Yercaud is a beautiful hill station in Salem district of Tamil Nadu. The misty hills, spectacularviewpoints,and abundance of tourist attractions making this sleepy hill station a mesmerizing holiday destination and also one of the popular tourist places to visit in Tamilnadu. Named after Yercaud Lake, the town was developed by Sir Thomas Munroe, erstwhile governor of Madras Presidency in 1842. Yercaud is known for its plantations of coffee, orange, jackfruit, guava, cardamom and black pepper.
Nestled in lush green plains, luxuriant hills and breathtaking scenic beauty, Yercaud is a destination that can be explored during a romantic honeymoon, family vacations, or while vacationing with friends. As part of the Shevaroy range of hills in the Eastern Ghats, Yercaud has several tourist places to explore. Here are some of the best places to visit in Yercaud:
Big Lake / Yercaud Lake
Big Lake or Yercaud Lake is a natural lake situated in the heart of Yercaud town. Popularly known as Emerald Lake, this lake is the only natural lake among all the hill station lakes in South India and also one of the best Yercaud tourist places. The lake is surrounded by gardens and well wooded trees. There is also a floating fountain in the lake which increases the appeal of the garden. Apart from this, tourists can also enjoy a wide range of activities at the lake, including boating. The boat ride in the quaint waters of the lake is a memorable experience. The Deer Park and Leisure Park located on the banks of the Big Lake also attract a number of tourists to enjoy some peaceful moments in serenity.
Lady’s Seat is a cluster of rocks formed naturally in the shape of a seat on the South West of Shevaroy hills in Yercaud. Located very close to Pagoda Point, Lady’s Seat is one of the prime Yercaud places to visit and also one of the most scenic places in Yercaud. There is a watch tower equipped with telescope so as to enjoy the beautiful view of Mettur Dam and Salem town. The view from Lady’s Seat is more spectacular at night with thousands of light twinkling in Salem town. Lady’s Seat also offers the stunning views of the sunset.
Botanical Garden is picturesque well laid garden in the Yercaud town of Tamil Nadu. Housing various exotic species of flowers and plants, the Botanical Garden is a must visit place for nature lovers and also one of the top places to visit in Yercaud. The garden is divided in to different sections like foliage garden, topiary garden, bonsai garden, butterfly garden, herbal garden, rock garden, water garden and sensory garden. Apart from orchids, there is also an amazing range of rare plants and flowers in the garden. The spectacular ‘Insect Eating Pitcher’ plants and the ‘Neelakurinji’ plant those blooms once in twelve years are the pride of this orchid garden.
Pagoda Point is one of the popular viewpoints located in Yercaud. The place has got its name due to the presence of four piles of stones that have been arranged in the shape of a pyramid which resembles the temple tower and is said to be built by the local tribes. Also known as Pyramid Point, Pagoda Point is the perfect getaway to embrace the mind with solace and tranquillity. Pagoda Point offers the most sprawling outlook of Yercaud and its enchanting surroundings. The viewpoint offers amazing sunrise and sunset views. Tourists can enjoy beautiful views of the town of Salem along with Kakambadi village from this point.
Shevaroyan Temple is a famous Hindu temple situated atop Shevaroyan hill in Yercaud town of Tamil Nadu. Situated at an altitude of 5326 feet, this is the highest point in Yercaud Hills and also one of the best places to visit in Yercaud. Built by the ancient tribes of Yercaud, this cave temple is dedicated to Lord Shevaroyan and Goddess Kaveri. It is a common belief among the locals that Goddess Kaveri is believed to be the guardian deity of the 67 villages located around Yercaud. Shevaroyan Temple is a serene, pious and one of the most beautiful places of interest that will instantly fill your heart with its captivating structures, fringed with historical and religious significances. The path leading to this holy Servaroyan temple is awe-inspiring and extremely enthralling.