Jawadhu Hill Camping

5/5.0 (13 Reviews)

  Jawadhu Hills , Tamilnadu


Family Friendly

Ideal for Stargazing


Newly Added

About the campsite
For those travellers from Chennai who crave for a weekend getaway from Chennai but in the mountains, here’s a less explored option – Jawadhu Hills.
Spread across the Vellore & Tiruvanamalai districts of Tamil Nadu, Jawadhu Hills is a charming little hill station still untouched by the tourist masses. If you are looking for a short weekend getaway to a hill station near Chennai & Bangalore here's your option.
Camp in a beautiful panoramic campsite well equipped with all required amenities. Go on hikes, visit the observatory (fantastic for star gazing), kayak in a beautiful lake & take dips in seasonal waterfalls. Located at an altitude of 3600-3800 ft, the weather stays pleasant throughout the year; barring the peak summer months of May & June.
Jawadhu also hosts Asia’s biggest telescope “Vainu Bapu Telescope” at Kavalur observatory & is a star gazer’s paradise.
Camping near Chennai
Camping Near Bangalore
Western Toilets
Electricity in common areas
Bedding & Blanket
Parking Facility
Stay in Dome Tents
Safety Features
Gated Private Campsite
First Aid Kit
Backup Container
Crowd Free Campsite
Day 1

Check In Finish lunch at Ambur (on your own) & reach the campsite around 1.30 pm

Pitch Tents, Relax for a while, Finish Tea & head to the observatory(entry depends on the availability)


Return from observatory, finish dinner & settle down for a fun campfire and mild music session

Post campfire indulge in a magical stargazing experience. Jawadhu is one of the best places for stargazing in South India. This would be a DIY session. Download the Sky View / Sky map app

Day 2

Wake up, finish tea & head out for a morning hike to a nearby peak / view point.


Lake Kayaking
Finish breakfast & head out to the lake for a kayaking session.

Check Out Return to the base camp for lunch & check-out of the campsite. On the way, you could visit waterfalls or indulge in boating. Waterfalls Visit & Boating are self-explore activities. Our hosts will share the locations & you have to explore them on your own.

Included in the price:

Accommodation in Camping tents with
Day 1: High Tea, Dinner (Veg + non-veg).
Day 2: Morning Tea, Breakfast & Lunch (veg).
Sterilized sleeping bags / Blankets, Foam mattresses / Rubber Mats
Campfire, Hiking Charges & Kayaking

Important Info

Check-In - 1.30 pm
Check-Out - 1.30 pm

Accessible By:
Bikes & Cars 

Best Time to visit:
August - February

Cancellation Policy:

  • 75% refund for all cancellations done 7 days before the date of stay
  • No refund for cancellations within 7 days from the date of stay
  • Booking dates cannot be transferred / rescheduled
  • In case of govt. imposed lockdowns / Covid disruptions, an option to reschedule booking to any other date within a year will be given. No refund will be issued.
  • Refunds if any will be credited to the source account in 7 working days 

Important Note: The Observatory is run by the government; Observatory visit is subject to the facility being open (this cannot be guaranteed)

Note: This Campsite cannot be accessed by public transport. The itinerary involves visiting multiple destinations around the campsite. One must have either their own vehicle (car/bike) or a hired cab.

Campsite Rules
No Alcohol
No Smoking
No Littering
Valid ID required
How to get here?
Jawadhu is located 200 Kms from Chennai & 180 Kms from Bangalore near the town of Ambur.
One can take trains from Chennai & Bangalore and hire local cabs from Ambur.
Jawadhu pick-up and drop from Ambur (hatchback upto 4 ppl) 3500/cab.
The exact location will be shared along with booking confirmation email.

Exact location to be shared on booking

13 Reviews

This is my first camping experience and it was really a awesome event by spending time with ppl with different ideologies and perspectives. My "The best moments"are the hot tea on the mountain at the sunset immersed in the fantasy world of a 5th grade Lil Angel,being lost in the middle of the hills and back to camp site,star gazing (63 moons - unforgettable moment),late nite talks abt creating a new island and hiking to see the best view.. A safe and secure camping with fine meal. Thanks to the team for re-opening the booking site and slot allocation which helped me to escape the ordinary. A well organized camping.

Mary Shalini Vidya

Where do I begin? This is my 7th camp with Exoticamp!! I remember very well the first camp that I went to in 2019 and there's been no looking back ever since then!! No two camps are alike but what's common between all of them is that they give you an offbeat experience at an unbeatable price. I am a solo female traveler and I'm always concerned about my safety when I travel alone in India (have had some bad experiences in the past), I don't have to worry about it when I am with Exoticamp, I'm well taken care of from my point of pick up till my drop off point, I don't know how the host manages to give personalized care, attention inspite of having a large group to manage!! It's always fun with Exoticamp; their bonfire nights, tents and hygienic tasty food. I know if I want to beat the stress or just want to be close to nature, I just have to book the upcoming camp, hop into their transport and it's fun guaranteed after that!! Even though they have itineraries, they always leave it upto you as to what you want to do or don't want to do!! (How many group travel companies have you heard doing this?) I haven't tried other camping groups but I have heard alot, Exoticamp will always be my preferred camping choice!!

Aqua Girl

This is my second trip with Exoticamp. As a solo female traveller I always wanted it to be safe and also to be fun and somehow I came across Exoticamp and started my camping journey with them. As mentioned they never put me down since i felt safe and also had fun at the same time. #Jawadh Hills - Mountain trek was a great getaway from your worklife with lots of new things to experience like Caravan life, Kayaking and specially Trekking was so good with the lovely locals and a cute Mr. Karuppu (dog) as a guide. Food was decent and taste at the same time. I highly recommend this to my other female travellers and also to other solo travellers where Exoticamp not only made it happen for young people also made the Travelling possible for families and also for the Young parents where cutiee babies from age 1 also became a customer of Exoticamp. Thank you guys for making this happen and looking forward to travel a lot in future with Exoticamp. The mantra i believe in camping is you go as "Me" and comeback as "We" with loads of memories for life.... ?????? #travel #makememories

Kavya Badri

Exoticamp adventures : I have been following this page on instagram for around 2 years , Liking posts and thinking I might join any of the trip in future ! Finally It happened somehow and I got to be a part of it ! Jawadd hills - Really at first I was hesitant about the location thinking there won't be much to do ! Yet it's exoticamp , the one that I was obsessed with , so I did not want to miss this chance ! I have been to camping before and this is not my frst time ! Not at all exaggerating , but it was far beyond my expectations ! And the place was really was beautiful , specially at the night ! This lockdown had really made me lose touch with people , with WFH and all , talking to people became very rare ! The main thing that inspires me to travel is to connect with people and that's the only thing that I expect in any camping ! With that as a main theme , Exotic camp stood unqiue among others ! Food ? Safety ? Fun ? Adventure? Organised? And what not ! ?? We were a group of 3 girls , each and everyone in the group made us feel so comfortable ! Even more we felt so safe ! I was out in the open till 4:00 Am gazing at the beautiful stars without any fear ! What else do you need ???? Strongly recommended for all travelers out there ! Doesn't matter if u r a Family , Solo traveller , squad..at the end all become so connected that there will not be any difference at all ! Ours also the same , we joined the troop as complete strangers but parting ways was really difficult ! I wish we humans have some capacity to stop time then and there or atleast to relive our favourite moments ! But afterall we are humans ! The maximum we can do is capture the beauty in our eyes , store the memories in our heart and replay it again and again over time ! We all Parted ways with " ????????? ???? ???????" Looking forward for the next one with so much love and Happy heart ?? Really great job @Exoticamp adventures !


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