Hello Chic People,
Whoa, it has been 22 days already into 2017. I can’t believe that I have not written for so long. Looks like this year is determined to pass by faster than anticipated. We celebrated 3 years of our marriage on 20th January and the day went like a dream with a quiet celebration. Speaking of celebration, how was your 31st night? We wanted to celebrate New years eve with a quick getaway so we got up really early on the last day of the year and drove to Yercaud. It is a gorgeous small town located near Salem. We stayed in TGI Star Holiday Resort and this was our second new years in the same resort. Without further delays let me share our experience for Bangalore to Yercaud road trip. Hope readers visit this hidden gem after reading this post.
Road Trip Begins:
Morning looked like a miracle with white mist all over the city. This made our early morning drive extremely pleasant and memorable. Video below shows our starting of our journey, subscribe beautyandthesuitcase Youtube channel to see short and sweet videos by us.
We started our journey from Bangalore at around 5:30 AM. Google map shows 4 hours and 18 minutes timeline from our home to destination.
Route: Bangalore(Whitefield)-> Hosur ->Krishnagiri -> Salem -> Yercaud(Star TGI Resort)
En-route Bangalore to Yercaud:
There are a plenty of eateries and A2B restaurants on the way. Washrooms are also available for usage in cafe coffee days. The drive is pleasant once you leave the maddening traffic of Hosur road.
Though it is an amazing drive with hills and turns on the way to Yercaud, it gets even better after crossing Salem. We witnessed 22 hair pin turns while driving up hill from Salem to Yercaud. As we got higher, the panoramic view from the hill amazed us after each second. I am sharing a video below depicting our uphill drive.
We reached the resort around around 11 AM after taking 1 break during our journey.
Places to Visit in Yercaud:
Yercaud is mostly a weekend trip destination. There are a few good resorts in Yercaud which provides cozy haven for couples and families; I am saying this because we rarely spotted singles there. New-years are particularly crowded considering it is very near from Bangalore and an hour’s drive from Salem.
GRT Nature Trails – Salem Rocks Restaurant :
GRT nature trails is the most popular resort in Yercaud. Though we did not stay there, we had our lunch at the resort restaurant called Salem Rocks. Sky Rocca is an elevated glass walk pathway adjacent to the restaurant. Visitors are welcome to relish views while waiting for food in the restaurant. It is one of a kind experience and we totally recommend it. Food is average and on the expensive side; but what food lacks in, gorgeous hills view compensated for.
As we were there for a short trip we covered Kiliyur falls first on 1st Jan Morning. Kiliyur falls is one of the best attractions in Yercaud. Nestled amidst Shervaroyan hill range in the eastern ghats of Tamil Nadu, this waterfalls is a must visit destination in Yercaud. It takes around 20 -25 minutes to get to the waterfalls by walk as the final 500 meters are unpaved rough pathway. Total height of the waterfall is 91 meters and the walk up hill is tough. The waterfalls does not have much water and some might think, the falls is not worth the hike. However, the valley is beautiful with lot of greenery around.
A restaurant sits overlooking the falls and it is actually very relaxing to enjoy a lemonade while staring out of the window. Pardon me for not remembering the name of the restaurant, but I am sure visitors will find it easily as the location of this place is super cool.
Though we wanted to see Lady’s seat and the Big Lake, could not do that as crowd on 1st January was maddening. In fact we were heavily disappointed as our car got scratched by careless riders. If you are driving your own car, we would suggest to park your car way out in the lane and walk a few meters to visit the falls.
It took us half a day to get out of the thin lanes brimmed with traffic and make way for lunch. I changed my mind and asked shiv if we should stop by the lake. We took a turn to stop by but could not find a parking spot.The lake looked nothing special from outside with a small garden encircling the same with loads of people waiting for their turn to go for boating.
New year’s eve was loads of fun at TGI Star Holiday resort. It is a beautiful property and the crowd is family inclined. I cannot wait to share our full review.
Yercaud is everything we needed, a quick getaway, loads of fun on the last night of 2016, a sense of adventure, a good hike and really cool panoramic views; all this and more with a perfect resort with a lot pluses and minor hiccups.
Have you visited Yercaud yet? Lets us know your views.