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A Weekend Trip to Yelagiri

by Madhav Srinivasan 5 year, 6 months ago

Standing royally in the midst of four mountains, Yelagiri is located at a height of about 920 meters above sea level. You can plan any weekend of any month to Yelagiri and yet manage to experience some of the best times here…

Yelagiri has a lot to offer its tourists, from rolling hills to stunning views. There are a total of 14 hairpin bends leading to the hill station, each named after popular Tamil poets. At the end of the 12th bend, there is an observatory that points to the plains and this spot is a must-visit one. Book Yelagiri tours and enjoy a nonpareil stay in this heavenly delight.

You’ll come across several viewpoints, so carrying cameras and binoculars can be a good idea. You can spot many small animals on your way up the hills and there are ample places to trek if you are an adventure enthusiast. Swami Malai, the highest peak in Yelagiri, is an easy climb that you can take up to get a good view and so are the Palamathi and Javadu Hills.

For a more rewarding view, trek downhill to Jalagamparai Waterfalls. Boating on the artificial Punganur Lake with pedal and row boats can provide a panoramic view of nature’s bounty. Parks for kids have good play areas so your tiny tots will surely enjoy the Yelagiri trip in Tamil Nadu as well.

When to Visit Yelagiri

With an inviting climate that’s prevalent throughout the year, none of the seasons keep visitors away from Yelagiri. The temperature during summers (March to June) typically ranges from 18o C to 34o C, and winters are moderately cold and temperatures could vary from 11o C to 25o C. Yelagiri exudes a special charm during the monsoon, as the thriving greenery takes the region over.

Although Yelagiri is a destination that can be visited during any time, November to February is usually considered as the best time to visit this hill station. Diwali is one of the major festivals celebrated here in a grand spectacle and the place takes on a new and dynamic look during this time of the year.

Getting to Yelagiri

Yelagiri lies about 250 km from Chennai and 150 km from Bangalore. If you are driving from Bangalore, take NH7 towards Hosur en route to Chennai until Vaniyambadi. If you’re taking up the trip from Chennai, you can take the Chennai-Bangalore highway until you reach Vaniyambadi and then signboards at every juncture will lead you to the hills. Numerous Yelagiri holiday tours from Bangalore are available. 

The path from Ponneri to Yelagiri is a ghat road and it has 14 hairpin bends. Since the roads are narrow, a bike ride will be the most convenient option as you can enjoy the surrounding sights while riding. If you are planning to travel by train from Coimbatore, Chennai or Bangalore; you have to alight at Jolarpettai Junction and then travel by road.

If you intend to use public transport, buses can be taken from Jolarpet and Thirupattur. Taxi service will also be available from these points.

Some important points to consider during your trip to Yelagiri is that there are no fuel stations in the hills, so it is a good idea to fill your fuel tanks adequately to ensure that you don’t encounter any glitches. There are no major vehicle repair shops in Yelagiri, so ensure that your vehicle is serviced prior to the journey.

Once these initial things are taken care of, the final trip to Yelagiri can help you de-stress and enjoy at the lap of nature.

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