Yelagiri Hills Tourism
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Yelagiri Hills Tourism

Yelagiri Hills Info

  • 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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Ashok kumar Bahl

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  • 5 Reviews
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"A nice weekend getaway" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
For a weekend outing from Bangalore this is a nice place. A journey of about 2 hours on a scenic highway. The place is lovely with a beautiful curves on the road while going up about 14 km. With greenery all around on the hills, a lake with boating facility. A park for the children near the lake. There are few walking trails, a Shiva temple on one of the hills etc. We had a lovely weekend with beautiful weather and a wonderful drive from and to Bangalore.
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Balaji

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"Excellent place to spend quality time with family" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
We made a quick trip to Yelagiri Hills in the second weekend of June 2015. The ride uphill was quite easy in the car and good roads all the way up. The crowds were more being an extended weekend.

We stayed at Hotel Kozee Kayas Palace for which I have written a separate review. We ate mostly at the hotel which has got good Non-Veg food.

Having your own transport in this hill station is a must as there are almost no autos / taxis.

There are 2 attractions. One is the lake and a nature park.

Lake is huge and has a paved footpath all around for you to walk around. Long and quiet walk. You can walk leisurely and spend time with family and nature. Boating is available with safety gear. Half day can be spent here.

Nature park is opposite to lake and has a variety of flowers and trees. There is a 30 minute lighted musical fountain show located inside the nature park where they play filmy songs. The music is not in sync with the lights or the fountain so it gets boring after the first song. Kids will love it. It is not a laser fountain.

Yelagiri is an excellent time to spend quality time with family as there is nothing much to do there. The weather is hot when the sun is out during daytime and cold during nights. You will be lucky if the day is cloudy otherwise it's quite hot during the day, almost like Chennai weather. People expecting cold weather will be disappointed as this is not a hill station.
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Luke ravi Chelliah

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  • Lives in Chennai
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"A good experience" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Overall experience was good. It was a nice and pleasant trip with family. Except for the bad roads for 100 km. From Chennai which is like this for a long time. The drive was nice, scenic and enjoyable with good food joints. Try visiting lot of temples in Kanchipuram and on the way too.
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Sajid Ayaz

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"An ideal getaway for those who are short on time"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
An ideal place to relax although its starting to get a bit crowded these days. There is a park, boat house and a number of temples to look. An ideal place for trekking and hiking. Also there is a place in the interior for adventure sports as well. It is a comparatively inexpensive place for a short holiday.
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Rajesh

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"Good experience"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We had very good experience and the trekking was very nice in Yelagiri. The mountain is just 15 min by bike from Yelagiri. The nature park is nice and there is lake where you can do boating but this is good only when water is present.

Please enjoy the fruits available there, it was very tasty especially chikku which was planted and grown there itself. You can also get different fruits which you would have not seen. This is a very good place to visit who does not like the crowdy places. This place is not heavily crowded and you can enjoy your time peacefully.
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Subhankar Dey

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"Plan to visit post monsoon"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Don't keep your expectation too high but ok short of a place. Calm area, road is outstanding up to the hill station. Nothing much to see here, sit back & relax. Oh yes this is the nearest hill station from Bangalore. 1/2 N would be enough to be there. Am thinking that TN government should think about more to invest behind this place.

The resort we stayed was good, impressive. Again I shall recommend you to visit there & spend some quality time with family.
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Jose Dina

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"Cheapest place for one day fun for weekend"

  • 3/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Wonderful experience to spend weekend at hill stations. Whoever wanted to spend weekend for relaxing they can go there. Few temples are there on the hill side. Very few view points are there. You can get basic foods on the hill area. Few places like park, boating will give you some time pass. Some rides are also there.
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"Cheapest place for one day fun"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It's a cheap & easy reachable place of hills. Crowd was very less and more calm atmosphere at the top of hill so convenient to spend some good time with friends & family. Choose car journey to enjoy the on the way hills location to see the beautiful view.
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Manoj kumar

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"A relaxing stay"

  • 1.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was enjoyable. Good ambience & a very silent place. Park & boating is not worth. Overall a relaxing stay. Some beautiful nature spots on way. Please eat good food at Krishnagiri. No good veg restaurants on hills. You can buy variety of fruits & spices there.
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Rajesh

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"A destination for peace lovers"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Yelagiri is a destination for peace lovers and for those who just want to have a relaxed vacation. This place does not have too many tourist spots to visit but is blessed with extreme silent and peaceful atmosphere. The cleanliness and greenery adds value to this place. For those who intend to visit this place just for tourist spot, you should plan only a one day picnic.

For those who want a relaxed vacation, it is worth to spend 2 nights and 3 days.
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