Yercaud rightly stated as the ‘Jewel of the South’ for its natural beauty with the lake enveloped by the forests imparting it a picturesque view, is a popular hill station in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. It is located on the Shevaroy hills in the Eastern Ghats, situated at 1515 meters above the sea level. Yercaud is 365 km away from Chennai. It takes approximately 7 hours to reach Yercaud from Chennai depending on the traffic.
You can take a road via Kanyakumari or Salem. No matter which road you take, you are bound to feel satisfied and refreshed after the trip. Yercaud gives you mesmerizing experiences and memories to cherish for a lifetime.
A Breathtaking View Along the Way to Yercaud
Have you ever thought of traveling by road to Yercaud? It is indeed a pleasant experience traveling by car
. You can witness the lush green forests, vast mountain range and the serene lakes along the way, is nothing but a bliss.
Do visit Mahabalipuram, for sightseeing where you will find stone cut temples and monuments, Tiruvannamalai, a sacred place and Kanchipuram for authentic silk saree shopping along the way.
If you plan to go to Yercaud via Salem, halt for a sumptuous meal at the Annamalai restaurant to refuel yourself for the exciting journey ahead.
Yercaud is a Treat to Your Weary Eyes
Yercaud is well known for its exotic flora and fauna. It has around 3000 plantations of citrus fruits, pears, banana and coffee and spice plantations which you will get to see in the National Orchidarium and botanical garden covering 18.4 hectares of land.
Also, do not forget to visit Anna Park if you are a nature lover. It has assorted local plants and a Japanese garden with bonsai forming a picturesque view. A Deer Park has a species of deer, bison, antelope, jackals that forms a part of rich wildlife of Yercaud. A Deer Park has a lake view and a play area for your kids.
Killuyur Falls is another major attraction of Yercaud. The water overflowing from the Yercaud lake ultimately falls into the Killuyur Valley. A beautiful amalgamation of the water bodies is a treat to your eyes. But do visit after monsoons to enjoy the abundant water in the Killuyur Falls.
Yercaud has abundant forests, lakes, and hills. Shevaroy hills form a part of the Eastern Ghats and are favorable for trekking. If you want some adventure in your trip do trek along the Eastern Ghats and delve yourself into the goodness of nature.
Yercaud offers religious heritage to the pious among the lot. It has Shevaroy temple situated at the peak point of the Shevroy hills offering a panoramic view to the visitors. It also has Sri Chakra Mahameru temple and Sacred Heart Church.
Yercaud Lake boathouse also known as Emerald Lake has boating facility. Boats are also available for rent. The mountains and the forest surrounding the tranquil lake is a sight worth watching to rejuvenate your soul. The Emerald Lake also hosts an annual festival for the visitors.
Yercaud Serves the Best to the Food Lovers
People in Tamil Nadu are quite generous when it comes to serving food. They believe serving food to another living being is as good as serving to God. You can enjoy South Indian cuisine in Dakshin Restaurant and Salem Heights and is definitely not limited to idlis and dosas. Although you can savor Chinese, Italian, North Indian cuisine to satiate your taste buds. A typical South Indian meal consists of rice, lentils, an authentic spicy curry with a flavor of coconut. If you have a sweet tooth savor Pongal which is a special sweet dish in Tamil Nadu.
Filter Coffee served in a Dubarah (a unique coffee cup) is a great way to rejuvenate yourself after a tiring day.
A road trip
to Yercaud is sure to give your weary souls a relief from the hustles and bustles of city life.