Yelagiri, a hill station located in the southeast state of Tamil Nadu, has the best enjoyable weather experiences throughout the year. Located above the sea level at the altitude of 3645 ft, there are 14 hairpin bends. While you travel through these hairpins, you can spot the panoramic view of the valley below and Once the ghat road ends, the town starts into the lush greenery. Surrounded by the Beautiful Orchards, Rose-gardens, and Green Valley, the hill station is home to hundreds of snakes and habituated plants.
Yelagiri is just a 3.5hours drive from Chennai and much less from Bangalore. Some of the best places to visit when you visit Yelagiri hills are,
1) Swamimalai Hills
Swamimalai hills are one of the tourist attractions in Yelagiri hills, which stands at an altitude of 4626 ft above sea level and is the highest peak in the hill station. It is one of the hotspots for trekking. One can enjoy the view of magnificent hills in the region. The locals assist visiting the hills for adventurous trekking. On reaching the top of the hill, there’s an iron ladder that can be used to view the eccentric view on the other side of the hills. The breath-taking view alongside the cool will make you feel like spending an entire day just gazing at the horizon. The place is blessed with flora and fauna and misty fog, which surprisingly gives a fresh breath of air during trekking.
The best time to visit the Swamimalai hills is from May to July. An early morning trip to this land of heaven is mesmerizing.
2) Jalagamparai Waterfalls
Jalagamparai Waterfalls are Located at the distance of 37kms from Athanur and Yelagiri. The Waterfalls are counted as the best tourist attraction by visitors and trekkers. The running Matharu streams flowing through the valleys of Yelagiri hills create spectacular fall indulging in the perfect spot for photography and picnic.
Jalagamparai Waterfall is counted for its medicinal values as the water flows through the medicinal plants and herbs and bathing in the waterfalls cures skin diseases. A plethora of bird species like Bay weaver, Spotted Munia, Paradise Flycatcher, etc can be spotted, while you visit the waterfalls.
The best time to visit the hills is during the monsoon season. You can try out adventurous activities like Paragliding, Mountain Biking, Jungle Safari while visiting these waterfalls.
3) Fundera Park
Fundera park is known as the paradise for Bird-lovers and Nature Enthusiasts. With more than 3000 species of exotic birds, You can enjoy watching the birds flying without the cages in the open reserve. Some of the birds and parrots have been trained to interact with the visitors and passers-by. While you visit Fundera Park, don’t miss to visit the bird watching zone and 7D theatre.
The best time to visit this park is from November to February if you’re lucky enough you might get to watch the flock of migratory birds flying high in the sky.
4) Nilavoor Lake
Nilavoor lake is a Nature’s bliss in Yelagiri. The lake is also known as the artificial lake, which proves the scenic beauty of nature. The lake is a famous picnic spot for families. The eccentric view of Lake is astoundingly serene and calm. You can enjoy boating and taking selfies in the picturesque lake
The best time to visit the lake is during the month between April and November. Make sure to watch the astounding lake during the dusk and dawn. You will be in awe of the beauty of the lake.
5) Punganoor Lake
The Punganoor lake cum Park is one of the tourist attractions in Yelagiri. While you visit this park, you can feel the serenity and tranquility of the place. You can do things like boating, taking photos, and going on a morning stroll near the lush greenery surrounding the lake.
There is a minimal entry fee that you will be required to pay to enter the park. The area surrounding the lake offers luxurious resorts and hotels.
6) Nature’s Park
Nature Park is the epitome of serene beauty with different types of flowers and an artificial Waterfall cascading in the park. The park has a well-maintained kids area, musical fountain, and a bamboo tree spot, which is well situated in the middle of the various types of flowers and plants.
The park is suitable for family outings. It is one of the best places of attractions, including a seasonal garden, poly houses, and other attractions, which shouldn’t be missed.
7) Telescope Observatory
The Vainu Bappu Observatory or Telescope Observatory is one of the main attractions in the Yelagiri hills. The Observatory is owned by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics and is sited at Kavalur in the Javadi Hills, Yelagiri. The observatory offers tourists a spectacular insight into the movement of celestial bodies. The telescope is so powerful that it can easily resolve a 25 paise coin kept forty kilometers away.
The telescope has been operated as a national facility and attracts tourists from all parts of India and outside the country. You can view the beautiful sight of the night sky from the telescope. It is always open for public visits. Make sure to visit during January to May for the observation of the stars.
8) Velavan Temple
Velavan temple also known as Murugan Temple is located in the small hills of Yelagiri, surrounded by lush slides of greenery. You can see the breathtaking view of the Valley of Yelagiri from here. The temple is located in the hilltop with a complex structure of viewing point. A festival is held in this temple and thousands of devotees visit the temple during the Aadi festival.
9) Government Herbal Farm
Government Herbal Farm is situated close to the beautiful Punganoor Lake and Athannur. The farm is one of the must-visit places in Yelagiri. It is home to many medicinal plants and herbs, which are used as Siddha and Ayurveda medicines.
The Farms are managed by the government of Tamil Nadu and they allow farm camping. Also, they host a special musical fountain show for the tourists which is amazingly beautiful, as these fountains are surrounded by greeneries.
Meanwhile, the best time Yelagiri, Hill station is from October to April. If you stay at a resort, make sure to enjoy the exciting Paragliding with experienced pilots for 30 minutes. You can also experience triple parallel Zip-lining, which is a great adventure activity. Well, you don’t fly with great heights and great speed every day. Right? There are instructors who will help you have a safe flight.
Also, the topography of the hill station makes it a favorite destination for a host of natural sports like Rock Climbing, Trekking, Boating with wonderful landscapes that will certainly make you have an unforgettable experience.