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Old 5th December 2013, 17:21   #1
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We got married about 6 months back and had already visited the following places:
  • Thailand
  • Shivanasamudra
  • Talakadu
  • Mekedatu
  • Mysore

We had talked about going on at least one trip per month, and on accordance to this plan, a trip to Yercaud was long due. We finally managed to squeeze some time during Navarathri and decided to go on a trip to Yercaud for 3 days and 2 nights.

Vehicle: Ritz VXI

Route Taken: Bangalore -> Hosur -> Krishnagiri -> Dharmapuri -> Salem -> Yercaud
Distance from Yelahanka to Yercaud: 245 kms
Almost all the travelogues mention the same route, and for a good reason. The road in this route is in excellent condition. The road condition deteriorates around Hosur for some distance, and further on it's pretty smooth. One can easily drive at a constant speed of 100+ on this route. Driving on a Friday helped us since the traffic was very less.

We started from our home at around 10 AM and reached Yercaud at around 03:45 PM. Crossing Bangalore took more time than expected since it was a weekday and there was a heavy traffic jam near Mekhri Circle.

View from Salem Highway:
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Hotel Details:
I researched few hotels and finally shortlisted MM Resorts and Greenberry Resorts. The other hotels were alreaady booked and the few which had vacant rooms were extremely overpriced. We came back from a luxurious trip to Thailand recently and stayed in 5-Star hotels, I felt that a decent budget hotel should be sufficient for a 2 night stay. MM Resorts looked too basic and my wife ruled it out. She liked the photos of Greenberry Resorts, and I booked a Semi-Deluxe room for 2 nights. The cost was around 2400 bucks per night.

This resort did not have any on-line booking facility, nor booking option via sites like Agoda and MakeMyTrip. The room was confirmed after talking to the resort manager and transferring an advance amount of 2000 bucks via NEFT.

Few snaps of Greenberry Resort:
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View from the balcony:
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Day 1:
We reached the hotel at about 03:45 PM. The resort had parking space for about 6 cars and ours was the only car in the resort at that time (maybe it was vacant since it was a weekday). We did the check-in formalities and headed to the room.

The room was spacious enough for a couple, and even had a balcony with the view of the tea estate. The bathroom was hygienic and hot water supply was through a geyser. All the basic amenities were provided and the room was in pretty good shape

After dumping the luggage in the hotel room and relaxing for some time, we decided to head out and explore Yercaud.

Yercaud has a lake at its center. This is the main area where you'll find many restaurants and shops. So we decided to explore the city/village center first and headed toward the lake.

We took the entry ticket to the lake and hired the paddle boat ride. The ride lasted for 15-20 minutes and took us throughout the lake. The guy handling the paddleboat gave us life jackets for our safety. The lake was quite calm and the temperature started decreasing all of a sudden in the evening. We finished the boat ride and headed toward the Deer park.
But unfortunately the Deer Park was closed.

Few snaps of Yercaud Lake:
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We then decided to go to Lady's Seat. But it had already turned dark, and hence we decided to call it a day and returned back to our hotel.

We had informed our resort manager earlier to prepare for our dinner. There is very limited dinner option in the room. The resort guys get the food from a nearby restaurant, and they don't prepare it themselves. Hence they need to be told in advance whether we prefer to have dinner in the resort or not. Only Chapathi and Dal were available, and nothing else.

Hint: If you prefer to stay in this resort, have food outside and return to the resort. Food is the only negative point about this resort. Everything else is top-notch.

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Day 2:
We woke up early and started at 8AM. We drove toward Shevaroy's Temple. The road to the temple was deserted since it was early. This made the drive in the narrow mountain roads more enjoyable. The drive did not take more than 30 minutes.

View from the roads leading to Shevaroy's Temple:
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Shevaroy's Temple is located on top of a mountain. It's a small temple in a cave. It's a nice place and the view of the surrounding mountains and greenery is majestic! We spent about half an hour here, and then proceeded toward Rajarajeswari Temple. The temple was closed. So we headed to Sri Chakra maha Meru Temple (Tripurasundari Temple). It's about 4 km from Rajarajeswari Temple. But the road is narrow, and the large number of curves make the drive difficult. The temple was better than we expected. We spent about half an hour here, and then proceeded toward Yercaud.

Shevaroy's Temple:
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View from Shevaroy's Temple:
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Rajarajeswari Temple:
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Sri Chakra Maha Meru Temple:
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We had a quick breakfast at Shevaroy's Restaurant. Breakfast was buffet style and cost us 250 bucks per person. We then headed to the resort for bath and change of clothes.

