Last Updated: December 30, 2019 Jatin
Want to vacation in the hills in South India? Tamil Nadu is your best bet. The weather and serenity of its hill stations are something that no one truly wishes to miss out on! Some 3-hour away from Bengaluru there lies an intriguing and exotic hill station of Tamil Nadu, named Yelagiri – a superlative place for all the nature fanatics or those searching for a peaceful time with their beloved ones. On top of that, the place is also great to give kids full on entertainment (which is the foremost concern of every parent whenever they plan a family trip). Certainly, this place has more to offer than what you expect from it. And to know it in a better way here is the rundown on some of the top places to visit in Yelagiri and things to do there.
Places to Visit
Relish the Nature’s Beauty at Jalagamparai Falls
Never mind that you haven’t heard about Jalagamparai Falls. Traversing the elegant meadows of Yelagiri Hills, the beaut Attaru River forms this mind-boggling cascade and an eminent tourist attraction in Yelagiri. After a 5km trek through Yelagiri hills, there is a sight of comfortably seated Jalagamparai Falls – a perfect place for wanderers to satiate the hankering for nature-filled sites.
After Savouring Nature’s Beauty, Get Ready to Imbibe in Spirituality at Velavan (Murugan) Temple
Even if you’re not so religious mortal, a visit to Velavan Temple will leave you awe-inspired. Located adjacent to Jalagamparai Falls within a lingam-shaped-like construction, Velavan Temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan and is ensconced on the greatest point of Yelagiri Mountains. Besides paying homage to Lord Murugan, visitors are proffered spectacular views of green valleys of Yelagiri. In the month of June, the Adi Festival is celebrated with all zest that witnesses an abundance of pilgrims, local as well as tourists.
Explore A Government Herbal Farm
Presently, one of those places in Yelagiri which unquestionably you can’t bear the risk to skip. A forest department property, Herbal Farm is an abode to several rare Ayurvedic and Siddha herbs and plants. These medicinal plants and herbs bids a spectacular surrounding to travellers, making it amongst the best places to explore in Yelagiri.
Spend an Evening at Local Market (Shandy)
There is no better way to spend your Friday evening in Yelagiri than by combing through the local market (Shandy) at Athanavoor. Jackfruit and homemade honey are the star attractions of this weekly market, which is held on every Friday. Other products like Sapodillas/Supportas (Cheeku), Guavas, and Mangoes are also pretty much the fruits that you can prefer to buy.
Pilgrimage Tour in Jalagandeeswarar Temple
Being in India, you’ll agree that any vacation is incomplete if you haven’t spent a day just for pilgrimage tour. And that’s why this temple in Yelagiri is in the list. Covering a distance of 95 km from Yelagiri (which surely needs a day for a round trip), you shall reach Jalagandeeswarar Temple in Vellore – a famous pilgrim attraction around Yelagiri. The temple is located in Vellore Fort and is a great exemplar of Vijayanagara Architecture. Exotic carvings on its tower, incredible sculptures, and large ancient wooden gates are the chief attractions of this place that lures a large number of history fanatics along with pilgrims.
Take your Kid to the Nature’s Park
Going on a vacation with your family is kind of cool, especially when you have kids. I strongly believe that at every destination, there is always a tourist magnet which can just give your kids a lifetime experience. And here at Yelagiri it is the Nature’s Park. Spreading across 6-acre of land, this park is not just a dream destination for kids but for all ages of people. For kids, the park houses an artificial waterfall, children’s park, fish aquarium, musical fountain, bamboo house, and many more engaging attractions.
Things to Do
Wallow in Adventure Sports
Would you believe in the statement, “A family that holidays together, stays together?” Yeah, I know that sounds quite philosophical, yet you must be agreeing that somehow, it’s true. And in the case when your idea of a perfect vacation somewhere cuts through some heart-pumping adventure, then it’s definitely actual! In Yelagiri, there are exclusive options like rock climbing and paragliding, which you surely want to enjoy with your loved ones. Yelagiri Association of Adventure Sports (YASA) also organizes training classes at regular interval for these sports.
Take a Tour to Telescope Observatory
Located at distance of 47 km from Yelagiri, Vainu Bappu Observatory or Telescope Observatory in Kavalur is one of the main tourist attractions near Yelagiri. Here, tourists get a chance to catch a pulchritudinous sight of extraterrestrial. On Saturdays, the observatory opens for everyone between 4PM and 6PM. Prior permission is needed to visit the site. For a fact, the Telescope Observatory once held a record of housing largest telescope in Asia until Nainital got one in 2016.
Rekindle Romance while Boating on Punganur Lake
Such is the charm of Punganur Lake/Park in Yelagiri that from past years it has been amongst the favourite attractions for all ages of people. The serenity and exquisiteness of this spellbinding place are enough to rekindle love. And what’s more romantic than a boat ride with your partner? Indeed, it is one of the best things to do in Yelagiri. The lake park has a minimal entry fee and few modest and luxury hotels are also there in close proximity to the lake which you can stay in. A suggestion for tourists: this is not a picnic spot, and thus, park authorities do not allow for picnicking to keep this place litter-free.
Indulge in the Trekking in Swamimalai Hills
Millions of photographers and wanderers flock every year just to capture some fantabulous sights of the entire hill station in their camera lens from the highest point of Yelagiri area, i.e., Swamimalai Hills. In order to reach the top, one has to undergo an easy to moderate short 3 km trek from the lake of Punganur, which is the chief attraction of the trail. The trekking trail to Swamimalai is crammed with candid views of valleys and landscape bathed in rich lush-greenery that make trekking in Yelagiri a prominent tourist activity.
The beautiful hill station of Yelagiri is a complete destination offering an array of experiences ranging from adventure to sightseeing to pilgrimage and shopping. Not just this, the moment you step in this compelling tourist destination, you’ll be surrounded by verdant green ambiance making it one of the places in the state of Tamil Nadu to comeback. Planning for a holiday here then? Choose us, Tour My India as we offer the best travel packages that not only come in your budget but also cater to all your vacation needs. Call us at +91-9212777223/24 or email at email@example.com and we will offer you a holiday package of your choice.
Published: 10 Apr, 2018
Comes from the ‘heart of India’, Delhi, Jatin is big-time dreamer. He is a travel blogger who loves to express about his ventures through his writing. Besides being a blogger, he is a foodie, who follows the aroma to reach some of the most amazing places to eat. Another thing that is equally important to him is sports; he eats, sleeps and breathes cricket!