Yercaud Tourism
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Yercaud Tourism

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Yercaud is a good weekend destination. It gives the pleasure of driving as well as staying at a hill station. The roads that lead to Yercaud are in good shape and hair pin bends give good view of the city below. One can also find a lot of monkeys while driving uphill / downhill. It does not have much activities to do apart from the view points and boating, so would recommend you to go with primary objective of relaxing and you would love the place.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: GRT, Hotel Grand Palace, Shevoys are some of the choices for having a good quality food. I really enjoyed the food at all these places along with the ambience. For sight seeing, there are several view points like Ladies seat, Child seat, Gentleman seat, along with some other view points. I would consider them as one and the same, however since the distance between these three points is not much, they can be covered in less than 30 minutes. Boat house and Deer park are recommended and are situated next to each other. Ayurvedic products in the names of White Panther and Black Panther are available. I found both of them equally good. Do not miss window shopping on these shops for window shopping if not buying.

Activities & things to do: There are not many places to cover and one should go there to relax. Viewpoints can be covered in one go. Boat House always attracts a good crowd and should be visited around 3'O clock (it is closed by 5:30 in the evenings). Deer park would be interesting option if travelling with kids.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: In case travelling by own vehicle, I would say the roads are good to reach Yercaud and within Yercaud some caution needs to be taken care. Hair pin bends are a pleasure to drive and do stop at some of them to get a view of Salem city. Carrying an umbrella is also recommeded as it might rain anytime. Do not forget to carry some wollens in case you are travelling with a kid.
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Raj Rickey
  • Raj Rickey
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"Friendly people and cool places" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week 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" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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." new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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
  • Lives in Salem
  • 8 Reviews

"My Experience in Yercaud" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks 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" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks 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" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks 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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Prakash Rajamani
  • Prakash Rajamani
  • 9 Reviews

"Overall experience was good"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Yercaud is clearly a poor man's destination if he has to get a taste of Ooty. The place is really good. the climate is also very good. The hotels here are good, but the rates are very high indeed. But the place is less crowded compared to Ooty. So you can go there to have a peaceful holiday.
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Sathish
  • Sathish
  • 9 Reviews

"Nothing Special About This Place!"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
There is not much to see there. I have just listed out what all I saw:
1. Servarayan Temple
2. Pagoda Point
3. Lake - Boat ride
4. Lady's Seat, Gents Seat
5. Rajarajeshwari Temple
6. Shri Chakra Temple.
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Mallick
  • Mallick
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"Can Call It Mini Ooty"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This place is pretty similar to Ooty. Here you will find a lot of extra fun activities. This place is known as a shoppers paradise. There are various types of items that you can buy from here. I certainly had a great time. The local restaurants serve awesome food and you can also buy locally made chocolates, which are authentic in taste!
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Sindhu Neelakantan
  • Sindhu Neelakantan
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Chennai
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"Less polluted and less crowded place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
"Less polluted and less crowded place to holiday" I mentioned this here because compared to other destinations like Ooty or Kodai which is very crowded and junked by the tourists, this place Yercaud is very clean and less crowded. We stayed in Lake Forest Resort which made our stay more pleasant with friendly staff and lovely and green atmosphere. The hotel is very close to the town center and walk-able distance from the lake. Our kids enjoyed the boating experience... Anna Park and Dear Park is a nice place to hang-around with kids.

We visited the Shevroyan Temple which is a very nice experience; going into a old cave temple in a tribal village, the view from outside the temple is also very good. Then we went to Rajarajeshwari Temple and Sri Chakra Mahameru Temple. This Sri Chakra Mahameru Temple is about 7 Km from Yercaud Lake, it is about couple of years old. The main deity here is Goddess Lalitha Tripurasundari and world's largest Sri Chakra Mahameru.. This place is so calm, divine and serene, I simply loved this place.

We had spent around 9k to 10k for the whole tour; it was an awesome and peaceful trip here.
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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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