And this is the fastest route to reach your destination by road. Also it has many advantages, here is the list.
Advantages of Taking Chennai Highway For Kanchipuram Road trip
From our recent road trip from Bangalore to Kanchipuram, here are the major advantages of taking the Chennai highways.
Fastest and Best Road
Well paved route and seamless National Highways (Chennai / Mumbai Highway) connecting non stop from Bangalore to Kanchipuram with 280Kms.
If you compare the other alternate routes’ distance from Bangalore to Kanchipuram via Kolar and Chittoor, this route is the longest.
Yet the fastest route with well planned bridges, tunnels and fastest toll booths with Fast tag facilities.
Best Restaurants Choices
Many good restaurants with toilet facilities just like in Bangalore – Salem Highways.
You could reach your destination in 6hrs driving non – stop from Bangalore, provided you have started early to avoid the traffic.
But if you ask me, you could stop at these following places for refreshment.
Here is the list of best restaurant from Bangalore to Kanchiputam
Hotel Krishna Inn – Shoolagiri (Before Krishnagiri)
For the best South Indian breakfast. I have talked more about this place. This place is famous for awesome food and a pit stop for hundreds of bike riders. You could see hundreds of them at the same time between 6.30 am to 9 am.
We never miss stopping here for breakfast at Krishna and coffee from nearby CCD or McD.
Here I am sharing some of our favourite south Indian dishes we try regularly here.
From our couple of trips to Kanchipuram by train and car, I suggest staying in Vellore for 2 main reasons – Food and Accomodation. In Kanchipuram, We had stayed once in GRT hotels and once in Pine tree hotels, those two were the only good choices in this crowded temple city. And for food, there were only Shree Saravana Bhavan hotels with a couple of branches in the city, a monopoly player with a very poor ambiance and service. Therefore we didn’t prefer that restaurant.
So, stay in Vellore where you will be spoilt for choices for boarding and lodging. And couples of famous sightseeing places that makes your stay even more memorable.
Bangalore to Kanchipuram By Train
Distance from Bangalore to Kanchipuram by train is the same as road trip distance. Certainly there are no direct interstate trains to Kanchipuram Railway Junction.
You need to get off at Arakkonam Junction, which is the nearest Kanchipuram Railway station. Furthermore, you need to take a local train or bus to Kanchipuram town.
Though you have plenty of choices for local trains and local buses,all are unnaturally crowded at those early hours.
If you are planning to travel by train, I suggest travelling by A/c compartment. Otherwise, the whole journey will be an upsetting experience. This is why.
When we went to Kanchipuram from Bangalore by train, we had the worst experience of life.
In the General Sleeper we have booked, the entire compartment was outnumbered by the illegal passengers.
It was a total nightmare with illegal passengers occupying our berths. Not a teeny tiny guilt of disturbing the sleeping passengers with their loud voice. Adding more spice, they occupy the little space left at the end of the berths giving no room to stretch our legs.
Above all, some using their small babies as a sympathy image to pick pockets from the sleeping passengers.
Also, the big goons of locals adamantly blocking the way to the toilets and exit doors etc.,
Hence, We stayed alert every single minute safeguarding wallets and baggage.
How to Reach from Arakkkonam to Kanchipuram
The train reached Arakkonam station around 5am, we exited with a pounding headache and sleepy eyes.
We then hired a local auto to the nearest bus station. From there we took the local town bus to Kanchipuram.
Otherwise one could take local metro train from Arakkonam to reach Kanchipuram.
We traveled for about 1.15 hrs by bus to finally reach our Hotel room.
That was the very last trip from Bangalore to Kanchipuram by Train.
Due to that we have decided to go only road trips to Kanchipuram.
List of Must See Kanchipuram Temples
These are the list of must see temples in Kanchipuram.
Kanchi Kamakshi Temple: The temple dedicated to Goddess Parvathi, one of the Sakthi Peedam temples in Tamil Nadu. It is important to first darshan Kamakshi Amman before any other temples in this holy city. Google map link – https://goo.gl/maps/vEr2RKARgG9Zj7C3A
Ekambareswarar Temple: Lord Shiva is said to have manifested himself in the form of Prithvi Lingam. This lingam represents one of the five elements “earth”. Since mother Kamakshi is the common Ambica for all the temples in Kanchipuram, hence Shiva temples in Kanchipuram does not have any goddess shrine. I mean most of the temples in and around Kanchipuram. Google map link – https://goo.gl/maps/Am3yv7WPpvPsmr9u8
Click to read the entire list with google map links.
Places to Visit near Kanchipuram
Kanchipuram city is one of the best weekend getaways from Bangalore for temple visit or silk saree shopping.
Yet you cannot spend more than 2 days as Kanchipuram visiting places are limited.
If you have more time in your Bangalore to Kanchipuram road trip, you could rather go nearby places. The nearest, famous tourist places like Pondicherry and Mahabalipuram.
Or you could plan a round trip to Chennai. You could start from Bangalore to Kanchipuram, then Chennai before returning back home.
Likewise, you could also make a round trip to vellore, stay in Vellore to look around the places.
Related – Two Day Trip From Bangalore to Vellore and Kanchipuram (Best 2 Day Trip by Car)
Hope our experience would help you plan the trip schedule from Bangalore to Kanchipuram. Plan on the places to stay and explore the holy silk city.
We chose to stay in Vellore because of 2 reasons. First, no good restaurants in Kancheepuram, and Second, we have never been to Vellore before.
Day 1 of Our Two Day Trip From Bangalore to Vellore and Kanchipuram
(a). Starting From Bangalore, Eating Breakfast In Soolagiri, Reaching Vellore
We were bike riders all these years. We recently started going by car to places, especially from the second quarter of 2019.
I’m loving car driving for the comfort and luxury. But it is no match for the thrill and fun in riding the motorbike.
Rajesh too feels the same.
By 5.30 AM, on 21st July, we were all set to go with packed bags and swollen eyes.
Why Krishna Inn in Bangalore Highways is Our favorite?
We stopped for breakfast in our all time favorite restaurant in Bangalore – Salem Highways.Krishna Inn, at Shoolagiri, the best South Indian Vegetarian Restaurant in Bangalore highways.
