The land of lakes and forests – that’s literally what Yercaud means (Yeri – lake, kaadu – forest). But a visit there will tell you that the place has a lot more to offer – coffee plantations, orange groves, temples and a wide gamut of wildlife, from bison to bulbul, from snakes to sparrows. Other forms of wildlife include deer, rabbits, hares, foxes, mongoose, squirrels, partridges, kites and swallows.
Located 1500 meters above sea level near Salem in Tamil Nadu in the Shevaroy range of hills; Yercaud offers you the bounties of any hill resort – great weather, beautiful scenic spots, and breathtaking sights of the mountains and steep roads that boast of beautiful scenery on either side. But as a tourist or a traveler, there’s one thing you get here that most other places fail to deliver – total peace of mind. The peace and tranquility of the forests and the resort is hard to match, wherever you go.
Another unique feature of Yercaud is its forests that have existed for decades and are home to some of the most exotic species of flora and fauna. Besides, the hill resort is less expensive than its counterparts in other parts of the country. Moreover, Yercaud is never hot during summers and never too cold during winters, thereby providing a well-controlled weather the year round. So be it trekking, boating or just sight-seeing, the cool climes await you – go ahead, unwind to a unique experience that will leave you asking for more.
Day 1: Bangalore - Kukke SubrahmanyaArrive at Bangalore after fresh up drive to Kukke Subramanya, a popular religious destination which is surrounded by lush green forest along with hills. It is situated on the banks of the Kumaradhara River. On arrival at Kukke Subrahmanya, check in to the hotel after some time, visit to the temples at Kukke Subramanya, first visit Adi Subrahmanya, great Valmmika (anthill) in the sanctum, then visit main temple of Lord Subrahmanya that is dedicated to the Snake God Vasuki and Lord Subrahmanya. The temple is famous for religious rituals pertaining to snake god, in the temple you can visit other small shrines like Uma Maheshwara Temple, Samputa Narasimha Temple, Hosaligamma and Kukke Lingas. Then visit Kashikatte Ganapathi Temple, a very ancient and Ganapathi idol installed by sage Narada and Kukke Shree Abhaya Mahaganapathi, one of the biggest monolithic statues of Ganapathi. It is 21 feet tall and the architecture of the shrine is in Nepali style. Return to the hotel and overnight stay at the hotel
Day 2: Kukke Subramanya - Dharmasthala – Kateel – UdupiMorning, checkout the Hotel and drive to Sauthadka Ganapathi Kshetra, a place dedicated to Vana Mahaganapathi (without any temple structure) and it is surrounded by scenic beauty. There is no restriction for worshiping god anytime, then proceed to Dharmasthala, the holy abode for Hindu's. On arrival at Dharmasthala, visit to the Lord Manjunathaswamy Temple, the main attraction of Dharmasthala and have a darshan of Lord Manjunatha. Then visit to Rathnagiri (statue of Bhagawan Bahubalior Gommateswara Bidinede (Annappa) Betta, and Sri Rama Kshetra, on the banks of river Nethravathi. After visiting these temples drive to Kateel Durga Parameshwari Temple, located on the banks of River Nandini. Get the divine blessings of Goddess Durgaparameshwari Temple and proceed to Udupi, a temple town and one of important Mukti stalas of Karnataka. On arrival at Udupi, check in to the Hotel. Visit to the world famous Sri Krishna Temple and then visit nearby Anantheshwara temple and Chandramouleshwara Temple. Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 3: Udupi – Jog falls – Gokarna
Morning, after breakfast, check out the hotel and proceed to Saligrama Narasimhaswami Temple and Anegudde Ganapathi temple. Then drive to Gokarna. Gokarna located in the Uttara Kannada district. Gokarna is one of the important pilgrimage centers of Karnataka and also known as siddhi kshetra and one of the seven mukti kshetras of Karnataka. It is equally importance like Kashi and Rameshwaram. The temple at Gokarna is dedicated to Lord Mahabaleshwara (Lord Shiva) and it is believed that the temple houses the original image of Shiva Linga (also called as Atmalinga). Legend says that the holy Linga was given by Lord Shiva to King Ravana to make his kingdom an invincible fortress. Proceed to jog waterfalls sightseeing and move to Gokarna. On arrival at Gokarna, check in to the hotel and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 4: Gokarna - Idagunji - Murudeshwara – Kollur
Early morning after bath, visit to Mahabaleshwara Temple, a sacred pilgrimage site amongst Indian places. The Mahabaleshwar temple enshrines the Atma Linga of Lord Shiva. Then proceed to visit Tamra Gowri Temple and Ganapathi Temple at Gokarna and return to the Hotel. After Breakfast, check out the hotel and proceed to Murudeshwara. Murudeshwara beach town lies on the coast of the Arabian Sea.The main attraction of this place is world's second - tallest Shiva statue and 20 storied Gopura (237.5 feet) is constructed at the temple. Visit Shiva statue and Lord Murudeshwara Temple, built on the Kanduka Hill which is surrounded on three sides by the waters of the Arabian Sea. Then drive to Kollur. On arrival at Kollur, check in to the hotel. Evening visit to the Mookambika Temple, one of the important places of pilgrimage in Karnataka. The panchaloha image of the goddess on Shri Chakra is stated to have been consecrated by Shri Adi Shankaracharya. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Early morning after breakfast, check out the hotel and proceed to Sringeri. Enroute, visit Shankaranarayana Temple, considered as one of the seven Mukti places created by Lord Parashurama. This is one of the rare temples where we can see the confluence of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu and they are woshipped in form of Lingas. Then enjoy the beautiful scenery of Agumbe Ghat. Sringeri is located on the banks of river Tunga and it is the site of the first mutt established by Adi Shankaracharya. The main attraction of Sringeri is Sri Sharadamba Temple and Vidya Shankara Temple. The Vidyashankara temple is an architectural marvel. After visiting temples at Sringeri, drive to Horanadu. Horanadu is a place of enchanting natural landscape in Chikmagalur district, ancient temple of the goddess Annapoorneshwari here has been restored and renamed the Adi – Shaktyataka Shree Annapoorneshwari. The main deity of Annapoorneshwari is made of gold. It is said that a person who seeks the blessings of Goddess would never have any scarcity for food in life. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 6: Horanadu - Belur – Halebid - MysoreAfter breakfast, check out the hotel and drive to Mysore. Enroute visit, Kalaseshwara Temple at Kalasa, the wonderful hoysala architecture at the temples of Belur and Halebid. After arrival check in hotel for night stay.
Day 7: Mysore – Home Town
After breakfast proceed to sightseeing like Chamundi hills, Mysore palace and Brindavan Gardens. Later start your return journey to your Home Town with sweet memories with Kakani Holidays.
Onward and return journey by a private A/C coach.
Accommodation for 2 nights in 3 star resort.
Meals – Daily Buffet Breakfast and Dinner
All transfers and sightseeing in 1 private AC coach.(from Bangalore to Bangalore)
All sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary.
Anything specifically not mentioned in the above inclusions / itinerary.