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Monday, July 04, 2005

Yelagiri -- Travelogue

They call it the poor man's Ooty.Yelagiri is a serene hill Station with plenty of Jackfruit and mangoes.Its an ideal retreat from the bustle of the city with the shortest uphill ascent.

LOCATION : Yelagiri is located in Tamil Nadu at 4500 feet above sea level. It is half an hour drive from Jolarpet Junction (near Vellore). There are regular buses to Yelagiri from Jolarpet Railway Station and from Thirupathur. The nearest airports are either Bangalore (140 Kms) or Chennai (215 kms).There are plenty of cabs/autos from Jolarpet too.The nearest Railway Station is Jolarpet Railway Station.

CLIMATE : The weather in Yelagiri is pleasant. Summers (April-June) are mild, while winters (November-February) are cool. Annual temperatures range from 11c - 29c.

ACCOMODATION :
Budget Hotels : YMCA , CRHSE (Centre for Rural Health and Social Education) (Room rates range from Rs.200 - 400 , Dormitory available too).
High End : Sterling Resorts , Hotel Hills, Madhura Hotels, Country Club Resorts,Taj ( Daily room rates range from Rs.1000 - 1500).

FOOD :
Madhura Hotel : One of the first hotels on the main road during the ascent.This hotel serves decent vegetarian food and is one of the few only vegetarian restaurant.
Others : Most of the above listed hotels have a restaurant too.

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS :
Yelagiri Lake : A small lake which has both pedal and row boats.
Jalagamparai Waterfalls : This beautiful waterfalls is located at the foot of the Yelagiri hills.However, there might very little water during the summer.
Murugan Temple : Located near the Yealgiri lake , this temple has wonderful view of the hills.
Sericulture farm : Situated close to the main market, this farm offers a glimpse of the silkworms.

PERSONAL EXPERIENCES : The first thing that struck me was the peacefulness and solitude of the place. None of the mobile phone providers have service here and that means no disturbance from mobiles (Though Reliance works at some places). Its amazing that the climb was just half an hour from the foothills and still the place was quite cool.

TRAVEL TIPS : The best time to travel is anytime except the monsoons.Please bring in Cameras & Binoculars and a woolen shawl/sweater during winters.Enjoy the morning walks and treks.There is plenty of action for trekkers.If you Want to spend a quiet weekend away from the chaos of the city, then Yelagiri is the ideal place !

4 Comments:

  • cool destination...hope you got relieved from hot summer effects of chennai

    By Blogger Ram C, at 2:05 PM  

  • Ram.C -- yeah. It was a good break from the heat of Chennai.

    By Blogger Cogito, at 12:31 PM  

  • Pleased I came across your page as I am currently reading Kenneth Anderson's "The Black Panther of Sivanipalli". The setting is the Yellagiri Hills and he mentions aspects of Jolarpet. My special interest is Jolarpet because I was a child there (ca late 1930s) when my father was on the former MSM railway. We migrated to Australia in 1946 and have lived in and around Perth since that time.
    I am a grandfather now (aged 71) and delight in regaling my offspring with tales of India.
    Fred F

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:59 PM  

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