Exploring Yercaud, A Hidden Gem In Tamil Nadu

Escape the chaos of the city and head over to this quaint hilly town in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu for nature walks, boat rides, and a whole lot of greenery
Exploring Yercaud, A Hidden Gem In Tamil Nadu
Exploring Yercaud, A Hidden Gem In Tamil Nadu

Ensconced in the Shevaroy Hills, a range of the Eastern Ghats, Yercaud stands out as a green haven among the surrounding regions' usually dry climates and rocky hills. Spread over a paltry 383 sq km, the small hamlet offers a picturesque retreat to escape the chaos of the city. Yercaud is one of Tamil Nadu's hidden gems that entices travellers with its natural beauty, serene lakes, and lush green landscapes. From boat rides on the Big Lake to panoramic views from Pagoda Point and from trekking adventures to a fragrant encounter in the Rose Garden, Yercaud offers a plethora of experiences that leave travellers longing for more.

Things to See

The Big Lake

The Big Lake is the star attraction here, bustling with activity. Encircled by dense woods, this placid water body reflects the verdant surroundings, creating a beautiful sight that is nothing short of a painting. Visitors can enjoy boating on the tranquil waters and immerse themselves in the serenity that envelopes the lake. 

Anna Park 

Situated near the lake, boasts well-manicured gardens that are a visual treat. Yercaud, often referred to as the "Jewel of the South," boasts an abundance of natural splendour and lush greenery with such parks and gardens. The region is blanketed with verdant forests, rolling hills, and sprawling coffee plantations, creating a breathtaking canvas for nature lovers and avid photographers.

Lady's Seat and Pagoda Point

Another must-visit spot that overlooks the winding ghat road is the Lady's Seat. It offers a mesmerising view of Salem. Near Lady's Seat, you'll find a silk farm and Pagoda Point, also known as Gent's Seat. Pagoda Point is the place to be for those seeking a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape. Also called Pyramid Point due to the presence of four stone structures resembling pyramids, this viewpoint offers a breathtaking sight of the Yercaud town below, as well as the Salem plains in the distance. The best time to visit Pagoda Point is during the early morning or at sunset, when the sky is painted with hues of orange and pink, enhancing the enchanting beauty of the surroundings.

Silk Farm and Rose Garden

Yercaud's Silk Farm and Rose Garden offer an opportunity to delve into the region's horticultural heritage. The Silk Farm provides insights into the silk production process, showcasing the stages from silkworm rearing to silk weaving. At the Rose Garden, you can indulge in the delightful sight and fragrance of thousands of rose varieties in vibrant colours, leaving you captivated by their beauty.

The Shevaroy Temple 

This temple is situated atop Servaroyan Hill, which is the highest point in Yercaud at 5,326 ft. Dedicated to the local deity Servaran and his consort Kaveriamma, the temple remains a crowd favourite.

Botanical Gardens

Foregoing a visit to the Botanical Gardens will be regrettable, as this place houses hundreds of plants, including rarities like the pitcher plant, including the famous Kurinji flower that blooms once in 12 years. The enchanting garden also boasts an orchidarium, considered India's third largest.

What to Eat

No travel experience is complete without savouring the local cuisine, and Yercaud doesn't disappoint in this aspect. Indulge in a variety of South Indian delicacies, including traditional dosas, idlis, and filter coffee, along with regional specialities unique to Yercaud.

The Information

Getting there The nearest airport to Yercaud is Salem Airport, 38 km away, while Tiruchirappalli Airport is around 165 km away.

Best time to visit Between October and June is the best time to visit Yercaud as the weather is dry and cool.

Cover photo Yercaud is a hidden gem in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Credit Shutterstock

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