Saturday, May 8, 2010


Kolli Hills is a major mountain range and is an outliner of the Eastern Ghats. It is eighteen miles ( 28 Kilometeres) long (north south) twelve miles(19 Kilometers) wide(east/west) and the Koll Block covers 441.4 square kilo meters. It falls within the following coordinates:- Rest Longitude 78º 17'05" to 78º 27'45" and North Latitude 11º 55' 05" to 11º 21'10". The name Kolli Malai refers to the mountain's once hostile nature; the unsuspecting and unaccamatised aliens, attracted by natural beauty. Viewed from plains of Namakkal the mountain appears as a flat-topped mass. The mountain has been inhabitated from prehistoric times. It is much celebrated in the Tamil Literature of the Sangam period; at least eleven poets mention it in their poems.

As per Census 2001, t he population of the Kolli Hills is 36852. There are 14 village panchayats and 275 hamlets. The population predominantly consists of scheduled tribes called Hindu Malayali whose spoken language is only Tamil. In two pockets SC population is found which is around 700.

Cultivation of Jack Fruit, Guvava, Hill Banana, Pineapple, Pepper, Coffee, Cardamom,topioca, honey and rice are the main agricultural activities.

The government reserve forests are seen in Ariyur, Puliyan Solai, Selur and Vazhavandhi Nadu. An area of 200 hectares is in the process of reforestation. Tigers and elephants which were once common in it are now extinct; only small animals such as black bears, hares, porcupines, and wild dogs are seen.

Legends have it that the hills were part of the famous Madhuvanam (Honey Forest) reserved by Sugriva of the epic Ramayana. The Maximum elevation ranges from 3500' to 4500' with the tallest peak Vettakaramalai, is rising to 4663' above sea level.

The hills formed a natural boundary between the Kongu Nadu and Chola Nadu. At the beginning of the Christian era the Mountain and its habitants were rules by Mazhavars and the King Vaivil Ori ws much celebrated among them. Legends have it that he was a great archer and released a arrow by him pierced first and elephant, then went through the open mouth of a tiger, then a deer and the a pig and then hit a monitor lizard killing instantaneously all. A statue was erected to honour the king in 1975 by Thiru Kalaingar M. Karunanidhi, Honorouble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and the Government sponsored festival (VALVIL ORI VIZHA) every year named after him. Apart from known abode of the Saints, the Buddhists, the Jains set up a number of retreats, those fell prey to time. A stone image of Theerthangar reminds the existence of the earlier Jain influence. The famous Shiva Temple called Arappalleeswarar Temple dating back to 12th century situates at periakoviloor near the famous water falls Akasa Gangai. Reportedly an ancient and powerful deity called Kolli Paavai of Ettukkai Amman is also at Kolli Hills. It attracts large pilgrims on fiew moon days originally a Jain retreat.

The glory of Kolli Hills and the Charity of the King Valvil Ori is liberally sung by the Sangam literature like Agananooru, Purananooru, Kurunthogai, Pathitrupathu and Natrinai.

Numerous streams originate from Kolli Hills. The major rivers traversing the hills are Aiyar, Varattar etc.

At present Kolli Hills could be reached through a ghat road which was 70 hairpins bends. The village at the foot hill is Karavalli.. From Namakkal to Kolli Hills the distance is 55 KMs.. The ghat road alone 26 KMs. The district administration taking steps to form an another ghat road called Nariankadu-Mullukurichi road which, when formed will have only 2-3 hairpin bends.

For the convenience of the tourists the Panchayat Union has constructed six cottages at Semmedu. At near Arapaleeswarar Temple an Youth Hostel is also available which could accommodate up to 30 persons. This could also be used as a training center. An excellent lawn and a rose garden greets the visitors. The inmates can avail the tasty Kollihill food supplied from the canteen run by the Women Self Help Group. All these accommodations are available fro rent from the Commissioner, Kollimalai Panchayat Union, Semmedu (Phone No. 04286 247425). Apart from these at present two private lodges with boarding facilities are available.


