Yelagiri Hills: Extreme biking to a silent hill
Overview: Yelagiri Hills may not exactly fall in the category of a hill station, but its definitely a stress buster if we make it a 2-day trip so that its good for relaxation as well. This small hillock in Tamil Nadu is quite far from Bangalore as we realised when we set off on our bikes on a very early Sunday morning. We started from our house at around 5am considering the distance. We crossed the Karnataka border very quickly and in no time we were cruising on NH7. On the way to Krishnagiri, we had our breakfast at A2B. At Krishnagiri, we turned left towards Bargur. At around 9:30, we found a board indicating directions for Yelagiri Hills. It was fun riding our bikes along hairpin bends. There are a total of around 14 hair pin bends which lead to the top of the hill. We were greeted by a Tamil Nadu tourism board indicating the places of tourist interest in Yelagiri. Being almost equidistant from both Bangalore and Chennai, this place attracts people from both the cities.
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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