Located near Vellore, Jawadhu Hills is a 4-hour drive from Chennai. These hills are part of the Eastern Ghats range, a serene, not too popular place for the weekend. With a canopy of trees over it, the road to Jawadhu is nothing short of amazing. If you’re fond of biking, this is a great place to ride to! Just 60 km from Vellore is the small town of Jamunamarathur, the base for the hills. The drive involves a 30+ kms section through a dense forest. Even on a bright day, the temperatures inside the forest are at least 10 degrees lower. You can also trek in these hills with the help of local guides. Forest trails and dreamy landscapes, this place is a haven for nature lovers.
There are also a couple of waterfalls in these hills (Amrithi falls and Bheema falls) which flow heavily during monsoon (September to December). Astronomy addicts, Jawadhu hills has been touted as one of the best places for stargazing and has the least light pollution. Also, Kavalur ISRO observatory is situated on top of a small hill, and if you get permission you can stargaze through their massive telescope! Either way, you can get tucked into your warm blankie and watch the universe!
Pro-Tip: Go in groups as it may not be safe to travel alone.
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