Posted by: getaway2india | January 2, 2010

Yercaud – A Lake amidst the Forest

Yercaud is a small hill station perched on the Shevaroys Hills in Salem District of Tamil Nadu.

Surrounded on all sides by plains, the Shevaroys are a range of hills on the eastern Ghats which rise steeply to 1624 metres. The entire range, encompassing 67 tribal villages, covers an area of 384 sq km. The total population according to 1991 census was 36,863.

"Silver Triangle" of South India

Yercad Map

History

Yercaud is concerned, it was discovered by Mr. M. D. Cockburn, then Collector of Salem. Cockburn visited Yercaud in 1820 A.D. and put up a small hut which is now known as Grange Estate.

During the revolt of 1857, the building was fortified into a castle like building and is an important landmark today. The Ghat road to Yercaud was sanctioned and work started in the 1850s. But work was stopped in 1857 due to the Indian Mutiny.

Work on the present Ghat road from Salem to Yercaud was started in 1900 and the road was opened for motor vehicles in 1903. However, the first motor car was brought up much earlier in a packing crate, assembled and driven around the Loop Road. After completion of the Mettur Dam on the Cauvery River in 1929, electricity came to Yercaud in 1930 and supply was extended to other Tribal Villages after 1970.

Coffee
During 1820 to 1829, Mr. M. D. Cockburn, introduced coffee from Arabia and apples and other fruits from South Africa. From here, coffee spread to all over the Nilgiris. Coffee grows well on slopes at altitudes between 900 metres (3,000 feet) and 1,500 metres (5,000 feet). The mild temperature between 13C (56 F) and 29 C (84F), moderate rainfall between 1,270 mm (50″) and 1,524 mm (60″) distributed evenly between the Southwest and Northeast Monsoons and the high elevation on the Shevaroy hills combine to provide ideal climatic conditions for the production of high grade Coffee.

Yercaud Lake

Yercaud Lake

The first thing one sees as you enter the Yercaud town is this placid lake in a wonderful surrounding of hills and natural shoals. Also a beautifully landscaped garden on one bank. It has boating facility. This lake is the only natural lake among all the hill station lakes in the South. A floating fountain is constructed by MALCO , at the center of the lake. The lake is surrounded by a “Deer Park” and “leisure park” and “Tamil Nadu Hotel”. Boat services are available at reasonable rate [Rs. 75 /- for 2 seats and Rs. 95 /- for 4 seats]. Self Pedaling [15 min] and Rowing boats [30 min] are available. You have to pay the same amount as caution deposit. The safety measures are followed strictly. The minimum time can be spent: 20 min.

The Natural shoal seen around the Petrol Bunk, Round Tana and adjoining the Anna Park are about the oldest shoals of natural species of trees that one can see around the Shevaroys. Another shoal of this type can be seen adjoining the Orchidarium. In the interests of conservation this last stronghold of original trees should be preserved and replenished for the future.

Anna Park Yercaud

Anna Park– This is a lovely garden near the Lake. This park has a collection of the natural species of plants and trees seen around Shevaroy hills. Flower shows are conducted in this park during summer months. There is a breathtaking Japanese garden inside this park in which plants are grown in Japanese style. Children can enjoy playing in the garden. It is a well maintained garden and is worth a visit. The park is situated next to the Lake. It is typical park used to host the “Flower Show” in the month of May. The “Japanese Park” inside Anna Park is a must see. Children can play around and elders can take rest. The entrance ticket will be Rs. 2/- for adult and Rs 10 /- for Camera. The minimum time can be spent: 30 min for laymen.

Botanical Gardens,Yercaud

Government Orchidarium – Botanical Survey of India.

This is one of two Orchidariums run by the Botanical survey of India. It has a large collection of native orchids. One can see:

· The rare Ladies Slipper,

· An insect eating Orchid.

· A rare tree Shevaroys Bombax which was reported on one of the private estates has also been identified and multiplied in this farm. A treat for plant lovers.

· A “Bell Rock” in the BSI campus makes bell sound when you hit with stone. You have to climb to reach the rock. The entrance ticket will be Rs. 3/- for adult and Rs 10 /- for Camera. It remain closed on Sundays and National Holidays. The minimum time can be spent: 25 min for laymen few days for Nature lovers.

Complete list of all the places to see in Yercaud


The Loop Road

The Loop Road

The 34 kms. long Loop Road was traced by an Englishman Mr. Surgeon in 1824. It starts and ends at the Lake, covering several tribal villages including Yercaud, Nagalur, Semmanatham, Vellakadi, and Manjakuttai. A drive on the Loop Road is most enjoyable.

Another beautiful Road in Yercaud

Shevarayan Temple

The Shevarayan Perumal Temple is, a flat-topped hill with a plateau, perched high up near the summit of the highest peak of the Shevaroys at 1,624 metres (5,410 feet). The view from the summit on all sides is magnificent, one looks down on a mass of mountains and hills far and near, with the plains spread out like a map between the Shevaroys and the nearest hills. The Yercaud town and Nagalur is well seen from this hill. The Shervarayan Temple is situated at the top of this hill. It is dedicated to Lord Shervaroyan. The temple itself is a narrow and dark cave and seated inside are God Shervarayan and Goddess Kaveri representing the Shervaroyan Hills and the river Kaveri. The annual festival in the month of May is a colour event in which thousands of tribal people of the hill take part.