It is a bliss to eat Pongal with Udin Vada (urad dal) with freshly ground coconut chutney and freshly made sambar.
Another specialty of this restaurant is that its favorite pit-stop for all the motorbike riders.
It has become a ritual for those riders to stop here before they head on to the destination. Rajesh engaged a conversation with one of the riders to know whether they are part of some riders community group, where they are heading to. We came to know that those people are not part of any such community, its just happening for few years now. Some are super-bikes, some are thunder-birds, some are regular bikes. Most of them are individual riders with full gear on, cool to watch them parade as early as 7.30 AM, that too on sunday.
We watched them for half an hour over coffee from McDonalds.
Now it is my turn to drive the car. We took the Bangalore to Chennai Highway, arrived Vellore 11 AM.
Just before we stopped at Sai Sangeeth in Bangalore – Chennai highways, best place for toilet, bad choice for food and shopping.
We reached a little earlier than planned because it was a smooth, non-stop carefree ride in the National Highways.
(b). Visited Jalakandeswarar Temple in Vellore Fort
We went straight to Jalakandeswarar temple inside Vellore fort. Parked the vehicle (fee 20/-) nearby temple, went inside walking in the piping hot sun. Spent about 45 mins, had good darshan, spent time in the ornamental mandap right before we left the place.
The specialty of this temple is that it is built in the middle of the water tank of about 8000 sq.ft. (from wikipedia).
(c). Check-in At the Hotel Khanna Fiesta
After a brief time in temple, we came to our pre-booked hotel, The Khanna Fiesta.
We took a rest for sometime, before we headed to Kanchipuram for Athi Varadar Darshan.
We knew it would be crowded from what we saw in the media, so we didn’t allow us to enjoy the luxury, but for a short period.
(d). Lord Athi Varadar Darshan In Kanchipuram
Soon after lunch from the same hotel, we reached Kanchipuram by 4pm.
Vellore to Kanchipuram distance is 70 Kms, again the road was good, lucky us.
Ater a walk of 8 kms in a slow moving que, it took us 3.5hrs to darshan Lord Athi Varadar in the sayana kolam (sleeping posture).
We returned the same evening to Vellore to our room with the rumbling stomach around 9.30pm with hardly any energy left from driving and walking alternatively. Had dinner at the hotel, thanks to the ground floor veg restaurant kept open at that time.
Day 2 at Vellore – Golden Temple, Shopping and Return to Bangalore
(a). Room Check-out, Wasting 2 hrs In Vellore Golden Temple at Sripuram
We had almost missed the complimentary breakfast sleeping in until 10 AM. Soon after breakfast we had to check-out, hit the road to return home. Since we had already planned to visit the Golden Temple, we headed straight there.
The facts you need to know about Vellore Golden temple
The temple is located at the Sripuram village, about 8kms from the centre city Vellore
You have bus and auto facilities to reach here
Things like bags, shoes, mobile phones and cameras are not allowed inside.
There is a paid counter to keep all of them safe (we kept all in the car)
After submitting all your belongings, keep the best attitude with you all the time
You enter the temple gate directly if you have 100/- ticket, otherwise go walk for 2 kms to reach this point. Abishegam tickets extra.
After personal screening at the temple gate, you will be allowed inside.
You would be walking for more than 1km from the security gate to darshan goddess Lakshmi, a small idol made of 10 kg of gold. (There are wheelchair access at this point available for disabled and elderly people). Everything is money here. I did not buy anything here, I did like anything particularly.
That’s not it. The main attraction of this place is something else. That is a very big fantasy golden mandap of goddess Sri Lakshmi Narayani which is 1500 kg gold, adorning the majestic idol of goddess.
Vsit Lord Balaji on the way back to the same gate, comparatively much shorter distance while coming out.
(b). Eating Mutton Biryani In one of the famous Non-veg hotel in Vellore
After coming out of the temple, we headed to have lunch in the same hotel Kanna fiesta. On the way we stopped for a short period in Pachayappa’s silk for some shopping experience. Not liked anything particularly. We changed our mind, had lunch in one of the most famous non-veg restaurants before we headed to Bangalore. This non-veg restaurant suggestion from one of the youtube page I follow, here is the link of the hotel review on youtube page.
And sharing some pics from our experience.
The specialty of this Hotel Jyothie is, they serve biryani with lots of pieces in it. We ordered half mutton biryani each and 1 natti chicken fry to go with it, it was sufficient for us. Biryani and fry was moderately spicy with good taste.
It is a small mess with limited seating capacity located right next to the Vellore bus stand.
Sharing the price list in the pic below.
(c). Best Snacks and Tea on Chennai – Bangalore Highways
Next stop after lunch was “Coffee Bistro” on Chennai Bangalore Highways.
We had no clue what a cool place it was until we stopped and tried their freshly made pakoras and bajjis.
We sat under the neem tree, had snacks with tea, enjoying the view.
I strongly suggest this place for pit-stop with clean toilet facilities in Vaniyambadi, On Chennai – Bangalore Highways. Click the link for the location.
This coffee shop is right next to the Vegetarian Restaurant “Sai Akshyam” , you cannot miss it.
A clean eatery with vehicle parking and a great view, the – best place I suggest.
We spent about good 45 mins before we continued our road trip.
When we have been to trekking to talakona – the highest waterfalls in Andhra Pradesh, we had no hotels around that area. Though the waterfalls and trekking made the trip cherish-able only if I exclude the trouble we had finding good eateries around Talakona.
So good food equals good trip. Always.
Clearly this was a best trip.
Overall Road trip Experience From Bangalore to Vellore
The return journey was also smooth and comfortable. We reached home around 9.30 pm, had cooked dinner at home before we retired for the day.
The highlight of this two day trip from Bangalore to Vellore is –
Lord Athi Varadar darshan in Kanchipuram, a moment of glory in our humble history
The silky smooth, non-stop, carefree drive from Bangalore to the Vellore and Kanchi city
Good food choices in the Vellore city and on the Bangalore highways.
Compared to Kanchipuram, Vellore is a sophisticated city with tall buildings, apartments, good transport and railways connectivity, and many good restaurant choices.
We fell in love with the Vellore immediately, we also planned to make a second trip in the same year soon.
