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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Rushikesh Mahant
  • Rushikesh Mahant
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

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

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 days 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" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 3 weeks 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 1 month 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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  • 16 Reviews

"Perfect family getaway and a calm town"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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
  • Flashpacker
  • 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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Curl Guy
  • Curl Guy
  • Lives in Salem
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"A place with awesome location"

  • 4/7
  • Posted Dec 12, 2014
Looks good and climate was fantastic. Shevaroys temple and pagoda point are good. Rose garden, ladies seat gents seat bears cave location are awesome. Location was cool and chill. It is a nice tourist spot. Food was of good. Cost of living is cheap. Finally its a good place to tour from any hot place.
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Miss Ajitha
  • Miss Ajitha
  • 3 Reviews

"Good place to visit with family"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Dec 1, 2014
It is a good place but please visit in summer. There are many good places to visit and the road from Bangalore to Yercaud is also good for a smooth ride. Good place to visit with family. Since we visited in the month of October, 2014. It was raining and our children could not enjoy the trip.
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Guru prasad
  • Guru prasad
  • Lives in Chennai
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"A nice place to relax for two days"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Nov 5, 2014
Yercaud is a very good place for relaxing and for refreshment for one or two days. You can enjoy and relax in this place keeping aside your busy schedules. But not much shopping can be done there. You can enjoy boating, viewpoints and kiliyur falls, which is very nice and beautiful.
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