Lady's Seat

Lady’s Seat, Gents Seat and Childrens Seat

This is a cluster of Rocks on the South West of the Yercaud hills over looking the ghat road and the town of Salem to the South. There is a natural rock formation in the form of a seat where reportedly a white English Lady of yester years spent her evenings viewing the magnificent panorama before ones eyes. There is a sheer drop of about 200 feet at this point into a private estate in the valley below. There is a man made viewing tower with Telescopes. One can see the magnesite deposits on the plains and on clear days a view of Mettur Dam. One should not miss the night view of the Salem town with millions of twinkling lights. On the right of Lady’s Seat are Sterling Resorts, Gent’s Seat and Children’s Seat. There is a mini park and it is a breath taking spot for a picnic. 2 km from town.

Pagoda Point

Pagoda Point

Pagoda Point is another vantage view point. This lies on the Eastern side of the Yercaud hills and is also known as Pyramid Point. The name comes from the hill tribes having made four piles of random stones in a Pagoda or Pyramid formation reportedly to mark some event.

Today there is a Rama Temple which lies between these Pagodas. One can get a grand view of Attur and Ayothiapattinam from this picnic spot. 5 km from town.

Beautiful Road to Pagoda Point

Kiliyur Falls

This delightfully breathtaking water falls is 3 km from the Yercaud Lake and should be visited after the South West or North East Monsoon. The surplus water from the Yercaud Lake and the other reaches of the Shevaroys Hills fall deep into the Kiliyur Valley in a breath taking 300 feet fall. The views from the bottom and top of the falls are breathtaking.

The trek to the bottom of the falls is only for hardcore trekkers as it takes about one hour from the lake to reach the bottom of lthe falls which is heavily wooded, but a good 2½ hours to get ones breath and trek back again. 7 km from town.

The Retreat

The Retreat belongs to a Religious Society founded by St. Don Bosco (1815-1888). The Saint wanted his spiritual son, popularly known as Salesians of Don Bosco, to work for the poor land abandoned youth through schools, technical institutes, agricultural and trade schools. The Retreat serves as a Novitiate house where students of the religious order stay and study.

Yercaud Town

The Yercaud town is situated at an altitude of 4700 feet. The Taluk headquarters is in Yercaud. The town has a number of seminaries and convents where brothers and sisters of various religious orders have their training schools. The Monfort School and Sacred Heart Convent are famous in the country. There is a large native Shandy (bazaar) every Sunday and a smaller one on Wednesdays, where vegetables (Chiefly native produce) and fruits are sold.

Another beautiful road in Yercaud

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Arthur Seat

A bird’s eye view of the Big Lake, Yercaud Town and the Shevaroyan Peak is available from this vantage point, which is reached by taking the steep road going north from the centre point of town 1 km from town.

Raja Rajeswari Temple, Yercaud

Sri Raja Rajeswari Temple

This temple was founded by Tirukovilur Thapovanam Srila Sri Gnanananda Giri Swamigals Parampara Disciple HH Swami Poornananda Giri in the year 1983 and now succeeded by his son V Sri. In this temple the Godess Sri Raja Rajeswari is seen surrounded by a plethora of Gods.

Bears Cave

This is a private property to which one does not have access except with permission. It is located inside a private coffee estate but the occasionally, a staying tourist is allowed inside the premises. Yercaud’s oldest bungalow, Norton Bungalowwas once owned by Norton a famous Criminal lawyer of Chennai. Adjoining this bungalow is a cave which goes deep into the hill. The cave is about 7 feet below the ground level and is said to extend beyond the Servaroyan temple till Kaveri in the state of Karnataka which is around 485 Km away. It is believed that the cave was used as a hideout and an escape route by Tipu Sultan during the time of War. If tourists wish, they can try to squeeze past the boulders into the cave and explore it. After the first 60 feet or so one has to go down on all fours to proceed further in, although one cannot go beyond few hundred meters as fallen rocks block the path but its worth an experience.

The Grange, Yercaud

This is one of the oldest buildings in Yercaud, built some time in the 1820’s MD Cockburn the then Collector established the first commercial plantation in this area and planted Coffee, Oranges, Apples and other fruit trees brought from South Africa. The other coffee plantations in Tamil Nadu are said to have originated from this humble beginning.

During the Sepoy Mutiny, great efforts were made to strengthen the roof and ramparts were built with Gun emplacements and 3 Canons were mounted at vantage points. A large cellar was made to hold provisions for about 6 months in case there was a long siege and the Europeans of the Area had to hold off insurgents. Well this never happened and all was peaceful during those years. There is a well planned and executed Resort alongside the Grange, set amidst coffee & Orange plantations and Silver Oak Trees, a delightful get away

All Terrain Vehicles for hire

They even have ATV tours around the estate.

http://www.grangeresort.com/

Kottachedu Teak Forest

The hills tribes who cultivated these lands are said to have abandoned this area after plague struck the area. These lands were than utilized by the Government for a Teak Wood plantation. Vaniar River passes through this Teak forest and leads to the Vaniar Dam. Bisons are frequently seen in the Teak Forest. 11 km from town.

