Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Yercaud: A weekend in the Eastern Ghats

Yercaud: A weekend in the Eastern Ghats

Overview: Yercaud may not be as popular destination as Ooty, but definitely worth a visit for a weekend to cool off. We decided to drive all the way to Yercaud. Considering the distance, we set off early at around 6am from Bangalore. The roads were not crowded and NH7 was in perfect condition. We had breakfast at A2B near Krishnagiri at around 7:30am. Bypassing all villages, we reached Salem at around 9:00am. Driving along the ghats was the first experience for me. Was fun to begin with 20 hair-pin bends. We finally reached Yercaud at around 10:30am. Though it was sunny, cool breeze was blowing which was very pleasant. We checked into our resort and settled decided to relax a bit. We decided to roam around the place after lunch.
KA-TN Border Krishnagiri Lake NH7 NH7 NH7 Salem-Yercaud Road Ghats Ghats Ghats 
We went to the Botanical garden post lunch and had a leisurely stroll through it. Its a welcome break where one gets to hear only nature's sounds away from the noise of city. Close to it was the Lady’s seat which offered a majestic view of the Salem town from the top. We returned back to the resort in the evening. It became really cold in the evening and had to get our warm clothing on. It was really to see stars and the bright moonlight clearly as the pollution levels were very low.
Lady's Seat, YercaudLady's Seat, Yercaud  Botanical Garden, Yercaud  Botanical Garden, Yercaud  Botanical Garden, Yercaud Botanical Garden, Yercaud Yercaud
Next day we went to the Pagoda point. It is lined with stone Pagodas and offers a breathtaking view of the eastern ghats. There is a watch tower as well which offers panoramic view of the hills.
Pagoda Point, YercaudPagoda Point, Yercaud Pagoda Point, Yercaud 
Next we went to the Rajarajeshwari temple which is frequented by the villagers and is believed to bless everyone who comes there.
Rajarajeshwari Temple, Yercaud
Then we proceeded to the cave temple of Servarayan or Murugan which is situated atop Servaroyan hill. Its a cave temple and is visited by all the tourists in Yercaud. We sat at the view point near the temple enjoying the cool breeze.
Servarayan Temple, Yercaud Servarayan Hills, Yercaud Servarayan Hills, YercaudServarayan Hills, Yercaud  Yercaud
Next we went to the Greenhouse where we could see many varieties of flowers and spices grown. Next to it is the Anna Park which is well maintained.
GreenHouse, Yercaud GreenHouse, Yercaud GreenHouse, Yercaud Anna Park, Yercaud Anna Park, Yercaud Anna Park, YercaudAnna Park, Yercaud  
Later we went to the Yercaud Lake where we went for row boating. As it is in the middle of the town, we could see trees and hills surrounding the lake. Beside the lake is a bird sanctuary which is home to a variety of birds. From there we headed back to the resort.
Yercaud Lake Yercaud Lake  Yercaud Lake Yercaud Lake Yercaud Yercaud
The area behind the resort is a dense forest. We decided to have a stroll in the woods for a while. It look vintage in the evening sun and the birds heading back after the day's work.
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On day 3, we checked out of the resort and was the end of our stay in Yercaud. On the way we went to the century old Montfort school which is open for public only on Sundays. It is built in old Gothic architecture with granite and wood. The inner campus is lined with trees, playgrounds, church and a huge globe.
Montfort School, Yercaud Montfort School, Yercaud Montfort School, Yercaud Montfort School, Yercaud Montfort School, Yercaud Montfort School, Yercaud
Completing the trip on a high note, with complete relaxation over the 3 days, we headed back towards Bangalore.
How to reach: Rail: Plenty of trains available from Bangalore to Salem, best option being 12677 Ernakulam express leaving Bangalore at 6:15am and reaching Salem at 10:02am.
Bus: Plenty of buses ply from Bangalore to Salem. From Salem, buses are available to Yercaud.
Car: Head on NH7 towards Hosur. Drive on till Salem, from there, take the ghat road to Yercaud.
Food/Accomodation: On the way, A2B restaurants at Krishnagiri is a good option. At Yercaud, plenty of resorts and budget hotels available for stay.
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  3. Nice TL with good pics. We went there two weeks back and it was a good experience.

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