If you need a break from deadlines and constantly ringing cell phones then a weekend getaway to Yelagiri will help you de-stress. Silence and peace are the two most important things you will find at Yelagiri. As one of the least polluted vacation destinations, Yelagiri offers breathtaking sceneries and rustic villages that still retain their original charm.
Yelagiri can be accessed from either Bangalore or Chennai. If you decide to drive to Yelagiri, then enjoy the unique
hair pin bends that wind through the hills in addition to the
breathtaking scenery all around.
Attractions in Yelagiri
The Punganoor Lake is the main attraction in Yelagiri. Though it is an artificial lake, tourists can enjoy
boating either in a rowboat or a pedal boat. Apart from the scenic
surroundings, there is a Mughal Garden around the lake with interesting
play equipment for kids too.
The Velvan Temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan and is
situated on the top of a hillock. The temple has a giant statue of
Gadothgajan in the front. Local festivals are celebrated with pomp and
gaiety here in the months of July and August. The entire region comes
to life with a beautiful blend of colors and culture.
Another popular sightseeing destination in Yelagiri is the
Swamimalai Hill. This is a great spot for trekking and picnics and
trekkers have to traverse through dense forests to arrive at the top of
the hill. If traveling by road, tourists have to drive through the
peaceful and serene Mangalam village that also has a lotus pond.
Situated 5 kilometers from Yelagiri, the Jalagamparai
Waterfalls is created by the Attaru River that flows through the
Yelagiri Hills. The government silk farm situated here is famous for
its mulberry plantations. Tourists can take a sericulture tour and they
will get to see the silk farm from close quarters. There is a lot of
greenery at Jalagamparai and this place also doubles up as a picnic
Swamimalai is an ideal place to trek because of its height
(approximately 4,338 feet). Trekkers can reach the top of the hill in
about an hour with infrequent breaks. Other smaller peaks like Javadi
Hills and Palamathi Hills are also open for trekking.
How to get here
Yelagiri is accessible from both Chennai as well as Bangalore. If traveling by road it takes about 4 to 5 hours to reach Yelagiri and both Bangalore
and Chennai are well connected by road. If you want to take a train,
then you have to reach the Jolarpet Junction and hire a cab or take a
bus to Yelagiri.
Where to stay
There are many hotels and guesthouses in Yelagiri. Hotels and
resorts apart, the YMCA also offers dormitory accommodation in
Yelagiri. If you look around you can also find a few home stays though
these are unlikely to be listed online.
What to eat
Yelagiri has a number of eateries serving south Indian as well
as north Indian food at reasonable rates. Jackfruit is a popular
seasonal fruit available in the summer months. In case you decide to
trek, stock up on food and water as you will not find it along the way.
Yelagiri is a predominantly rural area and agriculture in the
main occupation for people living here. As such, there are not many
things available from a shoppers' perspective. Of course, tourists can
buy the local honey and jackfruit.
Info for you
Cell phone services are not available on the hill. That's precisely why you can have a
relaxed holiday at Yelagiri. STD/Local/ISD calls can be made from land
Yelagiri does not have petrol pumps. Be sure to fill your tank before proceeding up the hill.
There are no liquor shops here so carry your own alcohol.
The best season to visit is from November to February.
Keep a first-aid kit handy with all the essential medicines
and remedies. There are no medical stores or doctors in Yelagiri except
a government primary health centre.
There is no public transport available here, except for a few auto-rickshaws. So, you have to
arrange for your commuting if you want to get around the place.
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