The Lake Forest Yercaud
Light mist rolling over green hillsides, blue skies and perfect weather are just some of the wonderful offerings of the hill station that is Yercaud. Situated close to Salem in Tamil Nadu, and at an altitude of 4,970 ft above sea level, the picturesque Yercaud gets its name from the Tamil words ‘yeri’ meaning lake and ‘Kaadu’ meaning forest owing to the lake located in its centre surrounded by the trees. Yercaud’s wonderful salubrious climate sees temperatures range only between 30 and 13 degrees Celsius. You’ve literally stepped into a nature’s haven as you walk past and take in the beauty of coffee and orange plantations, botanical gardens, a gleaming lake and natural waterfalls. It is no wonder then that Yercaud is called the ‘Jewel of the South’.
Club Mahindra Yercaud is located about a half kilometre away from the Yercaud Lake in the midst of a live coffee estate. It has its origins in the 1800’s at which point in time it served as a British colonial bungalow. The property has retained its old school look and feel, with lovely dark woodantique furniture, complete with white-washed window frames and lovely creeper-covered exteriors. Rooms offer stunning views of the surroundings, while the indoor cum open-air restaurant serves delicious traditional as well as continental cuisines. One can opt for a day full of sightseeing, trek in the nearby hills, or simply cozy up with a book and a cup of steaming hot coffee on a bench in the property’s verdant garden.
By Air : The nearest airport is at Trichy located 165 km away. From the airport, take a cab or a bus to get to Yercaud.
By Road : Yercaud is well connected to Coimbatore (190km), Bangalore (220km) and Chennai (357km) and can be reached by bus or car.
By Rail : The nearest railway station is in Salem, 36km away. Direct trains are also available from, Chennai, Bangalore and Coimbatore.
Places to Visit
The Shevaroy temple is situated on top of the Shevaroy hills and is dedicated to Lord Shevaroyan. It is a wonderful cave temple. The local people believe that the god Shevaroyan is the guardian angel for the 67 villages in and around Yercaud.
Go boating or simply take in the views at the refreshing Yercaud Lake, surrounded by the pristine beauty of the lush greens. Boating available from 9:30 am to 5:30pm.
Karadiyur View Point
A wonderful scenic location in Yercaud about 12 km from the center of the town in a village Karadiyur.
Kiliyur Falls is a waterfall in the Shevaroyhill range where waters overflowing theYercaud Lake fall 300ft into the Kiliyur Valley. It is a breathtaking sight in the monsoon time when the water levels are at the maximum.
Lady’s Seat, Gent’s Seat and Children’s Seat, is actually situated on the south-west of Shevaroy Hill, are a group of rocks located on the Yercaud Hills. These points overlook the Salem town and ghat road offering spectacular views of the surroundings
Other interesting Places to visit in Yercaud include Anna Park, the 32-km Loop Road, Pagoda Point, Botanical Garden, Sri Lalitha Thripura Sundari Amman Temple among others.