Yelagiri is a small hill station in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu with a history dating back to colonial times. It was the private property of the zamindars but in the 1950s the government of India brought Yelagiri under its jurisdiction.
Yelagiri is a haven for backpackers and picnikers. Known for its wonderful climate, Yelagiri is a place to visit throughout the year. You should book in advance as it is not easy to get rooms here at short notice during the weekends. Here are a few places to visit in Yelagiri.
Another place to see in Yelagiri is the Jalagaparai Waterfalls. You will have to trek your way to here. Although the trek is tough, the view you get from the side of the mountain makes up for it.
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Hair Pin Bends
The road to Yelagiri is famous for its 14 hair pin bends which are named after Tamil poets. On the 12th bend you can see an observatory. You will come across wild monkeys, ox and goats on the way. Do not try feeding them. Do remember to carry your binoculars so that you may enjoy the view.
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Things to remember
Keep an eye on your petrol tank as there are very few gas stations on the way with the last one being in the plains. Carry a spare tyre and also keep a tool kit handy as repair shops too are also few. Have a first-aid kit with you along with any regular medicines. Yelagiri has a government health care centre and a private clinic.
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Shopping and Eating
There is not much you can shop here but Yelagiri is famous for its home made honey and Jackfruit. Do try out the local cuisines that are offered here as well.
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How to reach
By Air: Bangalore Airport (195 km) and Chennai Airport (217 km) are close to Yelagiri. Both these airports handle domestic and international flights.
By Train: The closest rail head to Yelagiri is Jolarpettai Junction. It is about 23 km away from Yelagiri. Trains coming from Chennai, Bangalore and Coimbatore stop here.
By Road: You can either take a bus or drive down to Yelagiri. It is well connected by Road from Ponneri. Regular bus services are available from cities like Tiruoathur, Bangalore, Chennai, Krishnagiri and Vanayambadi. You can also drive down from Bangalore, Chennai and Coimbatore. From Bangalore, you have to take the NH 7 towards Krishnagiri, from Chennai you will have to take the NH 4 and head towards Vellore and from Coimbatore you can take the NH 47 to Salem and then arrive at Krishnagiri.
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