Palani Places of Interest

Palani is a city and a municipality in the Dindigul district of the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Palani is pronounced using the special ‘L’ used in Tamil and is also spelt as “Pazhani” in English.

It is a famous pilgrimage town and every year more than 7 million devotees visit the Palani Murugan Temple and offer their prayers to the Lord Muruga. This temple draws the largest number of devotees in Tamil Nadu.

It is located about 60 km from the city of Dindigul.


Palani Hill Temple (Lord Murugan)

palani hill temple

  1. Palani is home to one of the most sacred shrines of the God Subrahmanyan, as worshipped in the Hindu cult of Koumaram.

  2. The Dhandayudhapani Temple dedicated to Lord Murugan, and regarded one of his Arupadai Veedu (Six Battle Camps), is situated here.

  3. The temple situated atop the Sivagiri is small but attracts a flood of devotees from all over the country.

  4. The Garbagriham is surmounted by a gold gopuram, most admirably worked. Steps are hewn into the rock, besides a wide path meant for the ascent of elephants, up the hill. In addition, a funicular railway with three tracks and a rope-way have been provided more recently for the comfort of the pilgrims.

  5. Height of the Hill Temple: 150 M, Total no. of Steps : 693, Direction of the Temple : Towards west Pragaram around the Hill (Giriveethi): 2.4 km.

  6. Transport: Air - Airport Madurai (125 kms) and Coimbatore (110).

  7. Rail: Palani Railway Station (Local) and Dindigul Railway Junction (60 kms).

  8. Road: Regular bus services are available from Palani to Madurai, Kodaikkanal, Theni, Dindigul, Thiruchirappalli, Kumuli, Bangalore, Coimbatore and Chennai.

  9. Contact: Joint Commissioner / Secretary / Takkar, Arulmigu Dandayudapani Swamy Thirukoil, Palani - 624 601.
    Ph: 04545-242293, 242236

Within the town is another temple dedicated to the Goddess Parvathi as Periya Nayagi Amman Temple. It is one of the sub temples of Dhandayu-thapani Swamy devastanam. The temple architecture is in unique Nayak style, with the Periya Nayagi Amman at the centre and other deities in the same row. Ph : 04545-242253.

A short distance from the town is a temple dedicated to Shiva as Periya Avudaiyar. located right on the banks of the Shanmugha Nadi, is situated in particularly peaceful environs far-removed from the bustle of the town.

Near the Periya Nayaki Amman temple are two others - the Mariyamman Temple and the Perumal Temple. The former is particularly resorted to in times of epidemics, the goddess there being regarded as the protectress against illnesses.

The Kannadi Perumal Temple, dedicated to Vishnu, is a small temple situated on a hillock 9 km south of Palani, a short distance from the highway to Kodaikanal. The name of the temple is derived from its tradition that the presiding deity of the temple wards off the effects of dhrishti, a Sanskritic term which may be held to mean ‘casting an evil eye’.


Palani is a centre of a form of traditional Indian medicine known as Siddha Vaidyam, said to have been developed by the ascetics resident, in prehistoric times, in the hills about the modern-day town.

Further, the town is also the centre for production of Vibhuthi (sacred ash) and Pancha-amritham (literally, 'the five nectars' - a traditional preparation of fruit pulp and molasses), both of which are considered holy and distributed to devotees after being offered to the Lord Subrahmanyan in the hill-temple.


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