Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Base Station: Yercaud, Salem (31 Kms)

Nearest City to Yercaud: Coimbatore (193 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Yercaud: October to June

Peak Season: March to May

State: Tamil Nadu | District: Salem

Yercaud Weather: Summer: Maximum - 40°C and Minimum - 25°C
Winter: Maximum - 32°C and Minimum - 16°C

At a distance of 31 km from Salem, 193 km from Coimbatore, 114 km from Hogenakkal, 349 km from Chennai and 249 km from Bangalore, Yercaud is a beautiful hill station in Salem district of Tamil Nadu and also one of the popular Tourist places in Tamilnadu. It is located in the Shevaroy range of hills in the Eastern Ghats at an altitude of 1515 m (4920 ft).

Yercaud town got its name from the Yercaud Lake located at its center. In Tamil, Yeri means lake and Kaadu means forest. Stone-age implements have been found from the ancient shrine located near Shevaroy Hills, which is about 5 km from the Yercaud Lake. Sir Thomas Munroe, erstwhile governor of Madras Presidency in 1842 developed this place. David Cockburn, the Scottish collector of Salem district, between 1820 and 1829, was called the 'Father of Yercaud' because he helped in the development of the resources of the Shevaroy and for introducing the cultivation of coffee, pears and apple. Salem District was purchased by Mr. G.F. Fisher, the only European Zamindar, in 1836. The Tea plantation has been introduced in 1840s by Dr.Wallich on the property of G.F.Fischer.

Some of the best places to visit in Yercaud are Emerald Lake, Anna Park, Lady's Seat, Shevaroy Temple, Small Lake, Bear's Point, Pagoda Point, Killiyur Falls and Botanical Garden. Yercaud is a picturesque hill stations on the Eastern Ghats and trekking here can be one of the most pleasurable experiences. The highest point in Yercaud is the Servarayan temple, which is situated at a height of 5326 feet.

Yercaud is known for its plantations majorly of coffee, orange, jackfruit, guava, cardamom and black pepper. The forests of Yercaud have an abundance of sandalwood, teak and silver oaks. From wild animals like bison, deer, foxes, mongooses, snakes, squirrels to birds like bulbuls, kites, sparrows and swallows can be found in these forests.

Summer Festival celebrated in Yercaud in the month of May is a special attraction. This festival is marked by a 7-day exhibition of flowers, dog shows, boating races and a village fair.

Yercaud has plenty of accommodation options. The closest international airport is the Coimbatore Airport, which is located at a distance of 185 km. The nearest rail head is Salem Junction, which is 31 km from Yercaud. Salem has trains from Trivandrum, Cochin, Erode, Guwahati, Patna, Mangalore, Chennai, Bangalore, Kanyakumari, Coimbatore, Mysore, Madurai, Trichy, Pondicherry, Alappuzha, New Delhi, Vizag, Kolkata, Jammu, Goa, Gorakhpur, Indore, Hyderabad and Dehradun. There are regular bus services between Salem and Yercaud.

The best time to visit Yercaud is from October to June. It usually takes 1-2 days to visit all the places in Yercaud.

OTHER INFO
Internet Availability: Average
STD Code: 04281
Languages Spoken: Tamil, Hindi, English
Major Festivals: Summer Festival (May)
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HOW TO REACH YERCAUD


By Air

Nearest Airport: Coimbatore - Coimbatore Peelamedu Airport (185 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Salem Railway Station (31 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Yercaud Bus Station (0 Kms)

14 PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN YERCAUD


Lake & Backwaters | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 1.5 km from Yercaud Bus Stand, Big Lake or Yercaud Lake, popularly known as Emerald Lake is the prime attraction of Yercaud. This lake is the only natural lake among all the hill station lakes in South India.

The Yercaud Lake with its wonderful hilly surroundings and a well maintained garden on its banks is a wonderful site to visit. There is a floating fountain in the lake and boating facilities are available at a reasonable rate. Tamil Nadu Tourism Department manages the boat house. Row boats and self-peddling boats are the two types of boats available here. Visitors have to pay caution deposit for boats. The 20 minutes boat ride in the cool waters is a memorable experience. There is also a Deer Park, situated in the Island of the Lake. It will be closed by 5 pm.

Boating Timings: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Boating Charges: Rs. 70 for 2 seating & Rs. 100 for 4 seating.


Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 2 km from Yercaud Bus Stand, Lady's seat is a rock in the form of a seat on the South West of Shevaroy hills that overlooks the ghat road and Salem town. The natives believe that a white English lady used to spend the evenings watching the panoramic view from this rock. It is a nice place to watch the sunset.

There is a watch tower equipped with telescope. The view from Lady's seat is more spectacular at night with thousands of light twinkling in Salem town. There is a sheer drop of about 200 feet at this point into a private estate in the valley below. On the right of Lady's Seat are Sterling Resorts and Gents Seat. There is a mini park and it is a breath taking spot for a picnic.


Park

At a distance of 2.5 km from Yercaud Bus Stand and 3 km from Yercaud Lake, The Botanical garden is situated in Lady's Seat road in Yercaud and is maintained by southern circle of Botanical Survey of India. Yercaud is known for Kurinji flowers, plenty of which can be seen in this garden. The specialty of this flower is that it blossoms once in twelve years.

Botanical Garden houses the orchidarium and the green house, which is one of the best places to visit the flora and fauna. Spread across 18.4 hectares, the garden houses a wide assortment of orchids, which includes 30 species of exclusively found orchid. In addition, the orchidarium also features several endangered species of orchids, which are preserved here.

The garden is home to thousands of flora species. Several varieties of roses and other flowers can be seen thriving in the vast premises of the garden. The botanical garden is well maintained and a nice tourist spot to .....


Nature & Scenic | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 4.5 km from Yercaud Bus Stand, Pagoda Point is a view point located on the eastern part of Yercaud Hills and is 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.

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 or Pyramid 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 the place in the morning or evening time, as the weather is pleasant with an extremely peaceful ambience.


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 500 m from Yercaud Bus Stand, The Montfort School is one of the best places to visit in Yercaud. Montfort School was established in 1917 by Brother Denis.

This Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School is a residential institution with a glorious history dating back to 1 June 1917. Initially, it was a European school founded during the First World War. The Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel runs this co-education school. The school aims at teaching its students the value of moral education.

There is a beautiful chapel located within the school, which has been constructed using stone, featuring one of the best examples of Franco-Indian architecture. Higher Secondary classes were introduced in 1975. Montfort has produced numerous personalities in all walks of life.

There are also three symmetrical grey walls standing erect at the entrance of the school, which represents three stalwarts who laid the foundation of this school. The school also has beautiful architectural .....


Park

At a distance of 1 km from Yercaud Bus Stand, Anna Park is one of the major attractions of Yercaud, located adjacent to the lake. The park houses a wide collection of natural plants and trees around Shevaroy hills. It is maintained by the horticulture department.

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. This park is designed by keeping children's interest in mind. Inside the Anna Park there is also one Japanese park, in which plants are grown in Japanese style. The park also has a wonderful children play area.

Tourists can relax by walking in the park and spend some amazing moments with their loved ones. Annually a flower show is organized here in the month of May as part of Summer Festival.

Timings: 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM


Historical & Heritage

At a distance of 2 km from Yercaud Bus Stand, The Grange is an ancient castle built in the year 1820 by a British collector M.D. Cockburn who is well known as the father of Yercaud. This mansion is one of the oldest architectural monuments in Yercaud.

It was also the first commercial plantation area for coffee, oranges and apples. It is said that the coffee plant was brought from Africa to Yercaud. Jack Fruit, Berry, Orange, Guava and spices like Pepper, Cardamom etc. are the other crops cultivated in the Estate. Sandalwood, Teak and Silver Oak are also seen abundantly growing in this region.

It is believed to have been the summer resort of Robert Clive, general of the East India Company in the late 19th century. The building also has a large storage capacity to hold huge quantities of provisions. During the Sepoy Mutiny in 1857, the building was very active, since it was fortified with ramparts, gun placements and cannons.

Currently a resort is being run in the premises .....


Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 2 km from Yercaud Bus Stand, Tipperary View Point is the southernmost view point in Yercaud and can be reached by driving along Tipperary Road. The journey through the road offers magnificent views and breathtaking experience.

From this view point one can see the Elephant Tooth Rocks. These rocks are pure white in color and are believed to have formed when a meteorite fell on earth. This pure white rock is really an amazing structure among the Black Granite rocks of this hilly region. It also offers opportunity to enjoy a number of adventurous activities like trekking.

The Estate adjoining this view point known as Tipperary Estate was once a posh hotel catering to the elite of British India from 1930 to 1940. The night view of Salem from this spot is really fantastic.


