And we did get to go to Yercaud!!!
The best part of the trip – Diya had been a real darling – she slept for half of the time of the drive. And when she did get up, we all had lots of masti while entertaining her (and ourselves!).
The roads are superb! It was a real pleasure seeing the well maintained roads, flanked by bougainvilleas, champa on the dividers. There are not many decent eating joints on the way. We had our lunch at AnandaBhawan housed in “Ghar”, an initiative by BharatPetroleum. They serve good SouthIndian food. There is a CafeCoffeeDay too, and we had our lunch there on our way back to Bangalore. A word of caution to those who plan to have lunch at CCD – Do not have the veg/nonveg Biriyani over there. They heat the frozen-packed Biriyani, and it doesn’t taste too good.
The drive from Salem to Yercaud (around 30kms) is through the hills (half of the total drive). There are several hair-pin bends (twenty to be exact) and can be nauseating at times. But the drive can be a pleasure if you have 17-month old, jumping jack with you for company!!
The ONLY place where we got food after arrival!!! And they too served only idlis and plain dosas.. But I have to admit – it has been the best food I have had in a long time!
Food had been a minor irritant on this trip, considering that our hotel didn’t really serve good food..And also it followed STRICT timings for mealtimes!!!
The solitary one
We didn’t click too many pictures, or rather couldn’t take them. Reason? Our camera-loving kid!! Every time me or A tried to take pic, this little monkey would get all hyper-excited and get restless, and the moment would be gone. But it was fun with all three of us trying to entertain each other. Diya fell in love with my sunglasses, and decided to wear them for most of the times! We did see a couple of ‘places to see in Yercaud’, but preferred to just roam about the place and get to breathe in the air like natives of the place. And that is exactly my idea of visiting a place- to get to know it like I was born there.
And now, to pay the tribute to the weekend gone by, here is the song that fairly describes the mood of the trip….