Yercaud Tourism
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Yercaud Tourism

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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

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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Naina mohamed

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  • Naina mohamed
  • Lives in Tiruvuru
  • 2 Reviews
  •  873 readers

"Good place to unwind" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
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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  • Ashok ramachandrachari
  • 2 Reviews
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"An average place" new review

  • 2.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
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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Pradeep

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  • Pradeep
  • 2 Reviews
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"A good place to visit" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Good place to visit and chill out in lake, Park and temple. One night stay is more to visit these places. But climate is good. We enjoyed a lot. Very few good restaurants, so we searched a lot for getting a good food. That's the only drawback.
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Vinoth kumar

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  • Vinoth kumar
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Nice place to stay in but dont go in summer" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
I went this March 2/3week, it was too summer, so my enjoyment was not 100%. I stayed at Royal Resort Hotel, booked thru Makemytrip. The stay was awesome, there was light cold at the evening and at the nights. So if you're planning to go, please stay at least one night if you're travelling in summer. We have visited Botanical Garden, Rose Garden, Lady's Seat, Gent's Seat, Children's Seat, Anna Park, Deer Park, Fish Park, Boating and some 2/3 temples. I went some 3/4yrs back, not in summer, at that time the climate was awesome and we enjoyed a lot.
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Jaivishnu Prabakar

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  • Jaivishnu Prabakar
  • Lives in Salem
  • 1 Review
  •  834 readers

"Not worth travelling from long distances"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
If you're looking for a good ride then it is worth it, the climate is good! There is not much to see except during the flower show season. Bus travels may be nauseating, the Servarayan Temple is my favourite. The place where it is silent and peaceful place.
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Raj

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  • Raj
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 4 Reviews
  •  3111 readers

"Comfortable visits to the locations"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We planned for short trip as this very close from Chennai, we had comfortable visit at this location, all places where charm and good, especially the climate is good. Botanical Garden, Falls, Green Archery, Loop Road, Montfort School are there to visit, good restaurants, with good food of south Indian Delicacies and delights. Visiting the sights, good place to visit.
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Rathinavelu Bala subramaniam

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  • Rathinavelu Bala subramaniam
  • Lives in Goa
  • 1 Review
  •  1348 readers

"Overall it was good trip"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Yercaud is a hill station in Salem District. Yercaud Lake: a pool surrounded by gardens and well-wooded trees. Yercaud, a sumptuous and beauteous hill station placed amid the ostentatious Shevaroys Hills of the Eastern Ghats is an extremely amicable and pacifistic destination of Tamil Nadu. If you want to describe Yercaud at its best, you can actually use the phrase 'being in cloud nine' in its literal sense. Sipping Yercaud coffee while enjoying the pleasant breeze sitting on the edge of Yercaud Lake truly supplants a divine experience.
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Abhinaya

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  • Abhinaya
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review
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"Nice place to visit"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Yercaud is good destination point for tourists as it still preserves the nature and not very crowded like other hill stations Ooty /Kodaikanal. We went for sightseeing to places like Shevaroyan temple, Ladies seat, Pagoda point, deer park, boating, Childrens park and all the places were enjoyable. Only that the botanical garden was closed on that particular day and we couldn't see it. We also saw pepper plantations on the way. Yercaud is just scenic beauty for us. It took off our mind from our daily routine and helped us to enjoy the holiday in a special way
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Devakumar Srinivasan

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  • Devakumar Srinivasan
  • Lives in Chennai
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"Leisurely Trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Yercaud is a leisure place. Its a small but good hill station in Salem. Its 28 kms from Salem and its a treat to people of Salem as they can take a bike in the evening just come up the hill spend some time and leave home at night.

There are only few places for sightseeing in Yercaud actually but nature lovers can just take a drive to interiors of Yercaud which is a real bliss.

I have been to Yercaud 5 times now.

The main places which one can visit are the lake, nature park opposite to the lake, killiyour falls, its a small falls which you have to trek down a little the place gives good views of the forest and u can take bath in the falls at ease, other places are the shevroyen temple, paakoda point, Lady's seat, gents seat are places which gives awesome views. There are good resorts here. So one can just plan a 2 or 3 day trip so one day you can cover all the sightseeing places and remaining time can be spend in the resort.
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Gowtham Donz

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  • Gowtham Donz
  • Lives in Chennai
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"Magnificent sensual Yercaud!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Where to begin. Yercaud is such a petite little hill station if you are in the mood for some hassle free romance/peace/laid back atmosphere. There is less crowd here and the lake is the best place to be to unwind. You can go to the kiliyur falls by going down the hundred odd stairs. Mind you the climb back up would take its toll on you. Be warned about the steep and jagged rocks on the falls.

There is only one fuel station in all of yercaud. There are several good hotels and eateries.

Things to do: visit view points and temples. Go boating in the lake, visit the deer park, ride horses, snack in the local road side eateries, or just meander about in the 32 km loop road around yercaud if you're a petrol head. Yercaud makes up for a quick peaceful destination which munnar or other hill stations don't give you. Being only 350 odd kilometers from Chennai or Bangalore, its spectacular for the weekend.

Yercaud is beautiful but when there is mist, that's when the real beauty of yercaud comes on its own. It's simply sensuous. So go ahead, make the trip. It's totally worth it.

Temp : 18 degrees in early January. No rain in January. Cold weather clothes not necessary but take if you don't go well with the cold. Beat route for bikes - Kuppannur to Yercaud. For cars : the main road through salem. The road from Kuppanur is too narrow for cars.
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