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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Mahesh Veeranna
  • Mahesh Veeranna
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Good place for long ride" new review

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Its not that great place, but OK kind of location for 1 day trip, there is nothing much to explore except boating and off-road quad biking, Quad biking is little expensive too, In summer you get to try paragliding as well.

Note: you can try better Quad biking and Boating experience in Bangalore only.
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Kishore Magaji
  • Kishore Magaji
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 11 Reviews

"Good place to visit in Dec"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Good place to visit if you stay in Bangalore or nearby places as it is just 160 kms away. There are some good places for stay like the sterling marigold resort, Kumara raja palace etc. Food is very good in Kumara raja palace, especially the non-veg dishes. Sterling also serves you good food.
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Satyendra Dwivedi
  • Satyendra Dwivedi
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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 11 Reviews

"Good for relaxing"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Yelagiri is not a popular Hill Station but it is very good to spend some time with family and friends. You don't have many options to spend time so finally you spend time with yourself. Not very far from Bangalore and Chennai. Easily accessible and good weather. We visited in Christmas vacation and weather was like Bangalore.
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Sriram Sankar
  • Sriram Sankar
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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 6 Reviews

"This is a place for a very quiet holiday with family and friends"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Yelagiri as such, does not have a lot to see. This is a place for a very quiet holiday with family and friends. You can see most of the places in a day. This place gives you enough time to enjoy with your family and friends. I was told there was para sliding but could not check it out as it was very foggy for one full day.
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John  Britto
  • John Britto
  • Lives in Tadpatri
  • 1 Review

"Awesome place to spend your holidays"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Nov 1, 2014
An awesome place to spend your holidays. Climate is not too hot as well as too cold. You can enjoy boarding well. The place when bored. I come to this place regularly either from Chennai or Bangalore. Climate will change every day well there isnít a stable temperature. The city is actually dirty and the visitors come by cars, mostly drive recklessly. It's hard if youíre a new one to hills. Watch out for other lane , well you won't find vehicles on the other lane, they will come in your lane head on head , it's a local place and not meant for romance and all. It's a time pass place that's it. Boating is fun over there and if can roam in the city visiting some valleys and wildlife park.
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John Zachariah
  • John Zachariah
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 7 Reviews

"Better place for chillout"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Oct 30, 2014
This is place where you can relax and there is boating, hill climbing and few other places to relax and rejuvenate yourselves, visit in summer or before november or you could visit almost all time except rainy season. Food is not so best but you can expect some decent food at the locality, no place for shopping, you can get few hill based spices.
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Jithesh L
  • Jithesh L
  • Lives in Chennai
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"Chill out from busy life"

  • 4/7
  • Posted Aug 12, 2014
A cool place away from Chennai's busy life. You don't have much to see there in Yelagiri. If you are planning for some relaxation, then it is good. We went as a group of 15; we took an individual house for 2 days. We went for boating and also for trekking. Both are Ok, not that good. Best if you are staying in a resort, with all the amenities.
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Mathew Simon
  • Mathew Simon
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"Less population and few good restaurants"

  • 4/7
  • Posted Aug 5, 2014
For relaxing, it is a good place. Those who like boating, good arrangements are made here. Nothing much to see at this place. Only a few good restaurants. The population is very less and villages around are good. Taking your own vehicle is a good idea for couples to visit this place. There is nothing much to shop. Few fruits like jack fruit and custard apple are available during January.
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Gourav  Anand
  • Gourav Anand
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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 9 Reviews

"Full on Masti and Fun!"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Apr 8, 2014
It was a fun filled trip. A trip taken to relax and spend some time in nature's lap. The distance is also not so far away from Bangalore thus a good place to visit during weekends. The lakes and hills provide a great adventure spot. The place provides the much needed break from the busy city life.
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Govindan Naganathan
  • Govindan Naganathan
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"For people with interest in trekking"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Dec 11, 2013
Yelagiri is a small town and it is better to book your place of stay in advance. A good place which can developed into a better tourist attraction like Yercaud. A good place for people with interest in trekking. I had a very pleasant stay at Yelagiri. Please note that many mobile connections do not work in Yelagiri
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