Yercaud Travel Guide

 

 

places to visit


Yercaud Lake

It is a pool surrounded by gardens and well-wooded trees.


Lady's Seat

It is overlooks the winding ghat road. Tourists can have a panoramic view of the plains below through the telescope mounted at the Lady's seat.


Killiyur Falls

It is situated in 3000 feet high water falls.


The Servaroyan Temple

It is situated atop Servaroyan hill. The tribals here celebrate their annual festival in May every year. The temple is a narrow and dark cave having the God Servarayan and the Goddess Kaveri inside, which is believed as the Shevaroy Hills and the Cauvery River.


Bear’s Cave

It is situated near the Norton’s Bungalow, Bear’s Cave is considered as one of the abodes of Lord Murugan. It is believed that the great Tipu Sultan used Bear’s Cave as a hideout and a secret route to escape at the time of war.


Green House

It is the paradise for nature lovers. The place is filled with heavenly fragrances of innumerable varieties of flowers and spices thriving in the premises of Green house.


The Grange

The Grange is one of the oldest buildings in Yercaud, built in 1820's by the then District Collector of Salem, M.D. Cockburn who first introduced Coffee from Arabia, Apples and other fruits from South Africa between 1820 and 1829 A.D. It is believed to be the summer resort of Robert Clive - The British Big Wig of the East India Company way back in the late 1800s.


Pagoda Point

This is also another vantage view point. Once upon a time a beautiful place adorned with stone built pagodas, it is now home to a huge temple.


Silk Farm and Rose Garden

It is situated very close to Lady's Seat. This is the place where Silkworms are reared. Located 2 Km from Yercaud town, one can see the cultivation of mulberries, the growing of silk worms and the method of spinning silk. The rose garden has a good collection of varieties of roses. There is a nursery in this garden from where one can purchase plants.


Trekking in Yercaud

Yercaud has developed into a major trekking destination in the region. A lot of treks are organized here. Chennai Trekking Club organizes treks in Yercaud


 

 

 

get there and around

Yercaud is situated in Salem district, Tamil Nadu. Nearest City/Town is Salem - 36kms, Chennai - 355kms, Coimbatore - 195kms. The nearest airport is in Salem (Salem Airport) at 38kms, in Trichirapalli at 165kms and in Coimbatore at 195kms. The nearest Railway Station is Salem - 38 kms Yercaud Express from Chennai.

 

 

 

History


The stone-age implements were found from the ancient shrine located near the Pagoda Point, which is about 5 km from the Yercaud lake.

The British discovered it in the early 19th century. There are accounts of coffee plantations being introduced by a British officer in the area in the second decade of the 19th century. Though the first house was built in 1840, the first metalled roads were laid only in the early 20th century. The cool climate attracted Christian missionaries and they established the Sacred Heart Convent for girls, Nazareth Girls' Hr. Sec. School for Girls and Montfort School for boys. Schools like the Holy Cross Novitiate House, started by the Brothers of Don Bosco, followed these.

Yercaud was a Sun Taluk up to 14 October 1997. It became a fully fledged Taluk with effect from 15 October 1997. There are 67 Revenue villages which have been grouped into nine Tariffs for the sake of administration and each Tariffs has one Village Administrative officer. Yercaud Taluk is divided into three Firkas viz., Yercaud, Vellakkadai and Puthur.

 

 

Festivals

* Summer Festival: This is held during the middle of May when the annual festival of Lord Servarayan, presiding deity of the Shevaroy Hills, takes place. It has a 7-day exhibition of flower shows, dog shows, boating races and a village fair.