Pollachi is a town and a taluk headquarters in Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu state, India. Located about 40 km to the south of Coimbatore, it is the second largest town in the district after Coimbatore. Pollachi is a very popular Marketplace, with large markets for jaggery and vegetables and is considered to be South India's biggest Cattle market. Reserved forests: Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at an average altitude of 1,400 meters in the Western Ghats near Pollachi. Valparai is about 65 km from Pollachi and is situated at an altitude of 3500 feet above the sea level. Valparai can be reached via Azhiyar through a hilly road with 40 hair pin bends. Topslip is a point located at an altitude of about 800 feet in the Anamalai mountain range. It is about 37 km from Pollachi, and this small town serves as an ideal picnic spot with its wooden log houses and safaris. Chinnakallar receives the highest rainfall in Tamil Nadu. Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the valley between the Anaimalai Hills of Tamil Nadu and the Nelliampathi range of Kerala. The area is hilly and rocky, drained by several rivers, including Parambikulam, Sholayar and Thekkady. It is thickly forested with bamboo, sandalwood, rosewood and teak, the sanctuary has some marshy land and scattered patches of grassland. Kannimara, one of the oldest and largest teak trees, is another attraction in the sanctuary. It had a girth of 6.52 metres, height of 48.25 metres when the measurement was taken in 2003. Dams: Parambikulam-Aliyar multipurpose project involves a series of dams interconnected by tunnels and canals at various elevations to harness the Parambikulam, Aliyar, Nirar, Sholiyar, Thunkadavu, Thenkkadi and Palar rivers, laid for irrigation and power generation. The Azhiyar Dam is located on the foothills of Anamalai in the Western Ghats. Monkey falls deriving its name due to the abundance of monkeys found in the region is located close to the dam. Solaiyar Dam is 15 km from Valparai and is one of the largest rock dams in India. The length of the reservoir it impounds is about 20 km. Temples: Thirumurthyswami temple is a temple dedicated to Ammalingeswarar, situated in the foothills of the Thirumurthy Hills. Other temples include Maasani Amman temple, Anaimalai, Eachanari Vinayagar Temple, Sulakkal Mariamman temple and Arivu Thiru Kovil, Azhiyar in Aliyar Village.




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