WAY TO HILL TEMPLE
There are 5 ways on the hill to reach the Palani Murugan temple. The 4 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 ).
1. STEPS ROUTE 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 689 steps. While climbing the hill gentle breeze and the scenic beauty of western ghats make one feel less tired of the climbing.
2. ELEPHANT PATH 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.
3. WINCH 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.
3. ROPE CAR
Pilgrims to the hill top temple now use either flight of 693 steps or one of the three winches. Each winch could carry only 34 persons and takes eight minutes to reach the top of the hill from the base station.
On the other hand, the rope-car takes only 2.45 minutes to cover the distance of 323 metres over the green covered precipices.