After the hectic academic season was over, our family decided to take a short break before resuming the next year's preparation. The extended Tamil New Year's Day week-end gave us the opportunity to escape the heat of Chennai. Luckily we were able to snare 2 rooms in Lake Forest, Yercaud. Since the time was short and travel bookings were very unlikely, we chose to drive to Yercaud from Chennai.
After 4-laning of the Highway, it is safe to drive in NH4 / NH46 & NH 7. Yet, with the burgeoning traffic, NH4 & NH46 have become congested. Luckily the much needed 6-laning is going one. Hopefully this will ease the flow.
Leaving Chennai at 6.30 am we reached Lake Forest at about 1 pm, after breaks enroute. Lake Forest has an enviable location, a hop-skip-and-jump away from the Lake, which is the hub of all activity in Yercaud.
Check-in was swift and in no time we were settled in rooms 301 & 302, which faced the Reception block directly. The rooms were spacious with a King bed, a rocking chair, a couple of sofas, a dining table, mini fridge, a cupboard to hang our clothes and a TV. There were full length windows running the full length of 2 sides of Room 301 which afforded us excellent views of the Silver Oak trees with their Pepper creepers and the distant hills.
The earlier lawn in between our rooms and reception block was now covered. Being IPL season, the matches were shown in big screen at this place. A serving counter was getting ready and there were a few tables for serving guests who preferred to eat while watching the match.
Buffett Lunch was tasty and the spread was ample.
Some more rooms had been added to the resort since our last visit and work was apace in completing the Conference Hall, which would accommodate about 350 pax. The GM Mr. Gopi who showed us around the resort mentioned that they would be having 75 rooms with the completion of expansion activities. A number of colourful information boards had been installed around the reception block to enlighten the guests about the history behind the resort.
After a short rest we went around the Lake. The stalls selling Hot Bhajjis, Corn Cobs, etc were doing brisk business. There was a good crowd in the Boat House. Since we were 5 in our group, we could take only a row boat (pedal boats had a max of 4 capacity) and row boats came with the mandatory row man. The lake was clean and the half hour glide was pleasant.
Prince, the genial activity centre in-charge, invited us for a Plantation Walk the next morning. Lake Forest is set amidst a live coffee plantation and it is a good experience taking the morning Plantation Walk when Prince would explain in an interesting fashion, the different types of coffee plants, how they are grown, harvested, processed, the other plants and trees that grow with the coffee. He would hear the bird calls, identify them and point them out to us.
After an invigorating walk, it was time to gorge on the yummy buffet breakfast. The breakfast had canned juice, fresh fruit, cornflakes, a range of south Indian dishes, bread with preservatives, egg / omelet, with coffee/tea. The restaurant had been expanded to accommodate the additional guests.
We used the facilities for games including carom, chess and Table Tennis to spend the rest of the day. My two teenaged sons and nephew had enough activities to keep themselves engaged. After a tasty buffet lunch it was time to immerse ourselves with the books we had taken.
The TV had a good choice of channels which provided the break from reading.
By evening the weather had become pleasant inviting us to take a long walk. This also helped us build up our appetite.
After breakfast the next morning, we left Lake Forest on our way back to Chennai.
The Resort is a museum filled with artifacts from the British era. The rooms have also been done up to bring back the old English feel. The staff were always around to help, very courteous yet not obtrusive. Yercaud is not yet commercialised. Though there are several resorts in Yercaud now, Lake Forest has the unique atmosphere, good staff and excellent location which makes us return to it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lake Forest, with period and authentic interiors is located in a live coffee estate on the bunds of the Yercaud Lake. The guest bungalows are set in the "Eastlynne Farm Estate" in and around the "Bungalow" built during early 1800s by Henrietta Charlotte Rosario who was residing in the Shevroy hills. Today's Eastlynne Farm Estate was once known as "Rosar" on the Camphells Road, named after the owner. ONE OF THE FIRST PET FRIENDLY PLACES IN YERCAUD ... more less
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