Perched at the elevation of 4970 feet, Yercaud is a scenic and salubrious hill station located in the Shevroys range of the Eastern Ghats. One of the offbeat hill stations located in South India, Yercaud’s magic grips you even as you ride into this rustic town tackling the 20 hairpin bends some of which offer thrilling view of the hills.
The places to visit in Yercaud includes parks, caves, waterfalls and several viewpoints. One of the major attractions of Yercaud is the Yercaud or the Emerald Lake. Canopied with Silver Oak and greens, Yercaud Lake is located in the heart of the city. It is the emerald lake that gave the name to this city.
One of the must things to do in Yercaud is the boating in the lake which will offer you mesmerizing view of the lush surrounding. The boating will cost you approx. 110 which include boating permit as well as boat rental for half an hour. There are several eateries nearby the lake where you should try out the savory South Indian cuisine before you proceed with your trip.
Pagoda Paoint is yet another of the places to visit in Yercaud that should be on your list especially if you are a photography enthusiast. You can capture amazing panoramas here of the rolling and lush Shevroy Range of the Eastern Ghats. Photo ops are simply amazing for nature, sunset and landscape photography. You may even capture the floating clouds hovering miles below from where you’re standing.
Yet another couple of viewpoints for nature walks and to feel the cool breeze caressing you as you soak in the ethereal charm of the nature are the King’s Seat and the Queen’s Seat. The story goes that the Lady of the Town during the Raj used to spend her evening here soaking in the beauty of the nature every evening.
One of the facts that makes Yercaud one of the best summer destinations in India especially down South is that it is relatively less crowded than ooty and Coorg. Even during May and June which happens to be time for summer vacations across India as schools close down for over a month.
Things to do in Yercaud also include visits to silk farm which is both experiential and comes with a dash of history. Here one could trace the journey of how the silk manufacturing works along with history of silk production in India. The journey to this farm itself is an experience in itself.
For adventure enthusiasts, Bear Caves if one of the must visit places in Yeracuad. The cave is located on your way to Lord Murugan Temple. Although caves might get blocked sometimes due to fallen rock, it doesn’t deter explorers to make their own way deeper into the caves. Folklore has that these cave was used by Tipu Sultan as an escape tunnel in case the need arise.
One of the reasons to choose Yercaud as a summer holiday destination for family vacation then the deer park visit is one of the things to do in Yercaud that you are definitely going to enjoy. We assure you, your kids will love this place. The Deer Park is an ideal place for a day’s picnic. Your kid’s are going to enjoy the deer prowling this park adorned with copious natural beauty. There are several playing grounds where you could have fun family time in the park.
Yet another reason to choose Yercaud as your family summer holiday destination is Anna Park. It is located adjacent to Yercaud Lake. There are a lot of activities in there to keep your kids busy and excited. If you are visiting I the month of May, then there’s a flower show too. If you are interested in horticulture, there’s a Japanese Park as well which exhibits the Japanese way of growing and nurturing plants not to mention Bonsai. The park remains open from 9:30 in the morning to 6:30 in the evening.
Your trip to Yercaud is never complete if you don’t visit GRT’s Nature trails, a nature resort located in the outskirts of the town. The cherry on the cake is the skywalk. Stunning vistas of the undulating and lush Eastern Ghats greets you as you climb the walk and behold the amazing 360° views. You can play with the clouds as they float above and below you.
Photo ops are simply breath-taking and leaves you with magical memory of Yercaud, reason enough to include it in our list of 38 awesome summer holiday destinations in India. There is a shop here as well as where you could shop for souvenirs, coffees and boutique items to carry back the mementos of your trip to Yercaud.
Best time to visit Yercaud
Yercaud features a pleasant climate throughout the year. Temperature does not ever go beyond 29 degrees Celsius. Neither summer season nor the winter season is too harsh here. However, the best time to visit Yercaud is from October to June.
How to ReachYercaud?
The nearest international airport is the Coimbatore Airport which is at a distance of 185.7 km from Yercaud. Getting down at the airport, you can hire a taxi from there to reach this spellbinding destination.
The nearest railway station to Yercaud is Salem Junction which is 32 km. From here also you can take a taxi or bus to arrive at Yercaud. Another closest railhead to the hill station is Jolarpettai which is just 20 km away.
A good road network connects Yercaud to the major cities in India. One can board state-owned transport buses or private buses from nearby cities such as Coimbatore, Chennai, Bangalore, etc.