Yelagiri Hills Tourism
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Yelagiri Hills Tourism

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

The Yelagiri Hills are located in Tamil Nadu. These hills are spread over an area of 30 sq km having an altitude of 3500 ft. It lies between four mountains, at an elevation of 920 m above sea level. These hills lie in the Vellore District of Tamil Nadu, near the Vaniyambadi Tirupattur road. 

Vellore is the closest city and Athnavur is the closest town from these hills. Yelagiri also lies 19 km from the small town of Jolarpettai. These hills also lie in proximity to major cities like Bangalore and Chennai. 

The area experiences a moderate climate, which doesnít get too chilly during winters. Fourteen main villages surround these hills, whose residents are mainly tribal and are engaged in the rural hill folk occupations of agriculture, horticulture and forestry. The major agricultural products of the place include jackfruit and honey. Orchards, rose gardens and green valleys, surround these hills.

The main town of Yelagiri Hills is Athanur, which comprises a winding road through the hills with isolated villages and dwellings on both the sides. Way to the hilltop of Yelagiri goes through this winding Ghat road. 

Things to do in Yelagiri Hills

These hills have some well known trekking trails. The highest point at Yelagiri is the Swamimalai Hill, which is 4338 ft tall. This hill is a popular destination for trekkers with plenty of trekking trails passing through thick reserved forests. There is also a small village, Mangalam, on this hill.

Other trekking hills in the region include the smaller peaks of Javadi Hills and the Palamathi Hills. Adventure sports like paragliding and rock climbing are rapidly being introduced and promoted in the area. 

The Punganur Lake is a manmade lake and one of the popular attractions of the region. The popular Velavan Temple is situated at the top of the hill. There is a large sculpture of Gadothgajan present at the entrance of this temple. A festival is held at this temple around July and August, which depicts the local culture. 

The telescope observatory located near these hills along with the Jalagamparai Waterfalls is other attractions. The epicentre of this destination is Athnavur town, which has also become a weekend gateway for travellers from Bangalore and Chennai. 

Travelling to Yelagiri Hills

Yelagiri Hills can be visited year round. During summers, between March and June the temperature ranges from 18˚ Celsius to 34˚ Celsius. Best time to visit Yelagiri Hills is in winters i.e. between November and February, when itís usually cool and temperature ranges from 11˚ Celsius to 24˚ Celsius. Yelagiri Hills hosts the Summer Festival for three days in the month of May which attracts many tourists. Yelagiri Hills packages are also a great option to explore this hilly destination. 

Yelagiri Hills, is well connected to the major cities of India. Bangalore International Airport serves as the closest airport to Yelagiri, which is at a distance of 145 km. From here, tourists can hire a taxi, which would cost about INR3000. Bangalore airport is well connected to all the major cities in India and abroad.

The nearest major railhead is Jolarpettai, at a distance of about 21 km from Yelagiri, which connects to other main railway stations in India. Cabs are available from Jollarpettai railway station to reach Yelagiri.

Yelagiri is connected to all major cities in the region with KSRTC buses. There are regular bus services from Tiruoathur to Yelagiri (27 km), Bangalore (140 km), Chennai (250 km), Krishnagiri (40 km ) and Vanayambadi (20 km).

Accommodation options in Yelagiri Hills

Hotel options in Yelagiri Hills range from budget hotels, resorts to hill resorts and guesthouses. Since it is  popular weekend getaway, it is advisable to do the hotel bookings in advance. 

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Saurabh Maheshwari

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  • Saurabh Maheshwari
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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 21 photos
  • 30 Reviews
  •  82 helpful votes
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"Depends on your taste!" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
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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Raja Moorthy

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  • Raja Moorthy
  • Lives in Pondicherry
  • 2 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
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"Ideal destination fora short getaway!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Yelagir is a just a small hill station ideal for a short duration getaway. Any one can visit this place to relax.

The places of attraction are 1. Athanavur Boat house and Children park 2. Musical fountain and Nature park 3. Murugan temple 4. Siva temple (one the way to Nilavoor). 5. Wild zone and 6. Telescope. You can visit all these place even in a single day, but preferably two day with leisure time. The Boat house, wild zone and musical fountain (7 pm to 7. 30 pm daily) are the best one. If you are a devotee, then the two temples will also attract you certainly. If you are interested in Trekking it is the best place to do.

