Place Of Attraction

Place of Attraction

Swamimalai Hill has a strong base with a towering summit reaching up to the sky. Shaped like cake, this hill is a favourite trekking and mountain climbing spot with tourists. In the vicinity, there are many peaks highest of which measure 4,338 m. By trekking on a 3 km long track leading to Swamimalai Hill, tourists can reach a small peak from where the entire valley is visible.

From the eastern side of the lake, the trek starts. In the neighbourhood of this site are located Javadi Hills, Pallamathi Hills and others.
Velvan Temple has been dedicated to Lord Murugan. The temple acts as a viewpoint for viewing large plains lying beneath the top of the mountain, on which it is located. At the top of the mountain, temple bells are placed. All religious festivals like Shivratri are celebrated at this temple. Frequent celebrations take place at the temple between the months of July and August.

Situated on one of the highest peaks of the Yelagiri Hills, the temple has a rare statue of Gadothgajan, the son of Mahabharat Bheema, at its entrance. Highlight of the temple is the statue of Lord Murugan and Valli in the form of Kuravan and Kurathi, which cannot be seen in any other temple. Two shrines, one dedicated to Lord Ganesha and the next for Lord Murugan with Valli and Devasena, are the other highlights of the temple.
Nature Park is located adjacent to Punganoor Lake. Spread over an area of 12 acres, the park is home to many plant species that are specially selected to suit the rocky terrain of the region. In the park, there is an artificial cascade or the waterfall, where bathing facility is available. Apart from a children’s park, the site also contains a musical fountain with multi-coloured lighting.

An allure for tourists, water of the fountain dances to the popular numbers. In the park, there is also a fish aquarium that features varieties of fish and tortoises. Other attractions present in the park include the seasonal garden, bamboo house, poly house and many more. 14 Hair Pin Bends

14 Hair Pin Bends can be found while scaling the Yelagiri Hills on the Ghat Road from Poneri. Named after famous Tamil personalities, the site offers views of the plains below. Telescope Viewpoint is located at the end of the 12th bend, from where tourists can view Jolarpettai Railway Station and Vaniyambadi below. Some of the personalities after which the bends have been named include Paavendar, Bharathiyaar, Tiruvalluvar and others
Punganoor Lake is frequented by enthusiasts of boating and rowing activities. This man-made artificial lake has a circumference of 57 sq. m. In the centre of the lake a fountain is located, which can be reached by boating. In the vicinity of the lake, there is a floriculture garden that houses a variety of flowers and rides for kids.

Near the lake also lies a Mughal Garden having many play equipment for kids. An ideal place for leisure walks both in the morning and evening, the site also allures many birds, who come to have their feed. Situated in the centre of the Yelagiri Hills, the area around the lake is a popular picnic spot
Don Bosco Centre provides IT education to the poor and illiterate people to secure their future. Founded by Fr. Guezou of France, it also comprises of IGNOU Study Centre, IT Training Centre and software development centre.
Government Silk Farm
Government Silk Farm is home to silk worms. Known as the Sericulture farm, it is located at Mangalam that is 5 km away from the town.
Nilavoor Lake is frequented by enthusiasts interested in boating. A small lake, it contains a garden on its banks. Region around the lake also contains a Devi Temple belonging to Kadavu-Nachiyar. At this temple, puja can be performed only on Fridays between 11 pm and 12 pm. Thambiran lotus pond in Nilavoor Village has recently been constructed at the site.
Jalagamparai Falls lie nested in the valley region, surrounded by lush flora. Located a short distance away from the destination, the falls are inundated with water from November to February and remain dry for most of the summer months. Through the valleys of Yelagiri Hills, Attaru River flows.

While flowing through the valley, the river gives rise to the waterfalls. In the vicinity of the waterfalls, there is a Murugan Temple which has been constructed in the shape of a Shiva Lingam. The site is also frequented by trekkers and nature lovers. Many tourists also carry their food along with them to the site in order to enjoy a family picnic.