Yelagiri - Tranquility within reach

September 25, 2015, Chennai

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Yelagiri, a small hill station in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu is a back packer’s paradise.


Its history dates back to the colonial times, when the whole of Yelagiri was owned by the Yelagiri Zamindars. In the early 1950s, Yelagiri was taken by the Government of India. Yelagiri is located at a height of 1048 meters above sea level. It is a cluster of 14 hamlets inhabited by the tribals. Yelagiri is not as popular as ooty or Kodaikanal, but is slowly catching up.

Yelagiri’s USP is its 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.

Yelagiri,- A spot for Adventure Sport!
Yelagiri hills are popular among adventure sports lovers.

Yelagiri also has several temples, that attracts 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. Nilavoor Lake is another place for boating.

Best time to visit Yelagiri is during the winters in the months of November to February. However, the climate is moderate throughout the year.
Pongal and Diwali are celebrated in Yelagiri with much pomp and glory. Another major tourist attraction is the summer festival, Kodai Vizah celebrated for three days in the month of May.

How to reach

Yelagiri is well connected. Bangalore airport is the closest airport to Yelagiri. The Chennai airport is also close to Yelagiri. The nearest railhead 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, Hosurand Bangalore.

Petrol pumps are on the plains.It is necessary to stock up as there are none in the hills.

Shopping in Yelagiri

Buy your bottle of honey and jackfruits on your way back home as Yelagiri has the best honey in Tamil Nadu.

Yelagiri is a perfect holiday destination if you are looking to spend some time in the lap of Mother Nature.