Yercaud is Small Hill station in Tamil Nadu situated around 1500 meters above sea level on the eastern ghats. We started from Chennai around 10:30 Pm and reached Salem, the nearest town to yercaud, at morning 5 . It takes almost 1 hour 30 minutes and around 20 hairpin bends to reach Yercaud which is around 30 kms from salem.
You know, when u go on a tour or to a small trip you need to plan it properly and my friends who claimed to have planned everything before starting from Chennai did not even bother book a hotel room to stay, not to mention they din’t even book a train ticket for me. :x: Luckily we met an Auto driver who said he has contacts with Hotels where rooms are booked in his names so that he could bring the “well planned” tourists like us 😛 . The hotel looked good from outside but when i got in, it appeared something similar to the rooms they show in the B-grade movies 🙂 . We had no option so we took it and agreed to pay 1000 rupees which included an extra bed’s cost because we were 5 in total. We knew it was expensive and he was charging way above the normal rate but thats ok considering the fact that only other option left to us was to sleep at a bus stand or a railway station . Wait a minute , At Yerkaud even that’s not possible 😛 .
Yercaud is a place where still lot of importance is given to the nature. The place is not much commercialized like Ooty or Kodaikanal so its less crowded There isn’t a good mode of transportation within the hill station . So if you plan to visit it’s better that you take your own vehicle . We , however , approached the same Auto driver who said he could show us all the places for about 900 Bucks .5 people in a single auto was going to be really difficult. But again, we had no other option.One of my friends sat in front along with the auto driver and remaining four of us squeezed ourselves into the back .
Our First Spot was Kiliyur falls . The best part is that there is no proper road to the falls . After a particular point you need to trek down to some distance. It takes around 20 minutes in a ruthless route of thorny bushes and steep terrain to reach the place. Excitement grew just bigger and bigger as we were getting faint sound of water Gushing through some big Source, we knew we were near and a great sense of hope and relief engulfed us 🙂 . Am i getting too melodramatic ??:P Ignore karo yaar You had to look at all our faces when we reached that place 🙂 Everyone looked so fresh and excited just by seeing the water rushing down the huge rocks. You forget all the pain and you just wanna take a plunge into natural wonder .
Because the place is not easily accessible there is less crowd , infact when we reached , there were just a couple of people 🙂 . The Water was too cold so we all hesitated at first but couldn’t stay back long .I gave my Digi cam to the autodriver and ran into the water straight away.
Unlike other waterfalls, this one had had steps that could be climbed so soon we started climbing although we knew that one wrong step could just get our head smashed 🙂 . I started and my friends followed soon, except one who thought Posing for the cameraman was less risky 😛 .
We were there for around two hours and then our guide- Cum- Autodriver cum -cameraman signaled that it was getting late and dark as well. The Dark clouds were looming a big danger for us as we had to get back up to the place where our Mercedes Auto was parked. And like we expected it started drizzling and suddenly in a span of 5 minutes everything around changed .It was getting little foggy, Everything suddenly appeared much more green 🙂 . Clouds suddenly were so near to us . It was an amazing sight . Everything , i mean everything was perfect. Had there been a Beautiful Girl along with me instead of my Friends :x: it could have been a perfect place for a Romantic Song :P.
I think this post is getting a little longer than what i expected so i would stop here and would continue my trip details in next post 😛 .