Fringed with forests on all its sides, the town of Yercaud presents a picture of serenity and beauty. Located in the Salem District of Tamil Nadu, perched 4,700 feet above sea level in the Servarayan Hills of Tamil Nadu, Yercaud enchants anyone who visits the place. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Tamil Nadu and is also known as The Jewel of the South. Shimmering in the centre of this resort town is the Yercaud Lake also knows as the Emerald Lake for its greenish hue. The lake’s water breaks its reverie to create a harmony with the splashing of the boats. Yercaud is lined with teak, sandalwood, and silver oak trees and bountiful plantations of coffee, cardamom, and black pepper.
Majestic rocks are an indigenous part of Yercaud, and there is a lot of history etched in the heart of these rocks. Some of these rocks are believed to be dating back to the ancient era. One such rock is known as the Lady’s Seat, which is formed naturally in the shape of a seat, making it appear comfortable for sitting. Overlooking the meandering ghat roads beneath, the seat provides an incredible view of the town nestled between the clouds, mists, and greenery. It is said that this Lady’s Seat used to be the favourite recreational spot of the British females living in Yercaud. The rock seat has seen many a kitty parties of British ladies and if rocks could tell a tale, this one would let you hear a lot of gossips.
Yercaud is rife with vivacious orange, guava, and jackfruit plantations and while you sit and enjoy an evening at the Lady’s seat, you can experience their aromas with every whiff of air. The legend associated with this rock talks about an English lady who used to spend her evenings here while watching the beautiful views of the Yercaud Hills. She used to sit there every day soaking in the natural beauty of the place. There is also a Gent’s Seat and Children’s Seat nearby that offer an equally splendid view of the landscape. Lady’ seat also houses a viewing tower, from where you can have stunning views of Mettur Dam and Salem town with a telescope during the daytime.
Best time to travel
The best time to visit this place is in the evening to witness the sunset. As the sun goes down, soaking the city with its last rays, you are humbled by the presence of the magnificent scenery around you. The glittering lights of Salem seem to be talking to the twinkling stars above and you are bewitched by the glorious view.
While you are in Yercaud
Yercaud has a lot to offer to anyone looking for a bond with nature in a tranquil ambience and here a few top things you could do while in Yercaud. There is a rose garden which will enthral you with its several rose varieties. Go visit the silk farm where you can see the intricate process of the silkworms being fed on mulberry leaves, and their cocoons being turned into silk threads. There is also an orchidarium in Yercaud which is managed by the Botanical Survey of India. The sight of 35,000 sets of orchids, including 249 rare and endangered species in bloom, is extremely fascinating. You can also pay a visit to the Servarayan Temple which is located six kilometres from Yercaud town on Servarayan, the highest point in Yercaud. The temple is inside a narrow, dark cave, with the idols of Lord Servarayan and Goddess Kaveri.
Travel and Stay
For the adventurous traveller, Yercaud offers trekking, dirt biking, and boat rides on the lake. You can book your rooms at Sterling Yercaud situated on the Servarayan Hills. The rooms offer a view of the coffee plantations beneath the hills. The best time to visit Yercaud is from October to April when the weather is quite pleasant and the temperature in the summers is between 16°C to 30°C and 13°C to 25°C during winters. The airport closest to Yercaud is Trichy International airport, which is about 163 km away. The others airports close by are: Bangalore (230km) and Coimbatore (190). Yercaud is well connected by rail and road network with the nearest railway stations being Jolarpettai and Salem. Buses run frequently too between Yercaud and Chennai, Coimbatore, Bangalore and many more cities. Plan a fun vacation for you and your family but make sure to book your stay with us at Sterling.