14th May, 2018
This summer, after a spell of scorching heat and dry weather we had our first summer rains in mid- April. A few more showers later, we even had a hailstorm; now with intermittent rains the days are actually cloudy and pleasant with cool nights!
I love the rains that come in summer for two reasons –
- Summer rains are mostly late afternoon rains.
- They are very dramatic (read loud and noisy!) with lots of lightning and loud claps of thunder overhead.
I love listening to the combined sounds of pouring rain and thunder and to feel the hot air change slowly to cool.
And in Salem, in summer when it rains, we know that it has rained in the hills as well.
Karadiyur View Point -Yercaud
Yercaud has many view-points and views are spectacular at all times of the year. Some of them like Lady’s Seat, Pagoda Point and the view-point near Servarayan temple are very popular with tourists. There are view-points that are not so well-known but located in beautiful locations in the hills.
Karadiyur view point is one such vantage point located off Nagalur road at a distance of roughly 8 kms from Yercaud Lake. There is enough signage along the way to guide you. It is a vertical cliff overlooking a valley and it is promoted as part of eco-tourism in the hills by the Forest department which has erected a watch tower. This is also where the trekking route from Karadiyur view-point to Ull-gombai begins. The trekking route is a distance of 4.8 km.
Karadiyur, incidentally takes its name from karadi or bear as bears were once plentiful in the region.
Walk to the watch tower
To reach the watch tower you have to walk for a kilometer from the main road through the village and the forest. It is an easy walk and well worth the effort. The path is a delight as it passes through beautiful forest. I met very few people along the way.
Vehicles with good ground clearance can ply part of the way on the mud road, but the last 5oo metres have to be covered on foot. You can park your vehicle as we did near the sign on the main road which says, ‘Eco Tourism – way to Karadiyur View Point’.
The path looked like this.
Slushy from the rains
From the watch tower the ground seems to literally fall away beneath your feet as a thickly forested valley and hills is spread out below and around you. It is a remarkable experience. Beyond the valley we could see lakes glistening in the distance.
The view-point is desolate and not frequented by tourists mainly because there are no roads leading right up to the view-point like the other view-points here. What is appealing about this place is that it is isolated and litter free.
Be sure to carry water and if accompanied by children, taking snacks with you is a good idea as there are no shops in the area. Also make sure that you are wearing suitable footwear.
This is the best place to visit for everyone who likes to enjoy quiet moments with nature.
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