After a trip to Leh, I decided to visit a place which is closer to Bangalore within 250 km and that’s how we decided on Yercaud. Let me give some information about this place and later will take you through the course of our journey.
Yercaud is a hill station in Salem District, in Tamil Nadu, India. It is located in the Shevaroys range of hills in the Eastern Ghats. It is situated at an altitude of 1515 meters (4970 ft) above sea level, and the highest point in Yercaud is the Servarayan temple, at 5,326 feet (1,623 m). The hill station is named owing to the abundance of forest near the lake, the name signifying Lake Forest.
As a popular tourist destination, Yercaud is also called as Jewel of the South. Yercaud is connected to the city of Salem, Tamil Nadu through a Highway of 28 km. Coffee and citrus fruits, most notably oranges, are grown in abundance, as well as bananas, pears, and jackfruit. Scenically, Yercaud is as enchanting and picturesque as the hill stations on the Eastern Ghats and trekking will be an experience. (source: Wikipedia)
Meanwhile, I booked my stay and listed the places to visit in Yercaud. Around 2:00 am Jayanth aka Jay pinged and said he wanted to tag along for this trip. Jay returned back from his shift around 3:30 am, so we decided to leave by 6:00 so that he would get some rest. Jay pings around 4:45 and says “I am not able to sleep, Chalo Bhai chalthey hey”. As our starting points were different, we decided to meet near Electronic city toll gate.
The weather was so perfect with wide roads (NH44) and less traffic made our ride easy. It’s a 6 lane highway till Krishnagiri, we hit high on the throttle just to reach the destination before the weather gets bad on us. After crossing Krishnagiri around 7:40 am we decided to take a break and have something. We stopped at a small hotel on road side, rested for a while and had our breakfast and headed towards our destination.
Post Krishnagiri, the road was not that great as its 2 lane road, had to be low on rpm. Once you reach Salem, you need to enter the city and stay on Sarada college road and take left from the signal in order to reach Yercaud road. Please follow the direction.
Yercaud is around 32Km from Salem which also consists of 20 hairpin bends and some beautiful scenery. On the way to Yercaud, you will be stopped to pay the toll :’D which is our first one (10 Rs per vehicle ). Now we knew that there’s hairpin bend’s ahead, there comes the inner devil rider all set to bend and touch the road as close as possible in all the loops.
As you ride through the scenic hills, you would be forced to stop for a minute by the beauty of mother nature and capture some moments. The road gets narrower with single lane, where one has to be very careful as the vehicles from the other end would be rushing in. Roads are well maintained, you would feel 32 Km is short.
We reached Yercaud at 10:00 am and we were welcomed by a beautiful lake known as Yercaud lake. For a minute we thought of spending some time out there, but as there were not much of places to visit we decided to rest for a while and headed towards the resort.
Good that technology has improved a lot, with help of google maps we were able to reach resort without any hassle. Shekar, caretaker of the resort welcomed us and gave a choice to pick the room. It was a small cottage with attached bathroom, which was nice and clean ( worth the money ).
As we rested and listened to music, we could see some big spiders creeping out of the roof. As we continued to ignore them, next thing we could see that there were couple more of them were next to our bed which really scared the shit out of us.
At 4:00 pm we left our room and did our first visit to Kiliyur waterfall. Again relying on google map, we followed the route which took us from the lakeside toward an interior location. The road was narrow with potholes. Kiliyur falls is around 3km from the main town which will take a hardly 10-15 min to reach this place. We parked our bikes and had to walk some distance and 300 steps to reach the falls.
There wasn’t much of water flowing through, so couldn’t enjoy well. Still, we clicked some pictures and left to visit The Servaroyan Temple. We returned back to the same route and reached the town. We had to travel another ~5-6 km to reach this place. This place offers you to enjoy some good views and also there’s a Balaji temple. After clicking some pictures, headed towards the lake.
upon reaching the lake. There’s parking fee collected for every vehicle, if you want to avoid it, you can park your vehicle in the main road and nothing to worry about safety. There’s a minimal amount charged for entrance and camera which is rs 6 and 12. For boating, you need to buy a ticket from a separate counter which is available inside. It’s a beautiful lake, you can spend some time over there. Next to this there’s also a deer park, which is very small.
As all the tourist places get’s closed by 5:30 and left with a couple of places, we decided to head back to the resort. As we relaxed and enjoyed having dinner, we planned our next day visit. Pagoda point being the best place to witness the beauty of Sunrise, we decided to leave early and visit this place before sunrise and capture some sunrise pictures.
Well as we know things never happen the way we want to 😛 We woke up at 6:20 am and then we realised that we are late. Quickly we got ready and rode to towards Pagoda point. On our way, we both lost contact with each other and took different directions. As I was accompanied by google maps, had no trouble with directions and was able to reach the destination.
After waiting for some time, even Jay managed to reach the destination guided by some localities. The cold air has no pollution with very little haze and the beautiful sun rays passing through the trees made it feel real good.
Now that we were running late and had one last place to visit which was lady seat. This place has some good views and here’s some picture of those.
Now that we have covered all the places , we decided to head back to resort, pack our bag and head to Bangalore. On our way back to Bangalore, due to some reason the roads were blocked and we had to take another route which was via Nagalur – Kanavaipudur – Danishpet – Thoppur – Nallamapalli – Dharmapuri – Krishnagiri – Bangalore. This route is not a great one though as the roads are bad, can be misled by people when asked for directions and what not. Unless you are not sure with directions or have a proper route map, DO NOT TAKE THIS ROUTE.
Quick points to plan your trip
- Route – Bangalore – Hosur (40km)- Krishnagiri (56km)- Salem (112km)- Yercaud (30km)
- Overall Distance – 432 km ( to and fro )
- Trip budget – 1300 / head ( excluding fuel )
- Places: Lake, Kiliyur falls, Pagoda point, Lady seat, Servaroyan Temple.
- Fuel station in Yercaud – HP and Bharath Petroleum
- Bike service points – Local mechanic shops ( Lake road )
- Medical shops – Couple of them near bus stand
- Hotels – Not much and hygiene ones.
NOTE:- All the shops in town shuts down by 8-8:30 pm. So make sure you plan well.
Bike service point