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Past the Rock Fort of Dindigul, the Palani Hills rise to the west. Tucked into their folds is one of the six abodes of Tamil Nadu’s beloved Murugan. In Palani, Murugan is worshipped as the lord of the Tamil hills. But it is in his first avatar, as the Perennial Child, that he is most loved, for not only is he the lord of the Tamil people, he is also the ‘king of the smile’, as one worshipper aptly put it.
The name Palani refers to two entities: one, the Palani Hills, in central-west Tamil Nadu, not far from the Kerala border and known for their forest-covered slopes; and two, Palani town in these hills, home to the holiest shrines of Murugan, the patron deity of Tamil Nadu. The Palani Hills were once covered with evergreen forest extending almost to the plains. Though what remains today is only a large patch on the northwest plateau, it has over 20,000 recorded species of flora, and is home to the mighty Indian bison and the almostextinct Nilgiri tahr — the only wild mountain goat found in Southern India. Kodaikanal is the most well known face of these hills. The Palani Hills are actually more charming than their popular cousin, the Nilgiris, due to their densely wooded slopes and the absence of the run-ofthe- mill tourist in the area.

he impact of commercial tourism is contained within the shrine and in Kodaikanal, leaving Palani for the naturalist, the wilderness enthusiast, the birdwatcher, and for anyone who prefers solitude to crowds. Tucked into the folds of Palani Hills is one of the six abodes of Murugan. This child of Shiva is primarily worshipped in areas with Tamil influence. He has many names, Karthikeya and Subramanya being the most popular. Others include Senthil, Kumar and Skanda. In Palani, Murugan is worshipped mainly as the lord of the Tamil hills. But it is in his first avatar, as the Perennial Child, that he is most loved. For devotees, he is also the ‘king of the smile’.
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Feb 26 2014
Reet Cheema
The distance between Semmedu and Palani is approximately 130 Kms. There are no direct flights or train between Semmedu and Palani. You can drive down to Palani by car or taxi which is the most convinient and fastest way. It will take you around 2 a ... read more
Feb 27 2014
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Ramarajan Rahim
Very Powerful God Thandayuthapani Murugan Temple
Jun 21 2014
Palani hill is a place of thandayuthapani Swamy Temple. Palani is the tourist place and The varathamanathi dam is a beautiful picnic spot. just 7km from Palani. on the way to thekkanthottam. the dam offers many activities foe children and easily acc ...... read more
Ramarajan Rahim
Ramarajan Rahim
Very Good place place for tourists near Dindigul
Jun 21 2014
Palani hill is a place of thandayuthapani Swamy Temple. Palani is the tourist place and The varathamanathi dam is a beautiful picnic spot. just 7km from Palani. on the way to thekkanthottam. the dam offers many activities foe children and easily acc ...... read more
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