Visiting Yelagiri Hills
Yelagiri, commonly called Elagiri, is a small hill station located in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu. This hill station is located at an altitude of around 1410 meters above sea level and the highest peak of Yelagiri hills is SwamiMalai. This hill station is easily accessible from Chennai and it is just around 200 kilometers away from Chennai.
A view from Yelagiri Hills,
Image credit:Aravindhakshan Ramakrishnan(https://www.flickr.com/photos/check_my_clicks/)
Yelagiri hills was originally a private property of a Reddy Zamindar family whose house is still found in a small village called Reddiyur in Yelagiri hills.
Yelagiri is famous for trekking and other sports like paragliding and rock climbing. Yelagiri also has a lake with boating like any other hill station in India. The other attraction of this place are temples, Jalagamparai Waterfalls, Telescope observatory, etc.
Boating at Yelagiri Lake,
Image credit:Vamshi Krishna(https://www.flickr.com/photos/vamshi_s/)
Every year, during the summer month of May, Tamil Nadu government tourism department organizes “The Yelagiri Summer Festival”. There will be flower show, dog show and other cultural activities during this summit to entertain the tourists.
How to reach Yelagiri?
Yelagiri is well connected through road and it is located off the Vaniyambadi-Tirupattur road. The nearest railway station is Jolarpet or Jolarpettai junction which is around 20 kilometers away from Yelagiri.
Stay at Yelagiri
There are number of resorts and hotels available in Yelagiri like Sterling holidays, etc. Visit Tamil Nadu tourism site here for more information.
Points to Ponder
Yelagiri is not a big and well developed hill station like Ooty, Kodaikanal and Munnar. This means, naturally you have very limited options for everything.
The highlight of this place are,
The drive to the hills will be a wonderful experience.
Plan for trekking to have a satisfying trip.
Less crowded and peaceful.
Nearest hill station to 2 major South Indian cities, Chennai and Bangalore.
See the below album for more pictures,
- Elegant Yelagiri
Yelagiri is simple but has great potential to explore flora and fauna
Commented by Chandrasekaran.A on 2/25/2015 8:45:21 PM