If you feel like enjoying a weekend away from Bangalore then Yelagiri is a cool place to visit. It is a hill station about 160 km from the city. The resort is located at a height of 3643 feet and it is perfect as a summer getaway so pack a bag and get there.
Mode of transport
There are different ways to reach Yelagiri by road such as car and bus but you will find it more interesting to go on a motorcycle. There are bikes for rent in Bangalore and the rates are affordable.
Thankfully the road is a well built highway that takes you from Bangalore to Hosur to Krishnagiri and from then onwards you take a diversion to the left to get on the Chennai highway to reach Yelagiri. One of the advantages of travel by bike obtained through bike rental in Bangalore is that you can stop anyplace. Krishnagiri is worth a stop. There is a dam and summer is the right place to indulge your taste for ripe and juicy mangoes. Enjoy the breeze by the dam and then kick your bike into life and cruise onwards to Vaniyamvadi town. Most people prefer to stop and enjoy breakfast or a snack on the Krishnagiri highway. You will find Sree Krishna Inn and McDonalds. The roads are so good you can zoom up to 100 kmph speeds provided you have obtained a powerful bike from bike hire in Bangalore. Keep in mind that there are toll booths where you pay a nominal toll fee. Your bike takes you to Tirupathur and then 5 km onwards to Ponneri Junction from where you turn left to reach Yelagiri Hills. Ponneri is at the base of Yelagiri Hills and from here onwards you must ride cautiously as there are hair pin bends on the 16 km stretch. Eventually you reach the top of the hill and you are rewarded by a scenic spread below you.
Yelagiri is a quiet town with orchards, gardens and valleys. You can cruise on the bike from bike for rent in Bangalore http://www.ziphop.incompany and park by the Punganooor lake and walk through the park. The garden is pretty and gives a lovely view of the lake. Rest a while and then ride onwards to the Swami Malai and Jalagampari waterfalls. If you are hungry drop in at the Golden Restaurant.
Most people spend a couple of hours in Yelagiri. However, there is no reason why you cannot stop here for the day and also spend the next day in Yelagiri, admiring the sunrise and go for a trek in the cool fresh air in the morning. Trekking to the Jalagamparai waterfalls or the Swami Malai hills is a nice experience. You walk to Swami Malai after reaching Mangalam, a village on the other side of the Yelagiri hills. If you happen to be here in June you might just be in time for the flower show that takes place in the first or second week.
The return trip on your rented bike can be quite relaxing if you start around 5 PM. You will be in time to reach Bangalore and return the bike at the bike rental in Bangalore.