During our recent visit to Yercaud, we spent almost an entire day visiting the beautiful Coffee plantations. It was our first trekking experience with the kiddo. The walk through the pristine forests was refreshing and a great learning curve for the little one
We have done plantation walks during our trips to Ooty, Wayanad and other hill station in and around Southern part of India. This time around, during our visit to Yercaud, we were able to spend good amount of time in one of the famous Coffee estates. With the little one turning 3 this year, we felt she was ready for a trek and hence wanted to expose her to a trek which was easy.
We were staying at the Sterling resort and they had a package where one can make reservations to visit the “Gowri Woodland Estates”. The visit was scheduled for 1/2 a day, but we ended up spending almost the entire day in visiting this beautiful estate. The plan was to reach the resort by 10:30 and then spend around 4 hours in the estate, before heading back to the resort.
Tariff: Ticket cost is around INR 500
We left the resort at around 9:30 AM and had to drive for around 45 minutes to cover a distance of 20 KMs to reach the resort. Please ensure that you download the offline Google maps before heading out for the drive. There is practically no network coverage once you start ascending the hills and it will become a bit tough to reach the destination if you do not have the assistance of google maps.
The 45 minutes drive became a good 1 hour drive, thanks to the multiple stops that we took to capture the landscape. I also had to drive slowly to ensure that the motion sickness did not affect the little one. Some of the snaps that we took en-route.
The Plantation Walk:
We had called the estate before we left the resort and had given them a tentative time of our arrival. Once we reach the estate, the designated tour guide was already ready and it took up only 10 minutes to start our guided tour.
If you are planning a walk through a plantation or a trek with kids, you might want to keep the following things handy:
- Quick snacks like biscuits, cakes, health bars etc.
- Carry enough bottles of water. Some of the walks take you through humid conditions and can drain your fluid levels. We were carrying enough water for the little one but missed carrying one for ourselves. 😦
- Insect repellent and hand sanitiser
- Shades and a head gear to keep the sun at bay
If you are planning a trip to Yercaud, I will recommend you to keep this plantation walk in your itinerary. Though you will be spending around a day in the estate, it is totally worth the effort and time.
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