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A Day of sightseeing at Yercaud

Peacock@zooWe planned to spend the day at Yercaud. Because we had visited Yercaud before, we had an idea of the sigh-seeing spots to visit that day. You can read about my earlier Yercaud visit, here and here.

We visited the Yercaud Zoo, which is nowhere similar to or even close to the Mysore zoo. You can almost see why they say “Proud as a peacock” – the peacock is preening away for the shutterbugs. The zoo was quite crowded and after a few pictures, we were ready to leave.

The next stop was the Yercaud boating place. None of YercaudBoatingus wanted to go boating in the sweltering heat and so we had Chai (again).The Arien want off to shoot more pics. None of the others look all that great and so I am posting only this pic.

The last time also we did not go boating. In fact, we hired cycles to visit the Ladies Seat, Gents seat etc. This time, we took the car and visited the same sight-seeing spots.

The plan was to have lunch at GRT Sky Rocca. This is a picture of the hotel from one of the seats. I am not sure if it is the Ladies Seat or the Kids seat.

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The climb was not steep but we were out of breath! It was windy and quite cold and we posed for some pics. Of course, we were giving our best smiles but the wind wreaked havoc on our hair. I am either turning away from the Camera or I am trying to hand comb my hair. Blah!!

Its a distant shot and I doubt you can even make out the hotel in that pic. But, I am sure you can appreciate the height that we were at.

All the climbing made us ravenous. We were ready to eat at Sky Rocca. The place was exactly as we remembered it. The food was somewhere in between good and ok. The Taurean enjoyed the respite from the crazy sight-seeing folks we tend to be when we travel.ViewfrmSkyRocca

The senior Arien was tired and would have ideally liked to sleep after lunch but we were not finished yet. We spent some time at Sky Rocca, enjoying the view and both the Arien and self shared stories of what we did last time we stayed here. The Arien went off to shoot pics — his favorite hobby during our holidays.

And then, we were off again. This time we were visiting a cave temple. I opted out of it because there were a gazillion folks already inside and very few were heading out.

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Both myself and the senior Arien stayed outside while the Arien and the Taurean went inside. There was a “santhe” or “jaathre” happening outside with a lot of balloons, giant wheels, ice-cream vendors, etc. which was quite colorful to watch.

After the Arien and Taurean came out, I asked them to check if their wallets were with them. I sound paranoid, I know, but it happens so often. Crowded places and men losing their wallets go hand-in-hand. Luckily, their wallets and the money in it was safe.

The Arien caught sight of a lil boy blowing bubbles and wanted to shoot some pics. We were all ready to leaveBubbleboy but I knew that he would not leave until he got a few shots and so we gave him company. Of course, the model, our boy with the bubbles happily complied. He even refused to look our way though he knew we were shooting his pic.

The last stop for the day was the Montfort school. This time we did not go in but I wanted a snap of the school for my blog so the Arien took one snap of the symbol alone. I told him that I will not be able to figure out anything from this snap and then he took another one.

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I finally did not even use it for my post at all :O I opted to use the fruit stack instead. Happens all the time with me. No wonder the Arien refuses to humor me. Maybe I will include it just for that.

It was tea-time and everyone was a lil crabby, including me. A holiday usually involves a siesta, and we had not had ours today and so it was but natural. We stopped at a local sight-seeing spot and had Chai. We were ready to head back to our rooms and retire for the night.

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All of us were unanimous in our decision that we would not eat dinner at the hotel and so we drove like crazy until the Taurean spied A2B (Adyar Ananada Bhavan) and then we had a yummy dinner of tasty snacks.

Considering we had had an amazing lunch, we were totally ok to finish dinner with a couple of snacks. We also decided to have our other meals at this place. The Arien looked poised to disagree and I jumped in with a “Can we decide on that later?” and so after a real touristy day, it was time to call it a day!

Oh.. let me not forget the Montfort pic. There you go!

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Short Trip to Salem — with the Senior Arien and the Taurean

The Taurean, recent owner of a new car, was itching for a long drive and the senior Arien had run out of excuses for not going on the drive. We, on the other hand, are always ready for a long drive and/or short trip and thus this not-so-impulsive trip happened in the month of May 2012. It was after a long time that all four of us were out on a trip, together.

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Salem is around 4 hours from Bangalore and so we planned to start at 8 am but we finally left after 9 am and this time it was not because of me 🙂 The short drive did not tire or faze the Taurean and the senior Arien was really happy for that. The Arien, usually a bit restless when he is not behind the wheel, was shooting pictures and sitting up front keeping the Taurean company and so he was also ok. We reached Salem and our hotel, GRT, late in the afternoon and opted to have food at their restaurant, Cinnamon.

