Yercaud- “Yeri-Caud” a smart man’s “Lake-forest” or the “poor man’s” no, make that “smart-man’s” ooty, Yercaud is how the Colonial British empire got around to saying “Yericaud” Tamil for “Lake-forest”, now you can’t go wrong with a place that has a lake and a forest in its name for a weekend trail. Spread over 383sq Km in the Eastern Ghats which is generally dry and feature short and rocky hills, Yercaud is a delightful aberration lined with quaint villages, paddy fields, coffee and pepper plantations, succulent orange trees on pathways proving an enchanting trail for cyclists allowing a sense of serenity. Yercaud is less crowded than Ooty or Kodaikanal and hence one barely bumps into the randy tourist but more so will delight in a local’s delicious version of “Puddu” and “Kuzhi paniyaram” and perhaps chat up on its rich history of stone-age implements that have been unearthed from the Sheveroy Hills.
A great way to explore Yercaud is on a cycle. The ride up from Salem to Yercaud is very picturesque and peaceful. And the many roads leading out of Yercaud town through coffee plantations and small villages can be explored at a leisurely pace. Its a great way to adventurously explore a place its history and its culture. Along the way our guides will always have interesting facts and stories to share about Yercaud, its people, coffee and its origins in the region, you will even get to.
Our “Yercaud Weekend Getaway” is a 2 day weekend cycling tour to the hills station of Yercaud, crafted to appease the traveller and the nature lover in you, allowing you to meet an interesting bunch of fellow cyclists and travel with them, discover the quaint hill station of Yercaud. “Yericaud” Tamil for “Lake-forest” is a delightful aberration lined with quaint villages, paddy fields, coffee and pepper plantations, succulent orange trees on pathways proving an enchanting trail for cyclists allowing a sense of serenity.
The trails will take you through these very winding roads, our journey starts on a Friday evening from Bangalore which is the closest state capital city to Yercaud and we return on Sunday evening. You will travel on our customised vehicle on a drive down to Salem. This fun leisure trail, covers 100+ kilometres over 2 days and 20 hairpin bends. For those of you looking at a moderate to easy trail, we cover about 60 kilometres in two days and both these trails take you through Dahlia, orange blossom lined roads and the thrill of having earned your downhill through chugging up. Expect some delicious surprises enroute and yes, some interesting fauna that’ll delight and accompany you at every bend. On day 2 we ride through a loop around Yercaud through coffee and pepper plantations, you trail over rolling terrains with a good combination of uphill, quaint villages, flat roads and oak canopied downhills. Your only “traffic” is perhaps an odd two-wheeler or a fellow cyclist. In all, this trail is a cyclist’s paradise and you return home making a memory.
Enquire with us, if you are interested to join one of our weekend trails to Yercaud or even have a group of 5 participants or more we’ll be able to help you organize your own tour to Yercaud!