Yercaud is a beautiful Indian hill station in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu.
The misty hills, spectacular viewpoints 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.
Yercaud is known for its plantations of coffee, orange, jackfruit, guava, cardamom and black pepper. 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:
The Botanical Garden is a 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.
The garden houses an Orchidarium and a green house. This Orchidarium showcases 250 different species of orchids. Of these, about 30 orchids has been declared as endangered by the Indian Horticulture Department. It is the third largest Orchidarium in India and also one of two Orchidariums run by the Botanical Survey of India.
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’ plants that bloom once in twelve years, are the pride of this orchid garden.
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.
Flanked by lofty hills and natural shores, the Emerald Lake is a wonderful site and provides stunning, panoramic views of the hills and lush green lawns of this quaint hill station.
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 on 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 best places to visit in Yercaud.
There is a watch tower equipped with a 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 lights twinkling in Salem town. Lady’s Seat also offers the stunning views of the sunset.
Servaroyan Temple / Shevaroy Temple
Shevaroyan Temple is a famous Hindu temple situated atop Shevaroyan hill in Yercaud town of Tamil Nadu. 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.
Believed to be 2000 years old, 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 significance.
As the temple is situated at the highest point of the Servaroyan range, it offers the most pristine view of the Mettur Dam and its surrounding plains. The path leading to this holy Servaroyan temple is awe-inspiring and extremely enthralling.
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 tranquility.
Pagoda Point offers the most sprawling outlook of Yercaud and its enchanting surroundings. There is a Sri Rama Temple situated near the Pagodas which is an important pilgrimage site for the locals. 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.