Destination : 11:00 AM, YelagiriAfter a lot of stops on the way, we finally reached our destination. There are 14 Hairpin bends to reach the top of the hills. It is such a pleasure to ride here. The weather drastically changed as we were ascending. It went from sunny to cloudy to drizzling in a matter of seconds. I loved the eccentric nature of the playful weather. There are many view points en route to enjoy the view of the vast plains below. Tall trees dot both sides of the road and you can see bee hives on most trees. Yelagiri is known to have the best homemade honey in Tamil Nadu.
We decided to visit the man-made Punganur Lake and the Shiva Parvati Temple. There are a lot of vendors near the lake selling fresh fruits. Jackfruit is very famous here, but we found all sorts of fruits on sale. You’ll find hoards of shops selling honey and roadside vendors selling toys and jewellery as well. The lake is beautiful with lush green hills surrounding it. The lake area and the adjoining park have an entree fee of 10/- per person. You can also go on a boat ride here if you wished. The calmness of the lake and the cool clean breeze with birds chirping happily in the background will make anyone smile.
We then headed towards the Shiva Parvati temple. Ask for directions from locals – Just say “Kōyil?” and the helpful lads will show you the way. FYI Kōyil in Tamil means temple. This beautiful temple was under renovation when we visited and thus it wasn’t open. But there is a beautiful statue of Shiva and Parvati on the outside and it is worth paying a visit.
Few Pointers : I don’t think there are any petrol bunks on the hill top, so fuel up before you start the ascend. Thankfully the lake park has a pay and use washroom – not very clean but manageable. Explore the adventure sports clubs if you have the time.
USP : The ride. I fell in love with the road towards Yelagiri. Be it NH, SH or the curvy hairpin bends. The view of the plains is mesmerizing and if you are lucky you’ll get to see it raining on the plains below.