First of all we went for a lazy stroll on the Punganoor Lake, then ventured out for a small trek towards Swamimalai. We could see lot of people heading towards the top of the hill and was looking like a village fair. We came back after trekking for a while. There are a couple of waterfalls as well on the hills but unfortunately there was no water as we went there in the wrong season. Then after having lunch, we decided to head back. On the way back we went to the telescope point where a telescope was provided for a view of the hills far at a distance. We could see other bikers as well from Bangalore who had come all the way to Yelagiri.
We enjoyed the view and made our way back. The return trip was even better as the clouds began to show and it had become relatively cooler. At the end of the trip the total distance was around 350kms. So as mentioned, to enjoy the full beauty of this place it is always advisable to spend 2 days.
How to reach: Bus: KSRTC buses ply from Bangalore to Jolarpettai. From there, buses are available to reach Yelagiri hills.
Train: Train No 12608 Lalbagh express starts from Bangalore City at 6:30 am and reaches Jolarpettai at 08:44am. The return train 12609 departs from Jolarpettai at 05:08pm and reaches Yesvantpur at 8:05pm. There are a few trains after this as well.
By Bike/Car: Take the NH7 towards Hosur, at Krishnagiri, turn left towards Bargur road, at Bargur, ask for directions to reach Jolarpettai, from there Yelagiri is around 15 kms.
Food/Accommodation: Plenty of options available for food and stay in Yelagiri.
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