Yercaud

Yercaud also called “A Jewel of the South”. This quiet little hill station on the Shevaroy hills of the Eastern Ghats is the only one of its kind in northern Tamil Nadu. While the rest of this region is generally dry, including the predominantly short and rocky hills of the Eastern ghats, Yercaud presents a welcome contrast with its cool climate where temperature never rises above 30ºC and dip below 13ºC.It is also a less expensive place than either Udhagamandalam or Kodaikanal. Coffee and citrus fruits, most notably oranges, are grown in abundance apart from bananas, pears and jack. Scenically, Yercaud is as enchanting and picturesque as the hill stations on the Western Ghats and trekking here can be one of the most pleasurable ways to pass time. Places for sight-seeing include the Lake, Lady's Seat, Killiyur Falls, Pagoda Point, Arthur's Seat, Kaveri Peak and the Shevaroy temple.

Yercaud General Information

  • Area -38 sq kms
  • Altitude -1515 meters
  • Population –36863
  • Climate – summer 30°C to 16°C winter 25° C to 13 °C
  • Rainfall -1500 to 2000 mm.
  • Season –Throughout the year
  • Clothing - Ordinary cotton with light woollen pull -over is enough.
  • Language spoken – Tamil and English
  • STD Code -04281

How to Get There

By Rail

Nearest rail - heads are Salem Junction (36 Kms) and Salem Town (33 Kms).

By Road

Bus services operate from Salem Junction and Salem bus stand to Yercaud frequently. There is no town bus service in Yeacaud, but certain buses coming from Salem ply through Yercaud and connect the important Villages like Cauvery Peak, Valavanthi, Nagalur, Velakkadai, and Swinton Bridge with Yercaud.

Yercaud Lake

The first thing that attracts a visitor is the lake. It is a picturesque pool surrounded by gardens and well wooded trees. Boating in the cold water of the lake is enchanting as well as refreshing.

The Anna Park: Near the Lake. It is a lovely garden.

Lady's Seat

It overlooks the winding ghat road and provides a breath - taking view. This view is spectacular at night with the twinking lights of Salem town in sight. The Tourists can have a panoramic view of the plains below through the telescope mounted at the Lady's seat.

Pagoda Point Another vantage view point.

Killiyur Falls

This 3000 feet high water falls is situated amidst picturesque surroundings.

The Servaroyan Temple: It is situated atop Servaroyan hill. The tribals here celebrate their annual festival in May every year.

The Montfort School: The Montfort School and the Sacred Heart Convent are the two famous educational institutions at Yercaud imparting education to boys and girls respectively.

The Retreat: Started in 1945 by the brothers of Don Bosco. This institution serves as a Novitiate House where students of the religious order stay and study.

Excursion from Yercaud

Namakkal (81 kms) There are rock-cut caves and a beautiful Hanuman temple here, which has one of the largest statues of the monkey-god in the country.

Tiruchengodu (74 kms) this is another pilgrim centre which has an ancient temple dedicated to Ardhanareeswar - a unique concept of Saivism where the deity is half male and half female.

Sankagiri (68 kms) the famous fort of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan of Mysore who fought with the British until Tipu was defeated at Srirangapatnam in 1792.

Salem (33 kms) this is the largest city in the region and has some old temples but is basically known for its industries, mainly steel, sago and hand weaving.

Mettur (94 kms) this multi - purpose dam built on the River Cauvery is a nice picnic spot, situated as it is, amidst well - maintained gardens. Water from the Stanley reservoir is used for irrigating a major portion of the plains of central Tamil Nadu.

DISTANCE BY ROAD YERCAUD TO

PLACE DISTANCE (IN KMS.) PLACE DISTANCE (IN KMS.)
CHENNAI 353 PICHAVARAM 248
BANGALORE 237 POINT CALIMERE 361
CHIDAMBARAM 228 POOMPUHAR 261
COCHIN 373 PONDICHERRY 239
COIMBATORE 190 RAMESWARAM 430
COONOOR 224 SALEM 032
KUTRALLAM 423 SITTANNAVASAL 209
GURUVAYUR 319 THANJAVUR 253
HOGENAKAL 145 THEKKADY 330
HYDERABAD 800 THIRUCHENDUR 433
KANCHIPURAM 335 THIRUCHI 172
KANNIYAKUMARI 501 THIRUNELVELI 410
KODAIKANAL 277 TIRUPATHY 353
MADURAI 259 THIRUVANNAMALAI 189
MAMALLAPURAM 332 TRIVANDRUM 518
MUDUMALAI 294 TUTICORIN 470
MYSORE 285 VEDANTHANGAL 283
NAGORE 237 VELANKANNI 352
OOTACAMUND 237 VELLORE 238
PALANI 224    

Yercaud Shopping

One of the most looked forward to part of any holiday/trip is the shopping. Shopping in Yercaud is an absolute delight. After a day of some fine sightseeing and other activities, it’s but natural to indulge in a little bit of shopping. The question is - what do you shop for? The answer becomes obvious when you ask another question – what is Yercaud most famous for? And there you have your answer! Explore the shops and the markets of Yercaud to f...Show More