Historical & Heritage | Waterfall | Hill Station
At a distance of 400 m from Ratnagiri Bus Stop and 17 km from Vellore Town Railway Station, Ratnagiri Balamurugan Temple is an ancient temple located on top of a hillock in Ratnagiri on Vellore - Chennai National Highway. It is one of the important temples around Vellore.
The Ratnagiri Temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan. There are two forms of the deity in this temple, one is Lord Thirukkolam, seen with his wives Valli and Devasena and the other is Lord Gurukkolam. The idol of the main deity Bala Murugan was installed in a chariot which is made of granite. The garbhagriha is made of granite and is modeled according to the Chola architecture. The wall surrounding the shrine has small idols of Ganesha, Dakshinamurthy, Murugan, Brahma, Durga, and Chandikeswarar. There are 2 temples for the Lord Vinayaka, one on top of the hill and another at the bottom of hill.
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Historical & Heritage
At a distance of 1.5 km from Vellore Town Railway Station, Vellore Fort is the 16th century granite fort surrounded by a deep moat set in the heart of the town. It was built by Bommi and Thimma Reddy in the 16th century during the reign of the Vijayanagar king Krishnadeva Raya. The fort was captured in the 17th century by the Adil Shahis, the Muslim rulers from Bijapur. It was then taken by the Marathas, and later by Daud Khan of Delhi in the early 18th century. The British took control of this fort in 1768 and controlled it until Independence. During British rule, the Tipu Sultan's family and the last king of Sri Lanka, Vikrama Rajasinha were held in as prisoners in the fort. The fort is an excellent example of military architecture and has withstood several attacks.
The Vellore Fort was constructed with granite from the nearby quarries in Arcot and Chittor districts. It spreads over an area of 133 acres. It has huge double walls .....
At a distance of 10 km from Vellore Town Railway Station, 70 Kms from Kanchipuram, 55 kms from Kanipakam, 146 Kms from Chennai, 120 Kms from Tirupati and 212 Kms from Bangalore, Sripuram Golden Temple dedicated to goddess Mahalakshmi is one of the famous temples in Tamilnadu and it was built using 1500 kilograms of gold.
Constructed in the year of 2007, Sripuram is the biggest structure made out of gold. The Vimana and Ardha Mandapa have been coated with gold both in the interior and exterior. The temple is built in 100 acres area of land and constructed by Vellore-based Sri Narayani Peedam, headed by spiritual leader Sri Sakthi Amma. One and half tonnes of gold has been used for the construction of the temple with a cost of 600 crore.
The temple is built in Dravidian style with wonderful artisitc work. Sripuram design represents a star-shaped .....
At a distance of 47 km from Dharmapuri, 85 km from Salem, 114 km from Yercaud, 146 km from Bangalore, 180 km from Mysore, 217 km from Coimbatore, and 345 km from Chennai, Hogenakkal Falls is a stunning waterfall located in the Dharmapuri district of Tamil Nadu. Formed over Kaveri River, it is one of the top places to visit in Tamilnadu, and among the best waterfalls in India.
Often referred to as the 'Niagara of India', Hogenakkal is also one of the wonderful tourist places to visit near Bangalore & Chennai. When the River Kaveri enters the Tamil Nadu border after winding its way through the state of Karnataka, it descends down the lofty landscape forming the Hogenakkal Waterfalls. The Carbonatite rocks found near the waterfall are one of the oldest in the world. The two Kannada words 'Hoge' means 'Smoke' and 'Kal' means 'Rocks' give meaning .....
Lake & Backwaters | Nature & Scenic
At a distance of 1 km from Yercaud Bus Stand, Big Lake or Yercaud Lake is a natural lake situated in the town of Yercaud in Tamilnadu state. Popularly known as Emerald Lake, this lake is the only natural lake among all the hill station lakes in South India and also one of the top places to visit in Yercaud.
Flanked by lofty hills and natural shoals, the Emerald Lake is a wonderful site and looks stunning with a beautiful garden along its banks. There is a floating fountain in the lake which increases the appeal of the garden. Tourists can also enjoy boating facility at the lake in rowing or self-peddling boats. Tamil Nadu Tourism Department manages the boat house. Visitors have to pay caution deposit for boats. The 20 minutes boat ride in the cool waters is a memorable experience.
The Deer Park and Leisure Park located on the banks of the Big Lake .....
At a distance of 1 km from Yercaud Bus Stand, Anna Park is located adjacent to the Big Lake in Yercaud. Maintained by the Horticulture department, Anna Park is one of the major Yercaud tourist places.
Anna Park is a well preserved garden and is a combination of four small parks known as Lake Park, Deer Park, Gandhi Park and Children's Park. The park houses a wide collection of natural plants and trees around Shevaroy hills. Inside the Anna Park, there is also one Japanese park, in which plants are grown in Japanese style. The park also has a wonderful Horticulture Farm with a Rose Garden. The Rose Garden has various varieties of roses that include button rose to very big rose. One part of the park is seen decorated with red grass which looks like a spectacular red colored carpet. The fountain in the park center splashes nicely enabling visitors to enjoy the thrill of sprinkling water.
