Yercaud Tourism
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Yercaud Tourism

Yercaud Info

  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 1515 m
  • Pincode: 636601
  • District: Salem
  • Language: Tamil
  • STD code: 04281
  • Weather: Summer 22 to 37°C, Winter 19 to 32°C

Yercaud, a hill station in Salem District of Tamil Nadu, is located in the Shevaroy range of hills in the Eastern Ghats. It is perched at an altitude of 1,515 metres above sea level and encompasses an area of 382.67 square kilometres, including the Reserve Forest.

History of Yercaud

The name of the town is derived from the Yercaud Lake located at its centre. In Tamil, Yeri means lake and Kaadu means forest. The entire county is administered as a township and has a village council.

The destination exhibits artefacts from the Stone Age that were found in the ancient shrine located near Pagoda Point. This point is around 5 km from the Yercaud Lake. The ancient history of the town is relatively unknown and has never been explored. However, the first human settlement in Yercaud is believed to have come from Kanchipuram. The settlement existed during the Telugu Kings, who captured the Tamil Thondai country.

Yercaud was discovered in the 19th century by the British and attracted many Christian missionaries. The city was discovered by the governor of the Madras Presidency, Sir Thomas Muroe in 1842 and David Cockburn, the Scottish collector of Salem District. Salem District was purchased by Mr. G.F. Fisher, the only European Zamindar, in 1836.

Things to do in Yercaud

This city is popular for oranges and coffee plantations. Coffee was first cultivated on the Grange Estate in 1820, which was initially brought from Africa to Yercaud by Mr. M.D. Cockburn. Many other fruits and spices were cultivated on the coffee estate in Yercaud such as jackfruit, oranges and guava and black pepper and cardamom.  Tourists can opt for popular Yercaud packages to explore the destination better. 

Food & Shopping in Yercaud

Yercaud is not a shopaholic’s stop, but it has a few good products for the tourists. Some of the popular products include skin care products, natural oils, perfumes and coffee powder. Otherwise, Salem which is on the way to Yercaud has textiles and quite a good collection of bright handloom fabrics. Packets of freshly packed pepper and cloves from these stores are a popular produce of this hill town. 

Teak, sandalwood and silver oaks are present in abundance in the forest areas of Yercaud. Besides, the place is also popular for its wildlife which comprises animals like bison, deer, fox, snakes and birds like bulbuls, kites and sparrows.

The temperature of Yercaud ranges from 15o Celsius to 30o Celsius throughout the year. Though it is a year round destination, the ideal time to visit Yercaud is from October to June.

Travelling to Yercaud

Yercaud by air can be accessed through Trichy International Airport which is 163 km and the nearest airport. The other major airports nearby Yercaud are Coimbatore and Bangalore. These airports are well connected with the major cities of India. Taxis are also available and can cost around Rs. 3000 from Trichy railway station to Yercaud.

The nearest rail head to Yercaud is Salem Junction, which is 35 km away from Yercaud. All south bound trains that pass through Salem stop at Salem station. The railway station is well connected to Trivandrum, Cochin, Erode and Mangalore. Taxis are also available from Salem railway station to Yercaud 

By road, Yercaud is connected to connect Yercaud with other major cities in the state through Tamil Nadu Road Transport Corporation buses. There are regular bus services that ply from Salem and reach Yercaud.

Accommodation options in Yercaud

Hotel options in Yercaud are many. Tourists can opt for hotels located in the midst of nature suitable for different pockets, right from budget hotels and homestays to luxurious resorts. 

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Varun

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"Destination for a weekend" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We travelled during the month of May'15. Although it was pleasant beating the Chennai Summer, the climate was not that cold. It would be around 24 degrees. Not many places to visit except for a few temples, boating and parks. Never go to Botanical Garden. That doesnt even give the feel of garden.
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"A good holiday destination" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This was my first visit to Yercaud and a memorable one to remember. Yercaud is a small town and the tourist spots are pretty close to each other. It would hardly require a day to travel all the tourist spots. This place is not as crowded as Ooty and would be an ideal location for those who want to relax with their family.
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Subhankar Dey

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"A nice place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Eastern ghats. Good place but again don't compare with Ooty. Every place has its own beauty. Enjoy that!! There are multiple view points. Googling option will guide you or the hoteliers are there for you. 'N' numbers of hotels/resorts are there. So you can book it through any websites. Visit post monsoon.
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Sudhakar Bala

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"Good place to visit" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Shopping in Yercaud is not much, however you can buy some artefacts. There are some good hotels inside the Yercaud town, cost is also very less. I could not go for boating, because the place was overcrowded. I did see Fish aquarium, that was ok.
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Sarvana Shanmugam

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"It a good destination to relax"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Time spent in the resort and outside was worthwhile. The afternoons are little hot but the evenings and mornings are pretty cold and good climate. It was also a good time to travel, spend good time with family. Its a good weekend getaway. Cars would be a better mode to travel to enjoy completely.
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Vijayan Sundaram

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"Enchanting place with excellent weather"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Yercaud hills is an awesome place to visit. Though very limited places to see, you can unwind and relax. There are good number of viewpoints combined with excellent weather. Finding Veg food may be difficult. If the place can get rid of the drunkards drinking on the Ghat driving sections, this would be a class destination.
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Amrish

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"A very good destination"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The experience of visiting yercaud is awesome, it has very good climate during the month of MAY as well. It was as good as 25 degrees during this month. It did rained once during this month. Its a good place to stay out of scorching SUN from city. Nice destination.
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Alekhya Ajai

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"Quick respite from the heat of summer"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Greenery, remnants of the British era, fresh fruits and seasonal specials, handmade chocolates and wood work - these are all in abundance in Yercaud. And lovely too, because you'll be sorely tempted to bring back those beautifully packed chocolates or the luscious mangoes available along the route. Visit the waterfall after June-July and please don't litter. Let Yercaud remain pristine. Overall, better choice than Ooty which has become too cumbersome now-a-days.

People coming on public transport will need to spend very little and can be a superb choice for a budget trip.
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"Good Destination if you have the correct accomodation"

  • 2.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Perhaps it is because of the poor stay that I do not have any high opinion about the Yercaud experience. The entire purpose was to have quality family time which was not fulfilled due to lack of amenities at the hotel. Also the time of the year was not perfect for travel, due to some local festivals the sightseeing and tourist spots were overcrowded. Overall the destination was filthy.
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"Fantabulous experience at Yercaud"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I had gone with my family in April to Yercaud. We had got down at Salem by train and the resort people had arranged for a pick-up. Weather is hot in the afternoons but breezy and evenings are pleasant.. There is lot of greenery around with birds chirping. Calm and peaceful.

The resort where we stayed was Star Holdiay Resort which is good and reasonable and centrally located.

You can hire a car or auto for sightseeing. There are few temples, few points like Pagoda, Ladies seat, Gents seat and Children's seat which are all similar so you can choose any one of them and spend some quality time over there. We visited Pagoda Point. There's a big lake near market place where you can go for boating. Evenings are preferable.

You get good filter coffee powder, freshly powdered. Don't forget to buy them. You also get good herbal healing oils for various ailments. Go for some yummy home made chocolates.

Enjoy the hot fresh bhajis (kela and mirchi) near the boating place. It's very yummy. If you want a quiet and relaxed holiday in some hill station, go for a Yercaud.
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