Yelagiri: A Paragliding Hotspot
Yelagiri located near Chennai and Bangalore in the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu is known to the world as “Poor Man’s Ooty, but not now. Thanks to a great team effort, by the Tourism Department, district administration, Yelagiri Adventure Sports Association (YASA), the Yelagiri Hills is has emerged as the Paragliding hotspot in India.
With the huge success of the Paragliding festival held in the month of September, the local hoteliers as well as the BDO office were upbeat about the tourism prospects of Yelagiri.
In the paragliding festival around 45 Para-gliders from around the world participated. With its success a whole range of exciting adventure sports are in the offing at this once sleepy place. Three places have been earmarked for carrying adventure sports. They are Kottur, Muthanoor and Raneri. Para-gliding is slated to actively start from February 2009. You can expect all kinds of adventure sports like trekking, rock climbing and mountain biking in the hills of Yelagiri.
The local people are very enthusiastic about all these. Seeing Para-gliders including women jump of the cliff with all their equipment makes them really jump up in excitement. The experienced pilots sailed in the sky for around two hours before they touched ground.
The district administration has drawn an elaborate plan to boost Para-gliding as sports.
The Local youths are to be selected and trained in Para-gliding. All this bodes well for the local hotels. Real estate prices are already on a high. The hoteliers now expect business the whole year. General tourists as well as adventure enthusiasts are now expected to make a beeline for this mini Hill Town.
Updated on October 2008