant Idumban to take the two hills Sivagiri and Shaktigiri to his abode in India.
Idumban was one of the few demons to survive the war that took place between the Suras and the Asuras. After the war Idumban became a devotee of Lord Murugan. The temple and the hill on which it is located are named after Idumban.
The major festivals observed in the temple include the Panguni Uthiram, Thai Poosam and Tirukarthikai. It is believed that those who visit Palani should pay homage to Idumban to get an answer to their prayers made to Lord Murugan.
Thiruvaavinankudi Temple is also known by the name of Kulanthai Velayuthaswamy Temple. The temple is one of the oldest in the region and is believed to be the abode of Lord Murugan. The shrine, located at the foot of the hill Tiru Avinankudi, is one of the three Padai-Vîdu mentioned in songs and legend.
There is a sacred theertham adjacent to the shrine and the idol of Lord Murugan here is seen as a child sitting atop a peacock. The huge amla tree, a sanctum of Arunagirinthar and Nagalinga inside the temple are worth your visit. This temple has witnessed several renovations over the years including those by K.P.S Palaniappa Chettia of Kandanur and N.M Subramaniam Chettiar of Karaikudi.
Saravana Poigai is a small pool which is believed to have supernatural powers. It is believed that taking a dip in the pool can cure one of several diseases as well as wash away one's sins. The pool which is located at the Thiruvaavinankudi temple attracts a number of devotes. According to legends, Saravana Poigai is the pool where Lord Muruga emerged, and it lies in the Himalayas.
Varathamanathi Dam is located at a distance of about 7 km from Palani. The Dam comes on the way to Thekkanthottam and has become a famous picnic spot today. The dam has various entertainment activities especially for children.
The spot can be reached by bus from Kodaikanal. If you are travelling with kids, it is recommended to add Varathamanathi Dam to your travel plans. This will ensure that the kids get some entertainment.
The Kuthiraiyar Dam Falls can be reached by trekking about a kilometre from Kumbai. The locals can help the travellers reach the place, and the waterfall is situated right behind the dam. The dam and the trekking route offer travellers with an opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the region.
The Kuthiraiyar Dam Falls is located close to Pappampatti and is one of the most sought after attractions of Palani. If you are planning a trip to Kuthiraiyar Dam Falls, there are many budget hotels nearby which make both staying and site seeing a pleasurable experience.
This is the right place to quench your adventure spirit. Be sure to add this place to your itinerary if you are one of those people who loves adventure in the lap of nature.
Bhogar Samadhi is located near the shrine of Lord Murugan on the south-western corridor. The temple got its name from Bhogar, a devotee of Palani Murugan, who is believed to have constructed the idol for the Murugan Temple.
Local legend has it that he was a traditional practitioner of the Sidha medicinal system and has travelled to China to propagate the values of Sidha sciences. Bhogar’s body also rests on the same spot and it is believed that Bhogar Samadhi has an underground passage connecting straight to the main deity of the Murugan Temple.
The temple also houses the Maragatha Shivalinga and an idol of Arulmigu Bhuvaneswari Amman.
Thekkanthottam, yet another beautiful waterfall, is located near the Thekkanthottam village. The water in the falls is taken through pipes and stored in Palani Hills in a tank. This water is circulated around Palani after it is filtered. The tank is called the Water Dam.
One has to board on to a bus, get down at Thekkanthottam village and take a walk to the falls that lie approximately 4 km from the bus stop. There are frequent buses from Palani to the falls. The surrounding area is serene as well as calm and one has to climb little rocks to reach the Thekkanthottam Waterfalls.
Periya Nayaki Amman Temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati also known as Goddess Periya Nayaki Amman in this region. The Goddess holds a distinct place as the mother of Lord Subramanya.
The architectural style of the temple is in the South Indian style, and it houses several smaller shrines of Lord Nataraja, Vinayaka, Lord Murugan, Kailasanatha and Muthukumaraswamy among several other Shaivite deities. Vaigasi Vesak day is one of the major festivals celebrated in this temple with a grand procession.