Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Karnataka have several exotic and popular hill stations such as Ooty, Munnar, Coorg, and Kodaikanal, however, there are a few that not many people are aware of, but they are as beautiful and breathtaking as others. Yercaud in Tamil Nadu is one such hill station. Yercaud is located in Salem district just 200 km from Bangalore in the Shevaroys range of hills on the Eastern Ghats.
The hill station is located at an altitude of 1515 metres with a huge lake in the middle of the town. The place got its name owing to the wealth of forest near the lake, as the term Yercaud means ‘Lake Forest’, Yeri means lake and Kaadu means forest. You will find acres of spice, coffee, and orange plantations in Yercaud, making it a traveler’s dream destination.
Whether you are holidaying with your family or with your partner, there is no dearth of interesting places to visit in Yercaud. Here’s a list:
The Big Lake, which is also known as Emerald Lake is located 1.5 km from the Yercaud Bus Stand. The lake is an ideal place to spend time with your family. Interestingly, this lake is the only naturally occurring mountain lake in South India. This lake offers lush green lawns and stunning views of the hills. While you are here, you can enjoy numerous activities, including pedal boats. The lake is just 2.5 km from Sterling Resort, Yercaud.
Yercaud is also home to several caves and the Bear’s Cave located in a private coffee estate is among the most popular one. Tourists must get special permission to get in. The cave got its name because it is believed to house bears. The cave is on the way to Shevaroyan Temple. The area around the cave is covered with lush vegetation. It is also believed that Tipu Sultan used this cave as a hideout during the war against the Britishers.
Kottachedu Teak Forest
The Kottachedu Teak Forest was once inhabited by the local tribes, but today there are only a few left. However, if you have come to Yercaud, you must go for a stroll. The forest has tall bamboo trees in addition to teak and you can even camp at the forest reserve. Bring your bicycle when you come here for some off-road adventure. The forest is also home to several endemic species such as deer, rabbits, mongoose, and bison. The teak forest is just 10 km from Sterling Resort, Yercaud.
Pagoda Point is located on the eastern part of the hills and offers a breathtaking view of the town of Salem and the adjoining village of Kakambadi. This is the perfect spot to view the 21 hairpin bends of Yercaud. The place got its name due to the strange piles of stones placed in the shape of a pyramid-like Pagoda. The locals believe that the stones are placed here by the tribal. A temple devoted to Lord Rama is located between the pagodas.
If you love cycling, then you must test your cycling skills at the 32-km long loop road. The road is full of sharp hairpin twists and turns that offer stunning views of Yercaud. The breathtaking surroundings are ideal even for a trek. You can enjoy a meal at any of the local eateries to experience the authentic cuisine of the region. The teak forest is just 9 km from Sterling Resort, Yercaud.
Lady’s Seat is a huge rock formed naturally with a backrest, where a couple of people can stretch their feet on to an adjoining rock. The vertical cliff has a drop of several hundreds of feet. The place offers a stunning view of the Mettur Dam. At the viewing tower near the seat, you can enjoy the beautiful view with a telescope. However, the tower is open for viewers only during the daytime. According to a legend an English lady spent her evenings here looking at the gorgeous view.
The Killiyur waterfall is located in the Servarayan range of Eastern Ghats. The falls is the perfect place to seek some quiet time for yourself amidst nature. The water from the falls flows from a height of 300 feet and produces a magnificent spectacle. The fall is a 2-km trek from the drop point. Visit this waterfall during the monsoons as the water level at the base rises. The Kiliyur falls is just 5 km from Sterling Resort, Yercaud.
The Shevaroyan temple near the Bear’s Cave is devoted to Lord Shevaroyan, who is worshiped by the local tribesmen and women. The temple which is believed to be 2000 years old is surrounded by dark and narrow caves decked by idols of Lord Shevaroyan and Goddess Kaveri. It takes a couple of hours to navigate the whole temple, so you will have to plan your visit accordingly.
Rose Garden and Silk Farm
The practice of breeding silkworms and making silk from the cocoons is one of the conventional arts of Yercaud and the silk farmers here have profitably developed this art. You can visit the farm and see the process of breeding silks. The Rose Garden in Yercaud offers a variety of rose species and is an ideal place for aspiring horticulture enthusiasts. The rose garden is just 400 m from Sterling Resort, Yercaud.
The Grange is an ancient building/castle built by a British national named MD Cockburn in the 19th century. It is an architectural wonder considering that it is still standing tall.
There is a historical significance associated with this building as it is believed that Robert Clive of the East India Company used this castle as a summer resort. Also, the place also has a big cellar that can hold large amounts of provisions.
- Best time to visit Yercaud: The weather in Yercaud remains pleasant throughout the year and you can visit the place as per your preference.
- Festivals in Yercaud: The only major festival that takes place in Yercaud is the Summer Festival that happens in the month of May. It occurs during the annual festival of Lord Servarayan and is marked by a flower exhibition and village fair.
- How to reach Yercaud: You can reach Yercaud easily by road. It is 343 km from Chennai and 229 km from Bangalore. The nearest airport and railway station is at Salem.
If you are planning a visit to Yercaud make sure that you stay at Sterling Resorts as it is perched on a rocky ledge atop the mighty Shevaroy Hills. At dusk, you will get a fabulous view of the Salem city. So, what are you waiting for? Just book a room at Sterling Yercaud here.