Last updated on March 13th, 2020 at 04:44 am


Yelagiri located in the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu, about the distance of 230 km from Chennai and 180 km from Bangalore. It shares its border with the two cities of Jolarpettai and Vaniyambadi. It is one of the most popular hill stations near Chennai. It is a beautiful hill station enclosed by lakes, valleys, green hills, rose gardens, and flowerbeds. This is the best spot for a short trip weekend gateway from Chennai. This tranquil location sits at an elevation of 1,110.6 meters above sea level and covers 30 square kilometers.

History of the Place:

This place was once a reserved property has its place to the Yelagiri Zamindar family. It was taken over by the Indian government in the early 1950s. You can still go to the ancestral home of the Yelagiri Zamindar family in Reddiyur. The Yelagiri is regularly spelled and called the Elagiri, and even in winter, it rains. So if you are scheduling to visit this place, have your umbrellas ready beside with sweaters and overcoats.

More important Places to visit in Yelagiri:

Yelagiri is generally known among trekkers also it is one of the hill stations near Chennai within 200km. Swamimalai is the peak point in Yelagiri at an elevation of 4,338 feet had a surprising view. It has numerous trekking ways available to reach the top of the hill. Being a tropical forest, it is full of flora and fauna. Palamathi Hills and Javadi Hills are other easiest trekking places.

Another popular attraction place in Yelagiri is Punganur Lake. This is a man-made artificial lake is best for boat rides and rowing events. The Mughal Garden, located close to the lake, also has children’s rides. If you want to see the waterfalls, the Jalagamparai Falls in the Attaaru River is the most visited place. For adventure seekers, there is a choice of paragliding and rock climbing. The hills are great for these sports events and some paragliding events and festivals going on here. YASA (Yelagiri Association of Adventure Sports) also arranges regular classes.

Unlike most waterfalls, where you need to look up to the loveliness of nature from a distance, you can bath under the constant flow of water. There is no entrance fee to see the waterfall and the Lord Shivan temple following it. Yelagiri also has a Government Silk Farm, which is a great place to visit. It is famous for Mulberry agricultural estate and Silkworm cultivation. The person who works here provides a trip to Mulberry field. They also show you how to get silk yarn from silkworms. This could be open for all the days between 6 am to 6 pm.

Best time: Between September and March

Elevation: 1110 mts.

Trip Duration: 2-3 Days

Attractions and place to visit nearby: 

  • Swamimalai Point
  • Palamathi Hills
  • Javadi Hills
  • Punganur Lake
  • Jalagamparai Waterfall
  • Yelagiri Lake
  • Nature Park
  • Yelagiri Adventure Camp
  • Nilavoor Lake
  • Telescope Observatory
  • Jalagandeeswarar Temple

Day wise Itinerary:

Day 1 –Reach Yelagiri in the afternoon. Then had lunch and take a peaceful stroll over Nature Park. In the evening, go to the Velavan Temple.

Day 2 – Visit the Punganur Lake Park for boat riding. Then, visit the Waterfall of Jalagamparai. After lunch, look into the Government Herbal Farm and then visit Telescope Observatory.

Day 3 – After breakfast, goes trekking in the Swamimalai Hills. Avoid this trekking for the duration of the monsoons. Those interested in para-gliding can attend the events that are held all over the year.


The Yelagiri Summer Festival is usually held in May month every year. The festival hosting many events, which is spread over two days, is planned by the Tourism Development Board of Tamil Nadu. This includes a screening of local films and cultural events by professional artists and students. Many stalls have been set up to showcase items like flowers, local foodstuffs, and other items. Also, conducts a dog show and a boathouse at the festival.

How to Reach

Distance: 229 KM from Chennai

Nearest Airport: Bangalore International Airport

Nearest Railway Station: Jolarpettai