Yercaud Tourism

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

History of Yercaud

Yercaud was founded by Governor of Madras Presidency, Thomas Munroe, in 1842. David Cockburn was called the Father of Yercaud as he helped with the development of resources of Shevaroy and for introducing the plantation and cultivation of apple, coffee and pears. Tea plantations in Yercaud was introduced by Dr.Wallich. Trees of cinnamon were also introduced during the same period. Many Christians missionaries were attracted hailing to the cool climate. They put up the Convent schools of girls and boys. MSP Rajes was the first one to start Indian coffee plantation in Yercaud.

People And Culture of Yercaud

Malayalis and Vellalas majorly constitute the population if Yercaud. Yercaud Malayalis are not connected to Kerala but are referred to the ‘Hill Men’, people residing in the hills. The Tamil refuges who escaped from the Telugu clan advanced to Yercaud and have been residing here for over 500 years. The main source of consistent economy is tourism and agriculture. Coffee is the mainly grown crop, along with few other fruits and spices.

Pongal and Diwali are celebrated extravagantly in Yercaud. Summer Festival, that happens in the month of May is really famous. It is a 7 day festival. Various exhibitions, flower show, dog show and boat races happen during the festival. The Servarayan Temple also holds a festival in May. During the Yercaud tour one can witness the culture.

Things To Do in Yercaud

Sightseeing in Yercaud is a treat to the sore eyes. To escape to from the hustle and bustle of the city, there are many places to visit in Yercaud. Yercaud lake has some stunning view and is one of the famous Yercaud tourist places. Yercaud sightseeing is complete only after driving the 32 km road by the tea plantations on both sides. To add on the places to see in Yercaud, to witness the history and development of Yercaud, one can head to the Monfront School. Pagoda Point is another great Yercaud attraction to hit with beautiful clouds floating overhead. Kiliyur falls, Lady’s Seat, Silk farm and Rose Garden, Norton’s Bungalow, Deer park, Bear Cave, Kottachedu Teak Forest, Anna Park are the other Yercaud places to visit.

Food And Shopping in Yercaud

There are a lot of things to do in Yercaud. The Salem market is the closest tourists can head if they want to do any shopping while visiting Yercaud. Textiles, handloom fabrics, spices like cloves and pepper, can be found here. Located in South India, most of the restaurants serve South Indian food in Yercaud. Many non vegetarian delicacies are also servied. There are many North Indian restaurants and western cafes in Yercaud.

Accommodation in Yercaud

On how to reach Yercaud, one can fly to Tiruchirapalli, Coimbatore, Bangalore or Chennai and drive from there on. Salem Junction is the nearest railway station to reach Yercaud. Many to choose to drive or take buses from Chennai, Salem or Bangalore. From budget to luxury hotels, there are many hotels in Yercaud to stay at - Golden Nest Resorts, Clifton Inn, Sri Durga Residency, Trek Inn Yercaud and many more.

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Rajnish kumar

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  • Rajnish kumar
  • 6 photos
  • 2 Reviews
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"Yercaud is a must visit for nature lover" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
For people from Chennai & Bangalore, Yercaud is a perfect place to visit during weekends or long weekends.
Roads are perfect to drive. I travelled from Chennai and took the Muppanar ghat route while entering Yercaud and Salem ghat while coming out of Yercaud. Both the routes are scenic, Salem - Yercaud ghat is better for driving.
Destination: The big lake is good, though I didn't like the use of motorboats which certainly spoils the nature. I would encourage the tourists to take the pedal boat (30 minutes ride for up to Rs 140 per boat, four people) or rowing boat (15 minutes ride for up to Rs 140 per boat, five people). The park adjacent to the lake (with an entry fee) is really nice for spending some leisure time. There are many points to see the valley and they are perfectly located. Though for few of them you might need to track a bit. I didn't visit the fall as they are mostly dry at this time of the year and I was travelling with a two year kid. Weather wise Yercaud was really nice, 17C to 34C evening to morning.
There are plenty of resorts, hotels for every budget. However, not many restaurants to choose from.
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Dhiwakar b

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  • Dhiwakar b
  • 2 Reviews
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"Not so cool"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
There is nothing special in this place. If you want to hang around you can push a day or two here. That too if your accommodation and food is good. Definitely not more than a couple of days.
Roads are too narrow. So if you are driving your own vehicle it would be a bit uncomfortable to drive around.
None of the restaurants serve good food. All the places are overpriced for the food quality and quantity they provide.
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Mohan doss Doss

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  • Mohan doss Doss
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 7 Reviews
  •  16 helpful votes
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"Best and rest."

