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Known as Kodaikanal’s best kept secret, Poombarai is another picturesque village in Kodai hills that has stunning terraced landscapes enveloped by green mountains and valleys.

Poombarai is situated just 50 km from the Kodaikanal Lake and is a tiny hamlet famous for its production of garlic. It is a part of Palani hills and stands at a height of 1,920 m, situated among terraced fields and vast, lush greenery. The picture-perfect Poombarai is adorned with the view of colourful roofs of houses set amidst the enticing hills. 

A major attraction in Poombarai is the Kuzhanthai Velappar temple or Murugan temple that is believed to be associated with legends that are 3,000 years old. The original temple was built by the Chera dynasty and is dedicated to Lord Muruga. The temple celebrates ‘Ther Thiruvizha’ every year where the deity is taken out in a procession. 

Be sure to check out the garlic market outside the temple, especially the ‘Malai Poondu’ (hill garlic) which is sought for its flavour and medicinal value. The wild honey collected from the forest is also much in demand in Poombarai.

A cup of chai with breathtaking views of green valleys and clouds rolling over the distant hills is sure to refresh your spirits. Poombarai has many tea stalls. and a viewpoint in the village that offers just what your tourist-heart craves.


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