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Yelagiri also known as Elagiri is a small hill station sited between the towns of Vaniyambadi and Jolarpettai. The hill station dates back to the British colonial days.
The whole of this region was once the personal property of the Zamindar Family. It was taken over by the Government of India during the Early 1950s. The house of the Yelagiri Zamindars still exists in Reddiyur
This hill station is not as urbanized as other hill stations in Tamil Nadu like Ooty and Kodaikanal. However, the district administration has now taken up the chore of developing Yelagiri Hills into a tourist destination by encouraging adventure sports such as paragliding and rock climbing.
It is a hill station located at an altitude of 1,110.6 metres above Mean Sea Level and surrounded by orchards, rose-gardens, and green valleys in the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu, situated off the Vaniyambadi-Tirupattur Road.
The road to this hill station is well constructed and punctuated with the milestones and signboards. Petrol pumps are sufficient, making travel convenient and effortless.
It is one of the famous places for trekkers in India and it comprises 14 hamlets and a number of temples spread over several hills.
The highest point here is the Swamimalai Hill, standing tall at 4,338 ft; a popular destination for trekkers. The view from the apex is amazing.
The hill offers a good number of trekking trails through thick reserved forests. There are other trekking options that include smaller peaks like Javadi Hills and Palamathi Hills.
These hills is also home to hundreds of snakes.
The famous Yelagiri Summer festival celebrated during the end of month of May organised by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Board. Stalls from different departments, Flower shows, various cultural programs and Dog Show with a variety of dog breeds are conducted every year.
People from all over the State and other parts of the country participate in this annual festival.
The other sightseeing in the vicinity of Yelagiri are as follows:
Punganoor Artificial Lake-cum-Park is the most popular landmark of Yelagiri Hills. It is an artificial lake having depth of 25 feet.
Jalagamparai Waterfalls, situated at a distance of 14 km from Tirupattur. The murmuring River Attaru flows through the Yelagiri Hills, and drops down to form a highly captivating waterfall