Yercaud, a small hill station nestled in the Eastern Ghats in Tamil Nadu is 700 km away from Hyderabad if you go by road and a mere distance of 230 km from Bangalore. Yercaud – an underrated, and less visited hill station is an incredible offbeat destination.
Yercaud stands at an elevation of 4970 feet above sea level on the Shevaroy hills in Tamil Nadu. It takes 20 hairpin bends to reach Yercaud. Tall trees and monkeys are all you could see on the way up. As you get closer to Yercaud, be sure to roll down your windows so that you don’t miss the delicious scent of the coffee, fruits and spices, Yercaud is famous for.
Where to stay: Grand Palace Yercaud
Grand Palace Hotel and Spa, Yercaud is a hill resort situated in one of the most scenic places in Tamil Nadu offering an enchanting view of Yercaud big lake on one side and the valley of Killiyur falls on the other. It is one of the best hotels in Yercaud hills offering authentic Tamil Nadu Cuisine, and is the nearest hill station to Bengaluru and Chennai. Grand Palace Hotel and Spa offers star class accommodation, with excellent facilities. An ultimate destination for a Holiday in the hills, is an ideal weekend and a Romantic getaway. Grand Palace also offers excellent facilities for residential conferences, cocktail dinners, outdoor bonfires overlooking the valley and trekking for groups.
Things to do in Yercaud
There are many places of attractions in Yercaud, ranging from lakes to view points to gardens to waterfalls. So, one can plan places to cover based on one’s interest and schedule.
A trip to Yercaud is not complete without visiting Yercaud Lake, after which the town was named. Yercaud lake, also known as Emerald lake is spanned in a very large area and is a completely natural lake surrounded by cloud laden hills, gardens and well-groomed large trees. As an activity you can go for boating in Yercaud, either by hiring a self-pedal boat or on a rowing boat.
Kiliyur Falls is located at a distance of 4 km from Yercaud Bus Stand. A visit to Kiliyur falls is a combination of serenity and adventure. If you are traveling with small kids and/or older people, then reaching to the point of Kiliyur falls will be little challenging as you will have to step down 200 steps to reach and climb up the same to head back. On reaching you will witness the plethora of water crushing against stones, the lush greenery around this waterfall only adds to the beautiful experience.
Lady’s Seat is a famous view point in Yercaud from where you can get panoramic view of Salem town, ghat road and valley. In real, it is cluster of naturally made rocks in shape of a seat. As per local belief, a white English lady used to spend the evenings watching the panoramic view from this rock. Hence it got its name, Lady’s Seat. It is also a wonderful place to watch sunset. And, in dark you can get amazing view of glittering Salem town. Lady’s seat is located on the South West of Shevaroy hills, at a distance of 2 KM for Yercaud Bus Stand.
Must Do : Cauvery Estate Coffee Tour and Experience
The ultimate coffee experience tour on a 150 year old estate. For the first time in India a working plantation which produces nursery seed to roasted beans and everything in between on the property!
What you will see: Nursery, lake, Cauvery Peak, wet processing plant, dry processing plant, roasting, grinding and packing unit, coffee museum and information center.
If you are lucky: Birds, Animals, The Cauvery River, and Mettur dam on the horizon
What to wear: Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunglasses. Rain Jacket / warm clothing depending on season.
Tour duration: 1 1/2 hours
Tour timing: 8 am to 3.30 pm
Minimum: 1 persons
Tour price: 400 + tax Per person above 10 years of age. Kids below 10 years Free.
Tour price includes: Guide fee, Drinking water. kindly bring your own bottle.
What to wear: Comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunglasses. Rain Jacket / warm clothing depending on season
–By Satpreet Kaur