Yercaud is situated in the green vistas of the Servaroyan (Shevaroy) Hills in the Eastern Ghats, close to the Steel town of Salem in Tamil Nadu. Its popularity as an escape from the heat and grime of the city rests not just upon its landscape of forest covered hillsides, and coffee, cardamom and black pepper plantations, but also its very affordability, as against the more upmarket Ooty and Kodaikanal nearby. The picturesque manmade lake at the centre of the town here is a popular spot for picnickers.
Yercaud was a lesser known hill station when compared to Ooty and Kodaikanal till some time back. Yercaud is situated at an altitude of 1,500 metres (4,920 feet), on the Shevaroy hills of the Eastern Ghats. The lofty hills are of extraordinary scenic beauty endowed with a salubrious climate. Although close (33km) to the bustling industrial town of Salem, Yercaud has a spirited charm of its own.
It is a quiet, calm and full of natural charms hill station in Tamil Nadu. The Yercaud Hills as a whole provide you many scenic beauties and panoramic views with a pleasant cool climate. Due to its moderate temperature all year round Yercaud can be visited whenever you wish to. Popular as the 'Poor man's Ooty', it is an hour's drive from Salem, easily driveable from Bangalore and is the least expensive hill station in India.
History of Yercaud
Yercaud is a picturesque hill station at an altitude of 1500 meters above sea level. It is situated in the Servarayan range (Shevaroy) in the Eastern Ghats. This hill station is renowned for its coffee plantations and orange groves. The Shevaroyan Hills at an altitude of 5326 feet is the highest point in Yercaud. Arthur's Seat gives a bird's eye view of the Big Lake, Yercaud town and the Shevaroyan Peak. The Big Lake or Emerald Lake is a placid lake set in a wonderful backdrop of hills and natural shoals. It offers boating facilities. Adjacent to the lake is the Anna Park. The Japanese park inside the Anna Park is worth a glance. Tourists throng to the Rose garden to see a collection of colourful roses situated 02 Km from Yercaud. Grange is one of the oldest buildings in Yercaud and is 03 Km from Yercaud Lake.
Lady's Seat is a natural rock formation resembling a seat. It is on the south western side of Yercaud hills overlooking the Ghat road on the town of Salem to the south. Tourists also visit the mulberry cultivation, growing of silk worms and the method of spinning silk yarns at Silk Factory. On the eastern side of Yercaud is the Pyramid or Pagoda Point. This is an idyllic picnic spot located 05 Km from Yercaud. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Rama here. The Kiliyur Falls is a majestic waterfall 03 ks from Yercaud Lake. It presents spectacular views from the top and bottom of the falls. The Botanical Survey of India has a range of orchids. Notable among these are the ladies Slipper and an insect eating orchid. Shri Raheshwari Temple is dedicated to Shri Raheshwari the God of wealth and prosperity. The Kottachedu Teak Forest is 11 Km from Yercaud and one can see the bison here. Tipperary View Point is the southern most view point from Yercaud. One can see the Elephant Tooth Rocks which is reportedly said to be the remnants of a meteorite which fell to earth.