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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

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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Ritesh Jain

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  • Ritesh Jain
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 1 Review
  •  12 readers

"Mesmerising Yercaud" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Today
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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"Short distance fun trip from Bangalore" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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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Raja Lovedreamz

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"Good location with lot of Temples and a Waterfall" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I have been in Yercaud last December and the climate looks freezing. Almost I am unable to see certain things beyond 5 feet.
There are many temples. I have listed those below. You can have the blessings along with your family members.
Shevaroy temple
Raja rajeshwari temple
Chakra mahameru
These temples are neat and clean
The must visit is Killiyur waterfalls. This is not recommendable for old age people and weak heart people. You must walk down several steps to reach this place. Near 1 km you need to walk. So it will be breathtaking.
Kindly avoid travelling to Yercaud during summer days ( march to September) as you can feel the hot and humid climate over there.
Boating is available. You must visit the botanical garden, ladies and gents seat. All these places and located at same spot.
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Shaheed k

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"Finest of hill stations"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
A destination to relax and unwind. The various view points are a treat by themselves. You can soak into the beautiful clouds, and feel divine. My Partner and I stayed at the Rock Perch and we were enthralled by nature, which gave us the best. The wonderful breeze, the views, were simply awesome. We moved around the town of Yercaud as if we were part of the heritage for ages. We felt like we were there for years. Waiting to get back soon.
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Safi

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"Dazzling Drive, Amazing Views & Fabulous Food"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jun 11, 2016
Travelling is always been good fun that enjoy most with our close ones, and travelling in summer is really more fun that we bring into odd months to get escape from hot days to bear. So choosing hill station always advisable spot out with family during this summer is recommended. Here, we just booked a night before we start and not much planning, just book the resort and give a kick start morning is all required. Chennai to Yercaud is just 5 to 6 hours drive hardly by road. All you should take some cash and rest any ATM card will complete your trip without any demand. I always go often such place to make myself to improve my driving skills and as well as to run from routine life. Don't expect too many activities as Yercaud is just to feel pleasant climate and relaxing yourself and it's the only place near Chennai city where you hide for summer.
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Preetam Mullur

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"Amidst the nature yet not far from city"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 22, 2016
Yercaud is closest hill station to B'lore about 4 hours drive. You need to drive through Hosur, Krishnagiri, Salem to reach Yercaud. Yercaud is on the Shevaroy hills a quaint and discreet hill station. After Salem you need to get through 20 hairpin bends to reach here.

The city is rather small and still not as crowded as Ooty or Kodai. It is not even as big as Coorg. Once you reach the lake you pretty much most of the hotels close by it.

The lake smaller than you would have expected to see. Nothing fancy about lake has regular boating provision. There is Anna park garden opposite to Lake. I recommend if you visit Anna park and lake just walk from hotel.

To visit Pagoda point and Montfort you need to get into the Car. Pagoda gives a nice view of the city. The roads are pretty narrow and rush is big so park enroute to the Pagoda point. Montfort college estd in 1917 by British has an old world charm. It has many frescos and very neatly maintained.

Good place to take cool pics. Killiyur falls is not recommended there is hardly any water. Servarayan Temple, dedicated to Lord Servarayan, is located on top of Shevaroy hills. The temple is a narrow and dark cave and idols of Lord Servarayan and Goddess Kaveri are placed inside it.

Goddess Kaveri is believed to be the patron deity for 67 villages located in and around the destination. It is believed that, the temple cave is supposed to touch the river Kaveri. Tourists can enjoy the beautiful views of Yercaud town and Nagalur from this hill.

I liked Botanical Garden and rose garden also. Not very huge though. The Botanical garden had good collection of herbs and plants. Again don't compare these with Ooty or Shimla. Deer park was sheer waste of time. Killiyur falls had no water in it. We stayed at Lake forest hotel. Pretty decent place amidst the coffee plantation.

Don't forget to get up early and walk around. You can spot many interesting Birds. The hotel is cool place to hang out built with theme of eco-conservation and with high British theme. Food is reasonable compared to most of the Club Mahindra Hotels. You can spot so many birds in the hotel, don't forget to wake up early and take a stroll.

City could be tough for Vegetarians. 2 days is good enough. You can't stay longer than that. Overall, good for a nice weekend stay. Best part is not too much rush.
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Sanjay Krishna

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  • Sanjay Krishna
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"A nice place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 10, 2016
A very nice place for people who like a less crowded nature place during weekends and holidays. Its not as busy as Ooty and Kodai but nice for a two days stay with family. There are some scenic points lake with boating and a nice walk through in orange estates to have look at falls is superb. Stay at star holiday homes is budgetary and food is nice here or opp we have TTDC hotel also. Overall, nice place. do plan here.
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Ranjith Sivaperumal

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"Unplanned visit!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 3, 2016
Although we didn't plan to go Yercaud, The visit there makes me think I should have planned way better to stay there. The hills are stunningly beautiful yet they are not so huge as Ooty or Kodaikanal, simple as that a good place to relax and have fun with friends and family. The time we went was not the season. I prefer season times would have been much more great than this unplanned one!!
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Naina mohamed

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"Good place to unwind"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 19, 2016
It is a good place to unwind and relax with your family and friends. It isn't cool in the daytime but during night it is cool and chill. The place isn't crowded as like other hill stations and the places of interest are nearby. One day is more than sufficient for sight seeing and you can spend the next day in resort relaxing and utilizing their facilities. Be sure to book good resort for that.
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Ashok ramachandrachari

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"An average place"

  • 2.5/7
  • Posted Apr 18, 2016
I have visited Yercaud thrice on different occasions (family, friends). If you are planning for a cool stay in peak summers then this is not the place. It's just another average place which can be covered in a day max. The gardens(botanical, rose, deer park etc) are not at all maintained.

Nothing great about food, at least for a vegetarian there are not many options. I would suggest a day visit to Nandi hills in Bangalore is much much better. You don't have to travel all the way from wherever you are put up.

The only thing that can make your stay comfortable is a good hotel. Get a fancy hotel done so that you can have a good time/get together with the family/friends. Don't get carried away by cheap hotels which have fancy descriptions on sites like these.

Bottom line: An average place with nothing interesting. Not in summer at least.
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