Yercaud Hill Station - Tamil Nadu
Yercaud Hill Station
Yercaud: Situated at an distance of 33 kms from Salem and an altitude of 4,920 ft above sea level, in Shevaroy hills of the Eastern Ghats. Yercaud got its name from the Yeri and Kaadu (Tamil words) meaning lake and forest respectively. Yercaud is known for its scenic beauty & Salubrious climate. one can enjoy coffeee plantations & orange groves while you drive on the hills. The highest peak point in Yercaud is Shevaroy temple, situated at a height of 5,326 ft above sea level.
Places to visit in Yercaud
Yercaud Lake : The Yercaud Lake, a picturesque pool surrounded by gardens and trees, is one of the main attractions of Yercaud. You can enjoy boating at the Yercaud Lake. If you like to paddle the boat yourself then the paddling boats are a good option otherwise you also have the option of the boatman rowing it for you as you relax in the calm waters of the Lake.
Lady's Seat : Lady's seat is name given to a cluster of rocks on the south west side of Yercaud. There is a steep drop of about 200 feet below from this point. One gets a panoramic view of distant Salem and the winding road up.
Killiyur Falls : The Killiyur waterfall is located at a distance of about 3 km from the Yercaud Lake. The ideal time to visit the waterfall is immediately after the monsoons. You can see the surplus water from the Yercaud Lake and other points of the Shevaroy Hills fall deep into the Killiyur Valley below, making a 300 feet waterfall.
The Grange : The Grange is one of the oldest buildings in Yercaud, built in 1820's by the then District Collector of Salem, M D Cockburn.
Bear's Cave : The Bear's cave is situated near the Norton Bungalow on the way to Servarayan temple. It is an important tourist spot as it is considered one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya.
The Servarayan Temple : The Servarayan temple is situated atop the Servarayan hill. The temple is a narrow and dark cave having the God Servarayan and the Goddess Kaveri inside, which the Shevaroy Hills and the Cauvery River. The local tribes celebrate their annual festival in the Servarayan temple during the month of May.
How to Reach Yercaud
By Air : The nearest airport to Yercaud is Tiruchirapalli, 163 Km away & Bangalore 230 Kms.
By Rail : The nearest Railway station is Salem Junction, 36 Km away from Yercaud. Salem is very well linked to Bangalore, Cochin, Trivandrum, Erode and Mangalore by rail network.
By Road : One can take a bus or taxi from Salem which is about 38 Kms. Regular bus services both private and government are avialable to reach yercaud from Chennai and other important cities and towns.