Sunday, September 13, 2015

Manjolai Hills, Thirunelveli

Manjolai Hills, Thirunelveli
Manjolai Hills is a lovely hill station tucked away deep in the magnificent Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve in the Western Ghats. The hills rise to a height of 1000-1500 meters and are covered here with tranquil tea gardens. Manjolai Hills is above the Manimuthar Dam and the picturesque Manimuthar Waterfalls and is 70 Kms from Tirunelveli. Manjolai Hills is famed for its lovely weather, which is such a blessing after the searing heat of the plains. It is also known for its awesome scenic beauty and the serenity of its surroundings.

Manjolai Hills will offer you some well-deserved R&R (rest and relaxation). Just looking out at the panorama of emerald green tea gardens laid out like a welcoming carpet can soothe you. There are some nice viewpoints from where you can relish some stunning views of the surrounding hills and forests. Gushing waterfalls, grassy meadows and dense forest make this a nature lover’s dream comes true. Enjoy the serene tranquility and glorious beauty of Manjolai Hills. Take longs walks in the quiet tea gardens or trek into the nearby forests.

Head to Manjolai Hills and savor the peace and quiet and enjoy some great views. You could trek into the forest and spot some wild animals. It’s definitely a must-visit destination of you want to recharge and refresh your city-weary batteries. Manjolai is a hill station, at a height of around 1162 m. This place is famous for its tea plantations, amongst which the Bombay Burma Tea Estate is the most prominent. Due to its scenic beauty, this place is compared with Udhagamandalam (Ooty). Other important tourist spots near Manjolai are the Kakkachi and Nalumukku.

The area around Manjolai hills comprises tea plantation, Upper Kodayar Dam, a view point named Kuthiravetti and small settlements. One can spot three tea estates within the Manjolai area. A trip to Manjolai is worth the visit. There are many small waterfalls amidst lush greenery all the way to the top. The place has not been, however disturbed by mankind and the birds with their cries and chirps welcome all visitors to the place. Manjolai is also called the poor man’s Ooty.

Trekkers can have good time trekking amidst of thick plantations. You should also visit the Manimuthar Falls. A dam was built across the fall and it is named as Manimuthar Dam. One can also catch the breathtaking view from the windy view point called Kuthiravetti. It is essential to get permission from forest department while travelling in private vehicles. Government buses are also available to reach this lovely hillock.

En route to Manjolai from Manimuthar, do stop at the pretty Dasan Pool (called Tarzan Pool by the locals!). The pool has crystal clear fresh water and is surrounded by lush greenery. It is a lovely place to breathe in some chilled, fresh mountain air.  Check out both the Manimuthar Dam and Papanasam Dam. Enjoy a boat ride at Vana Theertham. Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve is a lovely place and will fascinate wildlife lovers. You may also be lucky to catch a glimpse of elephants, bears, bison, wild boar and Sambar deer.  However, do remember that this is a reserved forest so you will need permission from the Forest Department.

General Information
16.41 Sq. Kms
1162 Meters
Winter: 10°C - 20° C Summer: 16°C - 25° C
13°C - 20° C 
800 mm
Beast Season - November - March
Light Woolen in Winter & Cotton in Summer
Calling Code
+ 91 - 462

