In Chennai,july is a heat wave. It’s that annoying time of the year in which you don’t even feel like stepping out of your room. But, you don’t have to travel too far to cool off.
Yercaud ,as the name suggests is a perfect combination of lake &forest.
Travelling is fun when you don’t have fixed plans. The only motto was ‘beat the heat'. When you set the journey to an unknown place,there comes barriers.
Firstly,Lack of time,which forced to cut short the trip to a single day.
So we had this simple plan- catch yercaud express(10.30 p.m from Chennai),reach Salem(2.55am ).
Book retiring room in Salem railway station (400 rupees) online in IRCTC website.
But when we reached Salem,to our surprise,after one hour of constant interaction with the railway station authority,we realised that our rooms didn’t get booked.
Frustrated with the loss of room and the loss of time,we finally decided to use the AC waiting hall(15 rupees per hour per head).
It was better than we expected.Since it was early morning, it was not crowded. And Hurray!!we saved 400 rupees.
We left the station ,had breakfast from a nearby restaurant.
We had to catch the bus to yercaud from Salem bus stand which is 20 minutes journey from the railway station. The bus to salem bus stand is available right in front of the railway station.
Salem bus stand was kindof maze playground. The name board on buses looked like puzzles we are unable to solve. It was written in tamil. So we had this awesome idea- to byheart the tamil translation for 'yercaud'. And it really helped. The moment we saw the first tamil letter of this word on a bus's name board,we jumped from our place and ran towards the bus. But the people had better pace than us and they had another awsome idea for reserving seats. Throw your handkerchiefs,umbrella or whatever things you have on hand to any seat. This reservation system is more powerful than anything else. So when we finally got into the bus like warriors in a Warfield, all we could see was these reserved seats with people's belongings. Luckily, 2 seats were empty and we ran to it. Conflict began when a person came and grasped this seat.We didn't respond and continued to sit there which made him angry and scolded us for hijacking his seat. We sat numb.
It was around 9.am.
I think the best part about a journey is when you get to interact with the localites, know the culture and attitude of people. That's why I always prefer to travel in public transport.
Its a long road to yercaud but it's worth it- There are 20 hairpin bends .We could feel the cool breeze and the view of lush greenery was soothing to our eyes. This is a perfect place for road trip. It took 1 hour to reach yercaud.
The beautiful view of yercaud lake took our attention the moment we stepped out of bus.
Rickshaw drivers aslo known as tour guides surrounded us .
Except for the basic information,we didn't have much idea about the availability of taxi in the place. So we thought of roaming around in auto. We had to bargain with all our ability to finally fix this deal- 10 places for 1000 rupees till 5.30 p.m.
We had no other go.
I think auto rikshaw is more comfortable than car- 5 of us could easily fit in that and we didn't miss any beautiful view.