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Yercaud Travel Guide

A blend of ancient and modern world, Yercaud is a restful hill in the Shevaroy range. Yercaud offers you with the breathtaking sights. Tour Yercaud and relish its natural beauty. Our city guide provides you with all the important information which will be helpful in making your stay comfortable and memorable. Yercaud Travel Guide, visiting botanical garden that has a good collection of exotic plants, trees and beautifully laid out ornamental gardens, an option for boat ride on the lake. The calm water of the Yercaud Lake naturally attracts visitors to it.

Yercaud Lake

There is some kind of activity going on always at the lake to keep you occupied. There are also rowboats and motorboats available for hire. Coffee gardens are spread all along Yercaud’s landscape.

How to Reach

How to Reach Yercaud

Yercaud is a small hill station in the Salem district of state of Tamil Nadu; at an altitude of 4700 ft above sea level. The quaint hill station is characterized by a pleasant weather throughout the year making it all the year round. One can easily Reach Yercaud from Salem, barely 35 kms away.

Salem is also the nearest railway junction, to serve Yercaud. A well-laid rail network connects Salem with the rest of the nation. There are several bus services that operate from Salem Junction and Salem Municipal Bus Stand to Yercaud frequently.

The nearest Airport is in Trichy, at a distance of 163-km from Yercaud. Also the Coimbatore airport which is another option for people traveling by air is 190-km away.

Distance for Yercaud to Reach from other locations
Place Distance
Coimbatore 190 km
Bangalore 222km
Mysore 285Km
Trichy 163km
Kodaikanal 277km
Chennai 358km
Madurai 271km
Salem 35km
Namakkal 48km
Aragalur 74km
Kodumanal 40km
Vedanthangal Sanctuary 85km

How to Reach Yercaud by Train

How to Reach Yercaud by Road

Driving Direction

Yercaud Driving Directions

Yeracaud is a hill station situated in the Shevaroy Hills, Eastern Ghats of the Tamil region, South India. Yeracaud is famous for coffee, and orange plantation. This destination is also called as poor’s man Ooty, as it is less expensive and cost of living is much lesser than Ooty. The attractions of the region includes Big Lake, Botanical Garden, Killiyur Falls, Ladies Seat and Pagoda Point. This hill station can also be reached by an air route, rail route and road. Trichy International Airport which is 163 Kms away from Yercaud.Tiruchirapalli airport(125 Kms) , Peelamedu doemstic airpor(154Kms) and Bangaluru international airport(168 Kms ) are the other airports from where the travelers can board the regular flights. Salem Junction is the nearest rail head nestled 35Kms away from Yercaud. The NH 7 remains the sole linkage road which connects Yercaud with various cities of South India. 

Chennai to Yercaud: From Chennai you have to take NH 45 till Ulundurpettai. The road is via Tambaram, Tindivanam and Viluppuram. From Ulundurpettai take NH 68 till Salem. The road is via Tiyagai Durgam, Kallakkurichi, Talaivasal, Attur and Valappadi. Then from Salem a State road goes till Yercaud.
Kochi to Yercaud
Mysore to Yercaud
Bangalore - Yercaud

Attractions

Yercaud Attractions

Yercaud is known as the “Ooty of the Poor”. This small little hill station is situated in Salem district of Tamil Nadu. The climate of the region is very pleasant through out the year due to which you will always find this region packed with tourists. Apart from weather there are several places to be seen in Yercaud.

Attractions In Yercaud
Pagoda Point Lady’s seat The Grange Botanical Garden
Yercaud Lake Gent’s seat Bears Cave Monfort School
Anna Park Horticulture farm / Rose Garden The Shervaroyan Kaveri Amman Temple Sri Raja Rajeshwari temple
Dear Park Killiyur Falls Arthur Point Retreat

Pagoda Point:

Also known, as pyramid point is located on the eastern part of Yercaud hills. It got its name from the four piles of stones arranged randomly in order to form a pyramid shape. It is believed that it was built by the local tribes. A Rama temple is sited between the piles of stones.The view of the town of Salem and a little village known as Kakambadi is worth witnessing from this hill. Tourists flock here at the point to have a view of the beautiful cliffs around, especially in early mornings or evenings. Spending some time at this point is refreshing for the body and mind.

