Bored of your hectic and uncompromising schedule and thinking of de-stressing on vacation? If going to a calm place without any traffic and pollution, doing nothing an abundance of natural scenic beauty blanketed by cool climate and silent surroundings is what you want, then Yelagiri is ideal option for you. Situated in Tirupattur district, this small hill station of Tamil Nadu is the perfect weekend getaway from the troublesome load of the city.
Yelagiri, or as it is affectionately called as Poor Man's Ooty, lies in the Tirupattur District of Tamilnadu. Yelagiri is situated at a height of about 1110 meters above the sea level. The area comprises of fourteen hamlets that sum together to make up Yelagiri. Since the hill-town is not as commercialised as the other hill stations of the region it still encompasses beauty in its raw form. The lush greens of the nature and the peaceful attitude of the place makes Yelagiri a splendid destination for weekend getaways. With the temperature being moderate all-round the year, Yelagiri sprawls with the green slopes, Rose gardens and orchards all along. The hill-town was found in the colonial era and is well known for its breath-taking hair pin bends that provide a captivating view. The little hill-town also let visitors indulge in activities like rock-climbing, paragliding and trekking. There are some enthralling treks that lead to beautiful destinations. Yelagiri is endowed with waterfalls, valleys, lakes, hills and temples. Wrapped quietly in the arms of four hills, the sleepy hill-town of Yelagiri is a break from the chaotic city life.
Since Yelagiri is known as a trekker's paradise, it is home to some mesmerizing treks. One can trek up to the Swamimalai Hills that is the highest point of the region and offers a panoramic view of Yelagiri. The place is laden with temples as each of the fourteen villages have Murugar temple, the local worshipped deity. One can walk till the Jalakamparai Waterfalls and enjoy the beautiful cascading sight. Punganoor Lake and Nature Park are another favourite tourist spots of Yelagiri and also offer boating facilities. The temples of Velavan and Jalagamdeshwar are famous in the area and devotees come here in large numbers on daily basis. Also Yelagiri has a science observatory called as Vainu Bappu Observatory or the Telescope Observatory which is known to house the largest Telescope of Asia. Herbal farms and silk farms that are maintained by the government are also of prime attraction. Yelagiri is also famous for producing the best honey available in Tamilnadu.
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