If Ooty is known as ‘The Queen of the hills’, Yelagiri will soon follow as ‘The Princess of the hills’. Easy to access and comfortably located, Yelagiri is just 254kms from Chennai and 160kms from Bangalore. Tourists who choose Yelagiri confirm that unlike other holiday destinations, it is not crowded and is certainly nature at its very best.
Punganoor Lake and Boating & Park
An artificial lake situated in the center of the Yelagiri Hills having 56.70 Sq.mt. area is called Punganoor Lake. The Yelagiri Hill Development and Tourism Promotion Society maintains the park and boating facility in the lake. Fountain in the center of the lake is an added attraction. Inside the garden, children play materials are installed to recreate the kids.
Near the Punganoor Lake, a herbal farm, is maintained by the Forest Department with rare herbals used in the Sidda and Ayurvedic medical treatments.
Park near the Kodai Vizha Thidal
A good park is being formed at Kodai Vizha Thidal to entertain tourists.
At the entrance of the Ghat Road, a telescope has been installed to enable the tourists to view the deep slope, green valley and Jolarpet plains.
Lord Murugan Temple, situated on the highest peak of the Yelagiri Hills offers panoramic view of the entire hill area. The statue of Kadothgajan in a standing posture in front of this hill temple is an attraction for the tourists. Velavan Temple festival is being celebrated every year during the month of July by local people and other devotees who gather here.
Jalagamparai Water Falls
The river 'Attaru' in the Yelagiri hill flows down at Jadayanur after height of 30 mts. Bathing in this Waterfalls cure many diseases because it passes through various herbal plants in the hills. One can reach this waterfalls by a trek route 7Km from Athanavur. A temple in the shape of Shivalinga with the deity of Lord Muruga is situated near the waterfalls. From this falls one can reach Tirupathur by Bus.
Possibly the highest peak around and the best place to go on a lovely trek is Swamimalai. It's an easy trek along a muddy path starting from the eastern side of the lake, which is about 3 kilometres long and pretty scenic too. Most visitors to Yelagiri Hills, who have trekking in mind, often climb up Swamimalai. Make sure you have enough water and light snacks before you set-off up the hillock.