Tipperary View Point

One can reach this southern most view point of Yercaud by taking the Tipperary Road. From there one can see the Elephant Tooth Rocks – two rocks about 120′ high and consists of pure white quartz – which are reportedly said to be the remnants of a meteorite which fell to earth. It is pure white rock compared to the Black Granite available on these hills. Easy to climb up but hard to climb down as the material is soft and crumbles beneath your feet. 9 km from town, it is a days trek up and down. Alternatively one can trek down to the plains and catch a bus to return to Yercaud.

The Estate adjoining known as Tipperary Estate was once a posh hotel catering to the elite of British India from 1930 to 1940. The night view from this spot-with the lights of Salem in the distance is mesmerizing. 2 km from town.

Educational Institutions

Montfort School Yercaud

Monfort School

The Montfort School and the Sacred Heart Convent are the two famous educational institutions at Yercaud imparting education mainly to boys and girls respectively. Montfort Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School was founded in 1917 by Rev. Bro. Eugene of the Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel congregation founded by Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort of Brittany, France. Louis Marie Grignikon de Montfort was canonized a Saint in 1947.

Its vast campus with attractive buildings, spacious play grounds, well planned and beautiful gardens, and a swimming pool which is the envy of all the schools in the South. Originally started for the sons of Europeans in the military, civil, plantation and other services, the first Indian students were admitted in 1928.

Montfort has grown into a premier boarding school in the country with 850 students studying from Standard III to Standard XII and has the most state-of-the-art facilities in academics, sports and other extra -curricular activities. Girls are admitted to Standards XI and XII.

Sacred Heart Convent, Yercaud (SHY) was founded in 1894 by Sister Valdebert Kelly and Sister Gertrude Banz of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Cluny founded by Sister Anne Marie Javouhey in France in 1812. Sister Anne Marie Javouhey was beatified in 1950.

In 1894, several residents of Yercaud were given lessons in English, French, Music, Painting, Singing and Embroidery. Soon an English-Medium School was opened and initially both boys and girls were admitted. Now, the school has grown to over 400 Girls from Standard I to Standard X and has become an exclusive girls school renowned for its academic excellence, all round development, extra and co-curricular activities. SHY celebrated its centenary in September 1994.for the well heeled traveler.

Sacred Heart Church, Yercaud


Do

The Yercaud boat house provides an ample opportunity to enjoy the scenic beauty of the hilly terrain through boat riding which one shouldn’t miss when visiting Yercaud. The boat riding is available for minimal costs.

  • GlenRock Estates, Near Pagoda Point , Kakkampadi Village, +91 9986026069, [1]. GlenRock Estate is a fully fledged coffee growing estate , oranges , bananas , pepper and a lot of other spices….has been there over 5 generations now , generations of the Bosen family in Yercaud have been looking after it . Now Mr.Gregory Bosen is the owner of this wonderful property. In between all this plantation lies , The Tree Houses , Tents , and Dormitories…..Your living with mother nature….absolutely quite , fresh air and sounds of birds….it is a perfect holiday destination….. Temperatures here in Summer go to a max of 26′ and can go as low as 14′ to 15′ . Check it out , have a look at our we site ….our prices are just unbeatable in Yercaud….

Eat

· The Regent Hill Side – Renowned for some of the best food in South India it offers contemporary gourmet cuisine with a focus on the highest quality ingredients fresh from the local markets each day. The dinner menu changes daily with a starter, main course and a choice of two delicious desserts. The cuisine is predominantly poultry with influences from Italian & Sri Lankan; our chef is equally at home making some of the most delicious & innovative Indian curries, string hoppers and sambars.

· Hotel Shevaroys has 3 restaurants serving multi-cuisine, Chinese and pure vegetarian (Hotel Malar) food respectively.

· Hotel Malar is not actually a hotel, but a restaurant.

· Capsicum fries are sold by roadside vendors by the lake. They look pretty formidable but are not hot to taste, only hot to touch. To be eaten hot from the pan only.

· Next to the Yercaud lake, you will find a lot of pakodewalas who sell Mirchi Bhajji (Fried Green Chillies), Egg bonda with spicy chutny (Sauce). Nice and very cheap to eat.

Travels

  • Sri Saravana Travels, Contact:94434221281, 04281-223149.

Medicals

  • Sri Saravana Medicals, Contact: 04281-223149, 9443421281.

Sterling Resort - Valley View

Stay

· The Regent Hill Side Resort, the first hotel in Yercaud, this colonial building was built in 1860. It was run as a hotel till 1940 after which the owners left to England. It has now been now restarted as a hotel and resort after 40 years being used as a getaway bungalow by the Kaliappan family.

· The hotel which exudes a country house atmosphere has 4 highly individual bedrooms, it is well known for its fine dining, its privacy, and its eclectic collection of artwork, fine old photograph collection, books and furniture.

· There are plenty of scenic holiday cottages that are built on the hill slopes.

· Check out Star-holidays which is just a mile away from the lake.

· GRT Nature Trails – Sky Roca hotel is a lovely resort at the top of the mountain. Hotel is set into the hillside with great views of Salem. Includes a “glass bottom”, walkway, good restaurant.

· GlenRock Estates – Near Pagoda Point . A fantastic coffee growing estate with other spices….In between this is where you stay , on Tree Houses , Tents & dormitories for co-orporate groups….all at an unbeatable price in Yercaud .

