Yercaud (aer-kaad) is a best option
1. when you want to badly get out for a short vacation
2. want to escape Chennai summer
3. when you can not take 3-4 days straight off from work
4. if you are heading to Salem or Vellore. I decided to visit it for all these reasons plus two more: one was because it was my 5th wedding anniversary and most importantly I have a 3 yr old naughty girl who is uncontrollable and hence this becomes a safe hill station 😉 for my family.
After receiving a text from my COO saying “it is not right to take your company so casually” , I was all set to start.
Day – I
With no idea about routes, having enabled Google maps, we started on a Tuesday. We reached a place called Kupanoor about which I have never heard before. With 99% doubt about the route we chose, we continued and it took us to Yercaud Ghats luckily. Even after seeing directions boards we always had a doubt if we were taking the correct route as this had no hairpin bends, no traffic and not even a single hoarding or an ad on either side of the road. Most shocking part was the cleanliness!!
After reaching our hotel (GRT Nature Trails – Sky rocca), we came to know that we took a short route that is known only to locals. The reason for the roads being clean was it being less visited by tourists. The hotel was really good except for the expired cookie packets, unattended reception desk, abnormally slow room service. The view was great and the awesome climate made all this negligible (cos those were horrible diet cookies, i had my maps for routes and food has to be brought down from level 4). Highlight was the skywalk – awesome terrace view at level four in a hill station!!! a must watch for anyone who visits yercaud.
Day – II
We were planning on spending the entire day covering tourist spots as the hotel arranged for sight seeing. We left the hotel at 10.30 AM with two other families out of which one was newlyweds. We reached shevroy temple which looked very simple and usual from the outside, but the temple was actually located inside a cave and this was a surprise as I had seen the Google images earlier and thought this was waste of time. There was nothing much around and we reached the cab along with the other family and waited for the newlyweds to come who were shooting balloons in the local fair!! This continued to happen in all the other spots as well and we got used to this as it helped us bond with the other family who also turned up on time. Our favorite pass-time was to gossip about the newlyweds. 🙂 We went to the botanical garden, rose garden and skipped few view points as sky rocca had better view. All I could see here was plastic covers and garbage. It is high-time people realize that they do not visit a place to contaminate it. By the time we finished this, it was just 2.30 PM and we headed back deciding to go for boating in the evening as this was just 1 KM from the hotel (which we end up not going as we were too lazy and had a campfire at 7 PM) After a small nap we headed to the swimming pool which was fantastic and very relaxing. It had an amazing view and it was perfect for my daughter.
The next morning hotel had arranged for trekking which was not possible with my 3 year old around. So we decided to leave Yercaud and stay in Vellore to visit few temples which we had always wanted to go. After two days of super dooper fun, we visited ratnagiri, sripuram and headed back home after a refreshing short vacation.
Back to work hoping to take my work more serious as per my COO’s suggestion only to find that he was going on a vacation the next week. 😉