The best is to reach by your own car, or you can get down at Jolarpet railway station and hire a taxi to Yelagiri (20 Kms away). As there is only one petrol pump station at the hills it is advised to fill the fuel at the foot hills itself. There is not much shops here to shop. If you are fruit lover, you can buy varieties. It is better to carry warm clothes during winter season.
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Ramesh kumar V

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  • Ramesh kumar V
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 5 Reviews
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"Perfect weekend getaway!" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Yelagiri is a small town with not much places to visit. This makes it a place to unwind and just relax. The only attraction being boating and a nature park. What is needed is a good place to relax like a resort, and one is supposed to just live inside away from the city rush.
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Athul Krishnan

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  • Athul Krishnan
  • Lives in Thrissur
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"Good place for a road trip" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This place is not at all the same as before. No telescope center is there, paragliding is not there now. You get a lot of fruits there especially jack-fruit, the garden is good and the road and the drive to Yelagiri is good. Totally, this place is only good for a one day trip where family or couple can visit. And the localities are good.
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Senthil kumar

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  • Senthil kumar
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews
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"Overall it was good trip" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Good for a quick getaway. Nothing much to see. No attractive adventures. Still a good place to visit just to enjoy the climate and for relaxing.
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Naveen Kateel

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  • Naveen Kateel
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Relax weekend or celebrate occasions in Yelagiri at your own budget" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Someone call this place as poor man's Ooty! But I wonder can a poor man spend his money for trip & relaxation? And some one call this is not a hill station! But now a days due to human entry the so called hill stations Ooty, Kodaikanal, Yercaud, Coorg etc. Are lost their badge of hill station irrespective of any season.

This place in Tamil Nadu is not commercialised as like above places. You can enjoy your tour with family of 4 members (2 adult and 2 children) in less than 6000 includes car fuel, good comfortable lavish stay, food and all entry tickets. Yelagiri is not a place to spend couple of days and there is not much activity to do. But one could spend at-least one night stay with your family for relaxation.

From Bengaluru it is hardly 160 Km away and road from Bengaluru and Chennai is awesome. Good connectivity to this place. If you find this place on a Google map with 14 hair-pin bend curve and all but don't worry a L board (I mean just learnt driving) driver could easily climb this hill.

As I said there is not much activity to do here, you have a big man made lake with boating (time- 10 am to 5. 30 pm) and adjacent to lake a children's park but not maintained properly but you could take nature walk here and also around the lake along the well maintained path way. He you have an Nature's park on the other side of the road spread in a acres of land with very well maintained Mexican lawn, landscaped garden, beautiful seasonal flower garden and of-course for children's very well maintained children's play area. (Timings 9:30 am to 8:00 pm). Evening there will be a musical fountain show but this happens only during season or holiday time or at-least a 25 people required (separate ticket for this). There is a Murugan temple on a small hill.

Am sure everything you will be closing in a half a day's time but I would insist at-least stay one night at this place to enjoy peace and calm night and morning breeze. Beyond one night it is really boring you do not have any activity to do though there were some falls and trekking place which is around 30 km away from this place but I had no time to explore all this. One could plan a bike ride or self driving to reach this place just to enjoy scenic beauty of this hill. There were lot of public transport available too.

There were lot of hotel, lodge and resorts available at this place. Few selected suggestions- Hotel landmark, Emerald Dove, Kumararraja Palace and Zeenath Taj Garden. Finally, I would like to suggest this place to get relaxed from your busy city life, weekend outing with family, Outing with your loved ones to celebrate anniversaries or birthdays.
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Jayasurya Menon

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  • Jayasurya Menon
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 4 Reviews
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"Good for simply relaxing and a change in climate" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Yelagiri is not meant for a lot of sightseeing spots. The only places that come under the sightseeing category are the artificial lake, nature park and the Shiva temple. If trekking is your thing, Yelagiri is definitely a must visit. There are a lot of trekking locations available in Yelagiri. For the others, who are simply trying to escape the hot weather, this place will help you cool down.
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Srinivas Rao

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  • Srinivas Rao
  • Lives in Ooty
  • 2 Reviews
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"Good experience" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Our overall experience of the Yelagiri hills is good. The roads leading to the hills from Jolarpet is pretty good. Each hairpin bend has a name and I was quite surprised to see that. It is as excellent place to go for long walks, the weather is just superb.
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Venkatesh Soulin

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  • Venkatesh Soulin
  • Lives in Chennai
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"Nice place to relax"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Very nice place to relax with the family - 1 day trip enjoyment with our any hesitation for our weekend. Friend can enjoy the cool climate and just walking to the major destination and we found new playing game came 3 kms from this place. Next time we have planned to visit that place.
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Nirmal Raajan

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  • Nirmal Raajan
  • Lives in Chennai
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"Simple and best destination"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was a good experience. Personally I have been there for the 3rd time and only this time had the best experience. Probably because of 2 reasons - November was cool :) ACE friends park was awesome. They even prepared food with items we purchased like chicken etc.
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