Yercaud Lake:

Lush green hills, and natural shoals surround the picturesque lake. The lake is also known as the Emerald Lake and is the only natural lake amongst all the hill stations of south. There is a floating fountain at the center of the lake, which was constructed by the MALCO. The lake has the boating facility. Boats are available at reasonable rates. Self-pedaling and rowing boats are also available.

Anna Park:

It is a small green lovely park located near the Yercaud lake. Several flower shows are organized in the park during the month of May. Inside the Anna Park there is a Japanese park, which is very popular amongst the tourists. A nominal amount has to be paid if you want to carry your camera along with you in the park.

Dear Park:

This is another park situated near the lake. This park is an ideal place where kids would love to be. The park is on one side of the lake and closes at 5 p.m.

Lady`s seat:

Lady`s seat refers to the cluster of rocks sited beautifully on the south west of the Yercaud hills. The seat overlooks the ghat road and the city of Salem. There is a steep diving point of 200 feet. The Salem town during the night with all its lights lit looks like shinning stars from the seat. A telescope is also mounted over here, which allows the tourists to get a good view of the plains below.

Gent`s seat:

The gent`s seat is located n the right side of the lady`s seat. The seat offers a beautiful view of the other side of the Shevroy hill ranges. Evenings are usually very windy. There is a rose garden and a children`s seat nearby.

Horticulture Farm / Rose Garden:

The farm is located at a distance of 1 and half kms from the gents seat. The rose garden has almost all varieties of roses. Apart from roses there are several other plants ant trees. Plant lovers can even buy saplings from here.

Killiyur Falls:

The Killiyur waterfall, about 3 kms from the Yercaud Lake is sited at an altitude of 300 feet. The best time to visit the lake is after the southwest or northeast monsoons. The views from the 300 feet high fall are breathtaking. Trekking down the bottom of the hill is pretty difficult here and can only performed by the hard-core trekkers.
The road leading to fall is very narrow and only a vehicle can pass at a time. So its better not to take your own vehicle there.

The Grange:

This castle like building is one of the oldest buildings in Yercaud. M.D. Cockburn, who was the then district director of Salem, built it in 1820s. The first coffee plantations in India started from here. Now here coffee and orange plantations are done, also silver oak trees are grown here.

Bears Cave:

The bear`s cave is situated within a private coffee estate near the Nortan Bungalow on the way to the Shervaroyan temple. The main part of the cave is approximately 7 feet below the ground level. There is a deep ravine in the cave, which is belived to lead to the cave sited in the Shervaroyan temple.

The Shervaroyan Kaveri Amman Temple:

The temple is located on the highest point in Yercaud i.e. 53 feet above the sea level. The residing deities in the narrow and dark temple are the God Shervaroyan and the Goddess Kaveri. It is belived by the localities that the god Shervaroyan is the guiding angel for the villages in and around Yercaud. The annual festival which is celebrated here in the month of may attracts thousands of Malyali pilgrims.

Arthur Point:

It is an vantage point from where one can have a beautiful birds eye view of the yercaud town, the lake and the Shervaroyan hills. The point is just one km from the center of the town and can be reached by taking the steep road going north from the center.

Botanical Garden:

The garden which is well mentained by the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) is located at a distance of 5 kms from the main town. It is one of the two Orchidarium run by BSI. A bell shaped rock in garden makes a sound of a bell when some one hita it with a stone.The garden is closed on Sundays and on other national holidays. There is a nominal fees charged for the entrance in the garden.

Monfort School:

The school was built in 1917 and got its name from its founder. The school is famous as it is one of its kind in the southern india. It has a vast campus with attractive buildings, Spacious playgrounds, well planned and beautiful gardens, and a swimming pool.

Retreat:

It is an institute which belongs to the Religious society founded by St. Don Bosco. The institution serves as a novice house where students of the religious order stay and study.

Sri Raja Rajeshwari temple:

Goddess Rajeshwari is considered as the goddess of all Gods in the Hindu Pantheon. It is belived that praying to her one can attain wealth and prosperity. Tirukovilur Thapovanam Srila Sri Gnanananda Giri Swamigals Parampara Disciple HH Swami Poornananda Giri founded the temple in the year 1983.

Excursions

Yercaud Excursions

Places around Yercaud

Once you are free from seeung places in Yercaud, you can visit some places around it. There are several places around Yercaud worth visiting.

