Places of Interest

Temples & Other interesting Places

  1.  SuruliFalls

Suruli falls is located 10 kms South East from Cumbum. It falls from a height of 150 feet gathers in to a pool. The dense forest that surround it provides s spectacular sight of natures beauty. The special feature of the fall is water flows throughout the year. The holy water is said to cure several incurable diseases. The beauties of Suruli falls and Suruli hill are mentioned in the Tamil epic ‘Silappathikaram’. Surli Andavar temple known as Suruli Velappar Temple situated here is also attracts more pilgrims.

     2.  Thekkady

Thekkady is situated 25 kms north from Cumbum at the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. It is a reservoir surrounded by forest. As this forest is a sanctuary of animals like elephant, sambar, wild boars, bison and we can have a closer look at animal while boating. The sanctuary offers an enchanting view of the wild life by taking a boat trip in the lake. Jungle walks can also be interesting. The best time to visit the sanctuary is between September and May.

3. Kannaki (Tamil Spinster Goddess) Temple

The Kannaki Temple situated 30 kms from Cumbum , in Tamil Nadu territory and 40 feet from the Kerala boundary. Kannaki Temple is also known as Mangala Devi Temple.  Kannaki is the heroine of Tamil literature ‘Silapathikaram’, written by Tamil poet Ilango Adigal. After Kovalan’ s death ( Kannaki’s husband) Kannaki curses the city of Madurai, which brought such a calamity on her. As soon as she utters the curse, the city goes into flames. After the destruction of Madurai, to prove her spinster she walked towards west of Madurai and left her final breath in the top. On her memory in that place, the then Tamil King Cheran Chengutuvan erected this temple. From then, Tamils worshipping the Goddess Kannaki, in the month of every April – May on full moon day (‘Chitra Powrnami’).