Preservation of ecology or the environment is a concept gaining prominence now. Similarly, Eco-friendly Adventure tours are also gaining momentum. Tamil Nadu boasts of several ideal locations to attract the visitors, who have concern on preservation of ecology. The Eco friendly areas of Tamil Nadu are for exploring the Nature at its best and to be part of it. Get into Tamil Nadu. Get acquaint with the nature. Trekking
A Tropical land with evergreen forests, dry decidious/thorn forests and scrubs covered hill ranges, Tamil Nadu offers sylvan trails for trekking admirers.
A hill station perched on the Western Ghats, Udhagamandalam, offers several trek routes, which vary in distance, altitudes and terrain. There is a base camp at parsons valley, from where one can start trekking to various points within Western Ghats. The down hills of western Ghats on the North ends up with meeting the extensions of Eastern ghats, where the sprawling Mudumalai Sanctuary lies which opens vistas for Adventure tourists.
Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park perched on the Anamalai Hills is a full fledged visitor's centre at Top slip, at an altitude of 740 MSL has all the amenities needed for a naturalist. Some of the places to be visited : Monkey Falls, Aliyar, the Crocodile Breeding Centre at Amaravati, Grass Hills, Attakatti, Mirar, Kullipatti, Manompally, Chinnar, Varagaliar, Manjampatty etc.
Topslip is 35 kms from Pollachi for the road and rail head and Coimabatore has the nearest Airport.
Located on the Palani Hills, an off-shoot of the Western Ghat mountain range, Kodaikkanal is a spectacular Summer Resort and Ecological Paradise of Tamil Nadu. A span of 2068 sq kms of hills with varied types of forest cover, Kodaikkanal offers ideal sites for trekking, hang-gliding, angling and golf. Sholas occupy key position. Scrub jungle, decidious, semi evergreen forests form habitats for Nilgiri Langur, flying Squirrel, Sambhar, Gaur, Panther, Hyena, Chameleon and variety of birds.
It is situated 25 kms off Jolarpet Junction, on Chennai-Coimabatore rail track. The hills have a salubrious climate. It has a beautiful environs and a small lake for boating. The trek from Elagiri Hills to Jalagambarai Water Falls at the down hill, takes a couple of hours and is recommended for starters.
Another trek route to Jalagambarai, runs through villages, will take about 4 hours. This trekking trail recommended for normal trekking. A trek through the forests to reach the peak is little tedious.
Elagiri hill is a part of Javvad Hills of eastern ghats. One can reach Alangayam, situated at the foot of the hills. From Vaniyambadi, buses ply to Alangayam, from where a ghat road leads to the top of Javvad Hills surrounded by thick sandal wood forests. This steep road leads to Kavalur, where an Astronomical Observatory is situated. By trekking, one can reach the southern part of the Javvad Hills & reach Polur, a taluk headquarters, which is about 30 kms from Temple Town Thiruvannamalai.
Kolli hills is the Ancient Kingdom of the celebrated King Ori, renowned for his generous gifts, charity and donations. It is situated at an altitude of 1160 metres. It has rich medical plants and forests.
Kalakkadu - Mundathurai
This is a "Project Tiger" reserve. Lion-tailed Macaque, Nilgiri Langur, Bonnet Macaque and common langur are a plenty. wild dog, deer, pangoline, varied Avifauna and reptiles could also be seen.Aqua Sports
The seas on Coromandel coast are rough and strong and rolling, suitable for surfing, but in places they are rocky. Backwaters are there to provide you shallow water spreads for wind surfing.
35 kms south of Chennai lies Muttukadu. It is an ideal location for windsurfing . TTDC and other operator's provide necessary salis and windsurfing equipments to try surfing on back-waters. Plans to provide, water scooters and other aqua-sports are also on the anvil.Hang-Gliding
Though Hang-gliding is not popular in this part of the country, the Madras Hang-Gliders Association is keen on popularising this adventure sport. Now, to train those who are interested in this avdentures activities, motorised hang-gliders are being provided by the Madras Hang-Gliders Association. The St. Thomas Mount, an out crop of hillock on the outskirts of Chennai, the hills of Kodaikkanal and Udhagamandalam are the best locations for Hang-Gliding. Angling
Angling is an interesting pastime for the tourists. There are several water resources in Tamil Nadu, which are identified for Angling. In the Nilgiri's the waters of Mukkurthi Lake and the river, Gurmund river and reservoir, Avalanchi and Emarald river, Peermund, Chambar, Kallkundi Streams, Upper Bhavani Reservoir, Bilitha dakulla River, Bhavani Puzha, Aradha Puzha, Parsons Valley Stream and Reservoir, Kings Dhar Stream, Western Catchment Reservoir, Thirupanthurai, Emeri Puzha, Silent Valley streams etc are the water for excellent trout fishing.
In Kodaikkanal hills, trout streams are Pulavachiyar and Konalar. Carp fishing is recommended in kodi lake. In addition the state's 900 kms long coastal line provides you for ample marine fishing.