· Hotel Grand palace is another popular hotel in Yercaud. Sterling Resorts also is a good place to stay with rich scenic beauty around the cottages

· There are many good hotels available at Yercaud for nominal cost. You can also check out religious residences for simple and neat stay. [Belongs to Brothers, Sisters and Fathers of Christian Missionaries].

Night Stay at Yercaud is a very pleasant experience.

Sterling Resorts

Hotel Name

Identification

Contact

Web

The Regent Hill Side Resort

Near to Lake

Mr.Vishu Kaliappa,
Mobile: 91-94437 00000
E-mail: vishukaliappa@gmail.com

enjoyyercaud.com

Rahm’s House , Own by Brothers of Holy Cross

500 m from Montfort School.

Mr. Balu,

Ph: 91-4281-223372

Star Holidays Inc

Next to Lake

Mr. Murli,

Ph: 91-4281-223337, 223338, Mobile : 9443553618

[2]

Hotel Grand Palace

Near to Lake

Ph: 91-4281-223481-86, Fax : 223489

[3]

Hotel Shevaroys

Near to Lake

Ph: (4281) – 222288 , 222383 , 222384

[4]
E-mail: shevaroyshotel@yahoo.co.in

Hotel Tamil Nadu

Next to Lake

Tilakam Nest

Ph: 91-4281-223410

Classic Cottage

Ph: 91-4281-223388, 223399

Hotel SKT Residency

Ph: 91-4281-291633, 291634

Kongu Resort

Ph: 91-4281-223178, 223278

Silver Holidays

Ph: 91-4281-222656, 222541

Thendral Resort

Near Montfort School

Ph: 91-4281-222800, Mobile: 94433 49204

Hotel Yercaud International

[5]

Sterling Resort

Near Lady’s Seat

(4281) – 222700 , 222706 , 222708

Grange Resort

Glass House (Retreat House & Guest House)

Rahm’s Road, Near Five Roads, Yercaud, Salem Dist, Tamil Nadu, S. India

Ph: 91-4281-222262, 222401

E-mail Id: [houseofpeaceycd@yahoo.com]

Clifton Inn

Rahm’s Road, Near Five Roads

Ph: 91-4281-222911, Mobile: +91 99524 21099

Glenrock Estate

An eco friendly camp with Tree Houses

Mobile: 99761 80405 , 09986026069 ( For booking through Bangalore )

Climate

The climate is uniformly cool and pleasant throughout the year. The temperatures range from a maximum of 30 degrees Celsius to a minimum of 13 degrees Celsius.

Clothing

Light cottons with a pullover or some other light woolen in winter.

Getting In:

Reach Salem and then it is 22 km uphill.

By Air

The nearest Airports Kamalapuram , Omalur (30 km) Trichy (163 km), Bangalore (230 km) and Coimbatore (190 km). Both are connected to Chennai (Madras).

By Rail

The nearest railway station is Salem Junction – 38 km. away.

There are a number of trains passing through. Among the most convenient trains to and from Chennai are the overnight Yercaud Express and the daytime Kovai Express. There are also a number of trains from Cochin, Trivandrum, Mangalore and Bangalore.

By Road

There are good roads connecting Yercaud to various places in South via. Salem.

It is 358 km from Chennai (via. Tindivanam)

(A better way would be to take the Bangalore highway and after the third toll gate take a left to take the road to with a sign board showing the direction to Yelagiri Hills then proceed via Tirupattur, Harur, Uthangarai till you reach the bamboo forest at Manjavadi Kanavai. From there about in about 15 kilometres is a village named Kuppanur. Take a right turn there to reach Yercaud in 30 kilometres).

222 km from Bangalore (via. Hosur – Krishnagiri – Dharmapuri – Salem – Yercaud)

190 km from Coimbatore (via. Avinashi)

163 km from Trichy (via. Namakkal)

271 km from Madurai (via. Karur) 80 km from Mettur (via. Toppur)

Salem 36 km.

Chennai 355 km.

Bangalore 265 km.

Hogennakkal 145 km. (via. Dharmapuri)

176 km from Tiruvannamalai (via. Harur)

There are regular bus services between Yercaud and Salem, which is connected to Madras, Madurai, Tiruchirapalli, Tiruvannamalai, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Pondicherry and Tirupati among other places.

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Conclusion

It is eas ily accessible – just a one our drive from Salem. And certainly is the cheapest hill station. But things are changing. More and more tourists are pouring in. Estate prices are rising.

On the Ghat road to Yercaud, you will see numerous Rhesus monkeys sitting on the roadsides waiting for tit bits. There are Coffee estates and plantations growing pepper, citrus fruits – mainly oranges, bananas, pears and jackfruit. There are plenty of Silver Oak and other trees. Once upon a time, there were Sandalwood trees, too.

Trekking, bird watching and sheer lazying around could be some of the most pleasurable ways to spend a vacation. You will come across numerous types of plants and flowers.

100 Kms from Salem is Hogennakkal which can be done as a one day excursion on the way to Yercaud or back. At Hogennakkal one can do boating in saucer shaped country boats and row right into waterfalls.

