Yercaud otherwise known as ‘Ooty of the poor‘ is situated in Tamil Nadu in Salem town amidst the greenery of Shervaoyan Hills. Yercaud got its name from combination of two Tamil words ‘yer’ and Kaddu which respectively mean lake and forest. so if you want to stay away from bustling noise of the town and the busy city life, you can take off to his beautiful hill station. Yercaud apart from its beautiful landscapes it is also spaced with some plantation like coffee, cardamom and black pepper. Some people believe that these hills were part of the ancient megalith-builders domain which stretched from Cornwall through Brittany and Iberia of India.
Yercaud about 33kms away from a town called Salem lies in the Shervaoyan Hills situated in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
It was only after cultivation of coffee here in this area, slowly the place started to develop as a hill station. the cultivation of coffee here in Yercaud was promoted by a Scottish Collector of Salem named David Cockburn. The Grange, his old home which still stands, was fortified and equipped with rampaarts and connons, to act as a sanctuary for the European community here, in the event of another uprising after the Indian Mutiny. Slowly after this the place started in picking up of other resources.
Yercaud is a place which can be visited in any part of the year and has conducive weather throughout.
PLACE OF INTERESTS
The Servaroyan Temple :- Though this place still remains undiscovered by most of the tourists visiting Yercaud, it is one of the spot which should never be missed. This is a beautifully coarved cave temple located in the highest point of Shevaroy hills. The other attraction of his temple is the festival which falls in the month of May. This festival which draws a huge local crowd is organized by the local tribes.
Grean house :- Green house is situated near the lake and it houses an orchard which has a nursery of different varities of rose nursery and other flowers. Apart from this there is also an orange farm which has loads of orange trees which when are fully laden present the most exotic views full of color. It gives a peace of mind which gets fully boosted when it sees extraordinary colours.
Big Lake: -The Big Lake is also popularly referred as the Emerald Lake and it draws a major attention of the tourists visiting Yercaud. The lake entertains the crowd with boating which includes both self pedaling and rowing boats. The other highlight of the lake is the excellently maintained garden along with a small play area of the children in its bank.
Small Lake: – The Small lake is situated a little away from the town and it has wild beauty which attracts the tourists. This scenic lake is serene with everlasting beauty and is believed to be fed by many wells. It does not dry up even in summer.
Killyur Waterfalls, Lady’s Seat, Bear’s Cave, The Grange, Anna park, National Orchidarium and Pagoda Point also very interested place to attract tourist.
How to Reach
By Air:- Trichy international airport (163 km)is the nearest airport. Coimbatore (190 km) and Banglore (230 Km) are other major airports nearby. These airport are well connected with Delhi and Chennai. Taxis are available and cost is about Rs 3000 form Trichy railway station to Yercaud.
By Trains :- Salem Junction is the nearest rail head, which is at a distance of 35 km Yercaud. All sound bound trains passes through Salem has stop at Salem station.
By Road :- Yercaud is well connected by surface network with the towns of Salem, Chennai, Trichy, Madurai, Bangalore and Coimbatore.