Soon we will be making another Two day trip from Bangalore to Vellore.
About Tirukoilur Temple – Tirukoilur is famous for 2 Hindu Temples. They are Lord Vishnu temple named Ulagalantha Perumal and Lord Shiva Temple named Veeratteswarar.
Tirukoilur is very small town with good road and bus facilities for travel with decent restaurant options. Bangalore to Tirukoilur distance is 237 Kms (Tiruvannamalai to Tirukoilur is 37 Kms), whereas Chennai to Tirukoilur distance is 205 kms.
From our frequent trip to Tirukoilur temple from the year 2015, we have enough information to share to the readers.
Hope this guide is useful to the the readers looking for Tirukoilur temple darshan timings, entry ticket, specialty about the temple, best place to eat etc.,
Tirukoilur Temple: Specialty and Darshan Timing
The famous Lord Vishnu Tirukoilur temple is called Ulagalantha Perumal Temple, also called as Thiruvikrama Perumal Temple.
The Specialty of Ulagalantha Perumal Temple Tirukoyilur
One of the 108 Divya Desams
Thiruvikrama Perumal Holds Chakkaram in the right hand instead of the usual left and conch (sangu) in the left hand instead of the usual right hand.
This is temple is one of the “Pancha Krishna Kshetram”. You could see Lord Krishna shrine on your right as soon as you enter the temple. It is also said that we pray to Lord Krishna first before we enter the main sanctum.
The extreme divine beauty of Lord Vishnu with one his left leg on the ground and right leg on the sky. Inside the sanctum you could see Ambal kneeled at his feet on his right side. There is another Ulagalantha Perumal Temple in Kancheepuram, but this idol’sbeauty is beyond comparison.
Facts You Need to Know about Ulagalantha Perumal Temple Timings, Ticket fare and Darshan
After so many times of visiting Perumal temple, we know clearly what time we needed to be there for immediate Darshan.
Be wise to visit the temple only at the “Darshan timings”: The temple name board says temple opening timing is from 6.30 am to 12 noon and 4.00 pm to 8.30pm. Notice that it is the temple open time not the darshan timing.
We have not been to this temple as early as 6.30 am. But usually we enter temple by 11.45am, so we are first to darshan Lord Perumal soon after “uchi kala pooja” at 12 noon. Soon after this darshan, the temple closes.
And in the evening, if you reach the temple by 4.30, you are allowed to enter the temple but not the point beyond Kodi Kambam. There will be some guy sitting at this point restricting the entry of devotees until the evening pooja is complete.
Then devotees are allowed for evening darshan around 6.30 pm. So if you are early then you will be waiting until the pooja is complete.
Since this is a famous temple and Just an hr away from Aathi Annamalaiyar Temple – it is always crowded on all auspicious days. It is best to take 10 rupees special darshan ticket (more on auspicious days) when crowded.
You need to allocate 1 hr to 2 hrs for visiting this temple on crowded auspicious days. Otherwise 30 min sufficient on normal days like Sundays.
There is a point where the general que and the ticket que meets just before the main sanctum. This is where you can find “urchavar” idol on the right hand side – where you can do “archanai” (pooja ). Check in ticket counter for archanai tickets beforehand.
From this point devotees are allowed in batch of 10 -15 people inside main sanctum for Ulagalantha Perumal darisanam. You then exit the temple and head to Ambal Sanniti. Some people first pray to Ambal before visiting the main idol (not sure of the actual procedure). There are no special tickets to Ambal sanniti, you will be waiting in the general que however crowded it is.
Other deities in this temple are always remain locked (but sure can see them) except during brief pooja timings. Like Sri Lakshmi Varagan, Sri Lakshmi Narasiman, Sri Lakshmi Narayan, Sri Ramar sannithi etc.,
Lord Hanuman shrine is open on most of the peak timings.
You can make a donation or contribution to the temple welfare at the counter near the entrance.
There is good parking facility for 2-wheeler near both the gopurams of the Tirukoilur temple. But since there are lots of small shops, flower market and bus stand in the vicinity it is quite difficult for the 4 wheeler parking.
Other Tourist Places to Visit in and Around Tirukoilur Temples
Aadi Thiruvarangam Temple – located 10 kms away from Tirukoilur on the way towards Tiruvannamalai town.
Above are the list of tourist spot near Tirukoilur, both short and long distances. Feel free to use google maps as a guide.
How We Reach Tirukoilur From Bangalore
Tirukoilur temples are well connected by roads from Bangalore, Chennai, Pondicherry, Krishnagiri etc.,
We take Krishnagiri – Chengam route to reach Tiruvannamalai from Bangalore.
Road trip:Bangalore To Tiruvannamalai
We start our bike trip from Bangalore on any Saturday morning around 7 to 8am. Stop to eat breakfast in Shoolagiri Krishna Inn right next to McDonald’s, the best restaurant in Bangalore -Salem highways.
We always stop at the same restaurant in all our bike trips, because we love the quality of food here. Also there is a McDonald’s and CCD for good morning coffee and neat toilet facilities.
Then we ride bike leisurely to Tiruvannamalai, reach around late noon after having lunch at Apoorva’s 50kms before Tiruvannamalai town.
Check in at the hotel, freshen up, ride to Annamalaiyar temple around 5pm for Darshan, then return back room around 8pm. Sometimes if we were not too tired we would stay back for the “Thiru oonjal sevai” darshan, just before the temple closes.
Road Trip: Tiruvannamalai to Tirukoilur
Following day, after long good night’s sleep we head to Tirukoilur temple, taking Tiruvannamalai to Pondicherry road.
We love to see the blossoms in the agri field and riding bike among the countryside is our all time favorite.
If we are on a time constraint, we skip visiting Adi thiruvarangam and Veeratteswarar temples. We head straight to noon darshan in Tirukoilur Perumal temple, followed by eating good quality South Indian meals at Hotel Aarya’s for just 60 rupees (located just opposite to the bus stand where all the buses exit).
You can also find some NV eateries – we never stepped there, our all time favourite is Veg restaurant Aarya’s. Must try “chukku kaapi” here. All kinds of South Indian breakfast items, lunch meals, chapati and parotta and in the evening chinese foods available here. So no worries fellas.
