The Natural Wonders of Yercaud
Yercaud is nestled in the Shevaroys range amidst the Eastern Ghats in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu. Elevated at an altitude of 1515 meters (4970 feet) above the sea level, Yercaud is a picturesque destination perfect for weekend getaways. Perched amidst the green hills of the Eastern Ghats, the breath-taking beauty of this tiny hill station makes this a must visit place. There are many things to do in Yercaud and must-try local cuisines you cannot miss here. The name of the hill station is based on the name of the lake which is settled at the core of Yercaud. In the Tamil language, the word Yeri depicts Lake and Kaadu depicts forest, which sums up Lake Forest.
Yercaud can be chosen for any type of holiday. Be it a family vacation, tripping with friends or a romantic honeymoon, the place will not disappoint you. Yercaud is brimmed with several places that one can visit and activities that one can experience while on their visit to this hill station. Here are few must-visit places in Yercaud such as Servarayan Temple, Yercaud Lake, Pagoda Point, Kiliyur Waterfall, Lady’s Seat, Bear’s cave, Kottachedu Teak Forest, etc. Servarayan Temple, situated at a height of 1623 meters (5326 feet), is also the highest point in Yercaud.
Yercaud is prominent for its plantations of jackfruit, cardamom, coffee, black pepper, and orange. Due to the misty weather, Yercaud is highly ideal for these plantations. The highly rich forests are full of silver oaks, sandalwood, and teak. Apart from flora, a wide variety of fauna can also be found in the thick forest of Yercaud including snakes, bison, foxes, deer, squirrels, sparrows, kites, bulbuls, swallows, mongooses and few more.
The best time to visit Yercaud is from October to June. It usually takes 1-2 days to visit all the places in Yercaud.
Here are some of the must-visit places that should not be missed in Yercaud.
Situated in the center of the scenic hill station named Yercaud, this lake is one of the most popular places among all. It offers spectacular views of the lush green hills of the Shevalroy range. It is girded by open gardens and scenic woods which enhances the tranquillity of the place. Yercaud Lake has also some nearby eateries where one can have delicious local cuisines. Apart from all this, a wide range of activities are available at the lake site including boating in the lake. Boating in the lake can be one of the most pleasurable experience that one can have at this place. The lake offers one of the best boating experiences in the entire hill station.
32 KM Loop Road
If plantation interests you then this place should be on your list. The 32 KM loop road is a 32 kilometer stretch in the town, which starts from the Yercaud Lake and passes through the scenic road of Yercaud and its agricultural plantations. The place is a blend of culture and nature of Yercaud. One can also experience the history of the town by crossing through that Loop Road stretch. The stretch will amaze you with the breath-taking views, local people and their culture, language and natural beauty. This 32-kilometer loop road stretch also goes towards the villages of Nagalur, Kaveri peak, Manjakuttai, and Semmantham. One can experience a variety of coffees while traveling through these villages.
Undoubtedly, this temple is one of the must-visit places in Yercaud. Being the highest point of the hill station, it is quite famous in the vicinity. The temple offers splendid views of the hills and the valleys. Servaroyan Temple was built by the ancient tribes of Yercaud and it is dedicated to the Goddess Kaveri. Apart from views of hills, the temple also offers clear and great views of the Mettur Dam. The temple remains in the misty environment most of the time which enhances the beauty of this place. The route leading to the temple is also breathtaking and enthralling, which make this place an ideal one for adventure seekers. The rugged terrain on the route will surely give a thrilling experience.
The whole south India is blessed with some major and beautiful waterfalls. Out of all, Kiliyur is also one waterfall which gives you a heavenly experience. The 300 feet high waterfall will amaze you and leave you in awe. The waterfall is a situated in a serene location, far from the hustle bustle of the town. It is the best place for people who want some solitude with natural beauty. The route leading to the waterfall is also thrilling and contains few rugged stretches. The best time to visit the waterfall is during the monsoons as the water level remains quite good and ultimately provides a mesmerizing experience. One can also take a bath in the waterfall to have an unforgettable experience.
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