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Kambam Valley – Popular amid the tourists as a favorite and frequently visited tourist destination, Kambam Valley is a well liked place which has attained the status of a well liked tourist hub. The place is exquisite with natural beauty.
Based in Tamil Nadu’s Theni District geologically, Kambam Valley is located amid the 9°30′N & 10°11′N, and amid 77°E and 77°30′E. The place is exactly situated near the Kerala state border. Cumbum is situated at an average height of 391 m (1282 feet). The water present in the Cumbum valley is very sweet to drink. Kodaikanal hills can be viewed from the backdrop of the Cumbum valley. It is the 3rd largest district in Theni following Bodinayakanur. The soil here is typically red in nature. Farming plays a fundamental role for its numerous developmental activities. Few crops like Groundnut, Coconut and Paddy along with different other vegetables and fruits are cultivated here.
The Cumbum valley covers up vast area of lands between Thekkadi Hills, Varusanadu Hills and Kodaikanal Hills. The name Cumbum was derived from the famous temple of Lord Narayana (Cumbaraya Perumal) around which the town has been constructed. The temple is known to be the most famous divine destination in Theni District.
It is one of the few places of grape production in Tamil Nadu state. Cumbum valley yields approximately 90,000 tonnes of muscat grapes and 10,000 tones of Thomson seedless grapes every year. Owing to this, the place has attained immense significance and importance.
It has many holy places, of which Shri Nandha Gopal Swamy Kovil, Sri Gowmariyamman Kovil and Sri Kambaraya Perumal Kovil along with many other mosques and 3 churches are based here since ancient times. There is Suruli falls surrounded by mountains which is roughly 10 km from Cumbum. Thekkady (Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary) is a tourist destination in Kerala, which is around 30 km far from Cumbum. It is near Kumily, a border town between the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Cumbum valley is completely surrounded by hills. The eastern side of the hills presents seven dams on the hills. The southern part of the Cumbum valley is the famous tourist spot, where Thekkady is located. Cumbum is popularly known for its coconut and cardamom trading market.
In Silappathigaram, once Kovalan was executed, Kannagi crossed the river of Vaigai and reached Cumbum, Gudalur and from a rock that is present here, she went to sky. On this basis, this region was initially called as “Vinnaethi Parai”- a rock from where the sky can be reached. Later on, the word got modified to “ Vannathi Parai”. Kannagi is remembered by naming a river after her, which is now known as “Koothanatch River”.
Another ancient temple is the Nantha Gopalan temple. The festival of Mattu Pongal is very renowned and is celebrated with great pomp and show in this temple. People from nearby villages come here on their Bullock carts.
The town is very well connected by the neighborhood roads with neighboring rural and urban town as well as villages but is not linked by Railways. The Climate of this town is usually good, as it is located at the foot hills of the Western Ghats. The average maximum and minimum temperatures are 41.6 °C& 31.6 °C correspondingly. The average annual rainfall is about 836 mm with main town getting its own share of rainfall throughout the Southwest Monsoon.
How to Reach
Cumbum does not have airport. However the nearest airport is situated at Madurai. Madurai airport is located at the distance of 131 km from Cumbum. Taxis or buses can be easily hired from the airport to the Cumbum destination.
Madurai railway station is about 117 km distance from Cumbum. The Madurai railway station is well connected with southern trains. Also there is a railway station at Cumbum too.
It takes approximately 2 hours and 8 minutes in a day to travel from Madurai to Cumbum to cover the distance of 117 kms. However, Cumbum is the central part well connected with all the other parts of Tamil Nadu.