Tirupattur: Yelagiri Hills in need of better facilities

‘Poor man’s Ooty’ attracts around 25,000 tourists a month

TIRUPATTUR: Yelagiri Hills near Tirupattur in Vellore district has been attracting lot of tourists.

But the hill station, which is referred to as the ‘poor man’s Ooty,’ is in need of good facilities.

A view of the Yatri Nivas at Yelagiri Hills near Tirupattur.— Photo: D. Gopalakrishnan

Residents of Yelagiri Hills say they have been able to get a sustained income because of good flow of tourists during weekends. The Nature Park and the Boat House at Athanavoor and Nilavoor have started to attract the tourists. But there was a need to improve the facilities at the Hills. Presently, the hills got 25,000 tourists in a month, the residents said.

The Yatri Nivas, which offered accommodation at reasonable rates for the tourists, is in dire need of attention. Steps were taken to build more rooms for the convenience of the tourists. But the construction work had now come to a standstill for reasons best known to the authorities concerned.

Costly accommodation

Some tourists told The Hindu that Yelagiri Hills could no more be called ‘poor man’s Ooty.’ Everything, including food, transportation and accommodation had become expensive. They said private hotels have started to exploit the tourists to make huge profit. The tourists now tried to cut short their stay owing to high priced accommodation.

Enquiries revealed that at Yatri Nivas, standard, deluxe and dormitory rooms with heater and television facility were available at prices ranging from between Rs.500 and Rs.1,500 a day. But this was not the same in the case of private hotels at the hills. In fact, private hotels with basic facility charged anywhere between Rs.1,500 and Rs.2,000 per day.

Tourists to the hills said the District Administration should instruct the hotels to charge nominal rate for accommodation.


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