- About Yercaud
This quaint hill station of Yercaud is located on the Shevaroy hills of
the Eastern Ghat mountain ranges. Yercaud, popularly referred to as Poor
mans Ooty, is known for its amazing scenic beauty and salubrious
climate. This captivating hill station is ideal for relaxing and for
enjoying adventure activities. You can visit the nearby textile town of
Salem, to buy some good quality handloom fabrics at affordable rates.
- Place of Interest
Big Lake or Emerald Lake :
This placid lake set in a serene backdrop is the centre of attraction at Yercaud. The lake is flanked by hills and has a beautiful garden on its banks. The floating fountain constructed at the centre of the lake is highly appealing. Tourists can avail a variety of tourist boat services here.
Anna Park :
Anna Park is a beautiful park situated near the Emerald Lake. The park hosts annual flower shows during the month of May attracting a lot of tourists and visitors.
Arthurs Seat :
The steep road north from the centre of the town takes one to this vantage point. One can enjoy a birds eye view of the Big Lake, Yercaud Town and Shevaroyan Peak from this point.
Killiyur Waterfall :
This gorgeous water fall, cascading down from a height of 300 feet, lies at a distance of 3 km from the Yercaud Lake. One can watch the waterfall in all its splendor right after the monsoons.
Ladys Seat :
This vantage point, located south-west of Yercaud Hills, offers an awe-inspiring view of the Ghats and its surrounding landscape. It has a telescope house from where one can enjoy a panoramic view of Salem town and the surrounding areas.
Pagoda Point or Pyramid Point :
Four piles of random stones in the form of a pagoda or pyramid gives the place its name Pagoda Point. These pagodas are believed to have been built by the tribals who inhabited the hills. A temple dedicated to Lord Sree Ram is located between the pagodas.
Shevarayan Temple :
This cave shrine sits majestically perched on top of the Shevarayan hill. Inside the cave are the idols of God Shevarayan and the goddess Kaveri, representing the Shevaroy Hills and the Cauvery River. According to local legends God Shevarayan protects the 67 villages in and around Yercaud and the cave housing the shrine runs deep into the ground touching the Cauvery River.
Bears Cave :
This cave, situated inside a private coffee estate, contains a deep gorge. Bears Cave lies en route to the Shervarayan temple.
- Best Time To Visit
The most accepted seasons are February to June and September to November. Late November and December tend to be cold and chilly.
- How to Reach
The nearest airport is located at Trichy at a distance of 165 km.
Salem Junction is the nearest railway station at a distance of 36 km from Yercaud.
Yercaud is well connected by a good network of roads to all the major destinations of India. There are regular bus services from major destinations like Chennai and Salem to Yercaud.