Yercaud is a hill station situated on the Sheoy Hills of the Eastern Ghats in the northern part of Tamil Nadu and experiences very pleasant climate. Yercaud is considered to be a poor man's Ooty, as it is less expensive place than Ootacamund.
Owing of its picturesque scenic beauty and greenery, Yercaud is now gaining popularity as a favorite tourist spot among locals as well as foreigners. In Tamil language, "Yeri" means lake and "Kaadu" means forest. Yercaud has a lake located at its center and hence the name.
Yercaud is famous for oranges and coffee plantations and it has preserved some of the forests in original condition with several resident species of flora and fauna. The main crop frown in Yercaud is coffee, but fruits like guava and jackfruit and spices like black pepper, cardamom are also grown as plantation crops. The coffee plants were brought to Yercaud from Africa in 1820 by M. D. Cockburn.
The forest areas of Yercaud are abundant with teak, sandal wood and silver oaks. The wildlife in Yercaud comprises of bison, deer, foxes, mongooses, squirrels, snakes and birds like kites, swallows, bulbuls and sparrows.
As the temperatures do not fall to the extremes, there is no need for any heavy winter clothing for tourists who visit Yercaud. There are also many trekking spots available in and around Yercaud. During the month of May, a summer festival is conducted which includes flower shows, dog show boating races and fairs.
Summer 22 to 37 C
Winter 16 to 32 C
Oct - June
Getting to Yercaud
Trichy international airport 163 km is the nearest airport. Coimbatore 190 km and Banglore 230 km are other major airports nearby. These airports are well connected with Delhi and Chennai. Taxis are available and cost is about Rs 3,000 from Trichy railway station to Yercaud.
Jolarpettai 20 km and Salem Junction 35 km are the nearest railheads. All south bound trains passes through Salem has stop at Salem station. Salem railway station is well connected to Trivandrum Trivandrum Exp, Cochin Ernakulam Exp, and Mangalore Mangalore Exp. Taxis are available from Salem railway station to Yercaud and fare is about Rs 700.
Tamil Nadu Road Transport Corporation buses connect Yercaud with other major cities in the state. Regular bus services are available from Salem to Yercaud. It is well linked with major cities in India by deluxe luxurious tourist bus services. These buses connect Yercaud to Coimbatore 190 km and closest metro cities like Chennai 358 km and Bangalore 160 km.
The stunning Yercaud Lake which is surrounded by gardens and woods is one you should not miss. The Pagoda Point is another site where you can catch the panoramic view of the enchanting town. Some other natural gems of Yercaud are the Kiliyur Waterfalls, Lady's Seat, Silk Farm and Rose Garden, Deer Park, Bears Cave, Kottachedu Teak Forest and Anna Park.
It’s better to visit Yercaud on November or December for the best weather and feel of high altitude. Yercaud is best to enjoy between 6am-10am. Downside in Yercaud is THERE ARE NO GOOD HOTELS to stay. You have to stay in Salem in order to visit Yercaud.
Rajesh from CHENNAI, India
Good, only problem with Surya tours and travels, madurai
if you are planning to go to yercaud dont go in th month of march and april because in all th parks flowers will be cut off so that fresh ones come in their flower fest in may
Ashwini from Bengaluru, India
No photography is allowed here. Best time to visit is Morning.
Shivakumar from Bangalore Rural, India
My overall experience in was Poor. There is no entrance fee. It has easy and good availability of food & drinks.