Yercaud - A Hill Side Panorama
Situated around 35 kilometers away from Salem, Yercaud is sitting
handsomely at an altitude of 1500 meters above sea level in the
Shevaroy hills. It takes around an hour to reach here from Salem by
bus. In fact bus is the only mode of transport to reach Yercaud
through a route which is full of hairpin bends. Being as beautiful and
gracious as Ooty and Kodaikanal but being remarkably cheaper than both
of them, it is quite logically referred to as 'poor man's Ooty'.
Yercaud got its name from combination of two Tamil words 'yer' and
kaddu which respectively mean lake and forest.
Apart from visiting the most famous tourist destination, shop for the locally made handicrafts and handlooms. You will be amazed to see the price difference between the prices here and any where else in Tamil Nadu and probably for the same material quality. So it is advisable that you shop for such items from Yercaud rather than other cities. You can also go for a trekking an excursion which are worth the time you spend on them.
Places To Visit
Attraction that one can visit in this wonderland are numerous. You will find few of the most dreamlike sights in Yercaud that probably cannot be expressed in words. The most talked about and visited spot on this hill station is the refreshing Yercaud lake which is surrounded by greenery from all sides. There are many other breathtaking sites and viewpoints whose true beauty you can only enjoy when they are right in front of your eyes.
The Servaroyan Temple
Situated at the highest point in Shevaroy hills, the Servaroyan temple is a beautifully carved cave temple. This temple is famous for the festival, which is organized here by the local tribes in the month of May. The festival sees a huge turnover of local people. This splendid temple due to its remote location does not witness a huge number of tourist footfalls. So be the one of the few privileged who have discovered the hidden aura of this wonder.
Green house is a must visit place for all nature lovers as one sees the most beautiful and colorful plants It is an orchard which also doubles up as a Nursery of rose and other flowers. Innumerable varieties of rose and other flowers are thriving in the premises. It also has loads of orange trees which when are fully laden present the most exotic views full of color. Visit this place and find the perfect amalgamation of all the color you can even think of.
This is the first place in Yercaud that catches the attention of travelers. No matter how many beautiful lakes one has seen, they always find this pool of water extremely appealing and tempting. The water is cold and plea sing and it leaves you refreshed to your deepest self. Enjoy a scintillating boat ride in the lake, which is amidst the most breathtaking gardens and trees. What you will see from this crystal clear lake is greenery all around.
Situated near the Yercaud's oldest bungalow, Norton Bungalow, Bear' s Cave is formed by two huge boulders and lies on the way to Servaroyan Temple. It is located inside a private coffee estate but the occasionally, a staying tourist is allowed inside the premises. The cave is about 7 feet below the ground level and is said to extend beyond the Servaroyan temple till Kaveri in the state of Karnataka which is around 485 Km away. It is believed that the cave was used as a hideout and an escape route by Tipu Sultan during the time of War. If tourists wish, they can try to squeeze past the boulders into the cave and explore it. Although one cannot go beyond few hundred meters as fallen rocks block the path but its worth an experience.
Where To Put Up
Accommodation in Yercaud are very thoughtfully located amidst the picturesque surroundings and are quite pleasant to stay in. There are budget as well as luxury hotels here, although not in great numbers. The presence of good and nominally priced hotels make Yercaud a dream destination for a holiday. The best of all in Yercaud are Hotel Grand Palace, Sterling Resort, and Gem Holiday Resort.
Trichy is the nearest airport situated some 180 km away. From there you can catch a train to Salem or you can opt for scenic road travel. It will take around 4 hrs to cover the distance either by rail or by road.
Nearest railhead is at Salem around 36 Km away from Yercaud. Trains from all parts of India are regular at Salem
Yercaud is well connected to all the surrounding town by state transport buses and privately operated buses. State transport buses of Karnataka also ply to Yercaud.
Local transport is basically restricted to three wheelers like auto rickshaws and manual rickshaws. Public transport is not available to move around inside the city walls.