While I was visiting Bangalore in June, I was planning for a travel with my cousins to any place closer to Bangalore. This was meant to be a quick getaway from Bangalore. After scanning all the places that were available to me on Club Mahindra membership, I selected Yercaud.
Yercaud is a hill station in Tamil Nadu. It is in the Eastern Ghats of Southern India. The best time to visit Yercaud is in their winter (Oct to Feb) and summer (March to June) seasons. The temperature ranges from 13 degrees to 29 degrees centigrade.
Travel between Bangalore and Yercaud
Yercaud is about 230 kilometres from Bangalore by road. I took the Tamil Nadu state transit bus to Salem and then another bus from Salem to Yercaud. The total journey took about 5.5 hours (Bangalore to Salem) + 1 hour (Salem to Yercaud) = 6.6 hours.
People are friendly here in Yercaud. Well, most people are friendly and nice. But the only language they understand and speak (except in resorts) is Tamil and I did have a little difficulty in conversing. At resorts, people do speak English.
Things to do in Yercaud
While I was researching for things to do in Yercaud, I was disappointed as I did not find or get much of an information on things to do and see. It is a place to relax and unwind and that is true. It is a place to stay at beautiful resorts and enjoy. Having said that, for a person like me, it does cater for few things to do and experience.
Hairpin bends – This is definitely an adventure. Traveling through the 20 hairpin bends in a local public bus is awesome. And especially if you get a driver like Ramachandran, it is an experience to remember.
Zip lining – Poppy Hills Yercaud is a small theme park in Yercaud. There are many activities one can do. I did the zip line. It costed INR 150 per person. It was a short zip line but a fun activity to do.
Yercaud Lake – It is a beautiful spot to spend few hours. The entrance tickets costs INR 6 per person. One can hire a paddle or a row boat. The paddle boat hire is INR 170 for 4 people for 30 minutes. Note – An extra INR 170 needs to be paid as a deposit which is refundable.
Sightseeing – I hired a cab for INR 1000. This was for four hours to go around Yercaud and see some popular spots. I did feel this was a waste of money, as one can take auto rickshaws to go around and view these places and that would cost less than INR 1000. Some of the spots the cab driver took me to were:
Temple – This temple was closed, even though I did get a glimpse of the goddess.
Lady seat – A great spot for a spectacular view. There is no entrance fee for this view point.
Rose garden – The entrance fee is INR 30 and this was an utter waste. There were no roses in the garden – probably not the season to go there.
Another view point and a temple – This was a cave temple which was beautiful. And there was another 360 degrees panoramic view of Yercaud. There were also some fun rides set up near the temple.
How many days?
I went to Yercaud for 2 days and I think it was sufficient. Anything more than that would have been difficult for a person like me who is always on the move. And I do recommend Yercaud as a great getaway if you have a short time.