Waterfall

At a distance of 4 km from Yercaud Bus Stand, Kiliyur Falls is a nice waterfall in the Servaroyan hill range. This falls is formed by the overflowing waters of Yercaud Lake. The water fall drop into the Kiliyur Valley from a height of 300 ft (91 m).

The view of the falls is breathtaking, especially in monsoon season. Kiliyur falls is situated at a distance of 2.5 km from Yercaud Lake. It takes about 1 hour trek from the nearest road point to the bottom of the falls. This is a seasonal falls and the best time to visit this place is immediately after the monsoons.

The 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. There are no shops near the falls and visitors are advised to carry snacks and water.


Pilgrimage

At a distance of 4 km from Yercaud Bus Stand and 3 km from Shevaroy Temple, Sri Raja Rajeswari Temple is located in a scenic valley on the way to Shevaroy Temple. This temple is dedicated to Goddess Raja Rajeswari, a form of Goddess Shakti. This temple was established in the year 1983, by Tirukovilur Thapovanam Srila Sri Gnananada Giri Swami Parampara, follower of Swami Poornanda Giri. The temple is currently managed by V Sri, son of the founder.

The idol of the main goddess is encircled by the idols of other Hindu Gods such as Rudra, Vishnu, Lakshmi, Brahma and Saraswathi. It is believed that by worshipping the goddess in the shrine, one can attain wealth and prosperity along with spirituality.


Nature & Scenic | Pilgrimage

At a distance of 7 km from Yercaud Bus Stand, Shevaroyan temple is situated atop Shevaroyan hill at an altitude of 5326 feet 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. These idols represent the Kaveri River and the Shevaroy hills, respectively. It is a common belief among people residing in the area that Lord Servarayan guards the 67 villages which are present in and around Yercaud.

This temple is believed to be 2000 years old as per the locals. It is considered very important place of religious significance to the tribal people residing in the hills and they celebrate an annual festival in May with great pomp. From the temple, one can enjoy the scenic beauty of the surrounded .....


Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 7 km from Yercaud Bus Stand, Annamalaiyar Temple View Point is situated in the village of Thalai cholai and is a popular tourist spot. The temple is located at a height of 1400 m above the sea level and offers a panoramic view of the hills along with the Servaroyan temple, coffee plantations, spice gardens and orange groves.

Annamalaiyar Temple is a beautiful Shiva Temple with a single tower sculpted with colorful idols. There is also one pyramid like lamp tower which is painted with bright red color. It is spectacular to see the lighted lamp tower during the evenings of full moon days. Hence, these full moon days are considered as the best time to visit this view point as one can enjoy by the exciting views of the ritual flames as well. To get better views of the valley, climb up this lamp tower.

The calm and serene surroundings make this view point a preferred picnic spot. The more adventurous can explore the .....


Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 12 km from Yercaud and 41 km from Salem, Karadiyur View point is a natural view point situated near Karadiyur village. Karadiyoor was so named because of the large number of sloth bears found in this region earlier.

This is a fantastic viewpoint with wonderful views of the valleys in Yercaud region. The mesmerizing view from the Karadiyur viewpoint is one of the prime attractions in Yercaud. The view of sunrise as well as sunset from this location is a unique attraction.

There is a newly built watch tower. Visitors can camp at this spot overnight and make an attempt for rock climbing. Karadiyur view point is accessible by one km trek from the nearest road point.

The best time to visit the Karadiyur view point would be from November to March. Though it can be visited during any time of the day, Sunset time offers the best view.


Adventure / Trekking | Nature & Scenic

At a distance of 26 km from Yercaud Bus Stand, White Elephant Tooth Rocks are two white rocks located at a height of 120 feet. The spectacular rocks are believed to be the leftovers of a meteorite fallen to the earth centuries ago. Unlike the black granite seen in this hillside, the rocks are purely white in color and look charming.

The bigger rock is located on the southern part of Shevaroy hill side near Guntur town and the other one is in the east overlooking the Ghat road, above the 60 feet bridge. The larger one next to Guntur has two rocks about 120 feet high and consists of pure white quartz. These are visible from Tipperary view point.

The bigger rock can be reached by trekking from near road point close to Guntur village which would take about 2 hours to visit. The Smaller one can be reached from 60 feet bridge from Tipperary Estate which would take about 1-2 hours time.

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