Akasa Gangai is an enchanting 300 feet waterfall of river Aiyaru, located near Arappaleeshwarar temple. Thousands of steps lead down to the falls. It is situated in a beautiful valley surrounded by the mountains at all sides. Enroute, the natural beauty of the valley and the vegetation-covered peaks . The location is ideal for trekking and the breeze is pleasant, the cascade of silvery water touching and brushing the innumerable herbs which are abound in Kollihills keeps everyone spell bound and fresh with its herbal qualities.

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The wilds of Kolli Hills are known for their medical herbs and plants. The vast expanse of forests of Kolli Hills boasts varieties of rare medical plants and these are regular sources for the preparation of indigenous Indian Medicines. Major tree species are Neem,Veepaloai,Usil, Velvel, Neermathi, Tamarind, Seetha Odai, Naval, Illupai., Silver Oak etc. Lemon grass is also prominent in most of the Reserve Forest areas. Wild animals like Rabbit, Wild boar, Bear, Hare, Peacock, Jackal, Jungle cat, Monkeys and variety of birds are seen in forest.


The important sight seeing places are Telescope House (at Solakadu), Government Herbal Farm, Botanical Garden, View Points at 34,35,36 and 37 hairpin bends. Picturesque vies point at Solakkadu, at Akasa Gangai, Selur Nadu view point, Boat lake at Vasalurpatti, view point at Seekkuparai. Arappaleeswarar temple, Kolli Paavai Temple, Jain temple and ofcourse a pleasent never ending landscape crisscrossing 441 Kilo meter Kolli Hills range.

View point Pine apples


A Shiva temple in the Valappur Nadu situated on the stream Aiyaru. Its is dedicated to Arppalli Iswarar. The deity's other names are Thiru Arappalli Ashavar, Thiru Arappalli Mahadhevan and Thiru Arappalli Udaiyar, The Deity's consort is Archalai. It is a 12th century temple. Valli Amman, also known as Sucmathamba, and Thayammai. Because of the belief that Arappalli Iswarar resides in the small fish of Aiyaru, the temple has also the name of Fish temple. It is customary for the pilgrims to catch the sacred fish by hand, adorn them with gold or silver nose rings in fulfillment of vows. The Hindu legends of the temple’s origin claim that the lingam in the main shrine was unearthed during the ploughing of a field. The scar on its top is supposed to have been caused by the plough.


Kolli hills - Namakkal


Kolli Hills or Kolli Malai (Tamil: கொல்லி மலை) is a small mountain range located in central Tamil Nadu in Namakkal district of India. The mountains are about 1000 to 1300 m in height and cover an area of approximately 280 km². The Kolli Hills has 70 hair pin bends to reach the top of the hills. The Kolli Hills are part of the Eastern Ghats, which is a mountain range that runs mostly parallel to the east coast of South India. The mountains are relatively untouched by commercial tourism and still retain their natural beauty.


Two viewpoints - one at Seekuparai and another at Selur Nadu - are being developed to encourage tourism. As of 2007, creation of a park and formation of an approach road to the Seekuparai viewpoint were nearing completion.[1] The government maintains a pineapple research farm where hybrid varieties are created. Research about medicinal plants is also pursued on these mountains.The government holds a tourism festival in August.

Kolli Hills has been the top choice for nature lovers, hiking enthusiasts, trekking clubs and meditation practitioners among hill stations in Tamil Nadu. In comparison to other hill stations in Tamil Nadu, Kolli Hills is not commercialized, less polluted and offers unique mountain ranges. [2] The district administration has recently developed a botanical garden, Boat house, Cave house, New waterfalls called Masila Falls. The administration also celebrated "Ori festival" with lot of cultural events.

Agaya Gangai (Tamil: ஆகாய கங்கை) waterfalls is located in Kolli Hills of the Eastern Ghats. Panchanathi, a jungle stream cascades down as the Agaya Gangai (En:Ganges of Sky), near the Arapaleeswarar temple atop the Kolli Hills in Namakkal district, Tamil Nadu.



