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Road Trip to Yelagiri

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Weekends have been a nondescript affair of late and I have no intentions of disturbing the status quo. Going to the movies or shopping at Flat/Upto xx percent sales is not my idea of having fun and not my cup of tea. (Disclaimer : I love shopping but I do it quick. You see, time makes money) πŸ˜›

Anyways, let me not get into overdrive with what a perfect weekend might be like!

Hulky got an electric red Hyundai i10 and a long drive with my man was due for a long time. Quick calls to a couple of friends were returned with – “mmm … will see tomorrow morning” or the likes. It turned out that none could make it in time. Darn! we started around 0915. How long could one wait? Besides, is it not said that – “Two is company and three is crowd” πŸ™‚

The destination was Yelagiri – a hill in Tamil Nadu around 170 kms from Bangalore.

Yelagiri Hills as seen from SH18

Yelagiri Hills as seen from SH18

Apart from the 14 hair pin bends, the route is as straight as an arrow πŸ˜›

    NH7 till Krishnagiri (~90kms)
    Turn left from the 2nd flyover after the Toll Gate and you’ll be on NH46. Do not go over the flyover!
    NH46 till Natramp
    alli (~50kms)
    A few kms after the Toll Gate here, one would see the sign ‘Elagiri 36kms’. Take the U turn and continue under the bridge. This is SH18
    SH18 (~7kms)
    Keep looking for sign boards on your left. There will be one which reads – ‘Ponneri 13 kms’
    A few yards from here and one would be at a crossroad. Turn left and there is no going wrong thereon. The 14 hair pin bends would soon start πŸ™‚

Anyone who has ridden/driven on NH7 and NH46 can vouch for it any day. These are as smooth as Amul Cheese Spreads. You choose the flavor πŸ™‚ I mean you could do the mean rip act or drive at leisure. One is as enjoyable as the other!

We were in no hurry and took our own sweet time for the onward journey. We filled ourselves with tasty Dosas and lip-smacking chutney on the way. Hence, there were no regrets when I spotted A2B (Adyar Anand Bhavan) near Chinnar. This, I had not noticed during my previous travels! So, if for some reason one is not too keen on the rustic setting of a Dhaba, A2B would be worth a stop.

The weather around Bangalore this time of the year is at its best. This day was no exception and it got better as we approached the hills. The road (even the SH and beyond) was well laid tarmac and the 14 hair pin bends were ascended in a jiffy. Hulky was all mesmerized by the views from the top. He would have settled there had it not been for the monkeys. Yes, there were hordes of monkeys. Coincidentally, there was a small temple of the monkey deity – Lord Hanuman, too!

What next? We spent a few hours on the hill top and started back for Bangalore πŸ˜€
Well … Yelagiri is not a tourist spot and there is not much to do – precisely the reason for us to zero-in on this place. All we were looking for was a great (long?)drive and a relaxed afternoon.

The artificial lake atop Yelagiri

The artificial lake atop Yelagiri

Of course, there are the inevitable temples and parks but we were in no mood for these. Instead we opted to hang out along the lake and munched on local fruits, which reminded Hulky of his village.
Lunch was not bad at Hotel Hills but the waiter refused to serve us even Beer, forget liquor 😐

While returning, a minor goof-up forced us to wander through the streets of Krishnagiri town. The petrol bunk near Krishnagiri does not accept cards and hence we scouted for an ATM. Post drawing cash, I could not resist the urge for an ice-cream. Arun Ice-Creams I believe is the leading local ice-cream vendor in Tamil Nadu because I noticed a number of outlets for the same. The rates were at par with Kwality Walls but the Mango Duet was total paisa wasool. Highly recommended!

Listing out some Do’s:-

  • Breakfast at A2B would be a good idea!
  • Carry enough Cash. Most places near here do not accept cards.
  • Carry your own booze. Might have to struggle otherwise
  • Pay for a 24 hour permit not single entry at the Toll Gates(Savings of INR 29)
  • Do give Arun Ice Creams a try πŸ˜›
  • Tank Up In Tamil Nadu (Petrol is cheaper by INR 2) while returning

The drive in the opposite direction was mostly comprised of short bursts of zip-zap-zoom!
Any 4WD that overtook us was given due treatment depending on which segment it belonged to πŸ˜› We had a Mercedez tailing us for a good distance before it finally sped past!

We reached Bangalore around 2000. All in all, it was a day well spent.

The snaps sans captions can be viewed here

PS: Procrastination is an evil I am fighting every moment! Ladakh Ride post coming soon πŸ™‚

Written by Sangfroid

August 11, 2008 at 12:26 am

Posted in Bangalore, Travel

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  1. yelagiri is a nice getaway – there are couple of trails, if one is intrested in hiking. and then, ambur and Star Biriyani is very next too πŸ™‚

    anoop aka --xh--

    August 11, 2008 at 11:29 am

  2. nice πŸ™‚ you are always wandering around…

    and I’ve lost hope that the Ladakh Ride post would see the light of the day….

    Kunal

    August 11, 2008 at 1:37 pm

  3. Anoop, Star Biryani .. where? I missed it! I will ride this time around for the Biryani πŸ˜›

    Kunal, Wanderlust! umm … I wonder why it is called so. Why not wanderlove or something else.
    I am writing this with shame in my heart – ‘Ladakh post coming soon πŸ˜› ‘

    Sangfroid

    August 11, 2008 at 2:07 pm

  4. sounds like a nice chilled out escape! πŸ™‚

    Ani

    August 11, 2008 at 5:38 pm

  5. Ani, sure it was! would have been more if we had some chilled Beer πŸ™‚

    Sangfroid

    August 11, 2008 at 7:41 pm

  6. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you down the road!

    AlexM

    August 12, 2008 at 2:43 pm

  7. you should go to yelagiri when you are very vella!

    notmanish

    August 23, 2008 at 10:35 am

  8. I guess brilliant would be an understatement!! πŸ˜€

    sam

    August 25, 2008 at 11:55 pm

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    Vivek

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