Yelagiri is a hill station in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu, India, situated off the Vaniyambadi-Tirupattur road. This is the best closest hill station to Bangalore & Chennai. It is also one of the famous weekend getaways from Bangalore & Chennai. Yelagiri is a beautiful place in Southern India. Located at an altitude of 1,110.6 meters above Mean Sea Level and spread across 30 km, the Yelagiri village (also spelled Elagiri at times) is surrounded by orchards, rose-gardens, and green valleys. The drive to the picturesque idyll winds through 14 hairpin bends that open up to spectacular mountain landscapes; after every twist and turn, the city seems to fade away a little more.
However, the district administration has now taken up the task of developing Yelagiri Hills into a tourist destination by promoting adventure sports such as paragliding and rock climbing. The first thing that hits you on arrival in Yelagiri is the lack of noise. The beautiful rustic surroundings are extraordinarily quiet and when someone rings a temple bell somewhere on the hill, you can hear it as clearly as if you were right there. The hill also attracts thousands of people during the annual Summer Festival. Yelagiri Hills has developed as an ideal destination for adventure sports lovers, especially paragliders and trekkers. Some of the trekking places are from Mangalam to Swamimalai (it is a 2-3 hr trek) and from near Athvanur bus stand to the sunset point in the evenings. The Yelagiri Adventure Sports Association (YASA) promotes paragliding, rock climbing, trekking, cycling at Yelagiri hill station. Yelagiri is one of those typical, silent places that seem ordinary on the outside, but are more and more startling as you discover it. It has all the features of a great hill station, be it sunset points or lakes and parks.
The main town of Yelagiri Hills is Athanavur, which comprises a winding road through the hills with isolated villages. The Whole of Yelagiri was once the private property of the Yelagiri Zamindar Family. It was taken over by the government of India during the Early 1950s. The house of the Yelagiri Zamindars still exists in Reddiyur. Fr. Francis Guezou of Don Bosco, worked for the uplift of hill tribals. He has been the main reason for the educational upliftment to the people of Yelagiri. Location And OverviewThe Yelagiri hill station is not as developed as other hill stations in Tamil Nadu like Ooty or Kodaikanal.
Nature Park is located adjacent to Punganoor Lake, Which surrounds the lake. Spread in an area of 12 acres, the Nature Park is an alluring place. A Park was established in the year 2008. It consists of an aquarium, rose garden, an artificial waterfall, and a musical fountain. The musical fountain has the water dancing to popular songs. The musical fountains show is there at 7 PM every day. The fish aquarium has a large variety of fish and tortoises. People of every age love to visit this park for a picnic to relax in the pleasant atmosphere of this park.
Entry Fee: Rs.15/- for adults and Rs.5/- for children and Rs 25/- for a musical fountain.
Timings: 7 AM – 8 PM on all days
It is on of the most popular landmark in Yelagiri Hills. It is an artificial lake 25 feet deep with an adjoining park. There is also a fountain in the middle and boating facilities are available. The tranquil atmosphere and lush green park adjoining will give you a pleasant experience. In the vicinity of the lake, there is a floriculture garden that houses a variety of flowers and rides for kids. The boat club here offers pedal and motor boat rides. The waters of the lake are calm and serene. There’s a walking track around the lake circumference, a children park, a small tree top view point, boating and few shops. One can take a short walk along the lakeside and also enjoy a boat ride. The Punganur lake is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.
At a distance, 37 km from Yelagiri, 37 from Athanavur and 13 km from Thirupattur, magnificent Jalagamparai Waterfalls near Jadayanur is created by the River Attaaru running through the valleys of Yelagiri Hills. It is one of the best places to visit in Yelagiri Hills. It’s an hour, 5 km, walk from Yelagiri downhill. The falls are inundated with water from November to February and remain dry for most of the summer months. Through the valleys of Yelagiri Hills, Attaru River flows. the falls are inundated with water from November to February and remain dry for most of the summer months. Through the valleys of Yelagiri Hills, Attaru River flows. There is a Murugan Temple which has been constructed in the shape of a Shiva Lingam.
Swami malai hills are the hills in the shape of cake with a strong base at the bottom and a high peak. It is a perfect place for those who love to enjoy the pleasure of trekking and mountain climbing spot with tourists. The Swamimalai temple on top offers stunning views of the countryside. Situated at 4,338 feet above the sea level, the 2-hour trekking starts at the eastern side of the Punganur lake. This trek leads one to a small peak from where the entire valley is visible.
Best Time To Visit Yelagiri Hills:
Yelagiri has a moderate climate, therefore, travelers love to visit the city all through the year. Owing to its latitude, it never really gets too hot. But if you want to see its Summer Festival, then May and June is the time to go. The 3-day Summer Festival in May is a time of festivity and cultural programs.
How To Reach :
By Air: The nearest Airport is Bengaluru International Airport (191 Kms), Which is well connected to all major city of India.
By Rail: The nearest Railway station is Jolarpettai (21 km), Trains connect the Jolarpettai junction to Chennai, Bengaluru and Coimbatore railway stations.
By Road: Yelagiri sees regular buses from all major nearby centers. The Vellore Bus Stand is regularly connected with the hill station. Buses are also available from other nearby areas.
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