Yercaud popularly known as poor man’s Ooty is a delight in the Eastern Ghats and is a blessing for people residing in and around Salem and certainly a must visit place for people who throng for hill stations.
My under graduation classmate’s marriage reception was scheduled on 29.05.2011 (Sunday). Did not want to waste the weekend just in attending the reception therefore, wanted to hit Yercaud and from there to Kalakurichi were I need to attend the reception.
We reached Salem and started our onward journey towards Yercaud early morning cutting across those scenic 20 hair pin bends which make one to realize the adrenaline pumping hard. The journey towards Yercaud offers glorious views of the landscapes, the Salem city and the valley below the Shevaroy hills.
The major attraction in Yercaud is the lake which offers boating. The previous day the lake hosted the prestigious boat competition making the viewers spell bound.
It was sheer coincidence that we happened to hit Yercaud on the final day of Yercaud flower show. The early morning chill breeze and the gorgeous mountain would have never realized that it is going to witness an unprecedented crowd that evening. We decided to visit as much places possible through legs.
I would always recommend walking along Yercaud to visit this lovely place instead of travelling by a self propelled machine. You can feel the chill breeze flowing through your nozzles and refreshing your mind and body.
The Tamil Nadu Horticulture department had arranged for the Flower show which attracted huge number of people mostly from nearby places except for a minuscule who came from far-flung places. The garden’s in Yercaud wear sporting colourful and eye catching flowers. Went around these beautiful gardens and took pictures getting lost in its beauty.
Anybody visiting Yercaud should never miss the various identified view points from where one can see the valley below and the nearby towns. Ladies seat, Gents seat, Arthur seat, Pagoda point, Retreat point and Tipperary View Point. All these viewpoints present spick and span view for eyes.
Killiyur falls which is located 3.5 kms from the Yercaud Lake requires a decent climb up and down and a must watch spot for eco-lovers; the spine chilling water flows directly from the lake and is one of the best spots which is less crowded and one can visit this place to enjoy solitude and peace. Although the initial trial towards the falls is very steep, needless for anyone to panic as it is easy to hit this waterfalls.
At last after spending our day in this lovely place we rushed to make on time to the reception at Kalakurchi. Although, literally there was no one at the marriage hall except for the bride and bridegroom’s family members and relatives. My friend was very happy witnessing us to come all the way to wish him good luck towards the joint step in his personal life.
Yercaud certainly a pristine glory of Eastern Ghats