The hotel is situated in the heart of Theni town, on the plains of Tamil Nadu state. Theni is surrounded on three sides by the Western Ghats Mountains and washed by the perennial Mullapperiyar River. The hotel gets its name from the Western Ghats, which runs along the western coast of south India and is a hotspot of bio-diversity with hundreds of most endangered species of flora and fauna forming unique eco-systems.
Kodaikanal - The misty mysterious mountain resort
One of the most popular hill stations in South India, Kodaikanal is situated at 7000 ft. above sea level, in the Palni hills of the Western Ghats. It is blessed by a salubrious climate that never goes higher than 20oC and never comes down below 8oC. Charming flower meadows, rocky crags, steep slopes, cascading waterfalls, bountiful orchards, velvety grasslands and a vast expanse of tranquil waters make Kodaikanal a unique and unforgettable experience. There are plenty of opportunities for any type of tourist to fill his soul, whether he is interested in eco tourism, adventure tourism, water sports or nature study.
It is well connected by excellent roads. Besides scenic secluded shola forests and grassy slopes, there are many places of interest to the tourist like a world famous solar observatory, a museum of natural history and an orchidorium, well laid out trekking paths, two lakes with water sports facilities in one and parks with vast meadows and flower beds. There are hundreds of endemic wild varieties of birds, animals and plants which have been preserved for thousands of years in this unparalleled eco system attracting nature lovers and scientists from all over the world.
Munnar - The spice capital of the world
Munnar, which literally means 'three rivers', got its name from the confluence of three rivers near the town of Munnar. It has got all the necessary infrastructural facilities for the visitor and is yet beautifully secluded and far from the hustle and bustle of the city life. It is also well connected by road from Theni. The journey to Munnar along Western Ghats is in itself a once-in-a-lifetime experience. As you move up the dizzy heights, the plains of Tamil Nadu can be scene spread out like a large contour map below.
Manicured tea gardens along scenic slopes are indeed a feast to the eyes. There are miles and miles of green tea gardens that cover the rolling hills on both sides of the winding roads. Munnar is the spice capital of the world where the tourist can purchase fresh produces from the plantations of cardamom, pepper, coffee and tea that abound in the hills all around. Munnar is also the dearest destination for the eco tourist and the adventure tourist.
Eravikulam National Park where the rare Nilgiri tahr grazes gracefully along steep slopes and rain fed shola forests wedged in between these slopes are haven to several endemic and endangered varieties of flora and fauna. Vertical rock formations and gushing waterfalls with several lakes and dams cater to the adventure hungry.
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary - Where the tigers roam
An enormous lake of crystalline water at Thekkady, 4 kilometres from Kumili town, forms the heart land of the sanctuary which is one of the largest wildlife reserves in India. It is also a famous tiger reserve. Sitting in the safety of the boat, the tourist can observe at his leisure herds of wild Asiatic elephants and other wild animals which come to the lake to drink and bathe.
Boat rides in the lake, elephant rides inside the forest and guided wildlife adventure tours inside the reserve are unique and unforgettable experiences. Besides elephants and tigers, bison, spotted deer, sambar, leopard, stripe necked mongoose, malabar flying squirrel etc. are frequently sighted.
At Thekkady and the nearby Kumili town, fresh and genuine hill produces such as the world's best cardamom, organic tea and coffee, etc., can be purchased at bargain prices. The plantations of tea and cardamom on the way and around Thekkady are suitable for plantation tourism and offer to the tourist the most well kept plantations for observation and study.
Kurangini is just 15 km from Theni , on the Western Ghats, and has silvery waterfalls, wooded valleys, rocky crags and caves and view-points that offer calendar perfect scenery. Rare flora and fauna and plantations of tea, coffee and cardamom and handicraft items made by tribal community members attract tourists to this picnic spot. Honey, cane products, caps, floor mats and silk cotton mattresses are some of the tribal products that are in great demand. From Kurangani you can go on short treks to nearby places and long treks to Central Station (7 km) and Top Station (15 km) which will turn out to be the most unforgettable encounters of your life with pristine nature.
