This Hidden Hill Station Has Something For Peeps Looking For Both Adventure & Quietude

Arun posted on 29 November

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Looking for a fun weekend getaway or a break from the heat? Head to Chennai’s closest hill station for your fix. With adventure sports to quiet walks, Yelagiri has got you covered.

What Makes It Awesome

Nestled next to the Chennai – Bangalore highway, Yelagiri is the break you need from the weekly grind. Approximately 230km away, the four and a half hour drive from Chennai is leisurely and relaxing, thanks to the massive 6 lane highway that connects Chennai and Bangalore. While public transport to Yelagiri is available, the preferred mode of transport for most is by car, simply because getting around Yelagiri is easier.

Going up the 14 hairpin bends that lie before Yelagiri is an experience in itself, and the vista you’re rewarded with at the top is spectacular. Yelagiri has got something for everyone. There are trails and treks aplenty, the biggest of which is the trek up to Swami Malai the highest peak in the area. Though be warned it’s best to trek early morning as it can get uncomfortably warm during midday.

What if that’s not enough excitement? Maybe you want to shoot arrows? Or Zipline across the canopy? Check out Ropes and Knots, one of three adventure parks in Yelagiri. The attractions are a bit of a splurge, with 15 mins of a paintball game setting you back INR 350 and one lap on an ATV costing INR 300. Being a predominantly weekend destination, the adventure parks will keep you busy during the sunlight hours, especially if you’re in a large group. For the quieter folk, there are nice parks to enjoy; perfect for that book you’ve always been wanting to read (Entry fee is nominal).

In the evenings you can enjoy a quiet boat ride on the lake, and finish the night with marshmallows and a bonfire! Camping is available at the adventure parks and in the camping sites, with the adventure parks providing camping gear. If camping is not your thing, the top-ranked hotels/resorts like the Marigold Ridge and The Landmark offer warm beds and hot meals at friendly prices (INR 2,000 per night at the time of this publication). Food wise, Yelagiri doesn’t stand out, but hey that’s not why you’re going.

All in all there’s a fun or relaxing weekend in store for you, so take your pick.

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Yelagiri, Tamil Nadu

    Pro-Tip

    The weekend doesn’t have to have you completely sacrificing on your fave food. Ambur Biriyani is on the way if you’re driving down from Chennai!

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