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The Jewel of the South - Yercaud

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A place that rivals any hill station in the Western Ghats is Yercaud situated in the Shevaroy Hills of Tamil Nadu. It provides a welcome break of refreshing green among the otherwise dry regions of the state. The climate is pleasant and welcoming through the year, inviting travellers from all over the country to enjoy the many attractions and places to visit in Yercaud.

The scenic surrounding have many hidden gems that will thrill both nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts. There are trekking trails, lakes, viewpoints and many more things to see and do in this charming hill station. The various coffee, pepper and orange plantations make the town a magical holiday destination. Read our Yercaud travel guide to know more about the places to visit here.

Shevaroy Hills

Shevaroy Hills

The Servarayan or Shevaroy Hills are one of the most scenic places in Tamil Nadu. It spans over 400 sq km and has green plateaus at elevations of over 1,120 mt. It also has one of the most popular hill stations in the south, Yercaud. The detached set of layered mountains is a delight for those seeking trekking and hiking trails as well as photo opportunities. The drive through the ghat section to Yercaud is also an experience not to be missed.

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Kiliyur Falls

Kiliyur Falls

One of the best places to visit in Yercaud during or right after the monsoons is the Kiliyur Falls. Located at a short distance of just 2.5 km from the Yercaud Lake, the falls are in fact formed by the waters that overflow from the lake. Falling from a height of 300 ft, the cascading waters create a breathtaking sight! The approach is also interesting, with many picturesque views, the last few meters form a steep path, so be careful if you are driving yourself. Make sure a trip to Yercaud includes this popular sightseeing place.

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Yercaud Lake

Yercaud Lake

It is true that water has life giving properties, and it is also a fact that water attracts large crowds. This holds true for the lake waters of Yercaud that is visited by droves of tourists, especially during peak season. Situated beautifully amongst thick vegetation, the lake also has parks and other amusement activities, making it an ideal destination for families with children. Activities such as boating are not to be missed as it allows you to soak in the natural grandeur of the surroundings.

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Lady's Seat

Lady's Seat

Among the places to visit in Yercaud are the various viewpoints. As with any hill station, Yercaud has its share of popular viewpoints from where you can get captivating views of the valleys and surrounding hills. The Lady's seat is one such point that also offers a telescope for travellers to enjoy the panoramic views of the Shevaroy hills.

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Pagoda Point

Pagoda Point

Another viewpoint in Yercaud, the place is named after the stone pagodas that used to exist here, however, it now has a viewpoint structure and a temple. Benches are available around the area for visitors to relax and soak in the surrounding vistas. An idyllic place for picnics and relaxation. You can also see people indulging in fun activities such as enjoying the variety of snacks available and shopping for little pleasures such as the bubble maker!

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Heaven's Ledge

Heaven's Ledge

A lovely west-facing cliff, the Heaven's Ledge is located in the Gowri Estate. The ledge is now a popular camp-site that attracts travellers. It is known for promoting eco-tourism and is a welcome break from the pollution and rush of city life. Enjoy the lovely views and do not forget to take some memorable photos as well!

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Trekking in Yercaud

Trekking in Yercaud

Trekking is one of the popular things to do in Yercaud. The moderately difficult trekking trails of Yercaud has much to offer. You can explore the beautiful forests that have earned Yercaud the tag of 'Lake Forest'. A walk through the mesmerising greenery will be unforgettable. You can also explore the many coffee estates and plantations on your treks. Another interesting option is a guided trek to the local caves; they are dark, mysterious and might have you walking in circles, returning to your point of origin! Enjoy the many adventures that Yercaud has to offer, but make sure you pack trekking clothes and importantly a torchlight.

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Silk Farms and Rose Gardens

Silk Farms and Rose Gardens

The quaint town of Yercaud never ceases to surprise, at a short distance of just 2 km from the town, you can enjoy a rather educating visit to the silk farms located here. The cultivation and growing of silkworms as well as the various methods of spinning silk can be witnessed here. The nearby rose garden has many varieties of flowers as well as a nursery where you can get your own pot of joy!

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Best Time To Visit

Best Time To Visit

Owing to the pleasant climate, Yercaud can be visited all year around. However, the post-monsoon season is also a great time to see the lush greenery and abundant water bodies in and around the town. Elaborate treks are best undertaken in the months from October to January.

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How to Reach Yercaud

How to Reach Yercaud

By Road: The route to Yercaud is considered one of the most scenic drives that also offers a 20 hairpin climb into the hills. The hill station is well-connected by Salem with roads to all major destinations. Located at a short distance from Bangalore (214 km), Coimbatore (194 km) and Trichy (174 km), it also proves to be an ideal weekend getaway.

By Rail: The nearest Railway Junction is Salem, located at a distance of about 32 km.

By Air: The nearest airport is in Trichy, located at a distance of 177 km from Yercaud. The other nearby airports include Coimbatore (186 km) and Bangalore 9215 km).

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