Next to Hotel Arya’s you can find medical shop and ATMs – just in case.
We love so much coming to Tirukoilur for Perumal temple, so we never missed coming here even on our 11-days long bike trip in the year 2017 and 2018.
This Is Where We StayUsually
We usually stay in Sparsa Resort or Hotel Himalaya or Shree Sai residency in Tiruvannamalai. Eventhough little expensive on special days, I would rate Sparsa 5/5 for the room, food and ambiance. Shree sai is worth for the price with the inhouse Veg restaurant. Food and service is good here. We prefer Hotel Himalaya only when we run out of options.
There used to be a french style bakery in Tiruvannamalai for good quality baked goods and for coffee.
Our bad that they are closed since 2019. 🙁
We came to know about this bakery when we stayed once (just once, we will never ever go back here) in Bose compound. Since then we were frequent visitors to this bakery in all our Bangalore to Tiruvannamalai bike trips.
Also there is little shopping area near and around Tiruvannamalai temple for clothes, jewels etc., And plenty of restaurants for veg, nonveg food and snacks choices.
Here sharing some pics from our trip Bangalore – Tiruvannamalai – Tirukoilur trip.
Just in case if you are wondering how we travel in bike such far distance with the luggages, here is the pic. This is how we pack our stuffs in the saddlebags to ride carefree. We also have a fuel tank bag for keeping mobile phone chargers, power banks, hand sanitizer, coolers, DSLR and scarfs to protect from pollution and dust.
We love visiting to Ulagalantha Perumal Temple whenever we go on road trip to Tiruvannamalai. Feel free to comment your experience in the comment box below.
If you are planning to come from Chennai to Tirukoilur, you can either travel by road or bus or train. There are frequent buses from Chennai, Katpadi, Vilupuram and Puducherry. If you are taking train train from Chennai, then take any train from Chennai to Katpadi, then take Puducherry express (train No. 11005, leaves at 2.50 noon), reach Tirukoilur by 5pm. Take a local bus or auto to Ulagalantha Perumal Temple or to Veeratteawarar temple to attend evening pooja at either of the temples.
Bus station is located very close to Ulagalantha Perumal temple, where as Veeratteswarar Sivan Temple is located on Theni Pennai river shore. It is about 5 min ride from Perumal temple by bike.
How to reach Tirukoilur From Bangalore
Whenever we plan 2-day trip from Bangalore to Tiruvannamalai, we always plan such a way to visit Tirukoilur temples.
We start on Saturday morning from Bangalore to reach Tiruvannamali in the evening and visit Tirukoilur temples the next day before returning back to Bangalore.
Again there are plenty of bus facilities from Bangalore central bus station and any major bus stops in the Bangalore city and also from Hosur to reach Tirukoilur via Tiruvannamalai. If you are taking any private volvo bus or KSRTC or TNSTC, board buses to Pondicherry, so you can get down at Tirukoilur.
If you are thinking of a place to spend weekend, I would suggest 5 Best Places to Visit in Yercaud for 2 days. We went on 2 days bike trip from Bangalore to this beautiful hillstation at the end of year 2017.
This was our first adventurous 2 days bike trip from Bangalore.
5 Best Places to Visit in Yercaud for 2 days:
We went on 2 days bike trip to Yercaud from Bangalore, a distance of 230kms in one way. This was our first adventurous bike trip to the hill station by bike.
Here are the places to visit in yercaud for 2 days. All the places mentioned below are the sightseeing places near Yercaud lake, so you could finish sightseeing in just 1 day.
1. Anna park – the best place for family with kids in the central Yercaud
One of the most visited places in Yercaud is Anna park, also a central destination for tourist buses.
You could plan fun activities in Anna park with kids located in center Yercaud. Even though your kids make you run behind them the whole day, it is for sure fun playing here. Take advantage of that pure oxygen-rich air in entire Yercaud situated a few thousand feet above the ground.
Note – You would also enjoy flower show in Yercaud Botanical garden and Rose garden in summer. Also, Deer Park is another tourist destination for fun activities with kids and for nature photography.
2. Go Boating in Emerald Lake
Emerald lake or Yercaud lake is the major tourist attraction in this mountain clad vacation spot. Boating in Yercaud lake is not only refreshing and also great way to have fun with your loved ones. You will enjoy the picturesque water body surrounded by gardens and teak woods.
Emerald Lake is one of the top places to visit at yercaud, infact many people visit Yercaud just for boating in the lake and playing in the Kiliyur falls.
3. Go trekking to lady’s seat, Servarayan Hills, and many other choices
Yercaud has developed recently as one of the major trekking destinations. Yercaud lake is surrounded by mountains with dense woods.
Tourists are spoilt with choices for sightseeing and trekking in the mountains. Tourists can choose any of these mountain viewpoints to go trekking.
Or could register with Yercaud trekking club for your safety. You would absolutely love the view from lady’s seat, and also try out the telescope mounted on watchtower to enjoy the serene view of the plains.
If you on a long vacation, on alternate days you could try other trekking destinations like Shevaroy Hills (Highest hill with a breathtaking view and a Hindu temple), Bear Cave, Karadiyur viewpoint, Arthur’s seat, Manjakuttai viewpoint and Pagoda point.
Note: Visit Silk farm located nearby lady’s seat to get a tour of silkworm farming and cultivation of mulberries in Yercaud.
4. Go Cycling in “loop road” in Yercaud
It is definitely crazy and super fun activity to go cycling in 32 km loop road in Yercaud. It would be absolute fun for both nature lovers and fitness lovers. Enjoy the nature’s beauty, Yercaud versatile plantation, take a pit stop to eat organic and homegrown fruits sold by local kids.
5. Go Walk through twisted steep foothills to reach Kiliyur falls
Kiliyur Falls is situated 3km from the Yercaud lake, once you reach the parking area, you need to walk through the twisted steep foothills to reach the Kiliyur falls. This was our absolute favourite fitness activity and needless to say the view was worth the pain. We played in the falls for sometime, clicked pics, retured as it was getting dark. Kiliyur falls is yet another top places to visit at Yercaud, it is must see sightseeing too. Am sure you will love it.
