4 Must-visit Places in Yercaud

Situated at an altitude of roughly 1500 meters ASL, Yercaud is located in what is called the Shevaroys hill-range on the Eastern Ghats. Like in the case of almost all hill-stations of the Indian sub-continent, Yercaud too came into being during the British era, thanks to the sahibs and Christian missionaries and their love for the cool climate of hills, Yercaud happened. This small hill station has a handful of places that are worth spending your time at. Talk about paying a visit to all of them at a relaxed pace and you probably would be needing an entire day. However, if you want to pick only the best of the things to see in Yercaud, this post is for you.

The Plains of Salem below, Yercaud lady's seat

The Plains of Salem below, Yercaud

Of the close to a dozen places which include temples, lakes, gardens, and parks to name a few, which you can visit and spend your time at, I list here what in my opinion are the top four must visit places in Yercaud.… continue reading

Jungle safari – Bandipur Tiger Reserve

Sitting by the first window of the ‘canter‘ my eyes were continuously scanning the jungle through the windshield in front of me and the window on my left, looking for any signs of the elusive big cat which had been supposedly sighted in the area the same morning. Except for random glances out of the side-window towards the sparsely vegetated hillocks far away, which hardly made me feel I was in a ‘tiger reserve’, my eyes have been fixed right ahead for quite sometime now with no luck.

wild boars in bandipur forest

Wild boars grazing

Apart from crossing a few playful squeakers and their busy parents we were yet to come across any wildlife when suddenly, the sleepy driver hit the brake hard and pointed to his right.

Two peacocks!

Presumably a mother – child duo, enjoying the early morning sun.… continue reading

Puliyogare at Melukote

After being stuck in the weekend traffic for quite a while, we finally took the much awaited ‘right turn’ from the chaotic Bangalore-Mysore road and towards Melukote. Couple of minutes more on narrow chaotic roads and finally we were welcomed by almost empty and beautiful country road, snaking its way forward with green canopies hanging from the sides of it.

Apart from the occasional tractor-full people or entire families on two-wheelers zipping by, we had the entire road to ourselves.

road to melukote

Beautiful country roads

Melukote, built on rocky hills known as Yadugiri, Yaadavagiri and Yadushailadweepa, overlooking the Cauvery valley is one of the sacred places in Karnataka. As you might have guessed already (if you had read some my previous posts like The Celebration of Chhath Puja), I was not going there for the religious or spiritual significance which is attached to it rather my reason for the visit apart from getting back on the road was to get some decent shots of the age-old architectures there.… continue reading