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Review of Yercaud

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Kochi (Cochin), India
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3 reviews
4 helpful votes
“ATARAXIA :)”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2011

I tripped Yercaud alone and truly loved the experience. I left Bangalore by the Coimbatore Express, late at night.
From Salem Junction (rail-station) there are buses to Salem's inter-city Bus terminus every five mins for a meagre Rs2/- .
Private mini-buses ply to Yercaud every half an hour for Rs 23/- . More frequent during the day than at night.
Yercaud's an hour and a half away and the first stop is at a circle, just beside the Lake. This circle is at the centre for all spots in Yercaud. The next stop is at Yercaud's bus stand, 2km away. Taxi's and auto's are avialable at reasonable rates. Meter's do not work here. :P
Many hotel's and inns are closer to the circle than the bus-stand. Bus-stand is in the town area of Yercaud, which has many tea-shops, bakeries, meat shops, small eateries and a 'Tasmac' wine shop ( govt ).
The best part about Yercaud is its weather, similar to other hill-stations. It reminded me about Bangalore 15+ years back.
It's for those who need a peace-break. There's hardly any noise here unlike Bangalore or any other metro or even other famous hill-stations. There's always a gentle breeze that fills you up with such positive energy that you dont stop smiling at every passer-by.
People are friendly, humble and always ready to help. I recommend long walks for a wonderful, graceful experience.
Pepper, jasmine, rubber, coffee and eucalyptus estates are common here.
Make sure you take in loads of fresh-air before you leave. It's become a rarity for the metro-ites. There are many estates offering home-stays with moderate facilities away from town.
Yercaud's gaining popularity as a tourist spot and commercialization is just a step away. Visit, before it loses its charm.
Lets help in retaing this charm by refraing from polluting this beautiful hill-station.

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Chennai
1 review
“Yercaud - an environmental disaster area”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2011

With the end of the academic school year heralding the advent of summer, it was time for us to plan a family vacation. This, coupled with the rare luxury of a two day holiday mid-week owing to Election day and Tamil New year’s day we decided to head to the ‘Crown of the Shevaroy Hills’ a.k.a Yercaud, earlier this week.
Words cannot do justice to the disappointment I wish to express about the trip. What should have been a pristine hill station surrounded by nature – forests, lakes, hills, flower gardens, etc was in fact a garbage dump, and probably the most environmentally insensitive and uncared for place I have ever visited.
Yercaud translates into ‘lake’ (Yeri) and ‘forest’ (Caud or Kaadu). The wonder of the place is supposed to be the beautiful natural lake on the hills about 5000m above sea level. However, heaps of garbage dumped all along the roads and pathways greet tourists to this hill station. The so called popular tourists spots of “pagoda point”, “ladies seat”, “Kiliyur falls”, etc are havens for wild monkeys feeding off the heaps of garbage strewn about by careless tourists as well as vendors and hawkers that peddle their unhealthy fried food on plastic or paper plates and colored ice drinks served on plastic or paper cups. I visited the hill resort with my family to spend time amidst nature and was immensely saddened at the sight of the stinking garbage and overflowing sewers.
The district administration's gross failure to ban the use of plastics and polythene containers in the hill station has led to the generation of large amount of non-biodegradable waste, which is threatening the fragile ecosystem.
Furthermore, entire forests have been burnt to the ground to pave way for insanely huge private residences and commercial establishments. The fringes of the beautiful Yercaud Lake have been usurped by unscrupulous elements who have put up makeshift stalls to sell everything from water sachets and sugar cane juice to onion bajjis, thus curtailing the panoramic view of the beautiful lake. Their most heinous act is the dumping of the waste into the lake itself.
Amidst such blatant lack of environmental sensitivity, stands the famous institution – Montfort Yercaud Residential School. The beautiful campus itself seems to stand as a testimony to the environmental contrast that seems to co-exist at Yercaud. One can only hope that the well educated residents at the Montfort school do as a service to Mother Nature what the District Administration has failed to do – perform the social service of bringing awareness to the local people and the visiting tourists about environmental consciousness in their institutions’ backyard. After all, it was St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (17th century), who is the inspiration behind the Montfort institutions worldwide, that said, “Never worry about the consequences when doing what is right before the eyes of God”.
In the end, unable to bear the burden of disappointment and the huge sense of helplessness that engulfed me at the cruelty with which Man has treated Nature at Yercaud we cut short our three day trip and returned home with a day to spare.

