How is the ride?
One will enjoy the cruise along the highway NH7 till Krishnagiri and then the Chennai - Bangalore Highway till Vanniyampadi. From there the State Highways are good. The Ghat section road is much better will solid embankments on the side.
How is the stay?
There are quite few accomplished names here. But just do not go by their name.
The following accomodations are good, but they cost around Rs1500 + Taxes per night for a room
- Sterling Resorts
- Hotel Hills
- Silent Water Retreat
There are other modest hotels like
- Hotel Madhura
- Hotel Nigress
- Hotel Yelagiri
I feel there are no good restaurants around. I tried with Hotel Nigress and Hotel Hills restaurant, both are decent.
What to see?
Nothing big and fancy to see there. Enjoy the village atmosphere. Still the following are the some places that you can visit around.
- Boating on the lake and Park (Go for a evening boat ride, gate closes by 6 PM.)
- Swamimalai Trek (Start early in the morning around 7 AM. The trek should take aroung 3 to 4 hrs. Climb up the hill will be really tiresome)
- Nilavur boating (a very small tank with boating amenity)
- Telescope View point (Nothing great but fun to act like a child. You get good view of plains)
Carry enough cash, No ATMs and No Credit Card acceptance anywhere
Fill up the fuel at the base, there is no petrol outlets on the top of the hill
Things to buy:
Honey and Jack fruit
Yelagiri is an ideal place to get out hussle-bussle of the city life and enjoy some rustic village atmosphere. Do not excpet any good amenities there. Keep your expectations low on this place.