Yercaud The hidden gem of Eastern Ghats

Places to visit and things to do in Yercaud

Yeracud is one of the beautiful and unexplored hill stations of the Eastern Ghats in Salem district of Tamil Nadu.  It is located in the Shevaroys range of hills in the Eastern Ghats. Being less explored Yercaud is less commercialized, you can find nature’s beauty untouched by human civilization. In this busy rushed life, everyone needs a break and sometimes we but don’t have enough time. For people living in Bangalore, Yercaud is the best option for a quick, less budget weekend getaway.

Best time to visit Yercaud

The best time to visit Yercaud is from October to March when the temperature is cool, even monsoons is a good time if you love little showers of rain. Two days is enough for sightseeing.

How to reach Yeracud

To reach Yercaud from Bangalore: It is around 230 km and takes about 5 to 6 hours. Best route followed is Bangalore —>Hosur —-> Krishnagiri —->Dharampuri —->Salem —> Yercaud.

My travelogue

We booked a zoom car from Bangalore airport and started around 7 am in the morning. We followed the route through Salem as everyone said it’s in better condition.

On the way to Yercaud
On the way to Yercaud
View from the loop road

To reach the top of hill station Yercaud we had to cover 32 km loop road. It was slightly drizzling and the scenic beauty on the route was mesmerizing, covered with trails of lush green trees, creepers you can see nature and its beauty up close. We arrived at our destination around 1 pm. We had booked a room in La Pepper Springs. You can find very good Homestays, Cottages, and resorts at affordable prices.

The coffee plantations and bamboo forest and the wide flora and fauna of Yercaud will make you wanna stay there forever.  The silk farm may sound kinda boring but it shouldn’t be missed, you can see the process of silk manufacturing first hand.

Next, we went to see the Yercaud lake, it was a charm. We did boating and enjoyed the view of hills and greenery from there. It is situated at the center of Yercaud and most sought out places by travelers.  FYI for those who are taking kids, near to lake is an Anna Park where kids can do Zorbing, play in slides and do other adventure activities.

View from Pagoda point

We watched the beautiful sunset at Pagoda point. The place was very serene and calm as it was a bit away from the main town. One can enjoy solace and tranquillity away from all the hustle and bustle. We visited the Shevaroy temple, it’s in a small cave-like structure.

View from room at night

We retired for the day after having a yummy South Indian dinner. The temperature was very less and since it was monsoon it felt like clouds were floating into our room and we could feel the moisture of clouds on our face.

The next day we woke up early in the morning and went to Kottachedu Teak Forest and Kiliyur waterfall which hardly seemed like a waterfall.

We started our return journey after lunch with lots of good memories and fun. The place is a complete package, it has lakes, waterfalls, beautiful gardens, breathtaking view, amazing landmarks, and magnificent peaks.

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8 thoughts on “Yercaud The hidden gem of Eastern Ghats”

  1. Nice description.
    Yercaud police are generally not that outsider friendly! We have been charged for helmets and DL ,seemed biased!
    So be on top! Stay safe, be chilled…

  2. Nearly an hour’s drive uphill from the city of Salem is Yercaud, a small hill station in Tamil Nadu. One can beautifully spend a day at this former English colony, which is holding on to the old-world charm. Braving 20 hairpin bends from the Salem Junction Railway Station post an overnight train journey from Mahabalipuram, I reached Yercaud, a small and misty hill station in Tamil Nadu. Known for its coffee and spice plantations, Yercaud is an ideal destination for a blissful vacation amidst the beauty and tranquillity of nature. The hill station’s Tamil name was spruced up to Yercaud (yeri lake, kaad forest).

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