Located in the district of Theni in Tamil Nadu, Meghamalai is a breezy and picturesque mountain range belonging to the Western Ghats. Since it enjoys an elevation of about 1500 m above sea level, the hill station has a misty environment. It is home to lush green tea and cardamom plantations, exotic flora and fauna, sparkling waterfalls, magnificent view points and huge dams. Tourists visiting Meghamalai have many opportunities for trekking, mountain walks, bird watching and wildlife spotting.
Meghamalai is much like the scenic hill station of Munnar but since it has fewer tourists, the place has remained unspoiled. The picturesque views are well-complemented by exotic flora and fauna. Roads may not be in a good condition and you cannot expect luxury accommodation.
Belonging to the Western Ghats in Tamil Nadu, Meghamalai is a breezy and picturesque mountain range enjoying an elevation of about 1500 m above sea level. The name Meghamalai is a combination of two local words, Megha meaning Clouds and Malai meaning Mountains. This is an appropriate name since at Meghamalai, you will see clouds meeting the mountains. The hill station is also called High Wavy Mountains.
A place called Vellimalai lies in the heart of Meghamalai. Since it is at an altitude of 1650 feet, you will see beautiful clouds resting amidst verdant hills. The place features tea and coffee estates, quaint houses and an artificial lake. It offers a panoramic view of the Varasanadu Hills.
Some of the major sightseeing attractions in Meghamalai are Highwayvs Dam, Highwayvs Lake, Manalar Dam, Deep Cumbum Valley, Venniyar Tea Estate, Iravagalar Dam and Maharaja Mettu. In Meghamalai, there are many options for trekking like Elephant Corridor, Megamalai rain forest, Manalar Waterfalls and Game set Block no 27. There is a 6000-acre tea plantation area in Meghamalai. The area around it has many dams offering spectacular views.
Meghamalai is home to exotic wildlife. Some of the most common animals you can spot at Meghamalai are Deer, Tiger, Nilgiri Tahr, Leopard, Lion-tailed Macaque, Indian Gaur, Malabar Giant Squirrel and Nilgiri Langur. The hill station is also ideal for bird watching since the forests have more than 100 species of birds.