Vaigai Dam - 'The Little Brindavan'
Built in 1959, the dam across the majestic Vaigai River is 111 feet high and stores 71 feet of water. Boating inside the dam on the still expanse of water is a great experience. The garden, adjacent to it, is known as 'Little Brindavan' as there is much resemblance to the wholesome experience at the world famous Brindavan gardens of Mysore. There are ample play facilities for children and tourists inside the garden. There is also a menagerie for the entertainment of the visitors.
Kumbakkarai Falls - The perennial bounty
Against the back drop of an emerald wilderness, the Kumbakkarai falls gushes out of huge rocky recesses at great heights and roars down into an alluring pool of water infused with the goodness of minerals and herbs. It is believed to possess medicinal properties and is a popular bathing spot. Rare fauna and avifauna frequent the forest around the falls and rare specimens of flora are sighted easily around the places.
Suruli Falls - Extolled in Chilappathikaram
The classic poet Ilangovadigal has described its beauty in the famous Tamil epic, Chilapathikaram. Though it is perennial, the thickness of the water column in the monsoon season of June-October is indeed awesome. There are separate bathing facilities for men and women where the falls form pools of health giving water. The total height of the falls, in two steps, is 190 feet. The forest that forms the backdrop is full of rare flowers, butterflies, birds and animals and the open space that forms the approach is a favourite resting places.
Sothuparai Dam - The scenic seclusion
It is one of the most picnic spots around Theni. The dam is built across the Varaha River against a setting of majestic verdant hills. The wide expanse of placid water mirroring the green slopes around is an impressive sight. Periyakulam town nearby is called 'The Mango City' where exotic and delicious varieties of mangoes from the orchards around the town are available at down to earth prices during the seasons
Gowmariamman Temple which is located in Veerapandi.Theni and attracts many pilgrims. This 14th century temple was built by the Pandya King Veerapandi.The Pandya King is said to have regained his vision by praying to Govmariyamman and Kanneeswaramudaiyar. The perennial Mullai river runs close by the temple. The temple is nearly 8 kms from Theni city. There is also an annual festival in the month of May – Veerapandi Gowmariamman Festival, which is a sight to behold.
Saturn or Saneeswarar is the main deity worshipped in Kuchanur. In this temple Lord Sani Bhagavan genesis was on its own and not created (Suyambu). In all the other temples Sani Bhagavan is either at the navagiraha or He remains in separate sannithi. In Kuchanoor the Lord exists as the prime deity in splendid isolation bereft of the other planets. Here he is known as Kuchanooran. The Temple is located at Kuchanoor near Chinnamanur of Theni District on the bank of main channel of River Surabhi and is 15 kms from Theni.
It is said that this is the place where Sani Bhagavan himself got relieved off the Brahmmahathi dhosa – the sin that affects a person for committing some serious crime. Daily pooja’s and archanas are being carried out according to Agama sasthras. A large number of devotees visit here from all over india.
- Adi Festival (July – Aug).
- Sanipierchi (Saturn transit day) – observed very devotionally.
The main deity worshipped here is Lord Shiva in the name of Kailasanather. No one knows the time or the person who built an abode for the lord kailash on the small hillock which is around 14km from Theni city. A dilapidated shrine with Lingam and Amman has been renovated and mahakumbabisekam was done on 29th July 2012 by 63 shivacharias. Now with Rajakopuram, separate sannathies for Kailasanather Periyanayaki Amman, Lord Ganesh, Murugan, and Navagrahas the temple stands majestic.
Mahaprathosams Full Moon days are observed with special poojas. Annathanams are also performed on these auspicious days. Like Thiruvannamalai devotees perform girivalam on full moon days. An ancient rock cut cave shrine at the bottom of the hill where lord ganesha has been carved inside (kudavarai kovil ) also attracts many devotees.
This Thousand Lingam Temple near Suruli falls attracts many pilgrimes and tourists. It is around 30 kms from Theni city.
There is a newly built DHAKSHINAMURTHY Temple in Vedapuri at Theni. This temple is built by Swami OMKARANANDHA JI , student of Swami CHITBHAVANANDHA JI. Here the nine feet Lord Dhakshinamurthy facing south is regarded as the ultimate guru - the embodiment of knowledge and the destroyer of ignorance. It is one of the few most Gurubhavan temples in Tamil Nadu. Large number of devotees visit from all over india. Daily pooja’s and special pooja’s are performed every thrusdays. Mahapradosam days are observed devotionally.