Yelagiri – Weekend getaway for trekkers

Roadtrip to Yelagiri from Chennai

This year my resolution was to do a trip every month, so far so good! January was the beautiful, relaxing Varkala and February I got a pleasant surprise to review a car, so took it to Yelagiri.

Yelagiri is a hill station, located 220 kms from Chennai and 160 kms from Bangalore. It is more of a trekking spot than a sight-seeing place. On the other hand, Yercaud (which is another 150 kms from Yelagiri) offers both the experiences.

En route Yelagiri, tamil nadu,

The right plan…

I will write about what we did, below, but before that I would like to give you an idea of how to do this Yelagiri trip. It is a trekking spot and the best time to trek from my experience from Yercaud trek, is in the mornings.

Plan a two day trip to Yelagiri. Try to reach your resort/hotel by sunset, so as to catch a glimpse of the sunset, I’m sure it’s stunning. Stay the night in your resort and preferably ask the resort to arrange for a guide to take to trekking to hidden waterfalls and temples in the forest in the hills.

Day2, get up, get ready and start your trek early. Come back to your hotel around lunch time, enjoy the lunch, take a nap, watch another sunset and drive back home. There is a small lake, Punganur lake, in Yelagiri where you can go baoting as well. That would make a perfect weekend getaway.

Punganur lake, yelagiri, Tamil Nadu

Punganur lake, Yelagiri, Tamil Nadu


Kids wait for their turn to go boating :)

Punganur lake, yelagiri, Tamil Nadu


What we did!

We reached Yelagiri by noon, with a lot of stops to take some photos of the car and highway, stopped in Vellore for breakfast. As soon as we reached there we found out that it wasn’t as good as Yercaud and it was too late in the day to go trekking, especially when one is not mentally prepared. So we headed back home with a lot to write about the car and the driving experience.

IF there is more to do in Yelagiri, please do let me know, I will try to go there again.

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