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About Yelagiri Hills
#15 of 23 Places to visit in Tamilnadu
Ideal Trip Duration: Full Day
Nearest City to Yelagiri Hills: Bangalore (178 Kms), Chennai (230 Kms)
Best Time to Visit Yelagiri Hills: October to April
Peak Season: December to January & May to June
At a distance of 94 km from Vellore, 145 km from Yercaud, 178 km from Bangalore, and 230 km from Chennai, Yelagiri is a hill region in the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu. Located in between the towns of Vaniyambadi and Jolarpettai, this is one of the best hill stations near Bangalore, and among the famous places to visit in Tamilnadu.
Yelagiri is a cluster of 14 hamlets that lie between four mountains spread over an area of 30 sq km having an altitude of 3500 ft. This is one of the least explored places near Chennai. The main town of Yelagiri Hills is Athanavur, which comprises a winding road through the hills with isolated villages. The Whole of Yelagiri was once the private property of the Yelagiri Zamindar Family. It was taken over by the government of India during the Early 1950s. The house of the Yelagiri Zamindars still exists in Reddiyur.
Yelagiri is also one of the famous places for trekkers. The highest point in Yelagiri is the Swamimalai Hill, standing tall at 4,338 ft with spectacular views. The hill provides a good number of trekking trails through thick reserved forests as part of Yelagiri Hills tour packages. There are other trekking options that include smaller peaks like Javadi Hills and Palamathi Hills. The Punganur Lake is a manmade lake and one of the popular attractions of the region. Paragliding is another sport that's drawing visitors. The Velavan Temple, Jalagamparai Waterfalls and Nature Park are the other prominent places to visit in Yelagiri Hills.
Yelagiri Summer festival celebrated in May end is organized by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development. Stalls from different departments, flower shows, various cultural programs, and Dog Show with a variety of dog breeds are conducted every year. People from all over the State and other parts of the country participate in this annual festival.
The best time to visit Yelagiri Hills is in winters that are between November and February.