Neatly maintained flower plants at Shevaroy's Restaurant:
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Day 2 (Continued):
We then headed to Montfort School. We were not allowed inside. Heard this school was built during British rule and is still in great shape. There is a lake (Ornamental lake) just outside the school. It was not at all maintained.

Montfort School:
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Ornamental Lake:
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From here, we went to Pagoda Point. This is just one of the many view points in Yercaud.

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Our next stop was Kiliyur Falls. One has to drive through narrow roads to reach Kiliyur falls. A hatchback would be the best option to go to Kiliyur Falls. Driving a sedan in these narrow roads would be difficult.

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In the evening we visited Ladies Seat, Children Seat, and Rose garden. All are located close to each other. One can visit Children Seat, Gent Seat, and Rose Garden along with parking fee for a total of 100 bucks. We felt that the amount is a bit high considering the state of these places. Children Seat offered an excellent view of Salem, and in my opinion probably the best view point in Yercaud.

View from Children Seat:
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We headed to Salem Heights for dinner, and this was the best food we tasted in Yercaud. Dinner for two costed close to 1200 bucks.

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Day 3:
We had to check-out by 11 AM. So we decided to go out and explore the other attractions in Yercaud. We had a quick breakfast at Saravana Bhavana Elite. The breakfast was much better than the one we had at Shevaroy's Restaurant, and much cheaper too!

We headed to Mount Retreat. This is another view point in Yercaud. This view point is in a school/college campus, and still general public are allowed to enter the viewpoint.

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We checked-out from the resort and then drove directly to Karadiyur View Point. I would rate this the second best (first being the Children Seat view point). One has to travel about 1 KM through a narrow path in a forest like area to reach this view point. This view point could definitely use some improvement in terms of approcah road.

Tea estates en-route Karadiyur View Point:
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Karadiyur View Point:
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On the way back to Yercaud City Center from Karadiyur View Point, we visited various tea Estates.

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We then had lunch at some restaurant near Yercaud Lake and started our journey back to Bangalore at 03:45 PM. We reached Bangalore by 08:30 PM.

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Default Revved to Yercaud! (Part 5)

Places to stay:
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Greenberry Resorts (~2500 per night)
MM Resorts (~1750 per night)
Shervaroy's Hotel (~2750 per night)

Places to eat:
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Saravana Bhavana Elite
Salem Heights
Shevaroy's Restaurant

Places to see:
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Yercaud Lake
Deer Park
Shevaroy's temple
Rajarajeswari Temple
Sri Chakra Maha Meru Temple
Karadiyur View Point
Montfort School
Ornamental lake
Pagoda Point
Kiliyur Falls
Ladies Seat
Children Seat
Gent Seat
Rose Garden
Mount Retreat

Signing off with a snap of my second wife.
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Default Re: Revved to Yercaud!

Thread moved from the Assembly Line (The "Assembly Line" Forum section) to Travelogues. Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks Scorpion.B. Nice travelogue & beautiful pictures.
This one brings back the memories of our trip to Yercaud during last summer. We had a short stay & missed out many places.
Wish to go once again and spend at least 2 days.
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Good read, and good set of pictures.
What I appreciate more is post #5. The list of places to eat at, visit and stay.

All pictures shot from a cellphone?
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Nice breezy travelogue with good snaps. I feel one must visit this place sometime after monsoons, to experience the green all round.
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What I appreciate more is post #5. The list of places to eat at, visit and stay.

All pictures shot from a cellphone?
Thanks. I feel every travelogue should contain a list of places to see, hotels and restaurants. This makes planning much more easier.

All pictures are shot from my Point-And-Shoot camera Sony WX150.

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Nice breezy travelogue with good snaps. I feel one must visit this place sometime after monsoons, to experience the green all round.
Definitely agree with you. Summer is also a good time to visit Yercaud to escape the heat.

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Thanks Scorpion.B. Nice travelogue & beautiful pictures.
This one brings back the memories of our trip to Yercaud during last summer. We had a short stay & missed out many places.
Wish to go once again and spend at least 2 days.
Thanks for the encouraging words iVento.
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Definitely agree with you. Summer is also a good time to visit Yercaud to escape the heat.
Another ideal time is to visit the place in this month too. You get a perfect sense of morning mist, chillness in air and hot food! I was there last year the same month and it was fun early morning with near zero visibility thanks to the mist!
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Another interesting thing that I have noticed during my 1 night stay at Yercaud was as the darkness falls, the entire place is lit by hundreds and hundreds of fireflies. Do not know whether you have notices this. To observe them, you need to take a walk through some lonely / vegetated area.
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