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Old 11th August 2013, 14:25   #16
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Default Re: Bangalore to Yelagiri - Route Query

We went to Yelagiri yesterday (the Eid al-Fitr weekend). It was a 1 day trip from Bangalore. We set out from Bangalore at about 10.00 AM, stopped at Shoolagiri for fuel, and reached Yelagiri at 1.30 PM.

Yelagiri was as crowded as Ooty would be at the peak of its tourist season. The crowd was so huge that it was quite a nuisance. However, our main intention was a nice long drive and an escape from Bangalore.

We took the Krishnagiri > Vaniyambadi > Ponneri route. The roads were good all along. There was considerable traffic during the climb up to Yelagiri. We were caught up, first behind a lorry, and then behind a tourist bus, while teenagers on bikes, scooters, and mopeds zoomed by quite rashly. The hair-pin-bends are not as steep as in Ooty, but patience is a virtue anyway.

The weather was cloudy and cool all through the trip. We started back from Yelagiri a little after 4.00 PM and were home before 7.30 PM.

Google Maps showed us this other route where we need to turn right, off AH45 at Natrampalli and then proceed to Yelagiri via Jolarpet town. However, we weren’t in a mood for an off-the-beaten-track drive.
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