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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Geeta Shriram
  • Geeta Shriram
  • Lives in Thane
  • 3 Reviews

"Fantabulous experience at Yercaud" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
I had gone with my family in April to Yercaud. We had got down at Salem by train and the resort people had arranged for a pick-up. Weather is hot in the afternoons but breezy and evenings are pleasant.. There is lot of greenery around with birds chirping. Calm and peaceful.

The resort where we stayed was Star Holdiay Resort which is good and reasonable and centrally located.

You can hire a car or auto for sightseeing. There are few temples, few points like Pagoda, Ladies seat, Gents seat and Children's seat which are all similar so you can choose any one of them and spend some quality time over there. We visited Pagoda Point. There's a big lake near market place where you can go for boating. Evenings are preferable.

You get good filter coffee powder, freshly powdered. Don't forget to buy them. You also get good herbal healing oils for various ailments. Go for some yummy home made chocolates.

Enjoy the hot fresh bhajis (kela and mirchi) near the boating place. It's very yummy. If you want a quiet and relaxed holiday in some hill station, go for a Yercaud.
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Som Ghosh
  • Som Ghosh
  • Lives in Bokaro
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"Good experience but tiring" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I went to Yercaud with my friend. The only way to to reach up there is to have your private vehicle or board a bus from the bus stand. Bus will take around Rs15 which is considerably very less for that much distance. Once you enter Yercaud you will feel the cold in the air. Its better that you hire a car/auto from the bus stand and they will take you to around 10 spots. You can negotiate with them for the prices as it ranges from Rs 500-1500 depending upon the vehicle and number of spots.

The place is full of jungle and that was really mesmerising. There are waterfalls, sunrise/sunset spots, temples etc but all are with some distance to each other. There is not much population up there but its true that its poor man's Ooty.

Its hard to find restaurant up there as they are only available in the main market from where you will start you journey. So, its better you have your food in journey. Public transport is less.
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Samarth Gowda
  • Samarth Gowda
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Splendid place with amazing weather" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I had been to Yercaud over the weekend. It's just a 4 hour drive from Bangalore City. The drive was excellent as roads were very good. Yercaud is not at all commercialised like the other hill stations of Tamil Nadu. The weather was amazing and the place was splendid. I would not hesitate to visit Yercaud again and again.
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Rushikesh Mahant
  • Rushikesh Mahant
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Perfect for Hill lovers, people call it mini ooty" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Great place to visit surrounded by clouds. Perfect hills station for love birds like me :). It has some good stays as GRT hills. We stayed there for 3 nights. It has a blast with clouds this new year. Food is also OK at this place. Try out dinner at local restaurants.
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Prabhakaran
  • Prabhakaran
  • Lives in Adra
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  • 4 Reviews

"Refreshing trip"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Went by road for short break and Refreshing. The Road condition was Excellent for up and down hill and being well maintained. Good site seeing places on the way. May require adding some parking space to park and viewing the birds view of the land from up hill. One should take sufficient drinking water while up hill driving; you will find no shops on the road while up hill drive. Lots of natural trees and one can feel the fresh air while climbing up. Stayed at Yercaud and enjoyed the bean bushed and taken small trucking to the mountain, with family and enjoyed the natural forest like places. It was a good fulfilment for refreshing and stress relieving.
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Cesc Naidu
  • Cesc Naidu
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews

"Chilling Outing in a High Altitude"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This is a was amazing experience. This place is massive with nature at its best avatar. The best thing about this trip is the roads. You have to fight against 28 hairpin's in order to reach this peach of a place. The Hilly range and sight of the nature is mesmerizing. I wish I can reside there and be amidst the nature forever. God has blessed this place. My word what a sculpture.
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Puneet Basu
  • Puneet Basu
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 Reviews

"Nice place to relax"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Nice one-two day trip destination for people from Bangalore. I had been there twice and had a good time with friends. Must visit place for someone who loves a hill station. But having own car or bike to travel around is advised. Autos are very costly but the hotel we stayed in was very good with good staff.
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Smit Gsa
  • Smit Gsa
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 2 Reviews

"Experience of a lifetime."

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It was a much-needed holiday for all of us. We wanted a get away from the hustle-bustle of the cities, and wanted to be peaceful for a few days. The hills sounded like a good retreat and we decided to go to yercaud. We stayed at the Club Mahindra affiliated resort and had a wonderful time. The yercaud lake is a must see which offers boat rides too. Salem is one fine place for a person to shop exclusively for steel items such as utensils etc. Activities such as trekking, boat rides, shopping kept us busy. It is a nice place for a small vacation.
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Ramakrishna Bk
  • Ramakrishna Bk
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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Perfect family getaway and a calm town"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Jan 1, 2015
Yercaud is a beautiful and a calm town, a perfect place to get refreshed with its nice sceneries and magnanimous lake. The best time to visit this place is during summer but just can't overlook this place during other seasons as it has something or the other to offer to the visitors but advised to avoid during monsoons.

The main attractions of this place are: The Yercaud Lake, Pagoda Point, Gents Seat, Ladys Seat and Kiliyur Falls. Yercaud does not offer much for shopping. Finding vegetarian food is a bit difficult but hotels like"Sri Sravana Bhavan Elite" provides decent food. The drive from Salem to Yercaud through "32 Km loop road" is a real pleasure to drive with its scenic view and hairpin bends.
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Ravi Sundar
  • Ravi Sundar
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  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 Reviews

"A place with pleasant weather"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Dec 12, 2014
Our family trip to yercaud was on a Saturday, This was the right time of the year because there was no crowd and we were able to relax without any Hurry or queues. Yercaud is a small place and we could cover all the places in 5 Hours.We had taken a Taxi from Salem and the Driver was well behaved and cooperative, the roads uphill were good. first we went Boating on the Lake it was relaxing.

We also went to the famous viewpoints of Lady's Seat and Gent's Seat, Then to Pogoda Point, Around Pogoda point we could see newly built houses of TNHB being demolished, as they were constructed without permission, What a waste of Taxpayers Money. Enroute We also saw the Magnesite mines and my Driver told me that daily 70 lorries take the mineral ore down hill.

Lunch was at Shevaroys and the Veg Thali meals was excellent and the service courteous. Next was the Gugai temple of Servarayan. The weather was very cool, around 25 Celsius,and we were comfortable in Cottons, but there was not much greenery as the overall maintenance of the parks and public places was not up to the mark, there were very few fruit sellers and the produce they had to offer was not very good, they blamed it on the scanty rains.
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