Situated at an altitude of roughly 1500 meters ASL, Yercaud is located in what is called the Shevaroys hill-range on the Eastern Ghats. Like in the case of almost all hill-stations of the Indian sub-continent, Yercaud too came into being during the British era, thanks to the sahibs and Christian missionaries and their love for the cool climate of hills, Yercaud happened. This small hill station has a handful of places that are worth spending your time at. Talk about paying a visit to all of them at a relaxed pace and you probably would be needing an entire day. However, if you want to pick only the best of the things to see in Yercaud, this post is for you.
Of the close to a dozen places which include temples, lakes, gardens, and parks to name a few, which you can visit and spend your time at, I list here what in my opinion are the top four must visit places in Yercaud.
4. Emerald Lake: It is the first thing that catches your attention when you reach Yercaud. Surrounded by a garden full of colorful flowers on one side, a meandering road and one comparatively wider on the other two and a small deer-park on the fourth side, the Emerald lake is where every visitor makes his/her first stop. Paddle-boating here is unarguably the best thing to indulge in here. You can also choose to take one with a boatman or a speedboat if you want to but I prefer the lazy pace of the paddle-boat while breathing the fresh air of the mountains.
3. Pagoda point: Also known as the Pyramid point, the Pagoda point offers excellent views of the city of Salem below. The small Kakambadi village with its lone temple below too looks quite in contrast to the imposing cliffs that surround it as well as the view-point. The view of the rising and that of the setting sun from here are both quite breathtaking ones and standing atop a hanging rock while lost in the view ahead I can’t help but believe it. Sit here for some time, lose yourself in the views and I am sure you will be humbled enough by the time you get up to leave.
2. Lady’s seat: A breath-taking view of the serpentine highway connecting Yercaud with the city of Salem below is what you are blessed with when you reach this natural arrangement of rocks, also know as the Lady’s Seat. The grandeur of the view is further enhanced on a bright and sunny day, when every inch of the green hills is clearly visible and so is the Mettur dam built on the Cauvery river at a distance. The view from the nearby Gent’s seat isn’t much different except for the fact that it sits a few feet higher than the Lady’s seat. The views are more or less the same. The Lady’s seat however is comparatively less crowded.
1. Trek to Killiyur Falls: Not to mention that the sight of the Killiyur Falls is something to behold when thousands of litres of milky white water comes gushing down through huge rocks during the monsoons, the trek (it’s 250 steep steps!!) to the bottom of the falls too is quite exciting. In fact, I found it to be the most exciting things to do in Yercaud. While during the monsoons you can go only as far, a dry Killiyur falls gives you the chance to slip, fall, get-up and make your way to the bottom, where all that you find in the summers is a tiny pond. And the view from here? It’s totally worth the tiring climb down.
So these were the four places I liked the most in Yercaud. Which ones are your favorites?
How to reach Yercaud?
Nearest Airport to Yercaud
Even though Yercaud has no airport, it is well-connected to its nearby cities like Tiruchirapalli (165 kms), Bangalore (222 kms) and Chennai (350 kms) which are connected to the rest of the country by air.
Nearest Railway Station to Yercaud
Salem, which is around 35 kms from Yercaud is the nearest rail-head.
Regular buses ply from Salem to Yercaud which is further connected to all the major cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Pondicherry and others by regular buses. You can also drive down the Bangalore-Hosur-Salem highway which is a fantastic one, if you wish to.
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