Unlike the popular hill stations elsewhere in the country, Yelagiri is an ideal place for quiet relaxation and reconnecting with friends and family devoid of clamour and crowd. Nonetheless there are a few places you could visit on Yelagiri outside Peter’s Hill Crest.
Punganoor Artificial Lake
The most popular landmark of Yelagiri Hills is the lake. Many visitors – especially the ones who hop in just for a day – tend to take the short walk and go on a boat ride. While the kids play in the adjoining park, the adults could take a walk around the lake. Worth it, simply because it helps pass time and kids can have fun too.
Nature Park is close to Punganoor Lake. Spread over an area of 12 acres, the park is home to many species of plants that are specially selected to suit the rocky terrain of the region. There is an artificial cascade or the waterfall, where bathing facility is available. In the evenings a musical fountain with multi-colored lighting dances to the popular numbers. There is also an aquarium that features varieties of fish and tortoises. Other attractions in the park include the seasonal garden, bamboo house, poly house and many more.
Misty Mornings and Golden sun sets at the Hair pin bends
The 14 Hair Pin Bends found while scaling the Yelagiri Hills that are named after famous Tamil poets and kings of the yester years offers a breath-taking views of the plains below. You can enjoy the clouds sailing by in the mornings, as you breathe in the pristine air with the fragrance of eucalyptus and other herbs or in the evening, the sun setting over the Deccan plateau flooding the plains with the golden light.
Little streams that run through the valleys of Yelagiri Hills, feed into each other to form a waterfall at Jadaiyanoor village at the foot of the hill. It is 40 kms by road from the main town Athanavoor on Yelagiri hills via Tirupattur in the plains. Jalagamparai Waterfalls is an ideal place to go on a day long trek through the forest trail. The path is also studded with spectacular picnic spots enroute. The flow of water in the cascade depends entirely on the rainfall and goes dry when there is no rain.
Swamimalai is the highest peak around and the best place to go on a lovely trek be it rain or shine. An easy trek along a muddy path stretching for about 3km from Mangalam village offers you scenic views of the entire Yelagiri below and the Astor-physics observatories on Javadhi hills 40 km away.
Located close to the lake, this temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan – the younger son of Lord Shiva – the God of the Hills and the Tamils. You can take a moment to heave a prayer as you walk up to the temple over the neatly laid stone steps.