Courtallam, the city of waterfalls, located in South India, is an important tourist spot. If you travel just 13 kms away from the highly crowded Courtallam, you will reach a quiet and calm place named Thirumalai in Western Ghats. This small village is famous for its hilltop temple of Murugan.
Thirumalai Murugan temple, located at a height of 400 m in Western Ghats can be reached by 600+ steep steps from the foothills. Before you start climbing the steps, you can find the huge idol of Vallaba Vinayak along with Siddhi. The shrine of Meenakshi-Sundareshwar along with Ganesh is also found at the foothills. You can find some small mandaps and shrines such as Murugan with Valli-Devasena, Naduvatta Vinayakar and Idumban between foothills and the top of the hills.
The sacred tree of the site is Tamarind tree. Lord Murugan is depicted by the Vel weapon. The idol of Valli and peacock are also found under the Tamarind tree. A small shrine for Lord Ganesh is also found in the area outside the main shrine.
The prakara (corridor) is full of small shrines and idols such as Kanni Vinayakar, Shasta, Gajalakshmi, Chandikeswarar and Bhairav.
The tank is found outside the main shrine. One more shrine for Ganesha named as Tirupani Vinayakar is also found in the outer region.
Site Name: Thirumalai Murugan Temple
City Name: Thirumalai
An ancient temple located on top of a hill in Western Ghats
Location: 60 kms from Tirunelveli; 13 kms from Courtallam; Located in the Southern part of Tamil Nadu state, India
Nearest Railway Station: Tenkasi
Nearest Airport: Madurai (around 200 kms)
How to reach: Easily reachable by road from Tirunelveli, Tenkasi,Courtallam or Madurai
Hotel: A lot of luxury hotels and budget hotels are available in Courtallam and Tenkasi
Restaurants: There are a lot of good restaurants in Courtallam and Tenkasi
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