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Nature & Scenic | Pilgrimage
At a distance of 4.5 km from Yercaud Bus Stand, Pagoda Point is a viewpoint located on the eastern part of Yercaud Hills.
Also known as Pyramid Point, the place has got its name due to the presence of four piles of stones that have been arranged in the shape of a pyramid which resembles the temple towers and is said to be built by the local tribes. Away from the bustling life of Yercaud, the Pagoda Point is the perfect getaway to embrace the mind with solace and tranquility.
There is a Sri Rama Temple situated near the Pagodas which is an important pilgrimage site for local people and tribes. Apart from attracting the devotees, Pagoda Point is also known for the heavenly beauty and wonderful surroundings, where one can relax and enjoy the beauty of the nature. The Pagoda Point offers amazing sunrise and sunset views. Tourists can enjoy beautiful views of the town of Salem along with Kakambadi village. It is advised to visit .....
Nature & Scenic | Pilgrimage
At a distance of 7 km from Yercaud Bus Stand, Shevaroyan Temple is a hill temple situated atop Shevaroyan hill in Yercaud town of Tamil Nadu. Situated at an altitude of 5326 feet, this is the highest point in Yercaud Hills.
The Shevaroyan temple is a cave temple. The main deity of Shevaroy temple is Lord Shevaroyan, worshiped by tribal people of the region. This temple can be best described as narrow and dark caves which are adorned by idols of Goddess Kaveri and Lord Shevaroyan. The male deity is believed to be the god of Servaroyan hills while the female deity is considered as the goddess of River Cauvery. It is a common belief among people residing in the area that Goddess Kaveri is believed to be the guardian deity of the 67 villages located around Yercaud.
This cave temple is believed to be 2000 years old as per the locals. The cave extends beyond the temple and the locals say it extends all the way to the Kaveri River .....
At a distance of 4 km from Yercaud Bus Stand and 3 km from Yercaud Lake, Kiliyur Falls is a nice waterfall in the Servaroyan hill range of Eastern Ghats in Tamil Nadu, India. This is one of the beautiful waterfalls in Salem district and also one of the top Yercaud tourist places.
Kiliyur Falls is formed by the overflowing waters of Yercaud Lake. The waterfalls drop into the Kiliyur Valley from a height of 300 feet (91 m). The view of the falls is breathtaking, especially in monsoon season. This is a seasonal falls and the best time to visit this place is immediately after the monsoons. It is an ideal and less expensive place to spend a weekend away from the busy life.
The 2 km trek to the falls is bit tough and may not be suitable for kids and elderly tourists. There are about 200 steep steps on the path towards the falls. It takes about 1 hour trek from the nearest road point to the bottom of the falls. There are no shops .....
At a distance of 2 km from Yercaud Bus Stand and 3 km from Yercaud Lake, the Rose Garden is situated on Lady's Seat road in Yercaud. Maintained by southern circle of Botanical Survey of India, Rose Garden is one of the top attractions in Yercaud.
Housing various exotic species of flowers and plants, the Garden is a major places to visit in Yercaud. The Rose Garden is divided in to different sections like foliage garden, topiary garden, bonsai garden, butterfly garden, herbal garden, rock garden, water garden and sensory garden. It is a must visit place for all nature lovers as one can come across the most beautiful, colorful and rare variety of plants.
The garden houses the Orchidarium and the green house. Spread across 18.4 hectares, the National Orchidarium is established in the year 1963. There are 3000 trees and 1800 shrubs grown in Orchidarium. .....
Nature & Scenic
At a distance of 2 km from Yercaud Bus Stand, Lady's Seat is a cluster of rocks in the form of a seat on the South West of Shevaroy hills in Yercaud town of Tamil Nadu state. The Lady's Seat is one of the prime attractions of Yercaud.
The Lady' Seat has derived its name from a set of rocks made naturally. The natives believe that a white English lady used to spend the evenings watching the panoramic view from this rock. The viewpoint offers panoramic views of Salem town and Ghat Road. It is a nice place to watch the sunset.
There is a watch tower equipped with telescope so as to enjoy the beautiful view of Mettur Dam and Salem town. This viewing tower is open for visitors only during the day time. On the right of Lady's Seat are Sterling Resorts, Gent's Seat and Children's Seat. There is a mini park and it is a breath taking spot for a picnic. The view from Lady's Seat is more spectacular at night with thousands of light twinkling in Salem town.
It is a very pleasant .....
Nature & Scenic
At a distance of 2.5 km from Yercaud Bus Stand & 500m from Lady's Seat, Gent's Seat is a wonderful viewpoint in Yercaud town close to Lady's Seat. The Gent's Seat is one of the prime attractions of Yercaud visited along with Lady' Seat.
The viewpoint offers panoramic views of Salem town and Ghat Road. It is a nice place to watch the sunset.
There is a small watch tower near the point offering breathtaking view of the plains below. The view from Gent's Seat is more spectacular at night with thousands of light twinkling in Salem town.
It is a very pleasant place and visitors can either travel by a private vehicle or just walk from Lady's Seat. It is a must visit place for nature lovers.
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