Most cities in Tamil Nadu are quite hot and humid, but if you look past the towering buildings and wide roads, the state is home to many delightful places with pleasant weather. One of the most popular and well-known weekend getaways in Tamil Nadu is Yelagiri. Located in the district of Vellore, it is at a height of 1410 meters and spreads over 30 square kilometers. Apart from salubrious weather and verdant hillocks, the place is covered with orchards, rose gardens and massive valleys.
While Yelagiri may not be the most developed hill station like Ooty or Kodaikanal, the district administration promotes adventure sports that are undertaken here like paragliding and rock climbing. For trekkers, Yelagiri is a great place. The best to trek is the Swamimalai Hill that towers to 4338 feet. Other suitable trekking routes snake through the Javadi Hills and Palamathi Hills. Other worthwhile places to visit are the Punganoor Artificial Lake-Park, Jalagamparai Waterfalls etc.
The residents of Yelagiri mainly consist of native tribes that have been living here for centuries. These tribes claim to migrate from the plains of Kanchipuram district. Yelagiri is quite known for the eponymous Yelagiri Summer Festival. It is organized by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Board in May end and is a perfect showcase of the culture that thrives here. Various cultural programs, dog shows, flower shows etc. take place here.
How to visit
The nearest airports are Bangalore and Chennai. You can catch buses or taxis from these cities to reach Yelagiri.