Today we walked around trying to explore Yercaud a bit. It was a beautiful morning, a little nippy but slowly it got really warm. The club mahindra property is near the lake. It’s a collaboration with Hotel Lake Forest which was a villa in the 1800s.
We walked early in the morning to Sri Saravana Bhavan elite, a restaurant just near the roundabout at the lake, for coffee. It was good coffee, just very sweet. Came back for breakfast at the Club mahindra resort. If you like “Puttu”, the restaurant serves awesome “Puttu” and my day is made because I went all the way to Poovar in Kerala, but didn’t get “Puttu” to eat :):):)
After breakfast, we took an hour to get ready and started exploring the place a bit. We walked about 1.2 kms towards the “pakoda” point .. No pakoras to eat there but just a viewpoint. The way there is ringed with eucalyptus trees and other evergreen trees. There is a particular tree with purple flowers.. Just stunning. Yes, there are apartments and villas coming up here too. Soon it will be just as crowded as any other place. It still is very quiet and birds chirp and the skies are blue …
Then we went towards the town of Yercaud but it was a steep climb and it got really warm so we came back near the lake, and went to the Anna Park. It has beautiful trees and lots of roses, nearly all colours and still natural with slightly mis-shaped petals unlike what you get from a florist in the city. We then got some coffee powder at a small shop opposite the lake. Went for an early lunch to Sri Saravana Bhavan elite. This place is so clean, that you wouldn’t remember to even wash your hands. The food is awesome – some recommendations are the plain dosa, Idli, curd rice and masala vada. Krishnan and I had “podi dosa” .. Which was nice, but not spicy. Will check out a few more items and report later.
The resort itself is beautiful. I didn’t know that Yercaud was also a coffee place. There are coffee plantations and the pepper vines over oak trees. Lots of jackfruit trees too. The fruits are not ripe yet.. There are lots of roadside eateries selling “bhajjis” especially mirchi bhajji. Have to try that tomorrow.
Now watching “Chak De” on Sony … Such an awesome movie. The perils of not playing as a team and the joy when you win as a team !!
P.s Sri Saravana Bhavan elite has nothing to do with the Hotel Saravana Bhavan chain.. But the cleanliness is certainly comparable.