|Duration:||3 Days / 2 Nights||Language:||Hindi Tamil English|
Call us: - 092 666 55 444 to speak to our tour planners
||Best Time to Visit:||Jan Feb Mar May Jun Oct Nov Dec|
|Primary Activities:||Boating Culture Tour Hills & Mountains Nature Walk Tribal Tour Village Tour Walking Tour||Other Activities:||Food Safari Photography Wine Tour|
|Nearest City:||Chennai Yelagiri||Nearest Airport:||Chennai International Airport ( Chennai MAA )|
|Nearest Railway Station:||CHENNAI CENTRAL ( MAS )||Activity Level:||Basic|
|Traveler:||Domestic International||Transportation:||Taxi Service is also available from Chennai Book a Taxi: 092 666 55 444, 95 83 83 83 83|
|Trip Code:||Tam/Che/adm/050||Wild Tour:||Culture Tours Family Group Weekend Relax|
Yelagiri Hill is one of the popular
hill stations of Tamil Nadu. Situated amidst four mountains well known for its
salubrious climate prevail throughout the year. Tribal people live in villages
in these hills. Yelagiri Hills is for easy-paced, relaxed weekends an ideal
getaway from the hustle, bustle and madness of the city. No Internet, no mobile
phones and no deadlines. Just relax! Put your feet up; catch up on some reading
in this quiet environment, where the only sound you'll hear is the chirping of
birds. You can do just about anything you want. For instance, you could trek up
those rugged hillocks or go on long walks through narrow roads, explore the
green surroundings of this rural retreat. Or perhaps you'd like to head towards
the lake nearby for some leisure boating or just squat on a bench in the
adjoining children's park and watch the kids play away to glory. Yelagiri
comprises 14 small villages. The tribal people who live here are engaged in
agriculture, horticulture, forestry, etc. Their customs, habits, and the
structure if their houses are very unique and attract tourists.
Jalagamparai Waterfalls - Jalagamparai waterfalls are a 5 km trek from Yelagiri downhill. Its a tough trek, but the view from the sides of the mountain, of the valley, is truly rewarding. April probably is not a good time to visit the falls, as there is no water this time of the year. Recently there was no water in the falls. A tea shop owner said that there has been no water in this falls for the past 5 years. The tourist taxi operator may give you false information that recently there were some rain in this area and there may be water in the falls. His objective is to get money for the number of kilometers he runs the vehicle and not tourists' interest and pleasure. Just check this with somebody before you make a trip to this place. Otherwise it is a wasted trip. Especially if you go in the hot sun between 10AM to 12:30AM you will get headache. At the same time if one is interested in seeing the villages and the green pastures it may be fine. Next to the falls there is a temple at the top.
Boating on Punganur Lake This is an artificial lake, excavated in an area of 57 sq meters. The Elagiri Hills Development and Tourism Promotion Society runs the Boat Club, with pedaling and rowing boats. There is a newly laid flori cultural garden with a pathway along the bund with a panoramic view of the lake on one side and the garden on the other. A connecting bridge leads the pathway around the lake. The pathway around the lake is particularly good for birding. There is also a small watch tower constructed next to a tree which can be climbed. Even though the water is not clear, the lake is pretty clean.For four seater pedal boat.
Science / Educational Vainu Bappu Solar Observatory (Elagiri): One of the largest solar observatories, it is situated in Kavalur, located 35 km from Thiruppathur, near Yelagiri. Prior permission is required to visit this observatory Farm visits: Rose farms provide an interesting detour. For Everyone- There is a "KODAI VIZHA ground" which is a lovely ground with beautiful paths for walking. This is now be updated [May 08] to the Nature park . A lovely 10 acre campus with an artificial fall, an aquarium, musical fountain in the evenings and amazing landscaping. It has 2 shows in musical fountain 7PM and 8PM. Very nice with gallery like setup and playing some 4 songs each in Hindi & Tamil. The latest addition is the Nilavoor lake - more of a pond, with a few boats. Dont miss the ancient hero stines featured in the ancient temple - each of an archer pointing towards the 4 directions.
Trekking Swami Malai- not to be confused with the town of Swamimalai, near Kumbakonam, the highest peak, soaring to 4,338 ft from Mangalam, a hamlet at its base, takes the cake. It’s an easy climb of about an hour with infrequent breaks (about a 1000 foot climb). Smaller peaks like Javadu Hills, Palamathi Hills and others are an easier climb. Start early though and be back before 9AM, for once the sun climbs up it can get rather uncomfortable.
Uphill Trek - for 4km can be fun when in groups. Don’t forget to carry water, you will not find a drop of water to drink once you reach the hilltop. You can see the clouds touching the lush green hills in early morning- an amazing sight. Make sure you wear sneakers as the trek can be a treacherous climb. You can hire locals from the village to help you as guide on your trek for around Rs 300. It takes 2-3 hrs to climb the top of the hill, depending on your speed and agility. It is suggested to take frequent pit stops and enjoy the greenery. You can follow a radio tower beyond the Samaritan School on the hill top as you ascend- you can also follow the pathway laid by locals to guide your way up. Once you reach the top, you will see a small temple near the radio tower. Legend claims that the god in the temple saves people from being attacked by bears and evil spirits. You can climb a huge rock near the tower with the help of an iron ladder to take a breathtaking view of the valley beneath, nestled between the lush green forest and mountains- a true nature lover's paradise. You can find a few shortcuts routes downhill-- true trekkers can try out these
Upon your arrival at Chennai airport / railway station and proceed to Yelagiri. On arrival check into the hotel. In the rest time start Boating at Yelagiri Lake, Mini Zoo. Overnight stay at hotel in Yelagiri.
After morning breakfast start enjoy the local sightseeing of Yelagiri covering Punganoor Lake, Nature Park, Herbal Farm , Jalagamparai Falls & Hills. Return back to the hotel for dinner & overnight stay at Yelagir.
After breakfast, check out of the hotel. Drive to Bangalore and transfer to airport for your onward journey.