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Yercaud – Lake amidst the Forests

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Yercaud is a small hill station perched on the Shevaroys Hills in Salem District of Tamil Nadu.

Surrounded on all sides by hot plains, the Shevaroys are a range of hills on the Eastern Ghats which rise steeply to 1624 metres (5,410 feet). The entire range, encompassing 67 tribal villages, covers an area of 384 sq. km. The total population (according to 1991 census) is 36,863.

History

Yercaud is concerned, it was discovered by Mr. M. D. Cockburn, then Collector of Salem. Cockburn visited Yercaud in 1820 A.D. and put up a small hut which is now known as Grange Estate.

During the revolt of 1857, the building was fortified into a castle like building and is an important landmark today. The Ghat road to Yercaud was sanctioned and work started in the 1850s. But work was stopped in 1857 due to the Indian Mutiny.

Work on the present Ghat road from Salem to Yercaud was started in 1900 and the road was opened for motor vehicles in 1903.

However, the first motor car was brought up much earlier in a packing crate, assembled and driven around the Loop Road. After completion of the Mettur Dam on the Cauvery River in 1929, electricity came to Yercaud in 1930 and supply was extended to other Tribal Villages after 1970.

Coffee
During 1820 to 1829, Mr. M. D. Cockburn, introduced coffee from Arabia and apples and other fruits from South Africa. From here, coffee spread to all over the Nilgiris. Coffee grows well on slopes at altitudes between 900 metres (3,000 feet) and 1,500 metres (5,000 feet). The mild temperature between 13C (56 F) and 29 C (84F), moderate rainfall between 1,270 mm (50″) and 1,524 mm (60″) distributed evenly between the Southwest and Northeast Monsoons and the high elevation on the Shevaroy hills combine to provide ideal climatic conditions for the production of high grade Coffee.

Yercaud Lake

The centre of attraction is the lake. Surrounded by gardens and trees, the lake has a lovely fountain, installed by Madras Aluminum Company Limited, throwing up spurts of water.

You can do boating in 4-seater row boats, peddle boats, or in the newer swan shaped peddle boats.

Anna Park– This is a lovely garden near the Lake.

Government Orchidarium (2 kilometres)

Orchidarium-Botanical Survey of India. This is one of two Orchidariums run by the Botanical survey of India. It has a large collection of native orchids. One can see:

· The rare Ladies Slipper,

· An insect eating Orchid.

· A rare tree Shevaroys Bombax which was reported on one of the private estates has also been identified and multiplied in this farm. A treat for plant lovers.

· A “Bell Rock” in the BSI campus makes bell sound when you hit with stone. You have to climb to reach the rock. The entrance ticket will be Rs. 3/- for adult and Rs 10 /- for Camera. It remain closed on Sundays and National Holidays. The minimum time can be spent: 25 min for laymen few days for Nature lovers.



The Loop Road
The 34 kms. long Loop Road was traced by an Englishman Mr. Surgeon in 1824. It starts and ends at the Lake, covering several tribal villages including Yercaud, Nagalur, Semmanatham, Vellakadi, and Manjakuttai. A drive on the Loop Road is most enjoyable.

Shevarayan Temple

The Shevarayan Perumal Temple is, a flat-topped hill with a plateau, perched high up near the summit of the highest peak of the Shevaroys at 1,624 metres (5,410 feet).

The view from the summit on all sides is magnificent, one looks down on a mass of mountains and hills far and near, with the plains spread out like a map between the Shevaroys and the nearest hills. The Yercaud town and Nagalur is well seen from this hill. The Shervarayan Temple is situated at the top of this hill. It is dedicated to Lord Shervaroyan. The temple itself is a narrow and dark cave and seated inside are God Shervarayan and Goddess Kaveri representing the Shervaroyan Hills and the river Kaveri.

The annual festival in the month of May is a colour event in which thousands of tribal people of the hill take part.

Lady’s Seat, Gents Seat and Childrens Seat

This is a cluster of Rocks on the South West of the Yercaud hills over looking the ghat road and the town of Salem to the South. There is a natural rock formation in the form of a seat where reportedly a white English Lady of yester years spent her evenings viewing the magnificent panorama before ones eyes. There is a sheer drop of about 200 feet at this point into a private estate in the valley below. There is a man made viewing tower with Telescopes. One can see the magnesite deposits on the plains and on clear days a view of Mettur Dam. One should not miss the night view of the Salem town with millions of twinkling lights. On the right of Lady’s Seat are Sterling Resorts, Gent’s Seat and Children’s Seat. There is a mini park and it is a breath taking spot for a picnic. 2 km from town.

Pagoda Point

Pagoda Point is another vantage view point. This lies on the Eastern side of the Yercaud hills and is also known as Pyramid Point. The name comes from the hill tribes having made four piles of random stones in a Pagoda or Pyramid formation reportedly to mark some event.

Today there is a Rama Temple which lies between these Pagodas. One can get a grand view of Attur and Ayothiapattinam from this picnic spot. 5 km from town.

Kiliyur Falls

This delightfully breathtaking water falls is 3 km from the Yercaud Lake and should be visited after the South West or North East Monsoon. The surplus water from the Yercaud Lake and the other reaches of the Shevaroys Hills fall deep into the Kiliyur Valley in a breath taking 300 feet fall. The views from the bottom and top of the falls are breathtaking.

