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Exploring Yercaud

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Posted: 21/09/2012 in Featured Destination

After being stressed out from daily routine of office work and numerous household chores, a mini weekend vacation sounded absolute music to my ears. We packed our bags with light woolens and sturdy sports shoes and caught a train to Salem for destination Yercaud.

About an hour’s uphill drive from Salem, with enough hairpin bends to make you queasy in your stomach, we reached Yercaud. A mix of coffee and eucalyptus welcomed us. The temperature was just perfect, not too hot and not too cold .We checked in at our resort and decided to explore the area around, maybe head up to The Big Lake also called Emerald Lake.

The boat ride was sheer bliss. I chatted away with the others on the boat and enjoyed the sound of the splash made by the oar every time it hit the water. The holiday would be perfect if i could get a nice relaxing massage or a day at a spa. As we reached the dock point, i started worrying about the boat shaking away, and us tumbling. I asked the boatman how deep is the lake at this point and immediately regretted it. He pulled the oar out of its hinge and pushed it straight down on the lake bed getting a part of his arm wet and then pulling it out exclaimed, “Just about 8 or 9 feet”. I gasped, I did not know swimming. Anyways, much to my relief, nothing happened and i was back in the resort. Towards evening we got a treat- dinner by a campfire.

In the morning we had a more adventurous day planned for us, we drove further into Yercaud to get to Kiliyur valley for a trek. Yercaud is a good place to trek and get yourself dirty if you love to. I was particular about choosing a short trek of few hours as this would be my first. The view from the top of the valley where the Kiliyur Falls starts is absolutely heart-stopping. Our trek was to climb down to the bottom of the falls, take a break and climb back up. The best time to view the falls is after monsoon, but ironically that is the worst time for the trek. The descent was strenuous and slippery with tree roots acting as the only climbing hold. The wetness made the challenging terrain slippery andmade even the most arrogant to crawl on all fours. You can expect the benefit of a week long workout after this trek. The view of the falls and the sense of achievement after completing the trek were quite worth the tedious experience.

The one last place we knew we had to visit was the Servarayan Temple atop a plateau. We made the short drive, and spent an hour wandering the place. The view from up there was breath taking. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shervaroyan. The temple is a narrow and dark cave, and in the center you find God Servarayan and Goddess Cauvery. They are said to represent the Servarayan Hills and river Cauvery. An old man was sitting near the outer wall told us there is the annual festival in May which brings all the tribes from around the region here.

Alas, it was time to head back. We had just enough energy to pack our bags before fatigue took over and we crashed on the bed. The holiday had come to an end, and all I wanted was to stay put and live here.

Club Mahindra’s Lake Forest is a beautiful resort located about 1/2 km from the Lake. This property, once a British bungalow is a place where you can unwind, relax and soak in all that Yercaud has to offer.

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