- Yelagiri- The Best Kept Secret of Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu never disappoints nature lovers. With its fair share of hill
stations and beaches the state exerts an irresistible lure on every type
of traveler. The city of Yelagiri is a classic example to this.
Promising a rollercoaster of emotions and adventures to the eager
globetrotter, the city is the ideal destination to spend a vacation
close to nature.
If waking up to the hypnotic beauty of orchards, rose-gardens and green valleys is your idea of a perfect holiday, it is not too good an idea to miss Yelagiri. Basically a cluster of villages surrounded by 4 hills, Yelagiri presents an ambience, free from the cacophony of city life. Standing proud at a height of 920m above sea level, this hill-station is home to numerous tribal families. The custom and habits of these families too play a part in attracting tourists. Boasting a salubrious climate throughout the year, the city always gives a red-carpet welcome to its visitors.
- Place of Interest
Adventure looms large at Yelagiri, with its numerous hiking spots. A
trek by the Jalagamparai waterfalls rewards you with stupefying views of
the mountain and the valley. Attaru River falls from a height of 30 m
and the Murugan temple near the waterfall infuses an ethnic charm to the
beauty of this place.
Another trekking hot-spot in Yelagiri is Swami Malai, the highest peak soaring to 4388 ft, which promises adventurous trekking routes amidst dense forests. And when you go hiking, dont miss to take a glance at the gigantic beehives that hang from the trees.
Velavan Temple, dedicated to Lord Muruga, is placed atop a hillock and is flanked by a huge statue of Gadothgajan in front. If you want to have a glimpse of the culture of the region, plan your vacation between July to August. The local festivals are scheduled for this period and the city wears a vibrant aura during this time.
Kids would love to go boating in the Punganoor Lake- an artificial lake excavated in an area of 57 sq. meters. To top it off, the Mughal garden surrounding the lake offers numerous fun rides for the little ones.
- Best Time To Visit
November to February.
- How to Reach
Nearest airports are the Chennai Airport (220 km) and Bangalore Airport (160 km).
Jolarpettai is the nearest railway station.
NH 7 connects Yelagiri to all major cities.