Our Travel Story – Bike ride From Bangalore to Yercaud:
We Travel Duo, Myself Renuga and My Hubby Rajesh – rode the bike from Bangalore to reach Yercaud hill on a weekend.
We chose the adventurous wildlife forest road on the way to Yercaud while coming back we chose 20 hairpin road connecting to the main Salem city.
We stayed in TGI resorts, absolutely enjoyed the food, weather and mountain view from this hotel.
For 2 days we explored almost all tourists destinations, some by bike and some by walk.
It was one of the best and memorable weekend trip we ever had.
How We Planned Our Trip To Yercaud
As usual, we have done research on places to visit at Yercaud, just like how we do for other bike trips.
Distance from Bangalore to Yercaud is 230Kms, i.e. almost the same distance as Bangalore to Tiruvannamalai, which we have covered by bike plenty of times. But travelling to Hill Station by bike is new, so we added an additional 1 hr to plan our travel time.
You can read our other hillstation travel experiences to Talakona Forest and Coorg.
So, if you are planning to visit Yercaud from Chennai or Bangalore or Coimbatore or even the nearest Salem calculate extra time for riding up the hill.
It is always essential to consider the time required to ride up the hill station higher than the time taken to ride in plains.
Sitting whole day and riding the bike usually leaves us with numbness in fingers, muscle stiffness, shoulder pain and back pain. Thankfully Yercaud gave us many choices to stretch our legs, forget the pain and enjoy the nature.
Yercaud is one of the best places for fitness travelers, with plenty of options for trekking, mountain climbing, kayaking, biking, jogging and walking.
Travel alone or with family, finding time for fitness is one of the hardest things to do on vacation. Especially when your body begs you to stay in a hotel bed after that long journey, or rejuvenate in an exfoliating spa, or relax in a lounge chair under the warm sun, or enjoy a cocktail looking at the sunset far from the cottage – we always end our day guilty of not being active.
Not to mention the unlimited buffet breakfast awaiting you to wake up the next morning. Another way to enjoy the vacation is to put on the shoes and grab a waterbottle – go for bike riding or hiking in the mountains. So, whichever you aim is, here is the list of places for sightseeing in Yercaud.
FAQs About Travelling To Yercaud
How to reach Yercaud from Chennai?
Yercaud to Chennai distance is 380 Kms, the best route is via Krishnagiri for both bike and car riders. You have many options to come to Yercaud by bus from Chennai or by train from Chennai.
What is Yercaud distance from Bangalore?
Compared to Chennai, travelling from Bangalore is 100kms less the distance and the time. Onward journey we took short route near thoppur, which was fun and adventurous riding amongst forest and unexpected hairpins (see pic above). While coming back we took the route via Salem, with proper roads and it was another way of fun when we saw many riders like us. Overall it is safe to journey both the routes. Salem route is better for restaurant and washroom options.
How to travel from Coimbatore to Yercaud?
From Coimbatore, it is 195 km distance, much lesser distance than from Chennai and Bangalore. Also, you have plenty of options for food and restrooms.
How to travel from Trichy to Yercaud?
Trichy to Yercaud distance is less than 200 Km, via Tiruchengode. You don’t have train options from Trichy, but you can travel by road or by bus.
Where is Yercaud fall located?
Kiliyur Falls also called as Yercaud falls, situated 2.5kms across Yercaud lake. Its just 10min walk from the boating place, also good hiking spot for fitness travellers.
Yercaud weather, stay and restaurants review?
Weather is too good in summer, the best time to visit is from April to June. But if you like to enjoy hill station winter, travel after June with an overcoat or jumper or sweater. About restaurants, I don’t recommend eating anywhere outside the resort you stay. Around Anna park and Yercaud lake we did not see any decent eateries, it is ok to have a snack and tea there.
We enjoyed eating hot hot mirchi bajji and tea for yercaud awesome weather, just across Yercaud lake. You should try too.
For stay, we have not tried any homestay, anyways homestays and resorts are equally priced, so we chose resort to stay.
What to wear and what to pack for Bike ride to Hill station?
Roaming in the Yercaud hill station demands good physical energy and I suggest you wear comfortable loose clothes because you would be sweating a lot from hiking and climbing activities. Also, it is essential to carry a hiking backpack which is not as big as your regular travel bag, but small enough to wear it for a long time, also a good size to fit in your water bottles and snacks.
We always make sure to wear comfortable clothes (also good looking for taking pics) for long hour bike ride – he wears sweat pants , I wear very comfortable jeggings almost on all rides.
This Fratini Jeggings– Color Black is super comfortable to climb on the bike and to ride the bike. This is what I have worn most for more than 2 yrs bike travel, it still stays brand new. It is always on demand in Amazon, you could buy directly from the store or any other shopping websites.
Since it doesn’t have pocket, I always carry this sling bag -good size to keep mobile phones (very essential for google maps), coolers (need them for sunny ride), and Money (you know its very essential).
Next time make sure to visit all the places in Yercaud, a beautiful hill station to cherish.
We enjoyed our ride to the forest watching mango farm and flowers plantation.
We stopped at forest check-post 8.5 km before forest waterfalls. We were asked to enter the name, vehicle name details in the check-post.
The entry fee for two-wheeler is 15/- INR, four-wheeler is 100/- INR. Also, we noticed that the security guard was screening vehicles for alcohols as it was strictly not allowed. If you are carrying any camera then 100/- INR to be paid, otherwise no fee for carrying any mobile phones.
After 5 km drive, we reached Siddeshwara Swamy temple, a forest temple for Lord Shiva and also a guardian of Talakona.
At this point, you could find lots of local food stalls (very dirty) offering to prepare veg and non-veg food fresh for tourists. I would not suggest taking any kind of service from these locals.
It is better to carry own snacks and food as there are no decent eat-outs from our experience.
And be polite with these locals when you are rejecting their service to make the whole experience pleasant.
(b) Checkpoint 2 – Sri Siddeshwara Swamy Temple (Pay entry fee for persons to enter waterfalls)
An ancient temple for Lord Shiva in the middle of the forest is one of the main reasons Talakona is crowded all the time.
Since it was the weekend, there was already a big group of people found to be actively preparing food to offer God. Soon they would take a dip in waterfalls before they start the rituals.
