Located near Krishnagiri town on the Bangalore-Chennai highway, Yelagiri is a beautiful hill station and actually a group of small villages, away from the hustle-bustle of Vellore district, in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Although it is less touristy when compared to other places in Tamil Nadu, it is an ideal getaway for those who want to break the monotony of the cities to relax for a couple of days. The hill station is situated at a height of 3000 feet and the weather is salubrious throughout the year. The main attractions of this place are a lake where you can go boating and Swamimalai Hills- a 3 kilometers trek uphill that will take you to a small temple and let you enjoy panoramic views of the mountains among others.
How to Reach Yelagiri from Bangalore
The nearest railhead is the Jolarpettai. It is located around 21 kilometers away from Yelagiri. It is the main railway junction and is connected to other major railway station in India such as Bangalore, Chennai, Salem, Katpadi and Jolarpettai.
The nearest airport to Yelagiri is Bangalore. It is located around 156 kilometers away from Yelagiri. Bangalore airport is linked to several major airports in India and abroad. Taxi cabs ply between Bangalore and Yelagiri.
The National Highway 7 connects Bangalore to Yelagiri. The journey from Bangalore to Bheemeshwari via road will take around 2 hours and 48 minutes. Regular bus services are available that connect Yelagiri to Bangalore via Tiruoathur.
Attractions in Yelagiri
Located within the premises of Vellore Fort, Jalagandeeswarar Temple is dedicated to Lord Jalagandeeswarar and is famed for its sculptures that speak volumes about the exquisite craftsmanship of the highly skilled artisans. The temple features a giant open ground where devotees can perform prayers and sacred rituals.
Built in the memory of Lord Murugan, on the periphery of the mountains of Yelagiri, Velavan Temple is one of the most religious destinations in Yelagiri. The architectural beauty of this temple is remarkable and the peaceful surrounding of the temple offers great peace of mind. All the festivals celebrated in Tamil Nadu are celebrated here with great pomp and luxury in Velavan Temple. The best time to visit this temple is between July and August when festivals are frequently celebrated one after the other.
Located at a short distance away from Yelagiri, Jalagamparai Falls is a beautiful place located in the Yelagiri Hills of the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu. The Jalagamparai waterfalls descend from a height of 15 meters and are a hotspot for honeymooners and newlyweds. The falls can be reached after a trek of 1 hour. Then there is a famous Murugan Temple, adjacent to the Jalagamparai Falls, located within a building constructed in the shape of a lingam.
Located within the periphery of 57 square meters, Punganoor Lake is a manmade lake which is artificially created to enhance the beauty of the place. There is a beautiful floriculture garden in the vicinity of the lake where people can relax and enjoy the beauty of the lake on the other side.
Built in the form of a cake with a strong base at the bottom, Swamimalai Hills is located at a height of 4338 meters from the base level and tourists love ascending the great heights at a stretch. There are several small peaks in the neighborhood such as Javadi Hills, Pallamathi Hills and others which are easy to climb and let you enjoy the beauty of the nature from a far-off place.