The road to get there is pretty good until Dharmagiri. After passing Electronics City on Hosur Road the road widens up even more and becomes a glorious six lane way to the toll tax gate such that twelve vehicles can be taxed simultaneously, going or coming. After paying up one goes ahead and turns a blind eye to the road which narrows down back to two lanes on either side. But don't read me wrong... the road is still very good to enjoy your drive, and much better than the average National Highway.
A friend knew someone in Yercaud - Suhas Kunders - who had shifted from Bangalore ten years ago to get away from the city. He has a few plantations there and also takes you on treks around the place. His wife, Patsy, makes the best chocolates and plum cakes in the world. She runs a catering service called Kitchen On Call. Do not forget to try out stuff from her kitchen if you go to Yercaud.
Suhas arranged accomodation at the last minute for us at a place called the House Of Peace run by nuns. It is a very nice place - secluded and very quiet. The high points of our trip were the bonfire and a short trek that Suhas took us on the next morning.
Here are the pictures:
That's Suhas on the extreme left
At one of our halts
Hmmm... some bright flower
Suhas' place - we had very nice ginger ale and payasam there
The bonfire - it was quite a task getting it up but success was sweet!
The fire was really blazing - our Ancient Ritual ;-)
More on flickr.
Get in touch with Suhas at 04281-222741 or koc at eth dot net if you're planning a trip to Yercaud. And do NOT try packing in eight people in a Tavera!