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Yelagiri Bucket List : 9 Must-See Tourist Attractions

Updated on August 6, 2019
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I am a marketing professional holding a postgraduate degree in management. I have traveled extensively in Tamil Nadu.

Jalagamparai falls trek
Jalagamparai falls trek | Source

Yelagiri is a small hill station in North Tamil Nadu. It takes a 4-hour drive from Chennai or a 3-hour drive from Bengaluru to get there. It is a perfect weekend getaway for the residents of Chennai and Bengaluru. The word "yela" means "cardamom" in Tamil and "giri" means "hill". Cardamom and pepper are the spices grown in this hill.

An Off-Season Hill Station

At an altitude of over 1100 meters, Yelagiri never gets too chill but stays pleasant enough throughout the year. It can get a little hot during summer months from March to May. So Yelagiri is best visited on other months considered as off-season period for hill stations. The weather at Yelagiri motivates one to explore the outdoors and stay active.

9 Gorgeous Places to Visit in Yelagiri

1. Punganoor lake

2. Nature Park

3. A walk amidst the woods

4. Jalagamparai waterfalls

5. Fundera Park

6. Thrill Valley

7. Mangalam Village Trek

8. Velavan Temple &

9. Panchayat Fruits Garden

Continue scrolling for more information about each of these places.

Punganoor lake.
Punganoor lake. | Source

1. Punganoor Lake

It is a small artificial lake in the middle of the town with the picturesque hills serving as a backdrop. There is a boathouse offering row boats of various sizes. One can have a lovely view of the surrounding hills from the lake.

A park next to the lake offers rides such as Giant Wheel and merry-go-round. There is a canteen inside this park selling tea, coffee, ice cream, snacks and fresh-water fish. The road leading to the lake is full of vendors selling fruits such as star fruit, lichi, jack fruit, Indian Blackberry (Naga Pazham in Tamil) and Mangosteen (Mangustan in Tamil).

Nature park, Yelagiri
Nature park, Yelagiri | Source

2. Nature Park

Nature park spans over 10 acres on the main road opposite to the lake. This should not be confused with the small park attached to the lake. This is an expansive garden worth spending a couple of hours. The full tour of the garden may take an hour by walk but one can hang around for long.

Musical fountain show is conducted in the evening time during weekends. One needs luck as the show could get cancelled in case of rains. Flash showers arrive with little notice.

Nature Walk
Nature Walk | Source

3. A Walk Amidst the Woods

There is a road tucked deep inside Yelagiri connecting Hotel Kumararaja Palace to Mangalam village through the telephone exchange tower. This stretch is devoid of any buildings after crossing the telephone exchange. We can walk on this road with just the greenery and chirping birds for company.

Other than the occasional school vans and bikes, this place is deserted but safe enough for small groups to venture. It offers plenty of photo opportunities for bird lovers. This is an offbeat attraction unknown even to locals. If you plan to walk here, ask for directions to go to the telephone exchange tower near Hotel Kumararaja Palace. You can park your vehicle on the roadside and walk from there.

Jalagamparai falls
Jalagamparai falls | Source

4. Jalagamparai Waterfalls

Attaru is a seasonal river in Yelagiri hills that feeds the Jalagamparai Waterfalls. The waterfall should be visited from October to January soon after the rainy season. There are two routes to this waterfall. One can trek from Yelagiri hills to reach the waterfall. The trek takes 3 to 4 hours, and many finds this to be a rewarding experience.

The easier route to reach the waterfall is to take the road. We took our car during the only time we visited this falls. Many say trekking is what makes this place special. I have added this trek to my bucket list.

Macaw parrot at Fundera Park
Macaw parrot at Fundera Park | Source

5. Fundera Park

The major attraction inside the park is the aviary where we can get closer to the birds such as large parrots, sparrows and love birds. We get to feed birds from our palms. The birds receive the right care from the team managing the aviary.

There is a petting zone where one gets to feed rabbits, goats and guinea pigs. In addition, the park has a 7D theater stimulating the experience of a roller coaster ride. Other attractions inside the park include the fish spa, the pony ride and the bamboo cafe. The park offers spectacular views of the nearby hills.

Can you locate this at Yelagiri?
Can you locate this at Yelagiri? | Source

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6. Thrill Valley

This is a new attraction in Yelagiri town for kids. Many activities such as Human Slingshot, dune buggy, water zorbing, kids basket, vortex tunnel, dino bridge, bungee trampoline, wall climbing, wild twister bridge and zurfing are on offer. It is worth a visit for families with kids.

The starting point in Mangalam Trek
The starting point in Mangalam Trek | Source

7. Mangalam Trek

My trip to Yelagiri is never complete without the Mangalam trek. One needs to park the car in the open space near the Amman temple in Mangalam village. Friendly villagers would help you with directions in case you don't know where to begin. The trek takes two hours to reach the top of Swamimalai hills.

One can trek for a shorter distance and return based on their comfort. We usually trek for one hour and then return before reaching the summit. It is a mild trek with stone stairs and mud path suitable for anyone who enjoys long walks. If one likes the feeling of being surrounded by nature and clean air, Mangalam trek is the answer.

Velavan Temple
Velavan Temple | Source

8. Velavan Temple

This is the temple right at the beginning of the road leading to Landmark Hotel. One has to walk several steps before reaching the temple. This temple is at an elevated level compared to its surroundings. It offers mesmerizing views of the surrounding hills. This temple is dedicated to Lord Muruga, who has many abodes atop hills.

Panchayat Fruits Garden, Yelagiri
Panchayat Fruits Garden, Yelagiri | Source

9. Panchayat Fruits Garden

This is a small nondescript farm managed by local authorities on the road from lake towards Mangalam village. It is an offbeat attraction not frequented by regular travelers. Please take the help of locals to locate the place.

The gardeners maintaining the place know only Tamil and are not trained to handle tourists. But once the ice is broken, they take us around the garden. We can pick up fresh fruits plucked in front of our eyes and saplings from this place. Guava and jack fruits are the specialties grown in this garden.

Hotel Kumararaja Palace, Yelagiri
Hotel Kumararaja Palace, Yelagiri | Source

Travel, Stay and Food

How to Get There?

One can take a train to Jolarpet from Chennai or Bengaluru. From Jolarpet, one can take a bus or taxi to reach Yelagiri. Chennai and Bengaluru residents can reach Yelagiri by car.

Stay and Food

The stay options worth considering are Hotel Kumararaja Palace with its majestic facade, Sterling resorts with its contemporary look and the Landmark hotel with its expansive space. Though a close call between the three, Landmark hotel wins my vote because of its restaurant. For non-vegetarian food, one can try a restaurant by name Hotel Nigress that serves North Indian and South Indian dishes.

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    • Babu Mohan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mohan Babu 

      5 weeks ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Prantika. I am sure you would have a great time when you visit Yelagiri.

    • Prantika Samanta profile image

      Prantika Samanta 

      5 weeks ago from Kolkata, India

      I have heard of Yelagiri and would like to visit the place. You have provided a lot of information about the place, stay and how to reach there. It's in my bucket list now.

    • Babu Mohan profile imageAUTHOR

      Mohan Babu 

      4 months ago from Chennai, India

      Thank you Eman for your valuable comments. It is an unique place with a pleasant weather and clean air.

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      Eman Abdallah Kamel 

      4 months ago from Egypt

      It is a really unique place with so beautiful nature.

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