Yercaud is a hill station in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu. These magnificent hills are situated at an altitude of 1515 meters above sea level. Yercaud is enchanting and picturesque and is endowed with many natural wonders loved by tourists.
The hills have a distinctly British flavour with many seminaries and convents established in the hills. Montfort School and the Sacred Heart Convent are residential schools that are well-established educational institutions in the region.
The abundance of water at the hills lets the locals grow diverse crops like coffee, citrus fruits, bananas, pears, and jackfruit. The top tourist places at Yercaud are Anna Park, Kiliyur Falls, Mettur Dam, and the Emerald Lake that draws tourists throughout the year.
Negotiating the Yercaud Hairpin Bend
The 32 Km loop road from the plains to the top of the Yercaud hill station is an exhilarating experience. Negotiating the many hairpin bends on a well-laid road is the start of an amazing Yercaud holiday.
Top 10 Yercaud Tourist Places to Checkout.
Deepam Cabs recommend the following destinations in Yercaud for a quick hill station holiday that can be coupled with a holiday break in a city like Salem.
1. Yercaud Kottachedu Teak Forest
Kottachedu Teak Forest is a major attraction for tourists, an artificial teak forest preserved by the Tamil Nadu government.
The Kottachedu region was inhabited by the tribes around the hills. It was left deserted when the local tribes deserted it after a plague struck the people of the land. This land was converted into a teak plantation by the Government to preserve the fragile ecosystem of the region. The teak forest are an offbeat place in Yercaud apt for nature lovers
It’s a sought-after place for adventure enthusiasts eager for an off-road experience. The area offers an amazing view of the Vanier River and the sight of teak trees is common. Foxes, anteaters, paradise flycatchers and bison are commonly sighted wild animals in the area. Tourists are advised to travel in a group when discovering these unique forests.
2. Yercaud Pagoda Point
Pagoda point is a vantage point in the Yercaud hills that offer a panoramic view of the town of Salem. The 21 hairpin road that connects this hill station to the plains can also be seen from this point. A pile of stones arranged in the form of a pyramid and resembling a Pagoda is what gives this viewpoint its name.
Pagoda point is an ideal place in Yercaud to catch up with nature & experience eternal bliss. The views of the rugged terrain and the amazing natural beauty of the Eastern Ghats draw visitors to this holiday spot. There is no entrance fee here, but tourists are informed to be careful of the jagged cliffs and the rugged terrain at this tourist hotspot.
3. Yercaud Orchidarium
The Yercaud Orchidarium established here in 1963 boasts of preserving over 3000 trees and 1800 shrubs. It is a popular tourist spot in the hills and is visited by nature lovers throughout the year. The Orchidarium is a fascinating place to visit in Yercaud for horticulture & gardening enthusiasts.
Tourists can get to see the diverse collection of orchids, exotic and rare plants. The rare Kurunji flower that blooms once every 12 years is also preserved here. The garden is divided into interesting sections like a bonsai garden, foliage garden, topiary garden, rock garden, water and herbal garden. The garden welcomes tourist on all days between 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
4. Yercaud Kiliyur Falls
The Kiliyur Falls is formed by the overflowing of the Yercaud Lake. The waterfalls drop into the Kiliyur Valley from a height of over 300 feet. The view of the falls is breathtaking, especially in the monsoon season. This is a seasonal fall and it’s advisable to check local listings before visiting this tourist spot.
Travellers have to tread a walk down 200-250 steps to reach the base of the waterfalls. The waterfalls offer abundant opportunities to bathe and have fun with friends in the water. The fall is open on all days from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.
5. Yercaud Lady’s Seat
Lady’s seat is a viewpoint that overlooks the winding Ghat road, It offers a fantastic view of the Mettur Dam and Salem town from a distance. Lady’s Seat, Gent’s Seat, and Children’s Seat are the names of the group of rocks located here.
