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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Pravin P

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  • 4 Reviews
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"A nice spot for bike riders" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
If you are bike ride lover then you must visit this place. Very good road from Bangalore to Salem and 20 hair pin bend road from Salem to Yercaud. You can also take off road from Danishpet to enjoy nature. Places to see in Yercaud are 30 km round trip, ladies seat point, pagoda point. There are many hotels to stay in. Just need to roam around and you will find lot of good hotels with much affordable rates to stay.
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Nikhil Shah

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"Love the calmness" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
There are various activities like boating, trekking, there is also and adventure activity like road climbing. There are few temples, and some excellent view points. Weekends are normally crowded so if your are looking to really enjoy Yercaud visit on a week day. Except April and few weeks of March and May, the weather is great.
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Jacob

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"Good for family outing" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Good place to visit in the month of October, November & December. Good for family outing but nothing much to explore as the place is small. Value for Money.
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Shanmugasundaram S

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"Calm and quiet location for perfect vacation" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
We had a perfect short vacation trip. Kids enjoyed the trip. Good time to relax. Less crowded. Calm and quiet location. Good morning walk on the hill side. Pollution free atmosphere. Must see the Servarayan hill temple, Pakoda point, Ladies Seat and Boating in the small lake.

All type of food available in Yercaud. New small adventure sports started in few places. Good initiative.

Overall, a good place to have a short vacation with cheapest cost.
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Varun

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"Destination for a weekend"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month 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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Spraveen

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"A good holiday destination"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month 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"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months 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"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months 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 2 months 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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"Enchanting place with excellent weather"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 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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