by mohan2016

Yelagiri is a hill station in Tamilnadu located close to Chennai. Hill stations are a welcome relief from the heat wave conditions experienced in the tropical plains of India.

Yelagiri is a mild hill station since its altitude is very low for a hill station. At an altitude of less than 1000 m, the summer in Yelagiri could be warmer than most other hill stations in India. Yet thousands of people flock to Yelagiri during summer months as the nearby plains are much warmer.

That said, I love Yelagiri for the very many surprises it holds. It is less commercial and therefore it is set in a more natural environment. It also holds a special place for trekkers and astronomy enthusiasts. That makes it a natural choice as a weekend getaway for people from Chennai and Bengaluru.

Where to stay at Yelagiri

Hotel reviews

The choice of hotel depends purely on the purpose of the visit. If we are going on a family vacation just to relax, I would recommend a Hotel Sterling or a Hotel Landmark. Both the hotels are well maintained and have good service levels. Both the hotels are located close to the main town and the lake.

But if one is going there to do lots of physical activity, I would recommend Hotel Kumara Raja Palace. This one looks a bit removed from the main town, though not far from it. The roads leading to the hotel are an excellent treat for walkers and joggers. The main town itself is small and not overcrowded. But this place is even better with very little vehicular movement and so less pollution. We would see more of trees and less of human population here.

If an astronomy enthusiast happens to visit Yelagiri, he is well advised to stay off the main town. Even with a thin population, there is some light pollution that could blur the night sky. So one should look at staying far away from the main town. One such property is located near Mangalam Village by name YMCA camp. Managed by YMCA, it is a delight for any nature lovers. For astronomy enthusiasts, this is probably the last place available in Tamilnadu where one could spot milky way.



Yelagiri through my lens

Photo gallery
Yelagiri Nature Park
Yelagiri Nature Park
A view of the Yelagiri Lake
A view of the Yelagiri Lake
Musical Fountain in Yelagiri
Musical Fountain in Yelagiri

When is the best time to visit Yelagiri?

Best seasons

Frankly, I would love to visit Yelagiri anytime of the year. But Yelagiri is better enjoyed in the winter and rainy seasons. During the two summer months of April and May, the Sun could be a bit too harsh for a hill station. Even the, Yelagiri would be better than the nearby plains that would be scorching under the summer Sun.

Yelagiri does not have a severe winter and so one could spend their time in Yelagiri with their normal clothes. A sweater could be handy here but the absence of it won't hurt badly. Yelagiri is best enjoyed outdoors and one must remember to carry their sneakers for the long walks, jogging and trekking.

Yelagiri is well connected by roads and a drive from Chennai or Bengaluru is in itself a worthwhile experience.

Updated: 01/23/2016, mohan2016
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