Though Yercaud is not as popular and famous as other hill stations of Tamil Nadu yet it is no less in natural beauty and charm. Yercaud is located on the Shevaroy hills of the Eastern Ghats. Yercaud abounds in extraordinary scenic beauty and a salubrious climate. As you drive across the hills, you come across the coffee plantations and orange groves, which make the environment more fragrant. If you want to spend your vacations in a peaceful and serene environment, away from the bustling crowds of much popular hill stations, then Yercaud is surely the place for you.
It is interesting to note that Yercaud got its name from the Yeri and
Kaadu (Tamil words) meaning lake and forest respectively. Like many
other hill stations in India, the British discovered Yercaud in the
early 19th century. The British officers also introduced the coffee
plantations here in Yercaud.
Prime Attractions at Yercaud
The Yercaud Lake, a picturesque pool surrounded by gardens and trees,
is one of the main attractions of Yercaud. You can enjoy boating at the
Yercaud Lake. If you like to paddle the boat yourself then the paddling
boats are a good option otherwise you also have the option of the
boatman rowing it for you as you relax in the calm waters of the Lake.
Lady's seat is name given to a cluster of rocks on the south west side
of Yercaud. There is a steep drop of about 200 feet below from this
point. One gets a panoramic view of distant Salem and the winding road
The Killiyur waterfall is located at a distance of about 3 km from the
Yercaud Lake. The ideal time to visit the waterfall is immediately after
the monsoons. You can see the surplus water from the Yercaud Lake and
other points of the Shevaroy Hills fall deep into the Killiyur Valley
below, making a 300 feet waterfall.
The Grange is one of the oldest buildings in Yercaud, built in 1820's
by the then District Collector of Salem, M D Cockburn.
The Bear's cave is situated near the Norton Bungalow on the way to
Servarayan temple. It is an important tourist spot as it is considered
one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya.
The Servarayan Temple
The Servarayan temple is situated atop the Servarayan hill. The temple
is a narrow and dark cave having the God Servarayan and the Goddess
Kaveri inside, which the Shevaroy Hills and the Cauvery River. The local
tribes celebrate their annual festival in the Servarayan temple during
the month of May.
Climate of Yercaud
Yercaud has a moderate climate. Winters in Yercaud are fairly mild,
which start in the month of September and ends in December. During
winter, the nearby hills are covered by mist and look so beautiful. At
Yercaud, the coffee bushes blossom in April and present a spectacular
view to the visitors.
How to Reach Yercaud
The nearest airport from Yercaud is Trichy, 163 Km away. Other airports
are Coimbatore or Bangalore. Coimbatore is 190 Km away from Yercaud. All
of them are connected to Chennai/Madras, which has an international
The nearest Railway station is Salem Junction, 36 Km away from Yercaud.
All southbound trains passing via Salem stop at Salem. Salem is very
well linked to Cochin, Trivandrum, Erode and Mangalore by rail network.
Yercaud is about 30 Km away and an hour's drive from Salem. You can
take a bus or taxi from Salem. Regular bus services both private and
government run ply from Chennai and other important cities and towns.