Hey Peeps! I know, it has been quite some time away for me and I am in fact writing after a gap of over two months! How have you been? The past few months have been hectic for me work wise and I had been looking for a quick getaway for a few days. I got invited to TGI Star Holiday Resort, Yercaud and boy, was I happy to get a breather for a couple of days. Yercaud is a cosy hill station oh the hills around Salem, at about 220 Kms from Bangalore and 4 hrs drive away. It is probably the closest hill station to Bangalore with such amazing weather.
TGI Star Holiday Resort – Day 1
We reached our hotel at 11 a.m. as we set off from Bangalore at 7 a.m. It was a comfortable bus ride till Salem and were ferried from there by a hotel car. Being close to noon, we rested for a few minutes and freshened up for lunch.
Their menu is simple but wholesome and the service was snappy. They served hot food within 20 minutes of the order being placed. We had a simple meal of rice, masala fried fish and Meen Chetti Kozambu. I kid not, it was one of the simplest yet lip-smacking preparation I’ve ever had.
Post lunch, we decided to walk around the idyllic little place and soak in the goodness of natural, unpolluted environs. The Yercaud Lake is about 500 meters away from the resort. Hence, we really did not need a ride till there. I and my husband took a short walk and enjoyed the pleasant weather.
Also, there is a park next to the lake which is again 500-700 meters away. If you are not used to walking in hilly areas then you may bring along your vehicle.
Spa at TGI Star Holiday Resort
The town is pretty compact and winds up by 8 p.m. Anyways, our idea was to have a relaxed weekend. I availed the spa at TGI Star Holiday and enjoyed an hour-long spa. They have masseurs from Kerala and she definitely knew how to use her hands to give you a rejuvenating experience.
Each muscle in my body was relaxed after the spa and all I wanted after that was a good night’s sleep.
It was drizzling after dark, so, we had to skip the idea of a bonfire and opted to spend a lazy evening in the sit out area of our cottage.
The 2nd day of TGI Resort in Yercaud
Early the next morning, we had a walk again, exploring the property. I really miss breathing in fresh air during my walks in Bangalore as it’s highly polluted right now, abetted by the metro construction work. Post-shower, we had a really romantic poolside breakfast. Luckily, we could enjoy the pleasant warmth of the Sun that day.
Post a sumptuous lunch, we undertook our sightseeing excursion with the help of TGI Star Holiday’s car and driver. The driver was very friendly and spoke decent English, so there was no language barrier. He explained to us the history of Yercaud and all historical facts about the sights we explored.
The next day was our wedding anniversary but since we were scheduled to travel that day, we planned to celebrate the pre-anniversary evening at the resort itself.
The hotel management was kind enough to help us with cake and other decoration in our room. That night we decided to have dinner in our living room itself instead of visiting the restaurant.
Next day morning we had breakfast and then packed our luggage to our way back home.
Overall experience with TGI Star Holiday Resort
- The property is set among the lush green Shevaroy hills and would be an ideal getaway for tired city bones. The cottages are well designed with bed, living and sit-out areas giving you ample privacy and space to relax.
- The staff is very friendly and co-operative.
- The spa facility is available for boarders as well as visitors. Just in case you are not staying there and still looking for a rejuvenating spa in Yercaud, you can definitely drop in there.
- Hygiene and cleanliness were maintained properly.
- Hot water is available 24/7.
- The food though simple has an honest down to earth goodness to it.
To sum it up, we stayed in the resort for barely 48 hours. however, we went back relaxed and refreshed. If you are looking for a quick, weekend hill station getaway from Bangalore and are looking for options beyond Ooty, I would strongly suggest Yercaud. You’d be happy to come across inexpensive yet pleasant stay options as TGI Star Holiday Resort to recharge your batteries!