Trichy: Pachamalai, a unique natural watercourse and Puliyancholai, a hill station, are the two least explored tourist destinations in the district awaiting sufficient funds to develop infrastructure to improve the socio-economic status of the inhabitants and to increase attendance.
Located about 77 km from town, Puliyancholai has natural streams coming from the Kolli Hills. The streams flow among hundreds of trees and rocks, but have no paths to go upstream and take a leisurely swim. Even the signs to guide tourists are inadequate, nor the changing rooms and sanitary complexes. Locals said a suitable road could be developed between Puliyancholai and Arapuleeswarar Temple to help visitors access Aagaya Gangai Falls in the Kolli Hills.
Connectivity is presented to help remote villagers earn through tourism. “The new 6 km road will connect unexplored attractions. Improved roads will allow TNSTC to operate more buses from Trichy and Thuraiyur, ”said Puthanampatti N Saravanan, a social worker from Thuraiyur.
Likewise, the only hill station in the central region, the Pachamalai Hills located about 40 km from Puliyancholai await the opportunity to serve people looking for a break with its four main waterfalls – Managalam Falls, Etterumai Pazhi Falls, Korayar Falls and Mayil Ootru Falls. Frequent travelers to the hills said the waterfalls still required safety measures, including handrails, safety gates and separate changing rooms.
For about six months from September, the Pachamalai waterfalls record an abundant flow of water. Yet the lack of coordination among stakeholders, including the forestry department and the tourism department, has been a setback in the region to improve tourism. “We plan to increase the infrastructure and equipment available in Puliyancholai and Pachamalai. We will discuss among stakeholders to boost tourism, ”T Jegatheeswari, district tourism manager, told TOI.