Yes, this is not my first trip to Yercaud, actually its my fourth visit there. And still, I enjoy it so much, everytime.
Yercaud is located in the Servarayan (Shevaroy) range of Hills and is just an hour’s drive from Salem in Tamil Nadu. A 5 hour drive from Chennai to Salem, 1 hour drive to the resort – WOW, it’s the fastest way to reach into the clouds for some chilly weather. But guess what, the day I left Chennai, it started raining in Chennai…sob….sob….. Anyway, it was raining in Yercaud too, so it was damp, chilly and the cool and crisp wind hit us with such force, awakening us to the fantastic vacation ahead.
Located at nearly 5000 ft above sea level, Yercaud is known for its coffee plantations and orange groves.
To begin with, look at the view from my room.
There are actually many view points from Yercaud, overlooking the valley, where Salem is situated. But three of the view points are quite famous – The Lady’s Seat, The Gent’s Seat and the Children’s Seat. Someone told these names are as old as the Britishers – but, why such funny names, nobody knows. 🙂
This is the view from the Lady’s Seat. I refused to go the Gent’s Seat…he he he… 🙂
Yercaud is very famous for the varieties of flowers if offers. And me and my elder one went mad, taking pics of these beautiful flowers. We refused to come out of this garden, where every flower was a sight to behold.
I didn’t know that peppers grew on climbers…. 🙄 till we went for this tour around coffee plantations and orange groves. This is the time when the beans begin to grow. They are fully grown by winter and ready for harvest in January. It’s the same with oranges too.
Hey, btw, we even had a bonfire one night, to charge us up !!! 🙂
I was amazed at the tall trees that grow upward towards the sun – WOW, they are really tall. And they are in such straight rows and columns…just see the second pic, to view till the end of the tree. The third pic is the pepper climber that wounds itself onto these trees. Its beautiful – every thin tree has a pepper vine around it, giving it a fat bottom look. 😉
The fourth one are the coffee beans – see, they have just come and they are so tender. The fifth and sixth are the bamboo in green and yellow – aren’t they pretty ???
We also did a small but energetic trekking to a nearby village – I never thot that I can do this, till I tried it this time. It was good fun and lots of exercise…now I understand why the ppl on the mountains are trim, fit with no fat on their body. 😉
Here comes the end of my journey to the chilly hilly Yercaud. Some more pictures are left, which I am reserving for my WW – from where I’ll get pictures for my WW ????
I agree with Geet of JWM- “I love to stay in the mountains” !!!! I just wish that some grandfather saw it was worthwhile to invest in some coffee plantation or orange groves in Yercaud !!!! 🙂
So, how did u all enjoy this visual trip with me ???? Come on, don’t wait, just write a comment or put in a smiley…anything would do. 🙂