Yelagiri (Elagiri Hills)

Yelagiri is one of the important hill stations in Tamil Nadu. It is situated on the Vellore district.  It attracts large number tourist in all over Tamil Nadu.  Yelagari is located at an altitude of 1,410m above mean sea level and spread across 30 sq km.  It is also called us Elagiri. Yelagiri is surrounded by orchards, rose-gardens, and green valleys. Yelagiri is located on 260km from Chennai and 920m above sea level, amidst four mountains, these picturesque environ ar a part of javved hills of the eastern ghats. Yelagiri is one of the developed hill stations in Tamilnadu.  It is one of the famous places for trekkers in India. Yelagiri comprises 14 hamlets and a number of temples spread over several hills. The highest point in Yelgiri is the Swamimalai Hill, standing tall at 4,338 ft; Swamimalai is a popular destination for trekkers. The view from the summit is spectacular. The hill provides a good number of trekking trails through thick reserved forests. Mangalam, a small village, is at the base of this hill. There are other trekking options that include smaller peaks like Javadi Hills and Palamathi Hills. Jalagamparai Waterfalls: A short distance away, on the other side of the hill, is Jalagambarai falls,Situated at a distance of 14 km from Tirupattur. The murmuring Attaru Rives flows through the Yelagiri Hills, and plummets down to form a highly captivating waterfall. It's an hour, 5 km, walk from Yelagiri downhill. Though there is a direct route from Yelagiri to the falls, it is often closed. One has to go all the way down the hill, take the plains, and then climb the hill on the other side. It's an hour's journey.

Yelagiri in fact is a cluster of small villages spread amidst four mountains located 920m above sea level in the Javadi Hills.  Located just south of the railway junction of Jolarpettai (20km) on the main Chennai-Bengaluru rail route, the hills still relatively unexplored and inhabited by tribal attract tourists.  The place is ideal for short trekking holidays.  A small artificial, Punganoor Lake, and the nearby Children Park add to the attraction of this quiet place.  The Velavan Temple dedicated to Lord Muruga atop the hills offers interesting views of the surroundings and is the site of an annual temple festival in July to August.  The trek to the Swamimalai Hill (1325 m), the highest summitin Yelagiri is popular and from the top, it offers breathtaking view of the valley.  The place offers facilities of adventure enthusiast like para gliding, rock climbing and bungee jumping.

The trek route from Yelagiri Hills to Jalagamparai Water Falls at the downhill, takes about an hour's time you can also drive to Jalagamparai via Jolarpettai and Tirupattur 17km from the district market town of Tirupattur, Jalagamparai also has a Muruga Temple in a building constructed in the shape of a lingam.  The deity is in the form of vel(a kind of spear).

Places to visit in Yelagiri

Swami Malai Hills

 Swami malai hills are the hills in the shape of cake with a strong base at the bottom and high peak. Trekking is an attraction at Swami Malai (3 km to and 3 km fro). This trek leads one to a small peak from where the entire valley is visible.

Telescope observatory

 A telescope observatory near Yelagiri hill is also of attraction of visitors. (Now Shutdown)

YMCA Camp Centre

 A non-profit organisation that offers accommodation, dormitory accommodation, trekking and other camp activities.

YASA Club

 Yelagiri Adventure Sports Association, run Paragliding and various other adventure sports.

Educational Institutions

Several schools are present in this cool climate which is ideal for students to study in. The schools present in the various hamlets around Elagiri include the Government School and St. Charles School which are primarily for day scholars. There are also three residential schools - Samaritan Residential Schools, Ebenezer Matriculation and Higher Secondary School and Evans Matriculation School. The Don Bosco has recently started an Arts and Science College for the benefit of the local community.

How to Reach Yelagiri

The nearest airports to Yelagiri, which handle both domestic and international flights, are those of Bangalore (192 km) and Chennai (217 km). Reaching here, one can hire a taxi to reach Yelagiri.

If you are coming by train from Bangalore, Chennai or Coimbatore you will get down at Jolarpettai Junction, the nearest railhead to Yelagiri. From Jolarpettai Junction you can take a cab or bus.

From Bangalore, take the Hosur Road, National Highway 7 and head towards Krishnagiri. The 4-lane National Highway is excellent and you should make it in less than 2 hours. At Krishnagiri, there's a toll-gate manned by the National Highways Authority. Pay your toll and at the second flyover (don't go over the flyover), take the service road towards the left. This road goes to Chennai. Take the left and for the next hour or so, drive on NH46. You'll come to another toll-station. Pay and drive for a few minutes till you see Vanni Matriculation Higher Secondary School. Further up you'll see a sign 'Elagiri' (36 km) indicated by a 'U' turn arrow and that you need to keep left, take the 'U' turn, go under the bridge and on to the road towards Thirupathur. That's the road you need to get on to. Drive for about 7 kilometers. On the left, you'll see a big sign board 'Tamil Nadu Tourism Department Welcomes You'. Turn left at this junction, there's a sign board pointing towards Yelagiri.

Bangalore to Yelagiri 159.8 km via NH48
Bangalore to Yelagiri 209.9 km via NH75
Yelagiri to Yercaud 147.9 km via SH18
Chennai to Yelagiri 230.4 km via Vellore to Chennai Rd and NH48

From Chennai, take the NH4 Bangalore Road, and head towards Vellore via Arcot. From Vellore continue on to Ambur and then towards Vaniyambadi. On the highway about 45 km from the toll gate, watch out for the signboard pointing towards Yelagiri (22 km).
From Coimbatore, take NH 47 as far as Salem, from there take a left to Krishnagiri. From there follow the route from Bangalore detailed above.

 

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