Not sure if it was because we were the last people to walk in but the service left a lot to be desired. When it was time to clear the plates, we finally received amazing service. Food was not all that great but the ambiance was nice. Also, we had the entire place almost to ourselves.

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After we had our lunch, we proceeded to our rooms for a bit of shut eye. We had been to Sky Rocca and so we kinda knew what to expect from GRT rooms and we were not disappointed. The rooms were quite comfortable, clean, and the AC was great. Salem is quite warm and we were visiting  in May.

This is the view of the room from the entrance. Of course. the Arien took a number of pictures of our room. There is another one of the room from the window, just in case you are wondering how the rest of the room looks like 😀

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The plan was to drive to Mettur Dam in the evening and spend some time there before retiring for the day.

Surprisingly, we did not have a packed schedule and everyone was determined to relax and enjoy the small holiday. We had been to Yercaud a few years ago in August and so we knew the places to visit etc. The Taurean wanted to relax but also visit as many places as possible.

Bangalore – Salem – Yercaud

After debating forever if we shd opt for the weekend getaway, we decided to go for it. This time the Arien was insistent that we relax, not take the car, and have a gr8 holiday. I was very sure we wud have a hectic holiday as usual. So, I was pretty surprised tht the Arien had booked train tickets to Salem. Well, wonders will never cease…

Day 1 

We were taking the 6 am Ernakulam Express from Cantonement.  The Arien was pretty surprised tht I did not dilly-dally as usual. Well, the funda was pretty simple – the train wud leave without us and so I was ready on time 🙂 I cannot recall much of the journey frm B’lore to Salem as we spent most of the time catching up on sleep and so we were pleasantly surprised to reach Salem. When we got off, the first thing tht we noticed was tht it was ridiculously warm. We walked into a local restuarant and ordered lunch only to find out that it was only 11 am – Naashtha time!! We had assumed it was 1 pm b’cos it was so warm. After a quick snack, we decided to get to the new bus-stand from where we cud get a bus to Yercaud.  In full-enthu mode, the Arien opted to take the local bus frm the rlwy station to the new bus-stand. I was not so sure until he told me tht the diff bet. the prices was a cool 36 bucks.  Hmmm.. well, why not?! It was quite similar to our Swamy malai local bus trip. We then boarded the bus to Yercaud. It grew steadily cool and soon we were feeling a lot less crabby 🙂

The RoomGRT Nature Trails came up at the 20th hairpin bend and we were real glad to see it. We had to wait arnd 15 – 20 mts as the room was not ready. I was not too happy ’bout tht. When we finally walked into our room, it was totally worth the wait. The room was fab with an amazing view of distant Salem from the french windows, a decently stocked mini-bar (no alcohol), a gr8 bathroom ( sooo imp for a nice, lazy holiday) and we were so thrilled at this tht we forgot to tip the bell boy 😦 Skywalk-Sideview

After admiring the room a lil longer – we decided to get freshened up. Wen we were both finally ready – it was 4:15. We decided to explore the hotel.  It was lovely. I felt tht it wud look lovelier later at nite. When we finally came downstairs, the lady at the reception informed us tht all sight-seeing spots were open only until 5:30 pm and we realized with a shock that it was nearly 5:15. She also informed us that we cud rent their Indigo for half a day at Rs. 700/- Tht seemed steep to me considering tht most places were arnd 2-5 kms frm the hotel. We decided to walk to Yercaud, chk out the distances, and then plan our holiday. I changed to floaters and we got going.

It was a good walk. We visited the Mahindra restuarant near the boat house, had amazing Chai and snacks and it was 7 when we returned to GRT. It was pretty dark by then and the Arien was a lil tense ’bout our looong walk but pretended otherwise till we reached. We had dinner at their restuarant on the top floor, Salem Heights.  The food was ok – not as impressive as the place. Thanks to the snack at Mahindra, we were not very hungry. 

Skywalk@NiteAfter dinner, we took snaps at their very impressive Skywalk – with the swirling mist and Salem was all but hidden at that height. Someone from the hotel had informed us ’bout a sight seeing spot that was visible from our room, known as the Lady’s Seat, which was also invisible – thanx to the mist. The Arien has this tendency to start sneezing when it gets cold and the moment he started to sneeze, we knew we had to head back.  We picked up “Bheja Fry” from the in-house DVD collection. They had quite a few ole tamil movies, some new hindi movies, and a few others. Not a very impressive collection. The walk from the resturant to the boathouse had actually tired so much tht we actually fell asleep as soon as we reached the room and the DVD was completely forgotten.  We planned to start early the next day and so better…  Yawnnn!! …. get to …. Yawn!!! …. sleep as…. Zzzzz… Gud Nite!! For the first time it was indeed a totally relaxing day.