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Yercaud

Yercaud a small hill station located in the Shevaroys range of hills in the Eastern Ghats 30 kms from salem was the location for this weekend’s visit. Though we had planned to go here last month, due to various reasons the plan had to be postponed. Finally with no commitments looming for the next few weeks, we headed to yercaud on sat early morning. It had also been a long time since i had used to cycle rack and as I was planning to cycle from the base to the top, this gave me a good chance to use the rack as well. Loading the car with luggage and my cycle we headed to yercaud.

Accomodation was booked in Hotel Tamilnadu beforehand. The 4 hour drive took us to salem and with a brief halt we proceeded to yercaud. We reached the base shortly and I unloaded my cycle. The car zipped ahead to its destination while my fight against gravity was about to begin. With a steady pace i continued to cycle uphill. The weather which was varying from cloudy to sunny and back, while the monkey’s and the trucks coming from behind along with other vehicles gave me company. There are total of 20 hairpin bends and one by one they were being covered in a steady manner.

With couple of breaks in between I reached yecaud after a gruelling 2 hour ride. Hotel Tamilnadu was just a km from the Yercaud Signboard and I soon reached the hotel thus completing a long awaited ride. Lunch and a small break later, it was time to explore yercaud this time on 4 wheels.

All tourist places in Yercaud are within 10 kms radius and can be covered in a day. We initially headed to Pagoda point which was around 5 kms from the hotel. As yercaud is a hill station there a plenty of view points although the scenary looks pretty much the same everywhere.  Passing the narrow roads we reached Pagoda point and went about exploring the place. With a small roof shelter to act as a view point there was nothing much to do there. Taking few photos, we decided to move on.

Pagoda Point

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The next stop would be the Lady’s and Gent’s Seat and the Rose Garden which are all half km distance from each other. With the roads being narrow, one has to be careful when navigating the bad stretches which were quite a lot on the way to the ladies seat.  Our first visit was the rose garden, which has variety of roses and other flowers on display. With few visitors around I could get good photos of the flowers. We Spent some time walking around the garden and taking photos, before moving to Lady’s seat which was at the end of the road.

Roses @ Rose Garden

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Lady’s seat is another view point from where one can see yercaud town and the lush green eastern ghats. A watch tower is built there which allows one to view the lush greenary. Apart from the view point, one can practise target shooting or pose for their portraits. Few photos of the landscape and headed back to the car after having a cuppa at the local tea stall. The Gent’s  seat was skipped as the scenery would be the same.

Landscape @ Lady’s Seat

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There was still enough time for the sun to go down, and the next place on the list was kilyur falls. Half way through the route we found large no of cars coming from the other side and upon inquiring we were told there’s no water in the falls and goin there would be waste of time. With so many cars coming back, even we decided to head back to the main road.

One of the locals told us all places would be closed by 5.30 and with another hour or so remaining, we headed to the lake which was across the road for some boating. Entrance fee and boating fee was paid and the a 10 min boat commenced.

Yercaud Lake

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With the boating complete the only place left to visit before everything closes was the deer park which was located next to the park. The place however was a disappointment. There were only two deers present in the deer park for namesake.  By the time we came out it was 5.30. As the lake was located next to the hotel, we headed back there to retire for the day.

Deer Park

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Day 2 of the trip was all about temples. 7 kms from the hotel is the famous maha meru temple which was visited first. The roads were amazing when compared to the previous day and so was the drive. Navigating the winding roads we reached the temple after 30-40 min of driving. As per the priest there the temple was built 3 yrs ago. There is s a big board detailing about the mha meru and the temple in general. The quick visit was soon over and it was time to head to the shevoryan temple for which one has to take a deviation on the way to the maha meru temple.

The temple is located atop a hill and the deity is present in small cave. The weather had turned little cold and couple of snaps of the scenery there we headed back to the hotel to vacate the place.

View at Shevroyan Temple

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It was time to get back on the saddle again for the descent which took around 45 min to get to the base. Mounting the cycle back on the rack we headed back to the salem thus ending an eventful trip.

Snaps can be found here

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Chunchunkatte falls

Located 60 kms from Mysore, chunchunkatte falls is part of the cauvery river and is present in KR Pet. A visit to mysore last weekend, allowed me and my cousins to head to the falls on saturday evening.

The falls is also famous for kondanda rama temple situated on banks of the temple. With enough water the falls looks  very picturesque.

We left home by 4 and reached the falls after asking for directions from KR pet.  It took us an hour and half to reach the falls as we had to drive on the roads which was riddled with potholes. By the time we reached the place there were enough people already.

View of chunchunkatte falls

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According to legend Lord Ram did his vanvas here. The significance of this place is that the sound of the powerful falls can be heard all over except inside the sanctum sanctorum of the centuries old temple, the story goes that Lord Ram was tired of the constant complaining of Sita and gave a curse saying that the tongue of a woman should not be sharp and since Cauvery (river) is considered to be female the noise that the river generated would not be heard in the sanctum sanctorum of the lord. It is also said that when Sita was tired and weary and wanted to have a bath, Lord Ram directed Lakshman to fire an arrow at a rock, once Lakshman fired the arrow, water in 3 different shades started pouring out, one with turmeric, one with oil and one with shikakai (fruit for hair – natural shampoo). These shades are visible even today when there is considerable amount of water flowing in the falls.

There were enough people by the time we reached the falls. We spent some time there climbing on the rocks and taking photos.

After a session of rock climbing,  it was time to head back to the temple as it was getting dark.

View of the temple

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Closeup view of the falls

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