Visit to Yelagiri
We made a sudden unplanned visit to Yelagiri. One of our neighbors had been there a few years back and they suggested the Zeenat Taj Garden (not related to the Taj group) as being very homely and nice. So we decided to stay there.
Yelagiri is a quiet hill station off Krishnagiri, near Ambur on the Bangalore-Chennai highway. It is around 150 kms from Bangalore. So the road is excellent.
How to reach there:
On the Blr-Chennai highway after taking a left to Krishnagiri, cross the first toll gate. Look for the Yelagiri sign-board and take a U-turn and go below the bridge leading to Tirupathur. We immediately enter the state highway. After driving for a few kms on this highway, take a left to Yelagiri Hills at the TN tourism arch. There are a lot of sign boards to direct us.
The ghats are a short drive with around 14 hair pin bends. We are greeted by monkey brigands on our way uphill. After reaching Yelagiri, Zeenat Taj Garden is one of first hotels we encounter.
This is a 11-acre orchard sprinkled with cottages and play areas. The cottages themselves are very nicely furnished and clean. The food, very homely and easy on the stomach with a wide spread of dishes.
What to do in Yelagiri:
This is a quiet hill station not too very touristic yet. The place is really green. We reached there by saturday afternoon and spent a while playing with the badminton racquets and balls that we had taken. After lunch, we rested a while before making our trek upto sunset point. This is a very short walk through the brambles of the hills for around 20 minutes and a slightly steep rocky climb for around 10 mins.
The sunset point offers a beautiful view of the towns below and of course, the hills. Once back, we visited the musical fountain in the nearby park.
The next morning we spent walking around the fruit orchard within the place where we were staying. We managed to spot a beautiful paradise fly catcher bird in that calm surroundings.
Apparently all fruit trees are full of fruits in summer. They have mango, guava, litchi, water apple, jackfruit and a few other trees. So it might be a good time to plan a visit then. After the walk around the orchard, we went over for boating and a visit to the park.
The park is just about ok. The lake is small and very clean.
One thing that many people do is a trek to Swami Malai, the highest point in the hills. They say the trek is around 2 hours. With a little one, the trek may not be advisable.
Dont forget to take the nice cycles on hire provided by the tourism department. This building is opposite Hotel Nigress and Zeenat Taj Gardens. The cycles are decently maintained. We hired cycles for an hour and cycled around the place. Our little one was thrilled riding pillion on the cycle :-).
Honey and jackfruit are available in plenty on the hills. So they may be worth a buy.
We left by afternoon from there. Another option is to stop by the Jalagamparai falls around 30 minutes from Yelagiri. We didnt do this because the locals told us water was very less now.
After that we returned home.. relaxing weekend at Yelagiri :-).