There is an interesting story of an English lady who would spend her evening here watching over the beautiful mountain landscape and thus get the name Lady’s Seat.
A watchtower equipped with a telescope offers a spectacular view of the plains and the adjoining countryside. The best time to visit is during the evenings just before sunset.
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6. Yercaud Bears Cave
Bear’s cave is located inside a coffee estate near Yercaud. Tourists will need special permission to visit the cave as the cave is within the confines of private property. This cave once was home to many wild bears. It’s a place shrouded in mystique and is a must-visit place in Yercaud for all thrill-seekers.
Adventure seekers try to discover the caves by crawling deep into the caves. A rock-cut temple dedicated to Lord Muruga is also of interest to visitors to the caves.
7. Yercaud Lake
Yercaud Lake or the Emerald lake is the only naturally formed lake of all hill stations in Tamil Nadu. Tourists love the many attractions at the park including a floating fountain, motorboats, and kids playing area.
This is the first top Yercaud tourist place to visit on a tour of the hill station. It’s a good way to spend quality time in the mornings since entry to the Lake is restricted after 5:00 pm.
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8. Yercaud Anna Park & Rose Garden
Anna Park in Yercaud is located just adjacent to the Big Lake. It is one of the major tourist attractions in Yercaud. A preserved garden with four small parks known as Lake Park, Deer Park, Gandhi Park, and a Children’s Park. The annual flower show held in May every year draws visitors to the park in the thousands.
The Rose Garden maintained by the Horticultural Department a variety of roses that include button rose to big roses types. The park looks spectacular due to the green grass cover which turns the landscape into a maze of green with roses of all colours.
A deer park adjacent to Anna Park is an interesting place to visit in Yercaud. Anna Park is open all days from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. An entrance fee of ₹ 5 is collected from visitors.
9. Yercaud Arthur’s Seat
Arthur’s seat is a fascinating vantage point located on top of a captivating hill very close to the Yercaud Tourist centre. It offers an eye-catching view of the Emerald Lake, and the eternal beauty of the Shevaroyan Peak.
It is ideal to enjoy a beautiful sunrise and a serene sunset from Arthur’s seat. It’s a sought-after place for honeymooners and couples who like to spend quality time together.
10. Yercaud Mettur Dam
A visit to the Mettur Dam will captivate the senses of any tourists with the sheer magnitude of the dam. Mettur dam provides irrigation to the adjoining areas and it took more than 9 years to complete.
Mettur dam is huge it is 214 feet tall and 171 feet wide. The dam receives water from its own catchment area along with the Kabini dam and the KRS dams in Karnataka. It acts as a lifeline for more than 12 districts of Tamilnadu.
Mettur Dam irrigates over 2.75 lakh acres along the entire stretch of the Cauvery river. It is a top tourist place near Yercaud to visit either before or after visiting the hill station.
A beautiful park and lawn at the basement of the dam attract tourists from all over. The park has a Children’s play area and an entrance fee of ₹ 10 is charged from tourists. The park is open all weekdays from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
A Quick Yercaud Trip with Deepam Cabs
A quick hill station holiday from Bangalore is possible when travelling by Deepam Cabs. A taxi rental company from Bangalore. It has been helping people to enjoy splendid holidays with family and friends since 2005. Deepam Cabs is up for any travel challenge from touring deep valleys to high hill stations.
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Soothe Your Senses with a Delightful Yercaud Getaway
It’s that time of the year to pack one’s bags and head to a hill station to escape the sweltering Bangalore heat. A delightful holiday to Yercaud awaits every tourist from Bangalore.
A blissful Yercaud holiday is best enjoyed by spending quality time with little ones at the Mettur Dam. Being spellbound by the sheer magnitude of the Mettur Dam is a must-do activity.
Taking a trekking challenge at the Kottachedu Teak Forest is a fascinating holiday experience. However, savouring local delights and enjoying some relaxing time at Yercaud Lake is the icing on the cake when visiting Yercaud.