So it is better to avoid visiting Talakona on full moon day (pournami) and no moon day (amavasya), which are auspicious days for Lord Shiva.
Near to the temple, there is a dress change room facility available for the public. From this point, one can choose to go by walk or by own vehicle. There is no second entry fee for vehicles but for individual persons. They charge 10/- per head for adults and 5/- per head for kids.
We chose to go by bike and the road here to waterfalls parking was quite an adventurous one.
One can expect these roads to be very slippery and muddy in monsoon. So it is better to go by walk in the rainy season.
Entry for vehicles at this checkpoint opens only at 9.15 am and closes by 4 pm. In fact, whole forest entry closes by 4 pm.
(c) Parking area – near pond (Park vehicles here for trekking)
After a rough ride for about 2 km among the gigantic trees and teasing monkeys, we halted at forest waterfalls parking area. There is a beautiful man-made pond at this point for those who are not able to trek to the mountains.
I and Rajesh clicked some pics before we set to go for a trek for about 2 km to reach the top of the mountain. Trekking is not new to us, we have done 2 hrs trekking to various mountain tops in south India.
Since we were early on Sunday, there were only a few people trekking along with us. We parked our bike here and headed towards the pond to climb the mountain.
2. Monkeys atrocities in the hilltop of Talakona waterfalls
Even Though there were monkeys all along the trekking path, they seem to be minding their businesses.
Except for a group of rowdies near the hilltop, taking advantage of the visitors to waterfalls and their luggage bags.
We were attacked too.
We didn’t have any pole or stick in hand, we used our water bottle to shush them away but in vain.
On the way back from waterfalls, we brought wooden sticks for our safety. So keep your backpacks tightly closed and hold it close to your body.
And for safety, at least one member in your team should be carrying a stick to keep them at bay.
On the way back from the hilltop, same monkey rowdies attacked a female, sat on the top of the backpack and started pulling out some items.
There was a lot of screaming before we rushed to help them with the stick. Until we reached the parking area, we kept warning the visitors to be careful of these monkeys. Ah, what a trip!!
3. Slippery rocks on the highest point of the waterfalls
Except for the monkeys’ atrocities, it was a very pleasant trek in the forest to the mountain top.
As you climb up, the view gets much better with a fresh breeze. We stopped now and then to click some pics. Unlike other mountain waterfalls, here you have proper trails to support. But, in some places trails were broken and fallen off, could be due to rain and wind.
Everyone should experience this forest trekking to take the cold shower of untouched pure water with medicinal properties.
Yes, we did climb up to the mountain top.
Waterfalls with the enormous force and the rocks at this point are very slippery and dangerous.
The view is always better from the top.
4. Poor mobile network and worst food service in the Forest
There was no network available in the forest area and near the falls.
If you are planning to stay in the forest resort, it would not be a wise decision.
Also, we heard that there is also no electricity in the guesthouses.
Though we didn’t stay in the resort, we met a fellow companion staying in the guest house. He complained about the poor guest house service, no electricity, no power back up and no food service also.
There is just one maintenance person who brings food from the local stalls near the temple.
And looking at the stalls, definitely, it is not a good idea to order food from them. So it is better to plan as a short one day trip either from Tirupati or Chennai or Madanapalle.
Moreover, there is nothing much to see around here except for the temple and dense forest waterfalls. Until we reached the checkpoint 1, we had trouble with the poor network connectivity.
Note: If you are planning to stay in the Talakona forest resort, it is best to carry this small water kettle to make tea, coffee and even cook noodles. This kettle comes handy when you have kids in the trip, and when you don’t have access to nearby local stalls. From what I have heard, it is not advisable to eat in the local stalls.
5. Trek to Talakona is suitable for older adults (but not in monsoon)
Since it was summer, we had no issue climbing up the unpaved stone stairs. But in monsoon, it would get slippery and hard to climb with the poor rails for support.
In some places, the rails were broken and fallen off from the track. Otherwise, it is safe to climb the man-made stairs with the rails support.
Talakona is the perfect romantic and adventurous getaway for youngsters. And the best place to hang out with family.
Talakona is a must visit tourist place if you are planning a trip to Tirupati.
To my fellow travellers:
Be early, enjoy the beauty of forest waterfalls in silence. And cherish the moment.
Be brave, take a cold shower in the hilltop, and be proud because not everyone can make to the top.
Be sensitive, don’t pollute the forest and the environment.
Trekking essentials – Things necessary for Talakona Trekking
#1. Small Backpack – To fit in all the travel essentials.
Size – Sufficient to fit 1 pair clothes, snacks, flip flops (chappals) and water bottle
Polythene bag /waterproof bag – to keep the wet clothes. Keep extra bag if needed to keep shoes or sandals water free just before you go to play in the falls
Soaps and hand sanitizer
Extras – Walking stick (especially for elders and to ward away monkeys)
Where to buy the cheap and best backpack?
I bought this small backpack from Decathlon sports and fitness shop in Bangalore. You could buy the same in the store or on their website. It is very handy, comfortable and lightweight backpack which fits in all the above-said essentials. Best suited for a single person. If you are travelling with a partner or with kids, its best to buy each bag for individuals to avoid tired and pain.
Avoid carrying family size bags up the hills – makes it difficult to trek the hills.
#2. Water Bottle
Summer or winter, trekking uphill always make you go thirsty for water. It is one of the most essential things in any kind of travel and definitely, you cannot travel without them for trekking to Talakona. So grab a bottle or two, make sure you are well hydrated throughout the trip.
As I mentioned before, it is not safe to buy bottles in the forest area stalls – as you would have never heard of those aqua brands before – so pack your own bottle or buy good brands before you hit the talakona border. Buy these reusable water bottles of high quality to protect the nature from plastics dumping.
#3. Travel towel
Essential for trekking and most important when you have the plan to play in the waterfalls. No One can resist this Talakona waterfalls falling 280 feet from the top of the mountain, which is said to carry medicinal properties – so it is not a bad idea at all, is not? So travel towel is an essential item in your backpack along with your change clothes. (there are no change rooms immediately near the falls, so need to climb down near to the Shiva temple to access the change rooms)
#4. Camera Bag
Needless to say, you need to protect them from water as you cannot leave them in open while you are bathing.