Agaya Gangai is an enchanting 300 feet (91 m) waterfall of the river Aiyaru, located near Arapaleeswarar temple. It is situated in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains on all sides. En route, one can enjoy the natural beauty of the valley and the vegetation covered peaks. The location is ideal for trekking and the breeze is pleasant, the cascade of silvery water touching and brushing the innumerable herbs which abound in Kolli Hills keeps everyone spell bound and fresh with its herbal qualities

List of B.Ed colleges in Tamilnadu

College Name City
Pandian Saraswathi Yadav Engineering College Sivaganga
Narayana Guru College Of Engineering Kanyakumari
Ponjesly College Of Engineering Nagercoil
E.s.subramaniam Memorial College OF Education Chennai
E S Subramaniam Memorial College of Education
St Annes Teacher Training Institute Chennai
Sai Krubha Teacher Training Institute, Chennai, Tamil Nadu Chennai
Smt Savithri College of Education Trichy
New Ideal College of Education Trichy
Naina Mohamed College OF Education Rajendrapuram
Nagai College OF Education Nagapattinam
Mass College of Education Kumbakonam
Mariamman College of Education Trichy
Jeevan College of Education Manpparai
Jamal Mohamed College OF Teacher Education Trichy
J R S College of Education Perambalur
J.j. College of Education Trichy
Bishop Packiam Arockiasamy College of Education Pudukkottai
Bharath College of Education Thanjavur
Arun College of Education Thanjavur
Aasee College of Education. Karur
Csi College of Education Salem
Institute OF Advance Study IN Education Chennai
V.P.Muthaiyapillai Meenathiammal Womens College of Education Krishnan Koil
Gandigram Rural University Dindigul
Meenakshi B.Ed., College Dindigul Dist.,
Smt. A.K.D. Sakkaniammal College of Education For Women Rajapalayam
Kapi Women's College of Education Madurai
Shri Balaji College of Education for women Madurai
Arulmigu Kalasalingam College of Education Krishnankoil
Vedha Vikas College of Education Salem
Sri Ganesh College of Arts & Science Salem
KL Nagasamy Memorial Polytechnic and College Madurai
R.L college madurai
Vidya Sagar Women's College of Education Chengalpattu
SRM Arts and Science chennai
Star Lion College of Education Thanjavur
vinayaka misssion Kirupananda Variyar Engineering College Salem
Bishop Agniswamy College of Education Muttam
Avinashilingam University For Women COIMBATORE
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Coimbatore, Bangalore, Amritapuri, Cochin, Mysore
Orient Flight School (OFS) Tamil nadu
Ponnaya Ramajayam Colleges Thanjavur
SRM Institute of Science And Technology Chennai
Meston College of Education Chennai
Karpagam Arts and Science College Coimbatore
Apollo Arts and Science College Kanchipuram
SCAD College of Engineering Tirunelveli

Sriram Computer Education college Sankarankoil
Tamilnadu Open Uinversity Learning Programme college Palayamkottai
Vel Computer Centre of Education Palayamkottai
Best Computer Continuing Education college Teppakulam
Somsen Computer Centre of Continuing Education Trichy
Periyar Community College of Continuing Education Trichy
Tamilnadu Computer Software College Trichy
J.J. Tech Computer Academy Education Kovilpatti
Kamaraj College of Continuing Education Thuthukudi
Horizon Academy College of Continuing Education Thanjavur
Periyar Community College of Continuing Education Thanjavur
National Academy Trust college Salem
Susai Educational Trust college Ramanathapuram
Vivekananda Educational Institute Ramanathapuram
Sembodai R.V. Polytechinc College Vedaraniam
Sri Kalaivani College of Education Coimbatore
E.S. College of Education (B.Ed.,) Villupuram
P.K.D College of Education Pollachi
A.C.T. College of Education Thiruvallur
Desika Vinayagar Teacher Training Kanyakumari
Anna Vinayagar Teacher Training KANYAKUMARI
M.E.T.College of Education Kanyakumari
Gnanamani College OF Education Namakkal
The Kavery College of Education Salem
Vidhya Sagar Women's College Chengalpattu
Sanmugha Arts Science and Technology Research academy Thanjavur
Padmavathi College of Education Sekkampatti
Ganesh College of Education Salem
Kamarajar College of Education Puthiragoundanpalayam

