Located on the Shevaroy Hills of the Eastern Ghats in the northern Tamil Nadu, Yercaud is often touted as poor man’s Ooty and is less expensive place than Ooty. Owing to its picturesque beauty and lush greenery, Yercaud is gaining popularity as a favorite tourist spot among locals and foreigners. The town is famous for oranges and coffee plantations. The main crop grown in Yercaud is coffee but fruits like guava and jackfruit too grow here. Also, the forest areas of Yercaud are rich in teak, silver oaks and sandalwood. Some popular places for sightseeing in Yercaud are Shevaroy Temple, Botanical Garden, Kiliyur Falls, Pagoda Point and Lady’s Seat. Apart from sightseeing, the region is quite famous for trekking. If you happen to visit this place during the months of May, make sure to enjoy Summer Festival which is a spectacular show of fairs, boat races and flower & dog shows.
How to Reach Yercaud from Bangalore
The nearest railheads to Yercaud are Jolarpettai (20 km) and Salem Junction (35 km). Taxis are available from Salem Railway Station to Yercaud.
Trichy International Airport is the nearest airport to Yercaud. It is well-connected to major cities such as Bangalore, Delhi and Chennai. Taxi cabs are available between Trichy Railway Station and Yercaud.
The National Highway number 7 connects Bangalore and Yercaud. If you are travelling through personal car/ Taxi cab, the journey will take around 3 hours and 44 minutes. The buses run by Tamil Nadu Road Transport Corporation connect Yercaud with Bangalore.
Attractions in Yercaud
Perched atop of the Shevaroy Hills, The Shevaroy Temple is dedicated to Lord Shevaroy. The temple features a slim and dark cave which is dense and features the idols of Lord Shevaroyan and Goddess Kaveri. The annual festival of Lord Shevaroyan is celebrated in May every year and is visited by native tribal in hundreds.
Located 2 kilometer away from the Emerald Lake, The National Orchidarium, also known as Botanical Garden, features a large variety of orchids including 30 orchid species which are exclusively found here. This garden is quite famous for Kurinji flowers, which blossoms in plenty. The specialty of this flower is that it will bloom only once in twelve years.
Located 3 kilometers away from the Yercaud Lake, Killiyur Falls is a waterfall situated in the Shevaroyan hill range in the Eastern Ghats of Tamil Nadu. The excess water of the Yercaud Lake descends from a height of 300 feet into the Kiliyur Valley.
Located on the eastern part of Yercaud Hills, Pagoda Hills has four piles of stones which have been arranged to form a pyramid shape. It is said to have been built by the local tribes and now home to a large temple. One can enjoy a panoramic view of the Salem town and a little village called Kakambadi from this hill.
It is a giant rock on the South West of Shevaroy Hills that overlooks the Ghat road and Salem town. There is a popular story among the natives which says that a white English lady of earlier days used to spend her evenings enjoying the panoramic view from this rock. There is a viewing tower featuring a powerful telescope to see breathtaking views.