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Ideal Trip Duration: Full Day

Base Station: Yelagiri Hills, Jolarpettai (19 Kms), Vaniyambadi (24 Kms)

Nearest City to Yelagiri Hills: Bangalore (178 Kms), Chennai (230 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Yelagiri Hills: September to May

Peak Season: April to May

State: Tamil Nadu | District: Vellore

Yelagiri Hills Weather: Summer: Maximum - 30°C & Minimum - 18°C
Winter: Maximum - 24°C & Minimum - 10°C

At a distance of 230 km from Chennai, 178 km from Bangalore, 145 km from Yercaud and 94 km from Vellore, Yelagiri is a hill region in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu, located in between the towns of Vaniyambadi and Jolarpettai. This is the best closest hill station to Bangalore & Chennai. It is also one of the famous weekend getaways from Bangalore & Chennai.

Yelagiri is a cluster of 14 hamlets lie between four mountains spread over an area of 30 sq km having an altitude of 3500 ft. The tribal people who live here are engaged in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, etc. Orchards, rose gardens and green valleys, surround these hills.

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. 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 attractions in Yelagiri.

Yelagiri Summer festival celebrated in May end is organized by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development. Stalls from different departments, flower show, 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.

Best time to visit Yelagiri Hills is in winters that are between November and February.

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STD Code: 04179
Languages Spoken: Tamil, Hindi, English
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HOW TO REACH YELAGIRI HILLS


By Air

Nearest Airport: Bangalore - Bengaluru International Airport (191 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Jolarpettai Railway Station (19 Kms)
Vaniyambadi Railway Station (24 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Athanavur Bus Stop (0 Kms)

8 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN YELAGIRI HILLS


Lake & Backwaters

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 is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Timings: 7 AM - .....


Park

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. The fish aquarium has a large variety of fish and tortoises. The park is a good place .....


Pilgrimage

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 temple is conducted during the Tamil month of Adi (July - August). Thousands of devotees .....


Adventure / Trekking

At a distance 6.5 km from Punganoor Lake and 7 km from Athanavur Bus Stop, Swamimalai hills is one of the highest peaks in Yelagiri measuring about 4626 ft above the sea level. This is one of the famous tourist places in Yelagiri Hills.

The Swamimalai hill is a favorite trekking and mountain climbing spot. It is a perfect place for those who love to enjoy the pleasure of trekking. From hill top, one can get the breathtaking views of the region.

Mangalam Village (3.5 kms from Punganoor Lake) is the starting point of the Swamimalai trek, which is 4 km from Athanavur Bus Stop. The trek to Swamimalai is 5 km both ways. Local people can guide visitors to the hill through dense forest. Normally it takes about 2 - 2.5 hrs to go up and come down. On reaching the top of the hill trekkers can find a small and well maintained Shiva temple. An iron ladder was built on the side of the rock. Visitors can use the ladder to climb up .....


Adventure / Trekking | Waterfall

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 needs 5-10 minutes walk. The isolated location of the waterfalls attracts people in large .....


Miscellaneous

At a distance of 3 km from Punganoor Lake and 4 km from Athanavur Bus Stop, Government Silk Farm is located at Mangalam Village. A visit to Govt Silk Form is one of the top things to do in Yelagiri Hills.

The government silk farm situated here is famous for its mulberry plantations. Tourists can take a sericulture tour and they will get to see the silk farm from close quarters. Government Silk Farm is home to silk worms and also Known as the Sericulture farm. They are kept in a rearing room and are hatched after only 10 days. Once hatched they are transferred to trays which contain the mulberry leaves for them to eat. The mulberry trees form a major part of the farm; they are kept at every stage of growth so that there are fresh new leaves available and ready to be picked when needed.

It involves a long walk along mulberry plantations.

Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM on all days.


Lake & Backwaters

At a distance of 5.4 km from Punganoor Lake and 4.5 km from Athanavur Bus Stop, Nilavoor Lake is another tourist attraction in Yelagiri, 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 Lake.

Timings: 7 AM - 7 PM on all days.

Entry Fee: Rs. 10, Row Boat: Rs.50 .....


Miscellaneous

At a distance of 77 km from Vellore and 54 km from Yelagiri, The Vainu Bappu Observatory is an astronomical observatory owned and operated by Indian Institute of Astrophysics. It is located at Kavalur in the Javadi hills near Vaniyambadi in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu.

The Kavalur Observatory is located in a 100 acre forest land. The observatory houses a number of optical telescopes, including currently India's largest optical telescope the 2.3m Vainu Bappu telescope, 1.3 meter J.C Bhattacharya telescope, 1m Carl Zeiss Telescope and many other smaller ones. Apart from the Telescopes, there is also a Fabry-Perot Interferometer which is being used to study airglow emissions from the Earth's thermosphere. The observatory is situated at an altitude of 725m. Several varieties of plants, some wildlife and different birds are spotted in the campus.

The observatory traces its origin back to the year 1786 when William Petrie set up .....

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