Healthy and space-saving snacks like chocolate bars, peanuts burfi, mixed nuts etc., These snacks not only occupy less space, they keep you full for a longer time from going hungry.
#6. Flip Flops
To relax your feet after a long walk. I saw locals climbing the hill with just flipflops, you could try too if you think will be comfortable and to save some space in the bag. We usually prefer shoes, comfortable for the bike ride. So we carry a pair of slippers for relaxing wherever we travel.
#7. Multi-Purpose scarf
This is our mandatory gear for our bike ride, it will be useful for you too if you are riding anywhere long distance by bike. You can use it as a scarf on your head to wear the helmet or on your face to protect from the sun and pollution.
#8. Basic skin care essentials
Soap, hand sanitizer, moisturizer, pocket comb etc.,
We are regular bike riders, so we have an exclusive travel kit to keep all the skin care essentials and medicines. Since it is a one day trip, you can toss in those cosmetics inside the bag, instead of carrying a pouch.
FAQ about Talakona Forest Waterfalls:
1. Where is the Talakona waterfalls located?
The Talakona waterfall is the highest waterfall in the Andhra Pradesh state with a 270 feet (82 m)-fall. It is located in Nerabailu village of Chittoor district in Andhra. It is situated 250 km from Bangalore, 220 km from Chennai, 58 km from Tirupati, 105 km from Chittoor and 102 km from Madanapalle.
How to reach Talakona waterfalls?
After reaching the forest entry (from Forest check-post security gate) it is about approx. 5 km distance to reach Shiva temple and 7 km ride to reach the waterfalls parking area.
Public transport buses from Tirupati, Madanapalle, Chennai would stop at this check-post. Otherwise, all types of private vehicles are permitted up-to waterfalls parking area, which is the closest parking area to waterfalls.
But some would prefer to halt at Shiva temple, whichever is convenient for you. So, if you have taken public transport, it is exactly 8.5 km walk to the waterfalls.
Details about the nearest railway station, Bus station and cab facility to Talakona Forest and waterfalls?
There is no direct railway connectivity to Talakona falls, one has to stop and change buses from Chittoor or Tirupati railway station.
Bus facilities are available from both the bus stations but are very infrequent.
Early morning direct bus available from Tirupati, but it is quite a long journey. Also, local taxi services in Tirupati would cost 2500/ -INR to 4000/- INR, varies for the season. So it is better to arrange own transport.
Are there any options for Room bookings, Hotels and Resorts near Talakona Forest?
Like public transport, hotel room availability is also not very supportive for the tourists. From what I gathered, the forest guest house facility is very poor and maintenance is not up to the expectation.
Needless to say, the struggle for good food, as the area is dominated by local food stalls which are dirty and untidy.
So it is better to look for accommodation in Tirupati or Madanapalle.
Also keeping the unavailability of restaurants in mind, it is advised to pack food and snacks from home or the nearest city.
What are the Activities to do / things to do in and around Talakona waterfalls?
Usually, people visit Talakona after Temple darshan at Tirumala Tirupathi. Or like us, people would directly come to talakona for trekking. In our next visit to Madanapalle, we are planning to visit the Horsley Hills. So the activities you could do when you are in Talakona –
Visit Lord Siddeshwara temple and seek his blessings
Trekking to hilltop – wear comfortable clothes and shoes, keep your luggage zip locked, keep a stick to ward off monkeys
Cook food, recreation with family and friends (alcohol prohibited)
Connect to mother nature, experience the forest away from city life
Poor network connectivity, disconnect with social media, connect with family and friends
Play in the pond -There is a beautiful pond at the waterfalls parking area for those who are not able to trek to the hilltop
Locker room facilities, Dress change rooms and washroom facilities in Talakona Waterfalls?
There are no locker room facilities, it is better to pack very light luggage. And there are dress change and washroom available but not clean, as there is no maintenance person.
Entry Fee, Timing, alcohol consumption and Photography in Talakona falls?
As I mentioned above, there are two checkpoints for vehicles.
One is forest checkpost where they check vehicles, note down the registration number, entry time and the number of visitors. There they collect 15/- for two-wheelers, 100/- INR for four wheelers and 100/- for cameras. Here entry time is open from early morning, but it is not preferable to reach the forest before 8 am as there won’t be any visitors until 9 am.
In the second entry point, which is near Shiva temple, the entry fee to waterfalls is collected. Here they collect 10/- per person for adults, 5/- per person for kids. The gate opens only by 9.15 am, until then you can spend time around the temple.
When is the best season to visit Talakona falls?
Usually, the best time to visit Talakona forest is between November to January. As you see in pics, there was a good amount of water flow even in March. It is suggested to avoid trekking during rainy season as it gets more dangerous in slippery rocks.
No alcohols or any impolite behaviour are entertained in the forest and waterfalls area.
By 4 pm, forest entry closes for visitors.
How much time one can spend in Talakona Falls?
From 9.15 am to 4 pm, you could spend time at the mountain top, playing and bathing. You could spend little more extra time in the area near the Lord Shiva temple, where you could find local food stalls and tea shops (hardly 1 or 2 shops)
Hope you got all the information you are seeking. For more details, you could ask your questions in the comment box below.
This is our thrilling story of riding motorbike at night among the avenue trees in our 500 kms bike trip, from Bangalore to Hassan road trip.
Two new riders on a bike.
In the pitch dark.
With just a backpack meant for a day trip.
No rooms booked.
Only tall never ending trees and extremely irritating bugs by our side.
This is our story of thrilling road trip to Hassan in pitch dark, covering 500 KMs under 36 hrs.
From Bangalore to Hassan Road trip – 500 KM thrilling bike ride
Who would have thought we would be riding among the never ending tall trees in pitch dark in our Bangalore to Hassan road trip.
Believe or not it was totally an unplanned journey and we were totally new to that long bike ride too.
In 2016, we were just starting to go out to the nearby places in Bangalore and testing the water.
We were not actually ready to go on long bike rides. We wanted to take it slow after our day bike trip experience from Bangalore to Lepakshi temple. It was quite a successful bike trip – properly planned and executed.
Now we had screwed it.