Nammakal

Distance: 48 kms
How to reach: Busses from Yercaud, by rail from Salem
Nammakal the egg city, education city, transport city and no garbage city is situated on National Highway 7 (NH7). There is a huge single rock formation (65 meters high and more than a kilometer in circumference) at the center of the town. There is a fort over this massive rock, which is known as Tipu Sultan`s fort. 

Tiruchengodu

Distance: 74 kms
How to reach: Busses and private taxis can be hired
This hill temple is considered as one of the famous seven Sivasthalas in Kongunadu. The presiding idol divulges both male and female form in one icon. The idol proves that Shakti stands for energy and Shiva for consciousness and both of them are equally important and inseparable. Besides, there are idols of many other gods. Several festivals gets organized here all theyear round. 

Kottachedu Teak Forest

Distance: 11 kms
The forest was cultivated by the tribes who abandoned this region after plague struck the area. These lands were than developed by the Government for the Teak Wood plantation. River Vaniar passes through the forest and falls into the Vaniar Dam. The wild buffalo Bisons are frequently seen in the Teak Forest. 

Tipperary View Point

Distance: 4 kms
It is the southernmost view point of Yercaud. One can reach here by taking the Tipperary Road. Elephant Tooth Rocks can be seen from the view point. The Estate which adjoins the view point is known as Tipperary Estate. The estate was once a posh hotel that catered to the leaders of British India. The view from of Salem during night is mesmerizing. 

White Elephant Tooth

Distance: 89 kms
There are two large white colored Quartz stones surrounded by the lush green region and black granite. It is said that these two are the remanants of a meteorite which fell on earth. Both of them are pure whit rocks whereas the granite found on the hill is black. One is located on the Southern end of the Shevaroy hills below the villages of Guntur where as the other one is located on the eastern edge of the hills overlooking the Ghat road just above the 60` bridge.

Kiomoi Must Dos

Yercaud - Kiomoi Must Dos

Walk: A walk to appreciate plants & flowers in the 2 gardens - rose garden & botanical garden. Insect eating plant is the highlight of the Botanical garden. Yercaud is made for long, leisurely walks.

Trek: Yercaud is a hill station on the Western Ghats and trekking here can be one of the most pleasuring for adventure lovers. 

Boating: Boating can be done at the lake with family and friends. One has the option to choose peddle or row boat. 

Bird Watching: Birding at Rose garden during the morning hours can also be done. The number and variety of birds is larger than expected. 

Stroll to Ladies Seat: A walk to ladies seat after the dusk can be done to watch mettur dam from the telescope available there. 

Visit Dear Park: The Deer park near the lake has a few populations of deer and peacocks and is a suitable playground for kids.

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Best Time to Visit

Yercaud - Best Time To Visit

Yercaud is a cool place where temperature never rises above 30º C and dips below 13º C. One can visit the station any time of the year but the best time to visit this place is between October and May. The weather is very pleasant during the summers but the hill station is full of tourists during the period.

It’s pretty cool and misty during the two months November and December. During the months of April pleasant showers are observed which make the region more beautiful. Trip to Yercaud should be avoided during the monsoon season (June-August) as it rains heavily, hampering movement.

Weather

Weather in Yercaud

Yercaud Weather
 Season Minimum Temparature Maximum Temparature
Winter 13°C 25°C
Summer 16°C 30°C
Average 13°C 30°C

 

Rainfall: Min 1500 mm - Max 2000 mm

Yercaud is a small hill station situated on the Eastern Ghats and is the only one of its kind in northern Tamil Nadu. The temperature of the region is quite different from the rest of the state of Tamil Nadu. While the rest of this region is generally dry, this small place presents a contrast with its cool climate where temperature generally never rises above 30°C and dip below 13°C.

Yercaud is relatively a cool place. The temperature of the region is quite different from the rest of the state of Tamil Nadu. Around April there are the pleasant showers, which bring the coffee bushes into blossom. The monsoon season that falls between June to August is not a good time to visit this hill station. During these three months it rains heavily, completely obstructing the movement. November to February tend to be cold and misty.