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Bangalore
1 review
“My favourite place in Yercaud”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2010

We stayed at Lake forest hotel at Yercaud. The resort is located in the middle of a forest like surroundings. There are tall trees, trekking possibilities, hillocks, plantation works etc. We (family of 5 people) really enjoyed the 4 days stay between 19th to 22nd of April'2010. Yercaud is a beautiful place with maximum temperature of 26 deg and minimum temp of 12 deg.

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Bangalore India
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33 reviews
196 helpful votes
““Yercaud – a gem in the Eastern Ghats””
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2010

“Yercaud – a gem in the Eastern Ghats”
Nearly 2 months of hospital duty and being home bound for Toshu’s exams had made us stir crazy and it required just a nudge for running away for a couple of days to the hills. The heat this year in Bangalore has also aggravated my allergies. Called up Club Mahindra and the only availability at short notice was a room at Yercaud at the Lake Forest Hotel, which someone had cancelled (thankfully!) – the last we went to Yercaud was nearly 12 years ago and Ranga was not too keen yet a break sounded lovely and so…we confirmed the booking.
Day 1
The Journey
Left home at 7am as the check in time is 12noon and the distance of 229 kms should take only about 4 hours or so + breakfast stop break of say 30min. A 20min traffic snarl near the vegetable mandi close to St.John’s was the only aggravation in a near perfect road, beautiful NH7, the longest national highway in India took us straight to A2B which is undergoing some renovation, but the piping Pongal and dosa belied the fact. We then cruised on and reached Salem, where the cut outs of politicians, esp. AIADMK are so huge that it can practically get claustrophobic and the only thing you register as you drive into town is Jayalalithaa in various poses and sizes (not a very pleasant memory!). Yercaud is reached by taking a left at the second roundabout called 5 roads junction onto Sharda College Road and straight through till the ghats begin at the 21 km mark. 20 hair pin bends and a greenery which changes from brown to green by the time you hit the 13th hair pin bend, is steep in only small stretches and is a well asphalted 2 lane road, well maintained for which we paid an entry toll of Rs.15. You pay 3 tolls on NH7 of Rs.25 at Krishnagiri, Rs.48 at Thoppur and Rs.34 just before Salem, but this total toll of 200+ for to and fro is well worth the convenience. You can easily maintain an average speed of 100 to 115 throughout.
The Hotel
Reached Lake Forest Hotel which is just next to Anna Park, a children’s playground and facing the Yercaud lake. The hotel takes its name from the place – “Yeri” means lake and “Caud” means Forest. The hotel is marketed as an Eco Hotel and is leased from a Mudaliar from Salem District by INDeco Hotels and is an associate of Club Mahindra. A 60 room hotel, this is housed in a live coffee estate which once belonged to Henrietta Charlotte Rosario and the erstwhile Rosar estate is where today’s game room and a few cottages are, the bulk of the cottages are around this in the adjoining Eastlynne estate. The Reception can be easily missed as it is an unobtrusive table in a room full of antiques and collectibles of the Raj, which the CMD of the INDeco hotels apparently is passionate about and has taken the trouble to catalogue each item and preserve a legacy which can otherwise be so easily lost to the passage of time.

Our room was in the original wing which dates back nearly 150 years with modern amenities having been added on. Original antiques dot the room and the beautiful 4 poster bed was pleasurable for an aching back. A few snags though can be corrected – a pressure pump needs to put to increase water pressure in taps, good bedside reading lamps need to given, mesh shutters so that windows can be opened should be given to avoid mosquitoes invading and also so that rooms can be ventilated.

