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Punganur Lake

Rana Ari
23rd Dec 17

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R s lishender sampath

R s lishender sampath3.6/5

6 reviews

A place to relax or an exciting day trip !!

As a holiday destination, it's a great place to relax. If you want to be cut off from a hectic schedule and spend some time Reading, go for nature trails and meditating, then it's a nice place. For this you need to book into a good star resort. There are many to choose from. The scenic beauty is lovely. Sunrise & coffee, morning walks, meditation, Reading, painting ( if you have taken a villa), good food of your choice ( if you have rented a star facility) a things you can look forward to . If you have your own vehicle, you can drive down to a couple of nearby surrounding villages. It's fun to soak their everyday life. You can do it may be once . There is a boat house where you get 20min rides and it's nice. A nature park (botanical garden) is right opposite to the boathouse. Nice place to spend an hour. A musical fountain show happen here at 7:00pm every day Cons:. 1. No street lighting except a 500 radius around the nature park. So your outdoor activities like a late night walk is out of question . 2. No quality restaurants in public areas. So your food choices are very much restricted to the resort you book in Day trip:. If you love a 4 hr drive either from Chennai or Bangalore, then you can check this route. 14 hairpin bends to climb with scenic views along the way is great. Start at around 3am and you will be on the hills for sunrise. Drive up and many resorts offer breakfast buffets. You can enjoy boating and relaxing in the boathouse park. There are a couple of adventure parks offering you atv rides, paintball shooting, archery and activities as such. An hour there. Then tuck in a good lunch, go to the nature park, relax under a tree, have fun and start your descent at around 4pm. The view on the way is again cool. It's best you drive down during sunlight. If driving back to Chennai, pickup biriyani at Ambur and drive back home Trekking. I haven't been on it yet .

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Thamarai selvan

Thamarai selvan5.0/5

4 reviews

EXcellent stay

We had our holiday in yelagiri hill Vellore dist. Very shortest hill station, very near to all main cities in tamil nadu . We selected our stay in Hotel landmark -yelagiri, very good hotel for family stay. Very safe, nice location, walk able distance to lake and Murugan temple food and accommodation is very comfortable, we feel like our home, very good staff. Having enough space to go around with in this hotel premises. We had a very good time.

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Yelagiri Hills Overview

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.

Photos of Yelagiri Hills

Yelagiri Hills, Tamil Nadu

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Chandrasekaran Srinivasan

View of the lake and hills
Yelagiri Hills, Tamil Nadu

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Subhankar Dey

Yelagiri Hills
Yelagiri Hills, Tamil Nadu

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Subhankar Dey

Beautiful road views
Yelagiri Hills, Tamil Nadu

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Voltage Vikram

Lake in Yelagiri Hills

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