IT crowd at Bangalore yearns for short weekend trips to rejuvenate their mind and spirit. Thankfully, lot of such options are available… Yercaud being one of them.
Yercuad is a quaint hill station in Salem district of Tamil Nadu. It might not rank high compared to Ooty, Coonor or Kodaikanal but nonetheless it offers a much needed whiff of fresh air.
How to Reach:
By Air: The nearest airport is in Salem. From there buses ply to Yercaud. Alternately, flights can be taken to Trichy airport from where taxi needs to be hired till Yercaud.
By Rail: Train can be taken till Salem form where buses or taxi needs to be taken till Yercaud
By Road: Major bus companies have overnight buses from Bangalore to Salem. From Salem again bus or taxi needs to be taken to reach Yercaud.
However, the best way to enjoy your trip is by car. We had booked a car from a local travel agency. Its best to start early from Bangalore to avoid traffic. We had started by 6AM and it was more than 6-hours drive for us as we took a lot of breaks on the way.
We arrived at Yercaud at mid-noon. Yercaud is a small town on top of a hill. There is very less tourist around so its a perfect place to relax for a day or two. We checked in at the hotel and had our lunch. Then we set out to explore the place.
Day 1: We roamed around the town on foot. We did boating at the Yercaud Lake. We visited Anna Park. We tried the local cuisine. Tired after our long drive, we turned in for the night after an early dinner.
Day 2: After breakfast we took our car and went sightseeing around the place. We drove around the Loop Road, caught a glimpse of the beauty of the place from Pagoda viewpoint and even trekked near Kiliyur falls which sadly had no water at that time. After lunch we started back from Yercaud and reached Bangalore at night.
Things to see:
Yercaud Lake: You cannot miss it, its at the heart of the town. You can indulge in boating or simply choose to pass time beside the lake. Its a small lake compared to Ooty or Kodaikanal lake. Some small shops sell ice cream and fast food as well.
Anna Park: Located adjacent to the Yercuad Lake, its got a nice collection of plants including a Japanese horticulture section. There is a children’s play area and a picnic spot inside as well.
Pagoda Viewpoint: A viewpoint from where you can enjoy a nice view of the entire area.
Kiliyur Falls: Sadly, there was no water when we visited. But it was a nice trek through the forest to reach the waterfall. Do not fall prey to the jeep rides that they offer. The trek is a better option.
Yercaud is ideal for a short trip where you can leave the hustle bustle of city life behind. In terms of tourist attractions, Yercaud has very less to offer. The drive is enjoyable, and the greenery is soothing to your eyes. Good for big groups or family trips.