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 shopaholicís 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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Priyam Goyal
  • Priyam Goyal
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 183 photos
  • 84 Reviews

"Not the best experience" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
We went to Yercaud for a weekend getaway. It was not the best experience. We dint like the hill station very much. The lake, which is the main attraction in Yercaud, was very dull and dirty. A clubhouse offered boating options there. There are some hawkers selling snacks outside the lake. We visited a few viewpoints. We stayed at Sterling, which was just average. Not in my top recommended places.
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Vishal K
  • Vishal K
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"A nice hill station" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Not Visited this place. There are many places to explore in Yercaud, You have many view points on top on the beautiful green hills. There is a like in the middle in which you can go for boating. It is an amazing place to visit.
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Vetriselvi Ramanathan
  • Vetriselvi Ramanathan
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews

"Nice place to visit for weekend for those who can't travel more" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Yercaud is a special place because those who cant travel for very long they can choose this destination. Right season is August and September. Places to visit in Yercaud are very few. You can enjoy the cold climate. Local food is not preferable. People can prefer trekking and nature walk.
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Desikan Narayanan
  • Desikan Narayanan
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Salem
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  • 13 Reviews

"A place for a weekend getaway" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
What we can expect in a hill station other than a park, lake and good views of the town below the mountain and botanical garden. Yercaud has all of this at an economical rate. It was a good experience and I enjoyed a mountain trip.
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Raj Rickey
  • Raj Rickey
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"Friendly people and cool places"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
People are very friendly and speak very nicely. I enjoyed the rural life and cool places. It gets very cool at night. I visited the local temple where you can wish and drop a stone and it's believed that the wish will come true. Overall, it was a good place.
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Ramesh Kumar
  • Ramesh Kumar
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 1 Review

"Affordable food and sightseeing"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I visited Yercaud with my wife for the first time. It's a small hill station. A good place to plan your honeymoon trip too. It's not crowded. It's affordable with lots of options for sightseeing. It is connected to the local towns. Both, vegetarian and non-vegetarian foods are available at a reasonable price. On the whole, it's a good place to spend with your family.
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Baluthi
  • Baluthi
  • 3 Reviews

"Nice destination."

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Actually, I'm from Namakkal , so I have visited Yercaud several times by travelling in Bike and Private Vehicles. Yercaud is the fantastic place to see and enjoy. Suggested for repeat visitors. The must see places include Lake & Botanical garden.
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Pavithran Palanisamy
  • Pavithran Palanisamy
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Salem
  • 15 Reviews

"My Experience in Yercaud"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Actually, I'm from Salem, so I visited more than 6 times by travelling in a Bike and Private Vehicles. Yercaud is the fantastic place to see and enjoy. I visited Yercaud Lake and I enjoyed Boat Riding in that Lake. I visited Anna Park, Killiyur Falls, Lady's Seat, Gents Seat, Rose Garden and Shervarayan Temple, which is famous Temple in Yercaud. These places are fantastic place to enjoy with family and friends. I saw whole city of salem from Lady's Seat. In Yercaud many small food courts, Hotels and star Hotels are there. The climate was very chill and cool. My humble request to travellers, choose private vehicles to visit Yercaud, so only you can visit all places in Yercaud. In my personal Experience, Yercaud is the best Entertaining place to enjoy.
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Prabhu Speed
  • Prabhu Speed
  • Lives in Salem
  • 3 Reviews

"Very fantastic trip on summer holidays"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Cheap and best holiday destination for all. Spend lot of time in botonical garden and lake. Boating on the lake is an admirable one. It is always an amazing experience.
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Revathi Ram
  • Revathi Ram
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 5 Reviews

"Good experience"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
In a budget family trip, even if you wish to spend more you don't get to spend much. Nothing much to buy as like you find shops around lake in Kodaikanal or Ooty. Relaxing kinda trip. No much choices of hotel. We had our meal at Annan Thambi Prabhakaran Hotelm Selvam mess. For sightseeing, we got to know Senthil kumar, who is very courteous and charged us reasonably. My brother gave him extra bucks as we liked his hospitality through out the day.
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