Reaching the hotel at about 12, we decided to order a simple meal and relax (after all that was the idea of the trip, right?) which we did and the food was good (the curd rice esp. is to die for!) but a 25% room service charge, really? – you bet!. That decided it; all our other meals will be NOT in the roomJ. We slept like logs and woke up only around 6pm. Got up feeling a little relaxed and in the mood to venture out. We walked to the lake and sat on a bench looking at the water in silence (the lake has boating till 5.30pm) and watched some deer in the deer park playing, their skins tinted a golden hue by the setting sun. Their innocent playful gestures in the cool evening breeze were a balm to our overworked minds and bodies and we felt ourselves relaxing. Went back to the hotel after a quick cup of Kaapi and strolled through all the memorabilia lovingly displayed at the reception – museum. Had a quiet early dinner and went back to the room where Ranga went to bed early whereas I read some, before crashing out.
Day 2
Got up late around 7am and went for a walk along the quiet lake, marveling at the lack of traffic and people in this small village – town where people were still fast asleep. Feeling invigorated we returned to have a good breakfast amidst green plants. DO NOT MISS the freshly ground and brewed coffee – it is Manna from heaven. We drove to the Shevaroy temple, 7kms from the hotel, which is a cave which supposedly connects Yercaud to Tala Cauvery in Coorg! After 20 feet of bending and walking we reach the sanctum where the puja is performed and what hits you is the lack of crowds and silence. When I mentioned this to the Pujari, he said that’s because it’s a weekday and weekend is positively terrible when most of Salem descends on Yercaud by the busload. Well, we were glad to have missed that! We strolled around taking in the view and then decided to go to the official View Point “Pagoda Point” close to our hotel. En route we visited Ramesh Singh’s herbal shop and perfumery, where we bought some “Relievol” – an all relieving pain oil and a few other assorted things, chatted with this 3rd generation herbalist originally from Rajasthan and he took us through the history of the sleepy town which was a retreat for the British and some estates even today are maintained by the descendants of the British Sahibs who owned them. Bidding adieu to his wife and him, we drove on to Pagoda Point where though the view was beautiful, the amount of plastic and other garbage piled up was sad to see.

The mountain air makes you hungry and we started looking for a place to eat, we passed the renowned Montfort School, the main bazaar and ended up at the multi cuisine restaurant at the Shevaroy Hotel, an old hotel yet well managed and had a lovely simple South Indian thaali to the background of geese and turkeys cackling. Happy and a little tired we went back to Lake Forest. Rested for a couple of hours and settled down to watch the IPL which sadly Bangalore lost to the Daredevils.

We strolled though the resort, had an early dinner and sat in the garden watching fireflies, chatting and watching the stars in the crisp cool evening and started feeling drowsy. Decided to sleep early and start back early too.
Day 3
We wanted to leave at 7am, but breakfast in Yercaud is leisurely irrespective of what is mentioned as the timings, the earliest was at the Shevaroy at 7.30am, which was only a couple of minutes from our hotel, so we went there and started our journey back home. We reached Bangalore in 3 ½ hours with a 10min coffee break and then it took us within the city, 1 ½ hours to reach home.

We clocked a total of 570kms and had used up about Rs.1500 worth of fuel at about 20kms/litre. Viva my lil buddy – the Santro!!

A great relaxing trip – we will certainly repeat it soon.

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Bangalore
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5 reviews
10 helpful votes
“Get the Ooty feel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2010

We decided to drive from Bengaluru (Bangalore) by car to reach Yercaud, around 200 kms. It is a hill station, near Salem. Would advice a drive during the day as the roads are pretty dark and becomes difficult to drive, especially in rainy season and is quite dangerous too. We checked into a hotel in the night, around 10 p.m., and had a good night's sleep. Morning we set out to explore Yercaud. We visited the Yercaud lake, picturesque. Went for a boat ride. There is a lovely garden near the lake. Pretty good place for a summer holiday. Less congested than Ooty, but one gets the same feeling. Also nearby is Hogenakkal, a beautiful waterfall on the cauvery river, around 150 kms from Bengaluru. One should not miss a coracle ride, simply awesome. We could also spot some crocodiles here. Overall, a very good holiday destination in Summer.

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