Yelagiri Hills Tourism

Yelagiri Hills Tourism

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  • 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.

Yelagiri Hills is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Krishnagiri and Thiruvannamalai.

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Yelagiri Hills Traveller Reviews

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Gaurav Arora

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  • Gaurav Arora
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews
  •  97 readers

"Not a great tourist place" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Today
We visited Yelagiri twice, found it that it's not a great tourist place. Only great thing about this place is that it's near to Bangalore.
Road conditions are not that great and you have to cross many villages to reach this place.
We stayed in Sterling hotel. This is the only good hotel in Yelagiri.
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Senthil raj r

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  • Senthil raj r
  • 3 Reviews
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"Good to go for relaxation"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 3, 2017
Yelagiri is good to go for relaxation in short distance from Chennai. We felt that cool breeze and good locations. Minimum 2 to 3 days stay there and find what is relaxation and how heart will getting lighter than city life. Lots of resorts there for relaxing. Stay is little higher than other hill stations.
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Biswajit Datta

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  • Biswajit Datta
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  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 4 Reviews
  •  10 helpful votes
  •  4211 readers

"Sleepy hamlet"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 26, 2017
YELAGIRI is a sleepy hamlet near the district town of Vellore in Tamil nadu. Once referred as poor man*s Ooty it is a good week end spot for city dwellers who reside in the adjacent plains of Jolarpettai town. Take the early morning KOVAI EXP
Or the Double decker exp from Katpadi jn at 8 and 914 am respectively you could be in JOLLARPETTAI with an hour or so. Hire one private taxi from the stand ( bargain hard) between RS 1500 - 2000 for return trip to YELAGIRI HILLS. Our driver Murgan was sober and soft spoken & drove seamlessly .. Unlike other hill station Yelagiri does not have much activity there except the Nature park & Lake Pungannur. A new amusement park called THRILL WORLD has been opened recently though it does not have much variety. Briefly if you are near to Vellore and Bangalore and want to spend a weekend with your family - YELAGIRI is best bet I can say.
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Frederick tybalt

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  • Frederick tybalt
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"Good Hill Station near to Chennai"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 30, 2017
The nearest hill station from Chennai, it's about 230 kms. First 100kms from Chennai, the roads was not good. In January the climate was good, it was drizzling too. There are not much places to visit except Nature park, lake, falls and temple. There are few adventure sports spots.

Found that there are no in-house spices available in this hill and all the available ones are from other hill stations. Yelagiri has Hill Honey which is good.

The good restaurant we came across for lunch and dinner was Hotel Nigress which is located in the main road.
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Ananth Poti

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  • Ananth Poti
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  • Lives in Delhi
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"Short break"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 22, 2017
Yelagiri is a hill station near jolarpet and vaniyambadi. It is about 25 km from these two towns. The altitude is 1000mts and the climate was salubrious in january. The only 2 places of interest are the lake ,, where you can hire a boat and go around and the other one being a nature park, maintained by the government of tamilnadu. Most of the tourists who visit yelagiri. Come in the mornig and return by late evening. It is ideal for a day picnic. Those who can afford it can stay for a couple of days and spend time unwinding in the lap of mother nature. There are different types of accommodation, suitable for everyone's preference and affordability.
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Ashwin parameshwar

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  • Ashwin parameshwar
  • 2 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
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"Enchanting elagiri"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 26, 2016
Though it is not very well known, the place offers numerous possibilities for adventure sports, trekking, boating etc .. The interior roads are amazing and it is out of world experience for any biker .. Do visit this place during December .. It's cold and very beautiful
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  • Senthil
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  1791 readers

"Solo ride to yelagiri"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Dec 6, 2016
I took a drive from Chennai and my bullet through Chennai banglore highways first 100km road was pathetic. Then it was great till yelagiri. The beauty of yelagiri lies and riding through hill road (appprox 22km). Google the sunrise time of yelagiri start to ride tat 22km hills road before 1. 30hrs b4 sunrise. On way the lots of moneys feed'em but be careful thy may grab yurs bags sumtimes. Stop when a spot a beautiful location enjoy tere. Correctly by sunrise I was reached yelagiri. It's was beautiful. Take a boat ride. Many thrilling games yu could try I tried zip line. Nature park. Talk to because strangers may give a best memory lik many gave me. Yelagiri gave me memories and motivation tru my solo bike ride.
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Arpita bhattacharjee

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"A small, quiet hill station for a short getaway"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Oct 31, 2016
Yelagiri is a small hilly town in Tamil Nadu and a couple of hours drive from Bangalore or Chennai. It is a laid back town where you can go to enjoy a short break from the hustle and bustle of city life.

How to reach?

You can reach Yelagiri by car or by train to Jolarpettai station and then take a taxi, car or Auto from the rail station. Auto charges about Rs. 350, while a taxi charges Rs. 800 but you can bargain for lesser depending on the season.

What to do?

There are nothing much to see except for the water park, some temples, a lake, a waterfall and with some options for trekking.

What to expect?

Relaxation for a couple of days or a short weekend outing is good for this place.

Don't expect to have a variety of food here.... Most of the restaurants and hotels serve spice South Indian food. Also the town doesn't have any liquor shops or petrol bunks. So you need to take care of these before you go uphill to this hill station. Very few hotels or restaurants serve liquor here.

Where to stay?

There are several small and medium sized hotels here.

It may be a good idea to stay in hotels closer to the lake or boat house.

How to pay?

Most of the hotels and restaurants prefer to accept cash and there are not too many ATMs in Yelagiri. So it is a good idea to carry cash or make payments of room tariff online before you check-in.
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Sulav Kumar

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Hills and hairpin bends"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Aug 16, 2016
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 Aug 9, 2016
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