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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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Arivoli

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  • Arivoli
  • Lives in Cuddalore
  • 1 Review
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"Peaceful & a privacy hill" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
Chill down hill steering up with thrilling hair pin bends in between sight seeing views, down coming vehicles, gushing falls by the hill side, bountiful beauty cloudy natural scenes, a temple on the way, wandering and playing monkeys by the road side. Local people with petty teashop selling hot herbal tea and snacks gives you a hearty and warm welcome to a greenery and peaceful Yercaud.
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Pankaj Jha

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  • Pankaj Jha
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Relaxing, adventurous, weekend gateway" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
This place is quite relaxing away from the city. Its a small town on top of hill. You can go around the town to see some good places such as temple, a water fall (Though you may not see water), hill station kind of roads. Overall a good place to hang around with family and friends. I stayed in the club Mahindra hotel, which was spread in a big area having nice gardens and outdoor activities. So, was quite engaged for the whole time. 1-2 days should be sufficient to visit the place, as there are only few attractions. Since it is in Tamilnadu, the sale of liquor is banned. If you want to have your own, it is recommended to take it with you, else you may end up buying from the local government wine shop, which you may not like. The Yercaud lake is the biggest attraction there. You will find boating club and boats to enjoy the lake. There are plenty of good hotels in the town to stay. You can book it on-line before going there.
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Saravanan

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  • Saravanan
  • Lives in Chennai
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"Good place for a brief week end stay" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Good relaxed stay. Prefer to have a own vehicle. Plan for trekking and out door adventure activities. Preferable to have bar but it is not there. Take complete toilet kit with you. Good service from the front desk. Our own preferable food. Either south or North.
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Harsh Patel

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  • Harsh Patel
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 4 Reviews
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"The one within mountains!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Place is awesome to go to with Family or friends. This place has so much to offer. People here are helpful. How to Reach there: Nearest train station is Salem from where you can go by bus or traveller which ever you prefer(bus would be cheaper than traveller-17 Rs. Only where traveller would cost around 60-70 per person).

Experience: Many places you can visit ( place is more like Ooty). It's shear beauty of nature and mountains. Good place for adventurous trip to mountain. Food is bit costly but quality is good( specially Saravana Bhavan- go and eat idly Vada). Place which might give you goosebumps if you see down from there. Fun Fact:There are more place to die and only one hospital.
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Gopu Mohan

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  • Gopu Mohan
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"So near to Chennai- Yercaud"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
With no plans for new year, this place came to my mind. 350+ km from Chennai, awesome for bike rides. Took 5 hrs. The real fun start Fghat roads. The temperature slowly changes after the 5th hairpin. The ghat road ends near the major attraction, the lake. Oh no forgot to tell about the awesome view of the buildings while we climb the ghat road. Buddy but keep the eyes on the road. The bike walas are little crazy.

The first point I visited was Pagoda Point. What a view. Good capture for photographer. Nice breeze. The rock formations are nice to watch. The next point was the Ladies seat. From here we will get the full view of the Salem town and also the ghat road. The above points are good to see in the morning.

The next point was the Killiyur falls. The vehicle will go near 500m, afterwards we have to walk. The last 100m is climbing down via the steps. The falls not so big, is 300 foot falls. The view is nice. It will be good to visit in the morning as the crowd get bigger, it will be less beautiful. The climbing back is difficult as the step heights are more. Really breath taking.

Shervoys temple is the highest point in Yercaud. Awesome place to see. Other temples are also there. There are few gardens and parks to be seen. Te rose garden with entry fees was total waste. I could find only few roses. I took ticket for camera, but nothing to capture.

I enquired about the bear caves, but nobody knew about it. Return I took the Kuppanoor Yercaud ghat road. The ride was awesome. The are totally deserted and completely through estates. Fresh air and cool climate make it more awesome. So really enjoyed new year. Thinking about trip to Coorg next. Till then happy driving.
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Debayan  Bose

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  • Debayan Bose
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A good place to hangout for 2 days"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We started from Bangalore in the morning at around 7:30. Road to yercaud is pretty smooth and mostly through NH7 highway except after Salem. Around 35 km stretch from Salem takes some time. Otherwise it's 3. 5 hrs journey from Bangalore. We stayed in Golden Nest resort which is decent resort to stay for 1/2 nights. Nothing much to see except for a few view points like ladies seat, gents seat, pagoda point. Yercaud lake and deer park are good too. Kiliyur falls is difficult for aged people since one needs to reach there using 220 steps and climbing up was really tiring. Waterfront restaurant near lake is pretty good and reasonable. Rock pearch restaurant was pathetic. GRT restaurant is good but over-priced. But view from GRT nature trails is worth trying. It's definitely the best place to stay in yercaud. Carry your own drink because you may not get your favourite brands in regular liquor shop. But hotels serve good range of drinks which are slightly over-priced. Overall good place to spend time during short weekend.
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Kaarthik Sr

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  • Kaarthik Sr
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"It was good tour"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We went in December. Spent most of the time at the hotel, as we didn't want to travel much. There are a few places to go boating, horse riding and get a nice view. There is also a waterfall nearby. Nice place for a short vacation. Roads from Bangalore to Yercaud are excellent.
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Lalit Mohan

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  • Lalit Mohan
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Nice weekend gateway from Bangalore"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We visited in mid December 2015. Nice mild weather with mists all over the resort. Due to heavy rains, road repair work was going on in many places. Not much to do as such, just sit back and chill. The Boat-house at the big lake was closed on Saturday, so we did a bit of horse-riding. The Montfort school was also running, so could not visit from inside.
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  • Sulav Kumar
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Mother nature's special child"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Best when travelled on own vehicle, much better if that's a bike. 20 hair pins lead you to this jewel of South. Places of attraction - Yercaud lake, pagoda point, Lady's and gent's seat, Waterfalls. The most amazing view is on a foggy morning when you witness fog over the lake same as your cozy blanket over you. Not a big hill station but definitely deserves a night's stay. Don't miss to have hot cup of tea at 6am in your resorts balcony.
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Prabhuraj

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  • Prabhuraj
  • Lives in Salem
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"Rejoicing place which takes you from your daily routine"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It was good having fun with my friends. A good place as a family and as a couple too. Nice view point from the villas. Nice ambiance and good service. Perfect space for a economic trip and a safe trip. Quality of water and food is good. It has so many places around to look after. All the places can be covered in a day max. Don't miss kiliyur falls which is so much fun.
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