If I was posed this question whether I have seen any most beautiful places on the earth some 1-2 years ago, then I would have said a big "NO". If the same question was posed to me this day I will say I had been to one of the most beautiful places in the earth - Thirumurthy hills.Thirumurthy Hills is located at 20 kms from the Udumalpet Highways and about 80 kms from Coimbatore. This is a least exposed beautiful place that too only to the Malayalam film industry (No Malayalam film is complete without shooting a song sequence here, e.g Friends (Friends in tamil), Aniyathipravu (Kadhalukku Mariyadhai), Meesha Madhavan & the list is endless, Sangamam, Janakiraman & Kizhakkuvasal a few to name in Tamil .

The way I came to know about this place itself is interesting. I was seeing this scene from a movie, at that time my cousin was telling that this is Thirumurthy temple. I loved that location and was asking to all my friends how to be there. They were saying "No! We have just heard about it but not been there". Somehow I came to know that it is near Udumalpet. I just went to Udumalpet, got down in the town bus stand. I saw the board reading "Thirumurthy Hills". On the way it was heavily raining, so we had closed the windows. I couldn't see the way side too. I went there, it was a dead end. The bus stops before the temple. I prayed to the Lord Aamanalingeshwarar and was sitting in the "Pragaram".

Some people were going in the hills. I asked a person where they are going, he replied to waterfalls.

I just started walking towards the hill. It was not a big hill but since it was raining the path was wet, somewhat slippery in someparts. Also the gloomy clouds letting sun rays intermittently was presenting the whole location in a magical light. It was really beautiful. The trees were wet, so the greens were very fresh. Really I feel what I am writing is not wholly conveying the beauty I had seen there.

The waterfalls there is not so big or full of water, it is solely dependent on the rainfall. if it rains heavily the waterflow will be wild. I had seen the fall totally dry without a drop of water too later. Since that day was an "Amavasa" day, there were lots of family crowds. If you go above the falls you can see a water cave as well as a group of Gods. I just made a round of them and on coming back I saw this twines of trees. I had only 4 snaps left in my camera, so I spent one on that. I couldn't keep my camera for an automatic mode because there were lots of monkeys around there.

I came back and on the return journey only I saw that there is this beautiful river and a hillock behind it. I decided I must come back to this place again.

My second visit to Thirumurthy hills was an altogether different experience. This time the weather was very dry. There was not even a drop of water in the main falls. I took some photos but that lush green element was missing. And the monkeys were too much and I was having this "Naaval pazham" packet in my hand. Some monkeys rushed towards me. I threw some towards them but they wanted only the whole packet. Not just pieces. It was a comical experience to escape from them.

I got down and I was strolling in the riverside. Even then the water level was somewhat high. There were some tides also due to the pressure. I was walking all along the water for a long distance.

Since it was a Sunday, a large number of youngsters were there. A school excursion from North India was there, it was a beautiful experience watching someone having fun. I never felt that I am lonely. All the times I had been to Thirumurthy Hills all alone. This time too... I was feeling very peaceful. I was just lying down for sometime. This time I took Thirumurthy hills close to my heart. there is something in this place that makes me feel happy and relaxed. I decided to comeback to this place more often.

The next visit was a memorable one. It was raining heavily on a Saturday. It tickled me to go to Thirumurthy Hills the next day. This time I had enough snaps in my camera. I wanted to leave so earlier that I can have a bath there in the river. But I overslept and I woke up at 6:00 A.M. I went to all the way to Pollachi in my bike and from there I went to Udumalpet by bus. It was with lesser crowd even at 9:00 A.M. I got down in the previous stop itself, went to the river, had a nice bath. I even shot a couple of photos in swimming trunks, the experience was a chilling one. Then I changed to my casuals i.e Jeans and T-Shirt, and clicked many photos. I must say it looked very good as the lighting were perfect.

This time the waterflow was very wild. All the rocks were glowing in the choclate brown colour. God! I have never seen such a beautiful location on my life till date. It was very camera friendly. I loved to have a bath. But I had this stalker following me since the temple. Since I came all alone, I feared to keep my things on the rocks to have a bath. If someone takes away my dresses, how can I come down to Coimbatore in a brief? I was feeling bad to miss that water current. this time I have made up my mind that I must come with my friends to have a bath here.

No matter how may times I come here, I always end up leaving the place with the thirst of coming back more and more.

Now I am recommending every of my friends and relatives to visit Thirumurthy Hills. So do I to you all. If you love nature, greens, water and a camera friendly location, not necessarily in that order, then Thirumurthy hills is definitely a place for you.

About myself
Author: MaheshwaranWebsite:
I am a SAP Consultant in my late 30s, residing in the happeing IT City - Bangalore. My interests vary from reading to travelling to handicrafts to photography. My latest interest is on Body building. May be this vivid interest keeps me going in my life without getting bored.