Of these, the most attractive trek
during weekend vacations is the 3 km walk from Puthur to Perumadu
waterfalls. This is quite a challenging trek as it passes through
a mountain jungle that has thick undergrowth; hence, it's advisable
to take a local guide along who shall help clear the undergrowth on
your way. Cross muddy tracks, enter the narrow jungle trails, go uphill,
downhill, uphill again and watch the breathtaking view of the 40-feet
falls sweep into view in style, while the melodious chirping of birds
creates the perfect magical moment.
To reach the stream of water below,
you need to trek downhill, with the sunlight straining through the
thicket and dancing like diamonds on the pond. This is a fascinating
locale that makes for a fabulous day camp.
The 14 km trek to Jalagamparai waterfalls is quite beneficial. The
river Attaru passes through a clump of herbs before crashing down
as the waterfall; hence, this water has helped cure several diseases
(sic). A healthy walk and then a herbal bath - quite a natural luxury!
The Swamimalai hills that house Yelagiri, along with the nearby Javadi
and Pallamathi hills, together offer excellent trekking trails. Adventure
seekers, pack your bags and set off trekking here, camp at the peak
and enjoy the sunrise!
Spread your wings
Until recently, Yelagiri was known as the "poor man's OOty",
with nothing more than boating and trekking as its main attractions.
But today, paragliding in Yelagiri is a steaming attraction. If you're
done with trekking, mountain biking and rock climbing in Yelagiri,
it's time to set off paragliding in India at the scenic spots of Kottur,
Muthanoor and Raneri.
Bang in the middle of Yelagiri stands Punganoor lake, a man-made scenic
spot that's a perfect visit for family. This lake has also become
a home to several migrating birds that only enhance its beauty. Enjoy
boating in the lake and relax in the park at its banks. There's also
a herbal farm in the park premises that's worth a visit for naturopathy
believers.Nilavoor lake is another popular spot for boating. This
lake houses the temple of Kadavu-Nachiyar which holds a special significance
as it is opened for puja only on Fridays between 11 am and 12 pm.
The Moksha Vimochana temple holds a local belief that if devotees
pray ere sincerely for 42 days at a stretch, they can be purged of
Situated on one of the highest peaks, the Velvan temple in Yelagiri
houses a rare statue of Ghatotkacha, son of the Pandava prince Bheema,
at its entrance. Even the main idol of Lord Karthikeya, Lord Shiva's
son, is a unique blend of Lord Murugan and Valli in the form of Kuravan
Tales of yore
The Jalagangadhareeshwara temple is situated in the middle of the
Vellore Fort; but it has a mythological significance that makes it
all the more special. The wall carvings speak volumes of the lively
spirit of the god in the sanctum sanctorum, and also reflects the
beauty of craftsmanship of the time.
Enjoy all this and much more in ease
tailor-made to suit your idea of a vacation!