Ponkaliamman College of Education Karur
Ponjesly College of Education Kanyakumari
PET College of Teacher Education Vallioor
Peace College of Education Dindigul
Karunya University school of science and humanities Coimbatore
Sri Krishna College of Education Arakkonam
St. Justin's College of Education Madurai
K.S.M. College of Education for Women Madurai
Aroma Bible College Trichy
Scad College of Education Tirunelveli
Dr.S.R.J. College of Education Thanjavur
New Millennium College Of Education Cuddalore
Esther College of education Namakkal
A.R.R. College of Education Kumbakonam
Sri Amman College of Education Trichy
Thiyagi Dharmakkan Amirtham College of Education Ramanathapuram
Aasee College of Education Karur
College of Education Kodaikanal
Thiravium College of Education Kailasapatty
Ramakrishan Chandra College of Education Cumbum
Nadar Saraswathy College of Education Vadapudupatty
Annai College of Education for Women Anaimalayan Patty
St.Anne’s College of Education for Women Periyakulam
Harish Academy – ICC Trust Institute of College Virudhunagar
Dolphin Industrial Training Institute of College Srivilliputhur
Sri Sowdambika Polytechnic College Thiruchuli
Shanthimalai Reseach & Development Trust college Thiruvannamalai
Informatics Education – Art Consultancy college Chennai
Venus Education college Thiruvallur
SNIIT Computer college Academy Thiruvallore

C.S.I. College of Education Madurai
St. Charles College of Education Madurai
Sri Sundareswari College of Education Srivilliputhur
R.K. Samy College of Education Ramanathapuram
Mangayarkarasi College of Education For Women, Madurai
K.M.B.Ed., College Viruthunagar Dist.,
Theni Kammavar Sangam College of Education Theni
Anna University Coimbatore - Master of Business Coimbatore
Gojan School of Business and Technology Chennai
Gnanodaya Teacher Training Institute Chennai
Church Park Anglo Indian Teacher Training School Chennai
Sarah College of Education for Women Erode
Smt.Savitri College of Education Trichy
SMR College of Education Mathur
Siddhartha College of Teacher Education Manjalumoodu
Sengunthar College of education Tharamangalam
Saradha Ramakrishna College of education Vandavasi
Sapthagiri College of Education Dharmapuri
RVS College of Education Dindigul
Ruby College of Preceptors Madurai
Royal College of Education Madurai
RK Samy College of Education Ramanathapuram
Rajapalayam Deivanaiammal College of Education Kalangani
Rajaji College Of Education Chennai
Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M.G.R College of Education Uchipuli
Punitha Valanar College of Education Chennai
PSNL College of Education SatturVirudhunagar
PSN Group of Educational Institutions Palayamkottai
PSG Ponnammal College of Education Kangayam
Ponmari College Of Education Pudukottai

Top B.Ed colleges in India

If you are willing to have a strong foundation of teaching, it is always prudent to seek admission in some of the reputed B. Ed colleges in India.

* Jamia Millia Islamia, Maulana Mohammed Ali Jauhar Marg, New Delhi
* A.G. Teachers College, Ahmedabad
* Himachal Pradesh University, Department Of Education, Shimla
* D.M.College of Teacher Education, Imphal
* Andhra University, Visakhapatanam
* University of Bombay
* St. Xaviers College of Education, Patna

* College Of Teacher Education, Kozhikode
* NSS Training College, Pandalam

Indian Universities offering B.Ed course Correspondence courses:

Besides the above mentioned colleges, there are some universities which offer integrated course on Bachelor of Education.

* Annamalai University
* Bangalore University
* Jamia Millia Islamia Institure of Post Graduate Studies and Research
* University of Kerala, Institute of Distance Education
* University of Madras
* Maharishi Dayananad University
* Mother Teresa Women's University
* Patna University
* SNDT Women's University

The demand for qualified and trained teachers all over the country has made the students choose B. Ed to ensure a good teaching job.