Palani

There are fine views of the plains and the scattered rock outcrops on the ride from Kodaikanal to Palani. The hill on which the Palani temple stands appears cast into the center of the landscape. The town’s hill temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan. At the top, the temple and its inner sanctum stand within a spacious area. The image of the diety within the sanctum stands just over 1 m high. The views from the top are especially stunning. They extend over lush rice fields and coconut stands to the distant hills. Many festivals are celebrated here. Some 200,000 pilgrims gather for Thai Pusam in January. At this time the devotees walk and dance for days to the temple, carrying peacock feathers and playing musical instruments. Their chants become evenmore exhilatering and frenetic as they approach the temple.