Places of Interest
Places of Tourist Interest in Manjolai Hills are listed below;
Dasan Pool (Tarzan Pool):
For brief details, please refer below link;
Mini Golf Course, Kakkachi:
For brief details, please refer below link;
Kakkachi Lake:
For brief details, please refer below link;
For brief details, please refer below link;
Kuttiyar Dam:
For brief details, please refer below link;
Manimuthar Tea Estate:
For brief details, please refer below link;
Manjolai Tea Estate:
For brief details, please refer below link;
For brief details, please refer below link;
Oothu Tea Estate:
For brief details, please refer below link;
Singampatty Zamin Palace, Zamin Singampatty:
For brief details, please refer below link;
Vanapetchi Amman Temple:
For brief details, please refer below link;
Varakkattai View Point:
For brief details, please refer below link;
Manimuthar Falls:
For brief details, please refer below link;
Upper Kodayar Dam:
For brief details, please refer below link;
Nearby Places of Interest
Places of Tourist Interest nearby Manjolai Hills are listed below;
Banatheertham Falls, Papanasam
For brief details, please refer below link;
Agasthiyar Falls (Papanasam Falls), Papanasam
For brief details, please refer below link;
Papanasanathar Temple
For brief details, please refer below link;
Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve:
For brief details, please refer below link;
Nearby Dams
For brief details, please refer below link;
Food & Accommodation
This place is not often visited and as such there is only an estate teashop where snacks and tea are available. This tea stall caters to the local estate employees and to the wander lust that arrives in the place in trickles. Accommodation at the base of Manjolai estate is provided by the State Tourism department in a place called Singampatty Zamin. There is a guest house in Kuthiravetti which has to be booked in advance. The place behind the Guest house is a great place to view elephants, bears, Sambar deer and wild boars.
The ideal place to stay is the Forest department guest house in Kuthiravetti, TNEB quarters in Kothaiyar and Police quarters in Manjolai Estate. But these places are to be booked in advance and it is extremely off to the tourists as these accommodations are often occupied by the respective department bigwigs.
Hotel Alankar and Annai Chicken are some of the good places to eat near Manimutharu because Manjolai Hills does not have any good restaurants or accommodation options. Tourists have to carry fruits and water with them when they go for a trekking trip to Manjolai. Local specialties like Vatha Kuzhambu, Padaneer, Ambai chicken Kuzhambu etc. are must-eat dishes here.
Few Staying Options near Manjolai Hills are listed below;
Singampatty Zamin Palace Guest House:
Thiru T. N. S. Murugadoss
Rajah of Singampatty Zamin, 
Zamin Singampatty – 627416,
Ambasamudram Taluk,
Thirunelveli District
Phone: +91 – 4634 – 250209
Mobile: +91 – 9443351762 
Baskar Lodge:
Ambasamudram Taluk,
Thirunelveli District
Phone: +91 – 4634 – 251008 / 252652 / 252653
Mobile: +91 – 9842150924
Travel Advisory
Permission from the Forest Department is required for going to Manjolai estate and Kuthiravetti. This can be arranged with the State Tourist Department. There are monkeys at Manimuthar Falls and visitors have to be careful of their belongings. Plastic carry bags are frowned at and it is better to carry food in packing containers that can be destroyed after the adventure. To visit Kodayar Dam, permission has to be availed from the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board officials.
For brief details, please refer below link;


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ilamurugan said...

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Mariappan M said...

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Ilamurugan said...

Dear Mr. Shankar,

Could you please share TNEB Guest House, Kuthiravetti or any other accomodation contact details in Manjolai Hills for our readers benefit.

RAZZYAN said...

Hello dude, thanks for all the details location details ? However can you write up how to procure the permission to visit the restricted planning to visit monjolai tea estate in a day ot two. Appreciate ur fast reply. Thanks for all ur efforts

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sureshkumar1448 said...

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timothy bina said...

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One question - is it safe to drive our own vehicles like Swift /Honda city?

timothy bina said...

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Just want to know how's the road. Suggested vehicles fit self drive

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Shenbaga Murali said...

How to get permission from State tourist board. Had doubts on that 1. It's should be pre - approval or on spot permission? 2. Is it possible to get permission from online 3.if not then what to do for that? Please reply earlier ASAP

Jebaraj Mohan said...

Informations are really worth. Great job. Crystal clear explanation.
If possible, update government bus timing details for a day visit.

Jebaraj Mohan said...

1. You should get pre approval, atleast one day before.
2. Up to date no online facility available.
3. Driving license with vehicle RC book should submit to Forest department.

ajay pandey said...

Worst place to visit...roads are so pathatic and most important thing is getting the permission to visit from forest Dept...apply one day before you are planning to visit...carry 3 -4 additional tyres with you ...never know when all will be down....nothing much to see at Manjolai...waterfall is good
.which is 7 km from the dam...better return from this point.

ajay pandey said...

Don't even think in dreams to visit in Honda is up to you...road is so worst can't describe