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General Information about Yelagiri

Yelagiri is small hill station, in the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu. The hill station is not as popular as its competition- Ooty, but it sure is as beautiful and has much more variety to offer. If your looking for a hill station out of the ordinary, then you need to make your way to Tamil Nadu!

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. It is also considered as the Para-Gliders Paradise.

Yelagiri, also spelt as Elagiri, is a small hill station in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu and is a backpacker’s paradise. The district administration of Yelagiri has tried to promote adventure tourism in the area by promoting sports, such as paragliding and rock climbing. The first thing one would notice upon arriving at Yelagiri is the quiet and peaceful surrounding and the rustic beauty around the place. The place is infused with the smell of fresh fruits and foliage as it is surrounded by orchards, rose garden and green valleys. Driving through the picturesque landscape can be spectacular. A Place For Activities - Yelagiri, An Adventure Sports Spot! The Yelagiri hills are popular among adventure sports lover. In fact, it has recently been selected as the second best natural spot for sports in India after Panchgani in Maharashtra. Yelagiri also has several temples, which makes it an attractive tourist destination for both the young and the old.

Punganur Lake is the most popular landmark of Yelagiri. Boating here can give one the chance to experience the scenic beauty of the place surrounded by hills. The enormous green plains can be seen from the ghat and visitors can use their telescope to enjoy the widespread rustic beauty. Nilavoor Lake is one more place to go to for boating. Tourist Places In And Around Yelagiri

The sightseeing options also include temples, such as Velavan Temple, hill stations, like Swamimalai Hillsc Jalagamparai Falls, Yelagiri Adventure camp etc.. For nature lovers, there is a natural park and Government Herbal & Fruit Farm. If you enjoy stargazing, do not miss the Telescope House and Vainu Bappu Solar Observatory.

The climate in Yelagiri is pleasant during the winters in the months of November to February. However, the climate remains moderate throughout the year. The summer temperature varies from 18° Celsius to 34° Celsius, while the winter temperature varies from 11° Celsius to 25° Celsius. Moderate rainfall is received in the months of July to September.

The place is also very attractive during Pongal, which is celebrated in January, and Diwali, which is celebrated during October. These two festivals are celebrated in Yelagiri with much pomp and glory. The summer festival, Kodai Vizha, celebrated for three days in the month of May, is also a major tourist attraction.

Yelagiri is well connected and fairly easy to reach.

Bengaluru Airport is the closest airport to Yelagiri. From the airport, one can hire a cab to Yelagiri. The Chennai Airport is also close to Yelagiri.

The nearest railhead to Yelagiri is Jolarpettai Junction from which buses and cabs are easily available.

The road to Yelagiri is well connected from Ponneri, in Tamil Nadu. Buses are available at regular intervals from Chennai, Salem, Hosur and Bangalore. However, the bus journey can be really long and taxing. It is advisable to take a train or drive down to Yelagiri. Milestones and signboards mark the way well if you want to drive to Yelagiri and petrol pumps are sufficient on the plains. However, it is necessary to stock up as there are none in the hills. It is a smooth ride to Yelagiri.

Don't forget to buy your bottle of honey and jackfruits on your way back home. as Yelagiri has the best honey in Tamil Nadu. Home-made honey is produced by raising bees. Natural honey produced by wild bees on rocks and trees is also extracted by the locals. The honey that is locally available is considered to be one of the purest and tastiest varieties. Thus, Yelagiri is a perfect holiday destination if you are looking to spend some time in the lap of Mother Nature.

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.

Being one of the lesser known hill - stations in Tamil Nadu, the place is rarely over crowded. The surroundings are pristine and the forests are home to some rare species of flora and fauna.

An Ideal 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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