|Yercaud is a hill station near Salem, Tamil Nadu, India in the Servarayan range of hills (anglicized as Shevaroys) in the Eastern Ghats. It is at an altitude of 1515 metres (4969 feet) above the mean sea level. The town gets its name from the lake located at its center - in Tamil "Yeri" means "lake" and "Kaadu" means "forest". Yercaud is known for coffee plantations and orange groves. It also has an orchidarium run by the Botanical Survey of India. The highest point in Yercaud is the Servarayan temple. Hence the Yercaud hill area is called Shevaroy Hills.|
|Attraction of Yercaud|
The Yercaud Lake with a picturesque pool surrounded by gardens and well-wooded trees are the first things that attract a visitor. The garden surrounding the lake is well groomed and best seen during the month of May when the Summer Festival is organised.
One of the best views that Yercaud promises.You get a panoramic view of the ghats and all the distant vehicles dwindling their way in and out of trees along the winding ghat road.It surely is a breath-taking view. You can have a closer view of the plains below with the help of the telescope mounted at the Lady's Seat.
This view is spectacular at night with the twinkling lights of Salem town in sight. It gives a feeling of looking over a bed of twinkling diamonds and if You are lucky to have a moonlit night..nothing could be more romantic!
KILIYUR WATER FALLS
Kiliyur Falls is a 90-foot high waterfalls is situated amidst picturesque surroundings in Yercaud. Akasagangai waterfalls is on Kolli hills which is known for medical herbs and plants.
GRANGE The Castle - like building was built by the then Collector of Salem, Mr.M.D. Cockburn who first introduced Coffee from Arabia, Apples and other fruits from South Africa between 1820 and 1829 A.D. It is believed to be the summer resort of Robert Clive - The British Big Wig of the East India Company way back in the late 1800's.It is now the house of My close friend and is out of bounds for tourists. So don't venture near lest You want to get bitten by a few hounds! .
This is also another vantage view point. Once upon a time a beautiful place adorned with stone built pagodas, it is now home to a huge temple.
The neighbourhood is splashed with erratic buildings that is a real turn off. Yet, if You have'nt been here. Don't miss it.
The best time to visit it is during the night or early morning. It gives You a total new view of Salem and a voyeur's view over the little village called Kakambadi.The cliffs on the opposite side are fabulous and any rock climber would'nt be able to resist the temptation to scale them.
It is situated near the Norton Bungalow on the way to Servaroyan Temple. A huge cave formation beside a fantastic bungalow that was supposed to play home for the bears. It is an important tourist spot worth the visit.This is also private property and since the owner has the kindness to keep it open for tourists, You have to do him a good turn by keeping the place clean and not destroying plants.
THE SERVAROYAN TEMPLE
This is the third highest range in this part with a modern cave temple at its top. The hill top is bald with a real open view of all the hills around. It presents another angle of the distant town. The adjacent hill is gradually chopped (mined) off daily as it is a very rich source of Bauxite.
Anna Park is a lovely garden near the lake.Lake Park, Gandhi Park, Children Park are the other parks to be visited in Yercaud.