Yercaud Hill Station
Atop Shevaroy Hills in the northern part of Tamil Nadu is Yercaud Hill Station. It is at a distance of 30 kilometers from Salem. Yercaud is often referred to as the Jewel of the South. Yercaud gets its name from Yercaud Lake – “Yeri” meaning lake and “Kaadu” meaning forest in Tamil. It is greatly renowned for its magnificent beauty, lush green ambience, endemic wildlife and coffee plantations.
Yercaud hill station is situated in the Shevaroys Range of hills with an altitude of 1623mts and the highest point being the Sevarayan Temple at 5,325 feet. Just 28 km away from Salem, Yercaud is filled with scenic beauty that is totally enchanting.
Major Attractions in Yercaud
Yercaud Botanical Garden
The Botanical Gardens at Yercaud gives us the feel of fresh air and fragrance of flowers. Botanical Survey of India maintains an Orchidarium in Yercaud.
Yercaud Lake, Yercaud Big Lake
Yercaud Lake is a major tourist attraction. The picturesque water body is surrounded by gardens and forest area. Boating in the lake would be an unforgettable experience.
Pagoda Point, Yercaud
This place also called the Pyramid Point based on an arrangement of rocks in four piles built by the local tribes. The Pagoda Point is located on the Eastern part of Yercaud, at a distance of 5 kilometers from Yercaud Lake.
Located atop the Shevaroy Hills is the Shevaroy Temple, dedicated to Lord Shevaroyan and Goddess Kaveri. It is believed that this narrow cave temple’s bottom touches river Kaveri. Tribals around the region and pilgrims from all over the world gather here during the Annual Festival celebration in the month of May.
An idyllic place to visit in Yercaud during the monsoon season would be Killiyur Waterfalls. It is 3 kilometers from the Yercaud Lake.
Anna Park, Yercaud
Another prominent place to visit in Yercaud is Anna Park, located near the lake. It has a collection of the natural species of trees and plants seen around Shevaroy Hills
Tourists gather during Flower Show conducted in the month of May every year. The thrilling Japanese garden inside the park makes it worth a visit.
Lady’s Seat, Yercaud
Present in the form of a seat, are a group of rocks located on the Yercaud Hills, the names of which are Lady’s Seat, Gent’s Seat and Children’s Seat. Lady’s Seat overlooks the winding ghat road and provides an enthralling view of Salem.
Things to do in Yercaud
Yercaud is famous for coffee, citrus fruits like oranges, pears, banana, and jackfruits, etc.
Tourists can benefit from the salubrious climate of Yercaud anytime during the year. It is also a good spot for trekking, bird watching and to relish the fairs and festivals during summer season.
Ideal time to visit
The ideal time to visit Yercaud is from October to June. It usually takes 1-2 days to visit all the places in Yercaud.
How to reach Yercaud
Yercaud has frequent buses running between Salem and Yercaud. The nearest rail head is Salem Junction which is 31 kilometres from Yercaud. Salem is well connected to all the major cities in India. The closest Airport is at Salem (38 kilometres), Tiruchirapalli (165 kilometres) and Coimbatore (195 kilometres).