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Yercaud is the place suitable only to take rest.
From Salem railway station fix a taxi it may cost around 1000rs.
Don't expect too much. Nothing is there.
Boat house is nice with steam boat, pedal and row boat.
Only view points are available.
Food are too much cost.
Nothing to buy.
Don't plan more than a day.
Best for family to keep away from city mode.
Can fix a car for sightseeing at around 1000rs.
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Yoganandh Vijayakumar

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  • Yoganandh Vijayakumar
  • Lives in Salem
  • 2 Reviews
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  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 8, 2016
Appearance is very good. Nice place, very well response and activities. But viewing point not satisfied, night vision is not satisfied, low food veraities, over all OK ... But not bad. Middle class pepole cheap and best residency. Reception good, no car parking safety, cyug7g7g8g8g8g8 7cuc7f7f7f7g vuvug7g7gd7g6d6d ufuf7f7f7f7f7f7f vuvug7g7g8gg7g8g
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Sajid sageer

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  • Sajid sageer
  • 5 Reviews
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"Not much to enjoy"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Oct 16, 2016
When looking into the weather and places there is not much to enjoy over there. One can enjoy the boating, we are not able to see botanical garden since its a government holiday over there. Other places like parks are not much worth. We didn't go to falls since we heard that there is no water.
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Vikram v

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  • Vikram v
  • 6 Reviews
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"Average Destination"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Oct 13, 2016
Travellers can reach this destination on road via Salem. October To February is the good season for visiting this location.
This place has a Lake, Sarvarayan Temple & water falls. So a day trip is advisable.
This place can be chooses only if you want to relax out of city life. If you have nature on mind with rivers & falls then Ooty, Valpari or Kodai should be considered.
Yercaud is a sleepy town with nothing to shop. Night life is dead.
Approach roads are too small & cause irritate you to leave your car behind.
So choose this place only to escape the city life nothing else.
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Dhilshad p m

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  • Dhilshad p m
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"One day and night is enough"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Oct 12, 2016
It is good place for relaxation and leisure because Yercaud is not over crowded like Ooty and Kodaikanal. Night stay at Yercaud was a wonderful experience. A day time is enough for complete sightseeing at Yercaud. Manjakuttai viewpoint is a waste and nothing there for sightseeing.
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Dinesh Dini

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  • Dinesh Dini
  • Lives in Madurai
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"Mesmerising and Fun trip"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Sep 29, 2016
Best place to spend at leisure time. One must visit Yercaud in his life span. Best for boating, hills view point, horse riding, adventure activities, more and more .. Best time to visit Yercaud is January to June and October to December. The place is best known for its hill type. Don't forget to visit this place. Have a good time!
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Ritesh Jain

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  • Ritesh Jain
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 2 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  1680 readers

"Mesmerising Yercaud"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 27, 2016
Awesome climate and memorable trip. The resort great nature trails jus made the day. Superb location and very courteous staff. Yercaud has the naturally beauty of the floora and fauna well preserved. Not much places of sightseeing but still calm place to relax.
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Sunil kumar

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  • Sunil kumar
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"Short distance fun trip from Bangalore"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Sep 5, 2016
Only 4 hours drive from Bangalore, Yercaud is a Small but Scenic location for Weekend fun. We went there over a long weekend and had a lot fun. In September the weather is not cold but pleasant.
We stayed at Golden nest resorts but wont recommend it to others.
I great thing about Yercaud is all the view points and tourist attractions are very near to each other. All of them are within a redius of 6 kms farther being Pagoda point. There are many View points in Yercaud, Pagoda Point is the best followed by Gents, Ladies points. There is'nt much for the Kids though.
Yercaud Lake is big and beautiful, a Ride in a motor boat costs about 140 Rs. There are rowing boats and pedal boats available which are cheaper. We also went to poppy children's park to add some fun for the kids.
We visited the Deer Park also. They have some Deers, Peacocks, and Pigeons there. The Parks are not very well maintained.
We did not visit the Kiliyanoor falls as we were told that it was at least 300 steps down and it would be difficult for us with the small kids.
The Drive up and down were really good too. Over all a nice trip to plan for the weekend from Bangalore
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