We didn’t plan well.
So, we didn’t have an itinerary laid for this unexpected delay.
Nor any rooms booked.
Above all, no mobile network to book any rooms.
What should have been a one day trip from Bangalore to Adichuchanagiri hills has turned into a 2 days of thriller ride.
A thrilling bike ride at night to Hassan, because we had no other option.
After a long leisure darshan at Kalabhairava temple, sitting on the top of Adichuchanagiri hills late in the evening – we had only two options in front of us.
Go back home riding 135 kms to Bangalore or ride 90 kms to Hassan which is relatively less distance so we can be safe soon?.
As a new bee just started travelling by bike to places, 135 kms seemed like a himalayan distance to cross.
(Hardly 3 months later we had covered 335 kms just in one day’s bike trip to Melkote. Read here).
Adichuchanagiri hills – The intial destination of our Night trip from Bangalore to hassan road trip
Initially days I had a hard time coping with the cool attitude of Rajesh. He was super cool in everything he did and that includes not bothering about sticking to the time schedule.
In many ways I appreciated his coolness but at times he tested my patience and gave me really hard time. Especially on the days when we had to run a marathon to reach the airport and railway stations. Couple of times we had a history of missing them too.
Soon when we really started loving our bike rides, he couldn’t wait to wake up and get ready before me.
Now, sitting on top of the Adichuchanagiri hills, blaming our “coolness” for not planning the trip well. Meanwhile, we were nervously trying to connect to the network to get a hang of the google map.
By calculating the distances to home and to Hassan from adichunchanagiri hills, and with zero energy to drive , we decided upon the best shortest distance to hit the bed ASAP.
That best decision was to ride to Hassan in the pitch dark.
So we made a hotel reservation at La Flora Pavanputra Resort before we descended down the hill.
We both experienced a chill in our spine when the parking area was completely deserted. The very place was buzzing with lots of two wheeler and four wheeler is now empty.
The small shops selling toys near the temple entrance are now completely covered and locked under blue sheets.
We both exchanged a look, that said “we are totally screwed”.
Though we did not show any concern or fear on the face, we were totally terrified of the situation.
La Flora Pavanputra Resort Hassan – Thrilling Road trip comes to an end
For more than 3hrs, it was a never ending journey among the avenue trees, literally holding the jumping heart in our hands.
We did it.
Successfully made it to the resort, all in one piece and we couldn’t be more proud.
We appreciated each other and acknowledged that we played good team sports.
Had it been someone else in Rajesh’s place, I very much doubt their behavior in such adverse conditions.
I am pretty sure they never would have exhibited the same level of bravery and leadership. All kudos to Rajesh.
Of various trips and risks we undertook in our bike travel, this Bangalore to Hassan road trip stays close to our heart till date.
Also, this trip brought us recognition as “bike riders” among our friends on facebook.
And Rajesh has got many appreciation for his new milestone of driving 500 kms under 36 hrs.
Soon people started expecting bike travel posts from us during the weekends.
Following this thrilling unplanned trip, we went on a well planned night bike ride of 200Kms, read here.
3 Places We Visited From Hassan To Bangalore Road trip
Next day morning, woke up in our room with a grumbling stomach since we had not eaten anything since the time we left the Adichunchanagiri hills. We were just grateful to be alive and having found a hotel room, the thought of feeding our stomach did not occur at all.
Soon we checked out our room right after the complimentary breakfast, for sure we will never return to this anytime in the future.
Doddagaddavalli Lakshmi Devi Temple
We rode our bike towards Belur instead of towards Bangalore, to visit this very beautiful -never seen before kind of Hoysala architecture. Not just the architecture is unique, the idols inside the small sanctum are unique too. Along with Lakshmi devi and Kali devi, there were also statues of both Lord Vishnu and Lord Shivalinga guarded by 2 guardians standing tall from floor to the roof.
We reached the temple around 9.40am, and spent till 10.30am. We allowed ourselves inside the sanctum since there was no priest to be seen and the temple gate was not locked.
After darshan, we spent time in the pillar hall, eating the peanut we bought along the way.
Here is some information on the uniqueness of this Hoysala architecture I gathered on the internet.
“There are 92 Hoysala temples in Karnataka. These temples are known to be Ekakuta, Dwikuta, Thrikuta, Chatushkuta and Panchkuta, depending on the number of shrines and towers. This Mahalaxmi temple is the only Chathushkuta temple (four shrines and towers) built in Hoysala Architecture style.
The temple is said to be built in the year 1114 A.D, by Kallahana Rahutha(from Kolhapur, Maharashtra), a wealthy merchant in Hoysala court. The place was called Abhinava Kolhapura, connecting it with Kolhapur”.
Lakshmi Narasimha temple, Nuggehalli
Luckily Lakshmi Narasimha temple was open for darshan around 1.10 pm when we reached there. We have travelled about 75kms from where we left, to reach this temple via Hassan – Bangalore highway. We had spent time till 1.50 pm, the priest left the temple open, closing only the sanctum doors. Main deity of this temple is Lord Lakshmi Narasimha with Lord Krishna in the nearby sanctum.
Yediyur Siddhalingeshwara temple, Kunigal district
Around 4.15 after lunch at Bellur cross, we stopped at a very crowded Yediyur Siddhalingeshwara temple on the way to our home. Though it was a small temple with Lord Shiva as the main deity, we spent around 45 mins for darshan since it was too crowded.
We didn’t want to do anymore visiting places or temples anymore since it was already evening and a lesson from the previous day was to start the bike before it’s too dark and too late.
Finally a suggestion to the readers. If you are looking to extend your trip from Hassan, you could go to the following nearby places. Take help of google maps, to find these places.
Chikamagalur, 63 kms
Kodagu, 115 kms
Unforgettable Road trip in Our Travel History
This was our first experience driving a bike late into the night.
And it was totally an unplanned journey from Bangalore to Hassan road trip.
We totally enjoyed our return journey easing all the tension from the previous night and enjoyed the ride.
It was a total of 256 kms of bike ride from our hotel room in Hassan to our home in Bangalore. And it was a grand total of 500kms bike riding from Bangalore to Hassan road trip.
Till date this trip makes one of the interesting dinner conversations with our friends.