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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Partha Das

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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews
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"Nice weekend getaway" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Yercaud. Its a nice and peaceful place with beautiful viewpoints and serene surroundings. The people over there are very nice and helpful. The temperature is moderate with slightly chilly conditions in the evenings. It also rained heavily during the night that I stayed, making the place look even more awesome.
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"A good place to enjoy with your family" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Not much to do, we just visited yercaud lake. Except that nothing much to do. Its a good drive specially the drive til the top of the hill. On a positive note less crowded, good weather, close to Bangalore (good road from Bangalore to Yercaud), good place to enjoy with your family. Yercaud lake is good, which is a smaller version of the Ooty lake.
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Balasubramaniam sasikumar

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"Good place to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Good place to visit. Will be a good time pass for family members and for couples. Climate is so good to enjoy. Resorts in Yercaud are good. Good safe and security place. Having lots of places to visit. And of course children will enjoy there and will have a nice time to enjoy. Peoples can enjoy nature in Yercaud. In my opinion, I will say that people can enjoy lot here when they have a short time.
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Rinesh Civil

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"A memorable time" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
In Yercaud we had gone for trekking from bottom of the mountain to the top. It was one of the sweet memory in my life. It was my first trekking in forest. We started early by 7 o'clock in morning, we started trekking with my guide, we walked in forest. We took only one liter water with biscuit and bread with jam. We walked a miles in between we saw some forums. Then we climbed small rocks in evening 3 o'clock we reached top that was one unforgettable moment in my lifetime.
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Vaidyanathan venkataramanan

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"Beautiful place to visit" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Overall Yercaud is the beautiful place to visit. Why? There were very less crowd during week days and little more crowd during weekends. Mainly Yercaud is not so commercial as compare to Ooty or any other hill stations near by Bangalore. There is less pollution less traffic and less population in the city. Room rents are also very moderate. We can get good food in saravana bhavan hotel. Sightseeing are also very good and we can enjoy at least 3 days in stay.
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Venkatesan Saravanan

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"Visit if you want an relaxed holiday" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
We chose Yercaud because it is closer to Chennai and can be reached by 6-7 hours by car. The drive was pleasant. Though there is not much sightseeing over there, it can be visited for relaxed holiday. Very few restaurants are there. There are places to go trekking and do some nature walking.
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Pravin P

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"A nice spot for bike riders"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
If you are bike ride lover then you must visit this place. Very good road from Bangalore to Salem and 20 hair pin bend road from Salem to Yercaud. You can also take off road from Danishpet to enjoy nature. Places to see in Yercaud are 30 km round trip, ladies seat point, pagoda point. There are many hotels to stay in. Just need to roam around and you will find lot of good hotels with much affordable rates to stay.
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Nikhil Shah

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  • Nikhil Shah
  • Lives in Salem
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"Love the calmness"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
There are various activities like boating, trekking, there is also and adventure activity like road climbing. There are few temples, and some excellent view points. Weekends are normally crowded so if your are looking to really enjoy Yercaud visit on a week day. Except April and few weeks of March and May, the weather is great.
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Jacob

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"Good for family outing"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Good place to visit in the month of October, November & December. Good for family outing but nothing much to explore as the place is small. Value for Money.
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Shanmugasundaram S

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"Calm and quiet location for perfect vacation"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We had a perfect short vacation trip. Kids enjoyed the trip. Good time to relax. Less crowded. Calm and quiet location. Good morning walk on the hill side. Pollution free atmosphere. Must see the Servarayan hill temple, Pakoda point, Ladies Seat and Boating in the small lake.

All type of food available in Yercaud. New small adventure sports started in few places. Good initiative.

Overall, a good place to have a short vacation with cheapest cost.
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