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"The Call of the Hills"

Yelagiri Tourism

A quaint little hill station located in Vellore, Yelagiri is just three hours away from Bangalore, making it the perfect spot for a quick weekend getaway. Spread a little over 30 square kilometres, and at a height of over 1100 metres above sea level, Yelagiri offers its tourists some beautiful places like the Jalagamparai falls, sweeping orchards and rose garden, among others. The ideal destination for nature lovers, Yelagiri is a town that is completely off the beaten tourist trail, lending it a quieter and much more peaceful vibe compared to other more famous hill stations nearby. Originally belonging to the Zamindar family of Yelagiri, the hill station began to gain popularity since the colonial rule, when it was used by the British as a summer getaway. Ever since then, it has been one of the hidden gems of South India, replete with rocky hills and natural scenic beauty, making it the perfect place to take a break from the fast-paced city life.

Yelagiri is one of those typical, silent places that seem ordinary on the outside but are more and more startling as you discover it. It has all the features of a great hill station, be it sunset points or lakes and parks. But the beauty of Yelagiri lies in all the more that it has to offer. Being one of the lesser known hill-stations in Tamil Nadu, the place is rarely overcrowded. The surroundings are pristine and the forests are home to some rare species of flora and fauna. The honey that is locally available is considered to be one of the purest and tastiest varieties.

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Nature Park

As with most other hill stations, the best way to experience Yelagiri is by going on walks criss-crossing the town. Yelagiri, in fact, provides a separate walking trail for tourists, guaranteeing breathtaking views of the entire panorama around the hill station. Known as the Nature Park, the place is spread over 6 acres of land, and is one of the most visited places in town, not just by tourists, but by local residents as well. Including a separate children’s park, a fish aquarium, and an artificial waterfall, the Nature Park is one of the most engaging tourist attractions in Yelagiri.

Punganoor Lake

The entirely man-made Punganoor Lake is another major attraction in Yelagiri. Attracting people of various ages all year round, the lake-cum-park is one of the best places to unwind and relax in the lap of nature. In addition to providing boating services, the park around the lake, with its perfectly manicured pathways is the ideal spot to lie back and spend a lazy evening surrounded by the cool breeze and rocky hills on all sides.


Yelagiri offers plenty of options for anyone looking for a little bit of a holiday thrill, with the YASA (Yelagiri Association of Adventure Sports) offering trekking, rock-climbing and paragliding activities for those interested. The Swamimalai Hills trek is one of the most popular treks availed by tourists visiting Yelagiri, and with the Swamimalai Hills standing as the highest point of the hill station, the view of the entire valley from the top is jaw-dropping.

Velavan Temple

Yelagiri, as with most Southern cities, has quite a few temples located within its perimeters, the most important one that you need to visit being the Velavan temple. Dedicated to Lord Murugan, the Velavan temple is located at the very top of the Yelagiri mountains, making a trek up to the temple worth it not just because of the spiritual connection, but also because of the breathtaking views of the entire landscape from the peak.

Para-glider's Paradise

Yelagiri is one of the hottest new destinations for paragliding. The serene hills are usually devoid of huge crowds so enjoy loads of solitude and freedom here. Lots of paragliding camps and fests are conducted here throughout the year, so do check it out if you're an adventure buff or if you just want to try out something fun and exciting.

Yelagiri Summer Festival

The Yelagiri Summer Festival generally takes place in the month of May each year. Spread over two days, the festival is organized by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Board and hosts a variety of events. These include the screening of local movies and cultural programmes by professional artists as well as students. Many stalls displaying a range of products like flowers, local goods and other items are set up. The festival also holds a popular dog show and has a boathouse. Tourists from many different states come to Yelagiri during this period to be a part of the festivities.

Natural Habitat of Yelagiri

The pristine and relatively untouched beauty of Yelagiri lies in its orchards, its rose gardens, and its surrounding hills and water bodies. The orchards of Yelagiri are filled with fruits such as mangoes, and jackfruits and the foliage consist of roses, herbs, spices and other plants. The fresh mountain air and nature trails make Yelagiri a favourite among trekking enthusiasts and the town offers activities for rock climbing, paragliding and other adventure sports. Apart from these, the town is also popular for its many parks and waterfalls.

Restaurants and Local Food in Yelagiri

Yelagiri may not be one of the busiest hill stations in the country, but it does have its own set of facilities. Eating options is one of them. There are hotels spread out throughout the city, each with their own options. There are also numerous standalone restaurants.
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One Day Itinerary

Day 1 - Reach Yelagiri by noon. After lunch, take a leisurely stroll through the Nature Park. In the evening, visit the Velavan Temple.
Day 2 - Visit the Punganoor Lake Park for boating . Then, visit the Jalagambarai Waterfalls. After lunch, check out the Government Herbal Farm and then the Telescope Observatory.
Day 3 - After breakfast , go trekking in the Swamimalai Hills. Avoid this activity during the monsoons. Those interested in para - gliding can sign up for sessions which are held throughout the year.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Pleasant weather throughout the year. The accommodation and food costs are very affordable.

What's Not So Great?

Not many tourist sites ; most are in the developmental stage .

For Whom?

People looking to unwind during the weekend, hikers and trekkers.

How To Reach Yelagiri

Travelling by bus or car is the best option. Those visiting from other states can go via Chennai as it is the easiest route option.

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Q. Where I stay?

Kaveesh Nair 2 months ago
You have a few options for hotels, but they are a little expensive. A cheap option is to stay in the lodgings such as Golden Nest or Inns such as Yelagiri residence or Hotel lakeview

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Rohit Shroff 1 year ago
- The place has a lot of adventure camps and sports to offer. So make sure you carry your sport shoes and sports wear. You may also want to carry some common medicines.
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