The trek to the bottom of the falls is only for hardcore trekkers as it takes about one hour from the lake to reach the bottom of lthe falls which is heavily wooded, but a good 2½ hours to get ones breath and trek back again. 7 km from town.

The Retreat

The Retreat belongs to a Religious Society founded by St. Don Bosco (1815-1888). The Saint wanted his spiritual son, popularly known as Salesians of Don Bosco, to work for the poor land abandoned youth through schools, technical institutes, agricultural and trade schools. The Retreat serves as a Novitiate house where students of the religious order stay and study.

Yercaud Town

The Yercaud town is situated at an altitude of 4700 feet. The Taluk headquarters is in Yercaud. The town has a number of seminaries and convents where brothers and sisters of various religious orders have their training schools. The Monfort School and Sacred Heart Convent are famous in the country. There is a large native Shandy (bazaar) every Sunday and a smaller one on Wednesdays, where vegetables (Chiefly native produce) and fruits are sold.

The Big Lake Or Emerald Lake

The first thing one sees as you enter the Yercaud town is this placid lake in a wonderful surrounding of hills and natural shoals. Also a beautifully landscaped garden on one bank. It has boating facility. This lake is the only natural lake among all the hill station lakes in the South. A floating fountain is constructed by MALCO , at the center of the lake. The lake is surrounded by a “Deer Park” and “leisure park” and “Tamil Nadu Hotel”. Boat services are available at reasonable rate [Rs. 75 /- for 2 seats and Rs. 95 /- for 4 seats]. Self Pedaling [15 min] and Rowing boats [30 min] are available. You have to pay the same amount as caution deposit. The safety measures are followed strictly. The minimum time can be spent: 20 min.

The Natural shoal seen around the Petrol Bunk, Round Tana and adjoining the Anna Park are about the oldest shoals of natural species of trees that one can see around the Shevaroys. Another shoal of this type can be seen adjoining the Orchidarium. In the interests of conservation this last stronghold of original trees should be preserved and replenished for the future.

Anna Park:

The park is situated next to the Lake. It is typical park used to host the “Flower Show” in the month of May. The “Japanese Park” inside Anna Park is a must see. Children can play around and elders can take rest. The entrance ticket will be Rs. 2/- for adult and Rs 10 /- for Camera. The minimum time can be spent: 30 min for laymen.

Arthur Seat

A bird’s eye view of the Big Lake, Yercaud Town and the Shevaroyan Peak is available from this vantage point, which is reached by taking the steep road going north from the centre point of town 1 km from town.

Horticulture Farm It has “Rose Garden” and “Children Seat”. The Rose Garden is filled with various verities of Roses from Button Rose to Very Big Rose. A “Green Rose” plant is grown along with beautiful rose plants. Saplings of various plants are available at reasonable price. The entrance ticket will be Rs. 2/- for adult and Rs 10 /- for Camera. The minimum time can be spent: 35 min for laymen few days for Nature lovers.

One can also see the cultivation of Mulberries, the growing of silk worms and the method of spinning silk. The Rose Garden – one can see a good collection of colourful Roses and also purchase nursery plants from here 2 km from town.

Monfort School

Monfort School was established in 1917 in Yercaud by the untiring effort of Bro. Denis. The school was named after the founder of the Order of St. Gabriel, St. Louis Marie Grignoin de Monfort. Its vast campus with attractive buildings, spacious play grounds, well planned and beautiful gardens, and a swimming pool which is the envy of all the schools in the South.

Sri Raja Rajeswari Temple

This temple was founded by Tirukovilur Thapovanam Srila Sri Gnanananda Giri Swamigals Parampara Disciple HH Swami Poornananda Giri in the year 1983 and now succeeded by his son V Sri. In this temple the Godess Sri Raja Rajeswari is seen surrounded by a plethora of Gods.

Bears Cave

This is a private property to which one does not have access except with permission. The old European Bungalow was once owned by Norton a famous Criminal lawyer of Chennai. Adjoining this bungalow is a cave which goes deep into the hill. After the first 60 feet or so one has to go down on all fours to proceed further in.

The Grange, Yercaud

This is one of the oldest buildings in Yercaud, built some time in the 1820’s MD Cockburn the then Collector established the first commercial plantation in this area and planted Coffee, Oranges, Apples and other fruit trees brought from South Africa. The other coffee plantations in Tamil Nadu are said to have originated from this humble beginning.

During the Sepoy Mutiny, great efforts were made to strengthen the roof and ramparts were built with Gun emplacements and 3 Canons were mounted at vantage points. A large cellar was made to hold provisions for about 6 months in case there was a long siege and the Europeans of the Area had to hold off insurgents. Well this never happened and all was peaceful during those years. There is a well planned and executed Resort alongside the Grange, set amidst coffee & Orange plantations and Silver Oak Trees, a delightful get away for the well heeled traveler.

They even have ATV tours around the estate.

http://www.grangeresort.com/

Kottachedu Teak Forest

The hills tribes who cultivated these lands are said to have abandoned this area after plague struck the area. These lands were than utilized by the Government for a Teak Wood plantation. Vaniar River passes through this Teak forest and leads to the Vaniar Dam. Bisons are frequently seen in the Teak Forest. 11 km from town.

