Yelagiri Hills Tourism

Yelagiri Hills Tourism

Yelagiri Hills Info

  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • District: Vellore

History of Yelagiri

A cluster of small villages spread around its hills, Yelagiri is a beautiful place in Southern India. The whole of Yelagiri was earlier the property of the Yelagiri Zamindar Family whose house still exists in Reddiyur to this day. The area was taken over by the Government of India in the 1950s.

Famous for its trekking options, paragliding and rock climbing, it comprises of 14 hamlets and a number of temples scattered over its hills. Yelagairi has always been home to hundreds of snakes.

The weather in this area is always cool and comfortable with less rainfall in winter than in summer which makes it comfortable for Yelagiri sightseeing. The district administration here has now taken up the task of making Yelagiri a tourist destination and there are many tourist places in Yelagiri.

People and Culture of Yelagiri

The native people of Yelagiri are called Vellala Caunter and Malayali, which means people who live in the mountains. They are also called karalar which means one who rules the clouds. The Malayali people are from the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu. The Vellala Caunter people are a group of cultivators who were part of the warring factions of Tipu Sultan’s army in the seventeenth century. Another native tribal group here are the Irular.

Things to do in Yelagiri include the famous Yelagiri Summer Festival which is held every May by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Board. Dog shows, flower shows and various cultural programs are a feature of this festival in which people from all over the State and other parts of the country participate. Sightseeing in Yelagiri is also very popular.

Things To Do in Yelagiri

Places to see in Yelagiri include the Punganoor artificial lake and park. The lake is just 25 feet deep and you can go boating on it. Yelagiri attractions includeJalagamparai Waterfalls which are best visited in early November to mid-February when the water flow is more abundant than in the rest of the months of the year.

There exists a telescope observatory that offers an insight into the world beyond the Earth. Dr. Vaini Bappu constructed the observatory here. It is maintained by the Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore and is the home of Asia’s largest telescope. Though you need permissions to enter this area, you can get a similar experience at the closely located Visitor Telescope.

There are many other Yelagiri tourist places that exist.

Food and Shopping in Yelagiri

A number of small restaurants and hotels cater to a variety of cuisines. Jackfruits from this region are very popular and guavas and custard apples are available in different seasons.

Though there isn’t much shopping to do here, the home-made honey and jackfruit jams cannot be missed. Also go on a Yelagiri tour to get the whole experience.

Accommodation in Yelagiri

Yelagairi has both luxury as well as budget accommodation options and there are a lot of places to visit in Yelagiri. Clean and well-maintained, the places to stay are scattered around the area and you can pick one depending on convenience and proximity depending on your agenda in Yelagiri.

Chennai is the nearest airport to Yelagiri and Jolarpetti is the closest station with many trains to Bangalore stopping here from Chennai. By bus, Chennai and Yelagiri are around 4.5 hours apart and from Bangalore, the best route is the Bangalore-Hosur-Krishnagiri-Vaniyambadi-Yelagiri route.

In Yelagiri, you will find plenty of taxis or auto-rickshaws on hire to see all the Yelagiri places to visit.. As it is popular for trekking, you can also explore this area by foot to have the whole experience of sightseeing in Yelagiri.

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Yelagiri Hills Traveller Reviews

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Sulav Kumar

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  • Sulav Kumar
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 38 Reviews
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"Hills and hairpin bends"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The hill is one of the most visited destinations near Bangalore and Chennai.

The roads from Bangalore to here is absolute delight. The total distal from Bangalore is around 160 km and can be easily covered in 3 hrs. The ride uphill is amazing and gives you the thrill because of the 14 hair pins which you conquer. The hairpins are not that tough to tackle as the roads are excellent.

Reach as early in the morning as possible and stay for 1 night in any of the resorts. Choose your stay so as to be in the nature's lap. Multiple options for food. You also have a Petrol bunk uphill, so be aware of that too. The lake is good but the best part of your trip will be the trekking, if you go for it.
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"Love is life"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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Kamalakannan v

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  • Kamalakannan v
  • 3 Reviews
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"Unspoiled Hill station"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Happy about the trip and stay. In Yelagiri hills nowadays lot of activities going on.

