Whenever you ask someone to suggest a hillstation in south you will surely come across these names Ooty, Munnar, Kodaikannal.., But there is one more ultimate beauty left unnoticed and unexplored. "Yercaud", situated at a 30 km distance from the mango city of Tamil Nadu (Salem) is devoid from people and has a lot more to explore.
How to reach : Nearest airport is Salem
It is still under construction but a single flight service between Chennai to Salem is available. Else by road seems the only possible way to reach here.
Yercaud is easily accessed by well maintained roads. It consists of 20 hairpin bends, get your hands on some counter medicines in case you get hill sickness. The climate remains intact even during summer.
We straightly headed to its peak view point to look how majestic she really was. The viewpoint was less crowded. People grew coffee and spices here for living. Grab a sweet corn and enjoy the view.
Then we tried some off roads. This was on my bucket list for a long time but finally I've got a hand on it.
Rs. 200/- For two rounds (0.5 km track)
Rs. 400/- For two rounds (1 km track)
We headed to Anna park to visit blossoms of this year. A perfect spot to chill and relax. Has a lot of flowering plants for view and for sale.
Try boating at the emerald lake. The climate was still chill even in summer.
Motor boat : Rs.500/- (MAX 8 people )
Pedal boat : Rs.130/- (MAX. 2 people)
Must try / shop :
All you vegans and non vegans must try Mudavattukal soup ( A soup prepared from the rhizome of a plant locally called as mudavattukal kilangu) tastes exactly like a bone broth.
Yercaud is known for its spices don't forget to shop some herbal oils and spices.
In case your mom still resists the vacation, here's a bonus which you can convince any typical Indian mother "A kg of pepper costs just Rs.450/- here".
I wished to stay but due to some factors couldn't make this a two day trip. Still had enough experience exploring the unexplored.
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