Yercaud is a small hill station in the Shevaroy Hills near Salem at a height of 1500 meters, a nice getaway from Coimbatore ( 200km ), quiet and serene, surrounded by coffee plantations, ideal for walks and relaxing. The annual summer festival is in May when there are boat races on the artificial lake; flower shows and fruits flood the stalls. Not only is it popular with holidaymakers, but also with companies who now hold incentive meetings and conferences in the pleasant surroundings of this delightful town.
The best time in Yercaud is in the warmer months between May and October. May and June are the months when tourist activity is high. The nearest railway stations are the two in Salem (36 km) and the nearest airport is at Trichy (180 km). There are direct trains from Chennai, Coimbatore and Bangalore. Many buses pass through Yercaud on their way to and from Salem, which is a mid-size industrial town. You could drive up to Yercaud by rented car, taxi or bus from any of these nodal points. The range on accommodation is limited but there are some decent mid-rung hotels at Yercaud. You'll probably walk around in town or rent a car to wander around the region.
FESTIVAL: Religion Pilgrimage Festivals offers pilgrimage tour packages like Vaishno Devi, golden temple, amarnath yatra, Radhaswami Dera, Rishikesh & Haridwar, Chardham yatra, Shirdi-Sai baba, Gujarat temple, Tirupati balaji and many other religious tour packages.
Yeracud experiences a moderate and healthy climate all through the year and is perfect to visit at any time of the year. The calm environ of Yeracud often lead it to be called as the Ooty of the poor.
Salem (30 Kms): This is the largest city in the region and has some old temples but is basically known for its industries, mainly steel, sago and hand weaving.
Namakkal (48kms): The town lies at the foot of a small hillock which is about 200 feet high and about half mile in circumference. There is a fort on the hillock. There are two rock-cut cave temples here, one dedicated to Narasimhaswamy and the other to Ranganathaswamy. There is also a big Hanuman statue of about 20' height here carved out of a single stone.
Aragalur (74 kms.): Aragalur is about 4 kms South East of Talaivasal on the right back of Vasishtanadhi. The name of the village in Tamil means " Village of six trenches . The village was ruled by a prince named Ekambara Mudaliyar. It has two imposing temples, one is dedicated to Sri Kameswara and the other to Karivaradaperumal. There is a big Budhdha statue at Thiyanganur village on the outskirts of Aragalur Village.
Kodumanal (40 kms.): It is a tiny village on the banks of the Noyil river. it is an archaelogical site dating back to the 2nd century BC. Hre lies the remains of a megalithic settlement.
Yercaud , Hogenakkal, Kuttalam
Bear's Cave Yercaud
Bhavani (50 Kms): The Sangameswarar temple here is situated at the confluence of the rivers Bhavani and Kaveri. It is one of the most important pilgrims centres in South India.
Vedanthangal (85 kms.): Vedanthangal is one of the largest bird sancturies in India. It is a marshy, 30 hectare park with lake visited by over 1,00,000 migratory birds every year. The majority of these birds can be seen between November and February. The variety of birds include Herons, Darters, Spoonbills, Pelicans, Sandpipers, White Ibis, Cormorants,Blue winged teals and Swans.
Mettur Dam (52 Kms): This multi - purpose dam built on the River Cauvery is a nice picnic spot, situated as it is, amidst well - maintained gardens. Water from the Stanley reservoir is used for irrigating a major portion of the plains of central Tamil Nadu.
Tiruchengodu (45Kms): Tiruchengodu is one of the seven Sivasthalams in Kongunadu.This is another pilgrim centre which has an ancient temple dedicated to Ardhanareeswar - a unique concept of Saivism where the deity is half male and half female.
Attractions and Places to Visit in Yercaud
Vanganga Lake and Island Lake, Dadra: It is a lovely lake garden, where more than 25 Hindi feature films have been picturised. The rustic wooden bridges, jogging paths, thatched huts and paddle boats make it an ideal picnic spot.
Vandhara Udyan, Silvassa: A riverside park with beautifully laid lawns, perfect for picnic - buffs. Quaint pavilions provide shelter to visitors.
Pipariya Udyan, Silvassa: This park with roaring waterfalls, misty cascades, rustic stone walls, twin arches, tiny kiosks and vast emerald lawns, is really a delight to behold.
Mini Zoo, Silvassa: The mini zoo has colourful birds, snakes, monkeys and crocodiles. For children, there are other attractions in the form of swings, seasaws, slides and merry-go-rounds.
Tribal Cultural Museum, Silvassa: This museum has masks, hunting tools, fishing gadgets, musical instruments and life - size statues.
Vanvihar Tourist Complex, Khanvel: Khanvel is a 20 km drive from Silvassa, and surrounded by lush green hills, with the beautiful Sakartod river flowing through. The cottages in this complex are designed in the native style. The complex also has a deer park, and a green house.
Tourist Complex, Dudhani: Another 20 km drive from Khanvel, is Dudhani where the large waterfront of river Damanganga, provides a breathtaking view of the water-spread of Madhuban Dam. Adventurers can kayak, canoe and speed boat. For trekking enthusiasts, nature trails have been specially laid out to take them, right into the heart of the forest.
How to Reach Yercaud
Rail: The nearest railhead is Vapi in Gujarat.
Road: Dadra and Nagar Haveli is very near to the Mumbai-Baroda-Delhi National Highway. The capital, Silvassa, is about 14 km from Vapi in Gujarat. Dadra and Nagar Haveli is 180 km from Mumbai and 150 km each from Surat, Nasik and Saputara, 27 km from Daman.