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Sathuragiri Hills or Chathuragiri otherwise known as Sivanmalai is situated 5 km from Watrapmarker (Vathirairuppu) near Srivilliputhurmarker. The name Sathuragiri came from Chathur (4) Veda (Vedas) Giri (Hill), where all the four Vedas met and formed the hill. Another meaning is that the whole mountain is in square (Chathuram) in shape so the name Chathuragiri. Sathuragiri is the Abode of God. It is otherwise also called as Mahalingam Hill.

This is a mysterious hill where it is believed that siddhars still worship the lord Shiva.

How to Reach here: Pilgrims coming from Chennaimarker direction has to come to Maduraimarker and get down at Krishnan Koil Bus Stop on the way to Srivilliputhurmarker then go to Watrapmarker (Vatthirairuppu). From Watrap have to go to Thaniparai, the base of the hill. Buses are available even from Srivilliputhur itself to Watrap and Thaniparai. Pilgrims travelling from South has to pass Nagercoil – Tirunelveli – Rajapalayam – Srivilliputhur – Watrap -Thaniparai.

By Train: One has to take Shenkottai Express from Chennai and get down at Srivilliputhur. Then from there they can take a bus to Thaniparai (base of the Saturagiri Hill)

Up the Hill: For the first timer, it takes nearly 4 to 5 hours to climb to the Top of the hill. Rest, can reach the top within 2 to 3 hours. On the hill there is no electricity, no telephone connection, no range for cell phones no shops, no hotels, and no lodges. Annadhana is going on from morning to evening near both the temples and stay in the shelter provided there before dark falls. Basic amenities are provided at the hill. Devotees are requested not to spoil the natural gifts in the hill. Everybody can avoid plastic covers and intoxicant materials.

Distance from

  • Madurai to watrap 65 km (60km from airport & 68km from maatuthavani)

  • Virudnagar to watrap 35 km

  • Rajapalayam to watrap 31 km

  • Srivilliputtur to watrap 20 km

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