Tipperary View Point

One can reach this southern most view point of Yercaud by taking the Tipperary Road. From there one can see the Elephant Tooth Rocks – two rocks about 120′ high and consists of pure white quartz – which are reportedly said to be the remnants of a meteorite which fell to earth. It is pure white rock compared to the Black Granite available on these hills. Easy to climb up but hard to climb down as the material is soft and crumbles beneath your feet. 9 km from town, it is a days trek up and down. Alternatively one can trek down to the plains and catch a bus to return to Yercaud.

The Estate adjoining known as Tipperary Estate was once a posh hotel catering to the elite of British India from 1930 to 1940. The night view from this spot-with the lights of Salem in the distance is mesmerizing. 2 km from town.

Educational Institutions (1 and 1.5 kilometres)

The Montfort School and the Sacred Heart Convent are the two famous educational institutions at Yercaud imparting education mainly to boys and girls respectively. Montfort Anglo-Indian Higher Secondary School was founded in 1917 by Rev. Bro. Eugene of the Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel congregation founded by Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort of Brittany, France. Louis Marie Grignikon de Montfort was canonized a Saint in 1947.

Originally started for the sons of Europeans in the military, civil, plantation and other services, the first Indian students were admitted in 1928.

Montfort has grown into a premier boarding school in the country with 850 students studying from Standard III to Standard XII and has the most state-of-the-art facilities in academics, sports and other extra -curricular activities. Girls are admitted to Standards XI and XII.

Sacred Heart Convent, Yercaud (SHY) was founded in 1894 by Sister Valdebert Kelly and Sister Gertrude Banz of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Cluny founded by Sister Anne Marie Javouhey in France in 1812. Sister Anne Marie Javouhey was beatified in 1950.


In 1894, several residents of Yercaud were given lessons in English, French, Music, Painting, Singing and Embroidery. Soon an English-Medium School was opened and initially both boys and girls were admitted. Now, the school has grown to over 400 Girls from Standard I to Standard X and has become an exclusive girls school renowned for its academic excellence, all round development, extra and co-curricular activities. SHY celebrated its centenary in September 1994.

Do

The Yercaud boat house provides an ample opportunity to enjoy the scenic beauty of the hilly terrain through boat riding which one shouldn’t miss when visiting Yercaud. The boat riding is available for minimal costs.

  • GlenRock Estates, Near Pagoda Point , Kakkampadi Village, +91 9986026069, [1]. GlenRock Estate is a fully fledged coffee growing estate , oranges , bananas , pepper and a lot of other spices….has been there over 5 generations now , generations of the Bosen family in Yercaud have been looking after it . Now Mr.Gregory Bosen is the owner of this wonderful property. In between all this plantation lies , The Tree Houses , Tents , and Dormitories…..Your living with mother nature….absolutely quite , fresh air and sounds of birds….it is a perfect holiday destination….. Temperatures here in Summer go to a max of 26′ and can go as low as 14′ to 15′ . Check it out , have a look at our we site ….our prices are just unbeatable in Yercaud….

Eat

· The Regent Hill Side – Renowned for some of the best food in South India it offers contemporary gourmet cuisine with a focus on the highest quality ingredients fresh from the local markets each day. The dinner menu changes daily with a starter, main course and a choice of two delicious desserts. The cuisine is predominantly poultry with influences from Italian & Sri Lankan; our chef is equally at home making some of the most delicious & innovative Indian curries, string hoppers and sambars.

· Hotel Shevaroys has 3 restaurants serving multi-cuisine, Chinese and pure vegetarian (Hotel Malar) food respectively.

· Hotel Malar is not actually a hotel, but a restaurant.

· Capsicum fries are sold by roadside vendors by the lake. They look pretty formidable but are not hot to taste, only hot to touch. To be eaten hot from the pan only.

· Next to the Yercaud lake, you will find a lot of pakodewalas who sell Mirchi Bhajji (Fried Green Chillies), Egg bonda with spicy chutny (Sauce). Nice and very cheap to eat.

Available Travels

  • Sri Saravana Travels, Contact:94434221281, 04281-223149.

Medicals

  • Sri Saravana Medicals, Contact: 04281-223149, 9443421281.

Stay

· The Regent Hill Side Resort, the first hotel in Yercaud, this colonial building was built in 1860. It was run as a hotel till 1940 after which the owners left to England. It has now been now restarted as a hotel and resort after 40 years being used as a getaway bungalow by the Kaliappan family.

· The hotel which exudes a country house atmosphere has 4 highly individual bedrooms, it is well known for its fine dining, its privacy, and its eclectic collection of artwork, fine old photograph collection, books and furniture.

· There are plenty of scenic holiday cottages that are built on the hill slopes.

· Check out Star-holidays which is just a mile away from the lake.

· GRT Nature Trails – Sky Roca hotel is a lovely resort at the top of the mountain. Hotel is set into the hillside with great views of Salem. Includes a “glass bottom”, walkway, good restaurant.

· GlenRock Estates – Near Pagoda Point . A fantastic coffee growing estate with other spices….In between this is where you stay , on Tree Houses , Tents & dormitories for co-orporate groups….all at an unbeatable price in Yercaud .

