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3 DAY TRIP FROM CHENNAI | VELLORE & YELAGIRI

Historical & Heritage | Hill Station

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This trip demands considerable trekking / walking

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Trip Starting Point: Chennai City

Mode of Travel: Car (or Cab)

Trip Duration: 3 Days

Ideal Start Time: 7 AM (Day 1), 9 AM (Day 2) & 9 AM (Day 3)

Total Places Visited: 7

Day 1 Destinations | Day 2 Destinations
DAYS

DAY 1 : VISIT VELLORE & TRAVEL TO YELAGIRI

Travel from Chennai to Vellore

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 6 AM to 1 PM and 4 PM to 8 PM
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of 400 m from Ratnagiri Bus Stop and 17 km from Vellore Town Railway Station, Ratnagiri Balamurugan Temple is an ancient temple located on top of a hillock in Ratnagiri on Vellore - Chennai National Highway. It is one of the important temples around Vellore.

The Ratnagiri Temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan. There are two forms of the deity in this temple, one is Lord Thirukkolam, seen with his wives Valli and Devasena and the other is Lord Gurukkolam. The idol of the main deity Bala Murugan was installed in a chariot which is made of granite. The garbhagriha is made of granite and is modeled according to the Chola architecture. The wall surrounding the shrine has small idols of Ganesha, Dakshinamurthy, Murugan, Brahma, Durga, and Chandikeswarar. There are 2 temples for the Lord Vinayaka, one on top of the hill and another at the bottom of hill.

This temple was built .....

Historical & Heritage

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 9 AM - 12.30 PM and 2 PM - 5 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 5

At a distance of 1.5 km from Vellore Town Railway Station, Vellore Fort is the 16th century granite fort surrounded by a deep moat set in the heart of the town. It was built by Bommi and Thimma Reddy in the 16th century during the reign of the Vijayanagar king Krishnadeva Raya. The fort was captured in the 17th century by the Adil Shahis, the Muslim rulers from Bijapur. It was then taken by the Marathas, and later by Daud Khan of Delhi in the early 18th century. The British took control of this fort in 1768 and controlled it until Independence. During British rule, the Tipu Sultan's family and the last king of Sri Lanka, Vikrama Rajasinha were held in as prisoners in the fort. The fort is an excellent example of military architecture and has withstood several attacks.

The Vellore Fort was constructed with granite from the nearby quarries in Arcot and Chittor districts. It spreads over an area of 133 acres. It has huge double walls .....

Overnight Stay in Yelagiri Hills

DAY 2 : YELAGIRI SIGHTSEEING

Start Yelagiri Hills Sightseeing

Lake & Backwaters

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 7 AM - 7 PM
Entry Fee: Entry Fee: Rs. 10, Row Boat: Rs.50 per Person and Pedal Boat: Rs. 50 per Person.

At a distance of 5.4 km from Punganoor Lake and 4.5 km from Athanavur Bus Stop, Nilavoor Lake is one of the popular Yelagiri tourist places and is frequented by boating enthusiasts.

Nilavoor Lake is an artificial lake located in Nilavoor village. It is a small lake more like a pond, with a garden on its banks. The lake is indeed a tranquil and peaceful place to relax in the deep serenity away from the hassles of busy life. One can take a short walk along the lake side and also enjoy a boat ride. The lake offers pedal and motor boat rides.

This small lake offers captivating views of the nearby surroundings and hilly terrains while enjoying boating in the calm water. There is also a Devi Temple belonging to Kadavu Nachiya close to the region around the lake. Recently, the Thambiran Lotus Pond has been constructed at the Nilavoor Lake.

Moksha Vimochana Temple is also located near the Nilavoor .....

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 6 AM - 8 PM
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance of 400 m from Punganoor Lake and 1.3 km from Athanavur Bus Stop, the Velavan Temple is a famous temple and is located on one of the highest peaks of the Yelagiri Hills. It is among popular Yelagiri tourist places.

The Velavan Temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan. This beautiful temple was constructed in 1964. The temple is located atop of a hillock and it also serves as a viewing point. From the temple complex one can see the panoramic view of the green valleys of Yelagiri.

At the temple, one can find a huge statue of the mythological character Ghatothgajan in a standing posture. Highlight of the temple is the statue of Lord Murugan and Valli in the form of Kuravan and Kurathi. Lord Ganesha has a separate shrine within the Velavan temple. At the top of the mountain, temple bells are placed.

The yearly festival of this .....

Lake & Backwaters

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 7 AM - 7 PM
Entry Fee: Entry Fee: Rs. 10, Camera - Rs. 5, Row Boat: RS.75/- per Person and Pedal Boat: Rs. 50 per Person.

At a distance of 1 km from Athanavur Bus Stop, Punganoor Lake is one of the magnificent and popular places to visit in Yelagiri Hills.

Punganoor Lake is an artificial Lake located in the center of the Yelagiri Hills. There is also a fountain in the middle and boating facilities are available. The Nature Park surrounds the lake. The Lake is one of the most popular artificial lakes around and is a popular spot for both locals and tourists.

The boat club here offers pedal and motor boat rides. The waters of the lake are calm and serene. There's a walking track around the lake circumference, a children park, a small tree top view point, boating and few shops. One can take a short walk along the lake side and also enjoy a boat ride. Children can enjoy the swings and slides and other games that have been installed for them. The Punganoor Lake .....

Park

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 7 AM - 8 PM
Entry Fee: Rs.15/- for adults and Rs.5/- for children and Rs 25/- for musical fountain

At a distance of 1 km from Punganoor Lake and 750 m from Athanavur Bus Stop, The Nature Park is one of the best tourist places to visit in Yelagiri.

Nature Park is located adjacent to Punganoor Lake, spread over an area of 12 acres. Several species of plants suited to the rocky terrain of the region have been planted in the park. The park also has an artificial waterfall. There is bathing facility available in this cascade. The nature park is very well maintained and it is studded with plenty of varieties of trees, well laid out walk ways, beautifully lighted fountain and so on.

The nature park contains a children's park, a musical fountain, an aquarium, a seasonal garden, a bamboo house, a poly house to name a few attractions. It is a perfect place for both kids and elders. The musical fountain has the water dancing to popular songs. The musical fountains show is there at 7 PM every day. .....

Overnight Stay in Yelagiri Hills

DAY 3 : VISIT JALAGAMPARAI FALLS & TRAVEL TO CHENNAI

Adventure / Trekking | Waterfall

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: FREE

At a distance 37 km from Yelagiri, 37 from Athanavur and 13 km from Thirupattur, magnificent Jalagamparai Waterfalls near Jadayanur is created by the River Attaaru running through the valleys of Yelagiri Hills. It is one of the best places to visit in Yelagiri Hills.

Jalagamparai waterfalls is flowing down from a height of 15 meters, the place is popular among lovebirds. Bathing in this waterfall cures diseases because it passes through various herbal plants in the hills. The falls has a trek route and also a motorable road. The falls can be reached after 1.5 hour trek of 6 km from Nilavoor (6 kms from Yelagiri Punganoor Lake). It is little tough trek, but the view of the valley from the falls is truly amazing. Local guides are available to guide the trek to the falls.

The motorable road passes through Thirupattur (13.4 km away) which .....

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