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Yercaud – The Place for Coffee and Cardamom

By Mar. 10, 2014
The Yercaud lake is picturesque, cool, and surrounded by woods and gardens. The Yercaud lake is picturesque, cool, and surrounded by woods and gardens.

Yercaud is a hill station located in the northern part of Tamil Nadu, famous for its scenic beauty, greenery, and pleasant climate. There is a pleasant climate year around, with temperatures ranging from 16 to 30 degree Celsius in the summer and 13 to 25 degree Celsius in the winter. Yercaud is considered the “Poor man’s Ooty,” as the expenses for a holiday here are considerably less, when compared to Ooty. Some of the nearby places of interest are the Yercaud Lake, Killiyur Falls, Lady’s Seat, Arthur’s Seat, Pagoda Point, the Shevaroyan temple, and Kaveri Peak.

Location:

Yercaud is located in the Salem district of the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is located in the Shevaroy Hills of the Eastern Ghats.

Attractions:

There are lots of places to visit in Yercaud. Some of the attractions of Yercaud are:

Yercaud Lake: This lake is centrally located, attracting visitors from various parts of the country. The picturesque, cool, and clean sheet of water is surrounded by woods and gardens. Experiencing boating in this chill water will be refreshing and enchanting.

Anna Park: Anna Park is located next to the lake. This is a beautifully decorated park, which is a dreamland of fragrant flowers.

Lady’s Seat: This is situated on the winding Ghat road, overlooking it and providing a wonderful view. The city of Salem looks spectacular from this point, with a view of flashing lights at night. There is also a panoramic view of the plains down the mountain through the telescope placed here. Looking down the steep gorge will be one of the most wonderful experiences in life.

It is believed that an English lady used to visit this place every evening, watching the panoramic view, which is how the place acquired the name. There is also a Gent’s Seat and Children’s Seat located at the right side of the Lady’s Seat.

Killiyur Falls: The Killiyur waterfalls is located in sylvan surroundings at a height of 3,000 feet. It is possible to spend hours visiting the place without becoming bored. The view is especially fantastic after the Southwest monsoon or the Northeast monsoon. A dedicated trekker can slog through the heavily wooded forests to the bottom of the falls from the lake within an hour.

At Pagoda Point in Yercaud.

At Pagoda Point in Yercaud.

Pagoda Point: This is another viewpoint of Yercaud, which is also known as “Pyramid Point.” It is located on the eastern side of the Yercaud Hills. Pagoda Point has four piles of rocks arranged to form a pyramid shape. It is believed that it was built by local tribes. There is a temple located between these rocks, dedicated to Lord Rama.

From this hill, we can get a clear view of Salem and a small village called Kakambadi. The cliffs look very beautiful, especially during early morning and evening. Spending time here refreshes the mind as well as the body.

Servorayan temple: This temple is located on top of Servorayan Hill  – said to be the third-highest peak in its range. The tribes of this mountain celebrate a festival in the month of May every year. There is no special transport facility available to reach this place; hence we have to arrange transport services on our own.

Bear Cave of Yercaud: This cave is built up of two rocks. It is located near the Nation Bungalow that is the oldest bungalow of this place.

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

Temples in Yercaud: There are two temples in Yercaud – Servorayan temple and Sri Rajarajeshwari temple. People from different part of the state visit these temples every year.

Churches in Yercaud: The Churches present in Yercaud are St. Joseph’s Church, C.S.I. Church, Sacred Heart Church, Lutheran Church, The Retreat Church, and Holy Trinity Church.

Mosque in Yercaud: There is only one mosque in Yercaud, and it attracts many people, especially on Fridays.

Trees and Wildlife: Yercaud forest areas are abundant in sandalwood, teak, and silver oaks. The wildlife in Yercaud consists of mongooses, bison, snakes, deer, foxes, squirrels, and birds like swallows, sparrows, kites and bulbuls.

Popularity:

A view of Yercaud town.

A view of Yercaud town.

Yercaud is very famous for its coffee and orange plantations, and it has preserved most of the forest’s original species of flora and fauna. Coffee is the main crop grown in Yercaud. Some other plantations grow fruits such as jackfruit, banana, pears, guava, and orange, and spices such as cardamom and black pepper. The coffee tree starts are said to have been brought to Yercaud from Africa by M.D. Cockburn in 1820.

The Montfort School and the Sacred Heart Convent are the two popular educational institutions in Yercaud. They impart quality education for both the boys and girls.

Getting There:

Yercaud is connected to Salem by the road. There are a number of buses connecting to Salem that permit access to any major city of Tamil Nadu. Bus service is not available in Yercaud, but certain buses from Salem move through Yercaud, connecting Yercaud with villages such as Valavanthi, Swinton Bridge, Cauvery Peak, Nagalur, and Velakkaddai .

The road to Yercaud is picturesque and tranquil.

The road to Yercaud is picturesque and tranquil.

Yercaud can also be easily reached by rail. The nearest rail heads are Salem Junction (36 km) and Salem town (33 km).

The nearest airport to Yercaud is Trichy International Airport (163 km). Other major airports are Coimbatore Airport at a distance of (190 km) and Banglore Airport (230 km). These airports connect with major cities of India, such as Delhi and Chennai.

Private taxis are also available at a cost of about Rs. 3,000 from Trichy Railway Station.

 

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