Useful facts

Yercaud Useful Fact

Useful Facts

Also Called As: "Ooty Of The Poor"

Location – Salem district

State – Tamil Nadu

Area – 383 sq km

Climate – Cold to Moderate

Temperature - 13 C – 30 C

Languages – Tamil and English

Best Time to Visit – May to October

Main Festivals – Summer Festival, Pongal (January) and Deepavali (October)

Clothing - Normal cotton clothes in summer and light woolens in winters

Nearest Airport – Trichy (kms), Coimbatore (kms)

Nearest Railway station – Salem

STD Code – 04281

Pin Code – 636601

Tourist office – Hotel Tamil Nadu, Yercaud

Popular For – Plantations and Orange Groves

Tourist offices

Yercaud Tourist Offices

Tourist Office

  • Hotel Tamil Nadu
  • Yercaud 

Tourist Office at T.T.D.C Complex

  • Ramakrishna Salai
  • Salem-636 007 

TTDC

  • Tourism Complex
  • Wallajah Road,
  • Chennai
Local holidays

Local Holidays in Yercaud

Following are the Tamil Nadu State holidays for 2009

Yercaud Local Holidays
Occasion Date
New Year’s Day January 1
Muharram January 8
Pongal January 14
Thiruvalluvar Day January 15
Uzhavar Thirunal January 16
Republic Day January 26
Meelad-un- Nabi March 10
Telugu New Year’s Day March 27
Mahaveer Jayanthi April 7
Good Friday April 10
Dr. Ambedkar Birthday April 14
May Day May 1
Krishna Jayanthi August 13
Independence Day August 15
Vinayaka Chathurthi August 23
Ramzan September 21
Ayutha Pooja September 27
Gandhi Jayanthi October 2
Deepavali October 17
Bakrid November 28
Christmas December 25
Muharram December 28

Muslim holidays can change subject to sighting of Moon. Kiomoi is not responsible for any discrepancy in the calendar.

Holiday Checklist

Yercaud Holiday Checkllist

Those hills, rivers, water falls, send tempting vibes!!! While you have made up your mind on these holidays, set aside all your temptations and quickly take a fleeting glance at the things-you-do prior to your travel date. Here is the list.

Before leaving your house

  • Empty your letter box
  • Fix up security for your house or ask some one to look after
  • Water your plants and ask some one to take care of it
  • Ask your newspaper vendor and milkman to stop supply
  • Clear out the fridge.
  • Switch off the electric appliances
  • Empty out kitchen, waste/dust-bin and kitchen area
  • Lock doors and windows
  • Recharge your mobile or carry coupons
  • Carry traveller’s cheque or ATM cards
  • Pay all due bills
  • Turn off gas/water
  • Call up the taxi driver/railway station/hotels and other important numbers to confirm and re-confirm
  • Rail Tickets and travel documents should be checked twice 

Packing your luggage

  • Woollen/cotton clothing
  • Extra towels
  • Extra pair of socks
  • Night wears
  • Raincoats
  • Wrappers
  • Bath robes
  • Jumper and track suits 

Equipment

  • Battery Charger
  • Camera
  • Mobile
  • Mobile Charger
  • Torch/Emergency Light
  • Headphones 

Miscellaneous

  • Brochures or holiday book
  • Sunglasses
  • Sewing kit
  • Important stationary(scissors, tape and glue
  • Film rolls and digital chargers
  • Ear Plugs
  • Watch
  • Umbrellas
  • Address Book
  • Shoulder bags/ Safety pins
  • Important Telephone Addresses/Travel Consultant
  • Few non perishable eatables
  • Medicines
  • Books / magazines to read
  • Binocular 

Essential Documents

  • Credit/Debit Cards
  • Diving License
  • Maps/ directions(when in car
  • Itinerary/Directions
  • Photocopies of documents
  • Traveller’s Cheque
  • Passport/Visas (For travelling abroad
  • ID Cards 

Health/Hygiene

  • Small First Aid kit
  • Sickness Pill
  • Mosquito and insect repellent
  • Vitamin and medications
  • Pain Killers/Balm
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Anti-infection lotion
  • Toiletries
Bank and ATMs

Yercaud - Bank and ATMs

There is no bank atm in Yercaud. The nearest bank Atm’s can be found in Salem.

HDFC Bank
Door No. 5/241 F
Meyyannur - Rathna Arcade
5 Roads, Salem

No. 3 / 2 A, 2nd. Agraharam,
Opp. To Sri Lakshmi Narayana, Salem

ICICI Bank
No 156, A Block,
Shop No 6, Palace Tower,
Cherry Road, Salem 

State Bank of India
Fort Main Road , Salem 

State Bank of Mysore
Five Roads Salem,
Ideal Garden Complex,
7/54 Junction Main Road,
Five Road, Salem