There are 4 ways on the hill to reach the Palani Murugan temple. The 3 ways are mentioned below, the 4th way  is not widely used by public. It is known as Theertha Pathai - Theertham for Abishegam is brought through this way.

At the starting of the steps route there is a temple for Lord Ganesh ( also known as Vinayagar ). Since this Vinayagar is at the steps, He is known as Paadha Vinayagar ( Vinayagar at steps ).
Paadha Vinayagar temple on the entrance of steps route
Paadha Vinayagar

After worshiping the Paadha Vinayagar one starts for climbing the hill through the steps route. The steps route is a scenic route and on the way there is a small temple for Edumban. On the steps there are lot of small Mandabams - people going through the steps route take rest in these Mandabams while climbing the hill.

On the entrance of the steps route the Giant Peacock stone idol is seen.

There are exactly 697 steps. While climbing the hill  gentle breeze and the scenic beauty of western ghats make one feel less tired of the climbing.

Panoramic View of Western Ghats

Perspective view of steps

The Elephant path was constructed for the facility of Elephants to climb the hill. Since the Steps Route steps are very small for elephants to climb this path was constructed. During the festival days elephants are seen at the palani hill temple ( Palani Murugan Temple ). On the Elephant path there is a small water source ( Theertham ) known as Valli Sonai.

For the facility of children and aged people who are not able to climb the hill there are 3 Winches are currently operating to shuttle the piligrims to the temple. A very nominal charge is collected as fare for travelling in the winch.


Winch fare in Rs



Ordinary fare




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Special fare



Winch climbing the hill.
Winch Rails




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