A lesser known destination in Tamil Nadu, just a few kilometers from Thekkady is Cumbum. Like its name, Cumbum or Kambam is a unique and an alluring place to visit when you are traveling to Kumily. Located in Theni district of Tamil Nadu, this colorful town is 492 kilometers away from Chennai. Fenced by the majestic Western Ghats, the agricultural fields of Cumbum are gaining attention.
Not only that the place is beautiful, it also has some interesting stories to tell us. Several years back, a king who ruled this part of the world, desired to erect a temple for Lord Vishnu and for Lord Shiva. The epic says, Lord Perumal (Lord Vishnu) appeared in his dream and asked the King to find a stone post at the foothills of Western Ghats, which will have his idol. On search, the King found the stone and the idol. He installed the idol in the name of Kambaraya Perumal (which means the Perumal who was found under a stone post). Thus the place also earned the name Kambam (Cumbum). The King (Viswanatha Nayak) later brought a Shivaling from Kasi and built an abode for Shiva too. Both the temples (the one for Vishnu and the one for Shiva) were consecrated on the same day. The temple also has a holy tree which is known as Vanni. The Vanni Tree is worshiped as Lord Brahma. Visiting this temple gives you the opportunity to experience and worship Lord Brahma, Shiva, and Vishnu.