A few months ago when I decided that I was visiting india in spring, I wanted to do an Unventured trail as well. Soon I found the Yercaud trail and tentatively signed up for it. I was really looking forward to getting Unventured after the manali leh trail from two years ago.
We started off from bangalore late on Friday night and headed to Salem in Tamil Nadu, the base for yercaud.
After a few hours of sleep at the travellers inn and good breakfast, we got on to the saddles and started riding towards Yercaud towards the city. Soon after about 10kms we started climbing the 20 hairpin bends.
The traffic was minimal and we found plenty of monkeys on the way on the hot day. We stopped in between for a watermelon break. After the 21km climb, we finally made it at the end of the hairpin bends for lunch. Delicious pulav with raita and curd rice filled our hungry tummies.
A few kilometres of rolling terrain later we made it to our resort. It was a lovely place with independent rooms. After a hot shower, all of us caught up on each other's stories and enjoyed the Bon fire before the amazing dinner by the lake. I had a rasam soup with Salem curry and chicken ghee roast. To top it all, we ordered kulfi. We crashed right after.
On Sunday, after breakfast of coffee and ghee roast, we did a loop around yercaud of 34 kms rolling terrain.
What I really like about Unventured is that they give you the local experience. So Gurudeep, our tour guide made sure we stopped by at this lady who made these dollops. They were fantastic and we couldn't stop hogging on to them.
After the loop, we went to the city and began lunch with kulfi and ended it with buttermilk. I had onion uttapam here.
Then we did the little bit of the climb to the beginning of the loops and rode straight down. It took me a while to get used to the downhill but guru guided me throughout. I felt like I was down in no time, and a few more kilometres later we were in the city, loading up our cycles on to our support vehicle and heading back to bangalore.
It's a challenging trail due to the hot weather yet beautiful. As assured, I had a typical local experience and loved every bit of it. Guru, the Unventured team and the support vehicle took good care of me. Iv always a great time with Unventured and I'm looking forward to more travels with them.