From the 6 to 60 years age group can enjoy the weekend or family outings.

Adventure sports and trekking can be enjoyed.

Nice weather and less pollution.

Boating and Nature park is well maintained. It attracts local and outstation visitors.
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  • Safi
  • Lives in Chennai
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"Short Trip into Nature"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 16, 2016
Yes, Yelagiri trip is really enjoyable, All we had good time among us. In fact it's a very short trip for 2 days not more planning required to reach this place. And it's a very normal distance to cover by self drive. I think two to three days is more than enough to stay here, us it's not a vast area. Just few places and few temples to visit. Moreover I suggest to stay at resort for 2 days get relaxed well play and fun among family is the most valuable memories that we bring back home.
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Preetam Mullur

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"Quiet getaway in hills closer to our turf Bangalore"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted May 29, 2016
A quiet hill station tucked on the Swamimalai hills called by locals as Yelagiri. Weather is similar to Bangalore but rains quite a lot. You have an artificial lake where you can do boating, you can see hawkers selling jackfruit, litchi, pear, starfruit, mango, jamun etc. You can hang out for sometime here but most of the places closes by 6. 00 typically open around 10am. There is a nature walk garden quite average.

Food is hard to find, so hang on the resort you are staying, the drive uphill to resorts is quite scenic. When we were driving it was raining so it looked even more splendid, make sure you wake up early in morning to watch birds, yes you see a huge variety of birds here like bulbul, sparrows, and many more.

In my view 1 day is good here to stay not more than that, driving from Ambur make sure you stop at restaurant called Sai Sangeet, has very good food and plenty options to keep you busy. He has a store beautifully curated, he even has the mini zoo with ducks, rabbits, geese, love birds etc.
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Rishi Narayanan

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  • Rishi Narayanan
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"A secondary hill station"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 1, 2016
Yelagiri is situated around 170 km away from Bengaluru at an equal elevation. So one should expect the same climate of the IT city there too. The major places to see are lake with a tree house on a dead tree near to it, a murugan temple from where you could watch the beauty of the nearby hills, an adventure valley where you can go for some adventure rides and a tedious but must-do trek to Swami mount, the highest point in Yelagiri area.

Yelagiri does not have the charm of other typical hill destinations or rather is not brought up as a tourist destination. Fog, tea plantations etc can't be seen here. So we didn't feel any rush of the tourists there. But still it's an ideal place to relax.
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Vaidhyanathan Venkatesh

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  • Vaidhyanathan Venkatesh
  • Lives in Chennai
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"Not a satisfying trip"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Apr 19, 2016
Needs to develop more in that Yelagiri hills. Their is no sightseeing in that place. Boat house not functioning well because of poor maintenance and park also same. Actually I visited that place in the month of April and I don't know which is the right time to visit the place. All trees are not green very sad. But tourist are coming and seeing the place without enjoying the trip.
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Balamurugan r

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"Good to be relaxed"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted Mar 28, 2016
We cannot expect the summer as cool one. The climate will go below 22 after 5 pm only. Choose the room wisely and carry cash in hand as the cards won't work and only two ATM is available. Lake and the park is attractive, then chance of trekking is also possible. There are around 3-4 temples are there for those who love spiritual. One day trip itself enough in case of sight visit. But staying is good if you need relaxation.
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Arun Rajan

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"Cheapest and awesome hill station"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 23, 2016
It's been six four months since I have been to Yelagiri and still I cherish the time spent in the hill station. It is very cheap and an awesome hill station very near to Chennai. The home made chocolates are also available in here. The chill climate and scenic beauty of the nature is mesmerizing. When I went it was raining and it was so beautiful and awesome climate.
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Saurabh Maheshwari

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"Depends on your taste!"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Feb 9, 2016
What is there to see & do?
Last 10-11km is a hill drive. Trust me you will feel refreshed after these 10-11km.
Trekking. I will say a good track, no age limit but should be fit.
Lake : you can do boating if you are interested. But lake was filthy at least when I went. I wouldn't mind going for a day trip but no reason to stay overnight. You should chose monsoon time to go here.
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