· Hotel Grand palace is another popular hotel in Yercaud. Sterling Resorts also is a good place to stay with rich scenic beauty around the cottages

· There are many good hotels available at Yercaud for nominal cost. You can also check out religious residences for simple and neat stay. [Belongs to Brothers, Sisters and Fathers of Christian Missionaries].

Night Stay at Yercaud is a very pleasant experience.

Hotel Name

Identification

Contact

Web

The Regent Hill Side Resort

Near to Lake

Mr.Vishu Kaliappa,
Mobile: 91-94437 00000
E-mail: vishukaliappa@gmail.com

enjoyyercaud.com

Rahm’s House , Own by Brothers of Holy Cross

500 m from Montfort School.

Mr. Balu,

Ph: 91-4281-223372

Star Holidays Inc

Next to Lake

Mr. Murli,

Ph: 91-4281-223337, 223338, Mobile : 9443553618

[2]

Hotel Grand Palace

Near to Lake

Ph: 91-4281-223481-86, Fax : 223489

[3]

Hotel Shevaroys

Near to Lake

Ph: (4281) – 222288 , 222383 , 222384

[4]
E-mail: shevaroyshotel@yahoo.co.in

Hotel Tamil Nadu

Next to Lake

Tilakam Nest

Ph: 91-4281-223410

Classic Cottage

Ph: 91-4281-223388, 223399

Hotel SKT Residency

Ph: 91-4281-291633, 291634

Kongu Resort

Ph: 91-4281-223178, 223278

Silver Holidays

Ph: 91-4281-222656, 222541

Thendral Resort

Near Montfort School

Ph: 91-4281-222800, Mobile: 94433 49204

Hotel Yercaud International

[5]

Sterling Resort

Near Lady’s Seat

(4281) – 222700 , 222706 , 222708

Grange Resort

Glass House (Retreat House & Guest House)

Rahm’s Road, Near Five Roads, Yercaud, Salem Dist, Tamil Nadu, S. India

Ph: 91-4281-222262, 222401

E-mail Id: [houseofpeaceycd@yahoo.com]

Clifton Inn

Rahm’s Road, Near Five Roads

Ph: 91-4281-222911, Mobile: +91 99524 21099

Glenrock Estate

An eco friendly camp with Tree Houses

Mobile: 99761 80405 , 09986026069 ( For booking through Bangalore )

Climate

The climate is uniformly cool and pleasant throughout the year. The temperatures range from a maximum of 30 degrees Celsius to a minimum of 13 degrees Celsius.

Clothing

Light cottons with a pullover or some other light woolen in winter.

Getting In:

Get in

How to reach Yercaud. Reach Salem and then it is 22 km uphill.

By Air

The nearest Airports Kamalapuram , Omalur (30 km) Trichy (163 km), Bangalore (230 km) and Coimbatore (190 km). Both are connected to Chennai (Madras).

Railway

The nearest railway station is Salem Junction – 38 km. away.
There are a number of trains passing through. Among the most convenient trains to and from Chennai are the overnight Yercaud Express and the daytime Kovai Express. There are also a number of trains from Cochin, Trivandrum, Mangalore and Bangalore.

Road

There are good roads connecting Yercaud to various places in South via. Salem.

It is 358 km from Chennai (via. Tindivanam)

(A better way would be to take the Bangalore highway and after the third toll gate take a left to take the road to with a sign board showing the direction to Yelagiri Hills then proceed via Tirupattur, Harur, Uthangarai till you reach the bamboo forest at Manjavadi Kanavai. From there about in about 15 kilometres is a village named Kuppanur. Take a right turn there to reach Yercaud in 30 kilometres).

222 km from Bangalore (via. Hosur – Krishnagiri – Dharmapuri – Salem – Yercaud)

190 km from Coimbatore (via. Avinashi)

163 km from Trichy (via. Namakkal)

271 km from Madurai (via. Karur) 80 km from Mettur (via. Toppur)

Salem 36 km.

Chennai 355 km.

Bangalore 265 km.

Hogennakkal 145 km. (via. Dharmapuri)

176 km from Tiruvannamalai (via. Harur)

There are regular bus services between Yercaud and Salem, which is connected to Madras, Madurai, Tiruchirapalli, Tiruvannamalai, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Pondicherry and Tirupati among other places.

Conclusion

It is easily accessible – just a one our drive from Salem. And certainly is the cheapest hill station. But things are changing. More and more tourists are pouring in. Estate prices are rising.
On the Ghat road to Yercaud, you will see numerous Rhesus monkeys sitting on the roadsides waiting for tit bits. There are Coffee estates and plantations growing pepper, citrus fruits – mainly oranges, bananas, pears and jackfruit. There are plenty of Silver Oak and other trees. Once upon a time, there were Sandalwood trees, too.

Trekking, bird watching and sheer lazying around could be some of the most pleasurable ways to spend a vacation. You will come across numerous types of plants and flowers.

100 Kms from Salem is Hogennakkal which can be done as a one day excursion on the way to Yercaud or back. At Hogennakkal one can do boating in saucer shaped country boats and row right into waterfalls.

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Responses

  1. nice place yan yentral nanun anku irunthavan but ippoa chennai el irukann

  2. Thanks for writing a very detailed travel info. The photos are really amazing.
    Excellent work.

    Cheers,
    Sree


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