Things to Do in Yercaud

Nestled in the Shivaroy Hills of Tamil Nadu, Yercaud is a hill station in the Eastern Ghats steeped in abundant greenery. Commonly called ‘Ooty of the Poor’, this region has a history dating back to (Read More)the time of the British. Located at an altitude of 4970 feet, Yercaud is known for its vast expanses of coffee plantations and great weather.

Here is the list of 16 Things to Do in Yercaud

1. Take a Boat Ride at Emerald Lake

Take a Boat Ride at Emerald Lake
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The most alluring aspect of Yercaud is its big yet natural lake very popularly known as the Emerald Lake. Surrounded by some wonderful cloud-peaked hills and a well persevered garden on its banks, this lake is a feast for the eyes.

2. Swimming Activities at Killiyur Falls

 Swimming Activities at Killiyur Falls
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The Kiliyur Falls drops from a height of 300 feet and are a popular tourist attraction near Salem. They also offer boating and swimming activities in their vicinity. These waterfalls are a part of the Shervaroyan hill range of the Eastern Ghats.

3. Telescopic Views from Lady's Seat

Telescopic Views from Lady's Seat
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Lady's Seat is a viewpoint that overlooks the winding ghat road and offers a spectacular view of Mettur Dam and Salem town. Besides, the place also houses a viewing tower equipped with a telescope to enjoy the beautiful view. This viewing tower is open for visitors only during the daytime.

4. Vast Panoramic View from Pagoda Point

Vast Panoramic View from Pagoda Point
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Located in the eastern part of the Yercaud Hills, Pagoda point is a beautiful viewpoint where one is treated to a panoramic view of the entire town of Salem and the neighbouring village of Kakambadi. The twists and turns of the 21 hairpin bends of Yercaud can be seen from this spot as they envelop themselves around the hills.

5. Hike in Bear's Cave

Hike in Bear's Cave
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A must see for any tourist visiting Yercaud, The Bear's cave is situated in a private coffee estate near the Norton Bungalow, which is on the way to the Servaroyan temple. It was named the bear's cave because beside this coffee estate bungalow, the caves were believed to house bears.

6. Flower Shows at Anna Park

Flower Shows at Anna Park
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Another important place of visit in Yercaud is the Anna Park which is located near the lake. This park has a collection of the natural species of plants and trees seen around Shevaroy hills.

7. Stroll through Botanical Garden

Stroll through Botanical Garden
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Any tourist who is interested in gods gift to this planet, the wondrous flora, and in knowing about various species of plants must make it a point to visit the orchid garden and the green house in the Botanical garden.

8. Trek to Shevaroy Hills

Trek to  Shevaroy Hills

Perched at a height of 1620 m near the Salem district of Tamil Nadu in Yercaud, the Shevaroy Hills are a popular tourist spot in the region. Boasting of magnificent views of lush green meadows, towering trees, dense woods and mighty hills, the hills were formerly known as Servarayan Hills which later got anglicized to ‘Shevaroy’.

9. Adventure Sports at Tipperary Viewpoint

Adventure Sports at Tipperary Viewpoint

Situated at the Southernmost end of Yercaud, the Tippery Viewpoint can be reached by taking the Tippery Road en route, where one is likely to see some breathtaking views. Elephant Tooth Rocks, which are said to be the remains of some meteorites which fell on the face of Earth, can be seen and enjoyed from the Tippery Point.

10. Annamalaiyar Temple View Point

 Annamalaiyar Temple View Point

One of the best attractions in Yercaud hills, the Annamalaiyar Temple is an exquisite Shiva Temple with a single tower shaped with coloured idols. At 1400 m above sea level, the temple viewpoint offers a scenic view of all the hills surrounding the Servaroyan Temple, along with coffee plantations, orange groves, and spice gardens.

11. Sunset from Karadiyur View Point

Sunset from Karadiyur View Point

Karadiyur Viewpoint is a vertical cliff offering an exquisite view of the Mettur Dam and the valley and an amazing picnic spot. Situated in the Karadiyur Village, the viewpoint lies 12 km from the town of Yercaud. The view of the sun rising and setting from here is a marvellous experience.

12. Shevaroy Temple - A Religious Pilgrimage

Shevaroy Temple - A Religious Pilgrimage
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The Shevaroy temple is situated on highest point of the flat-topped Shevaroy hills and is mainly dedicated to Lord Shevaroyan. The temple is built out of a narrow inky black cave which is complete and airtight. The idols of Lord Shevaroyan and Goddess Kaveri are placed inside it.

13. Spot a Peacock at Deer Park

Spot a Peacock at  Deer Park

Deer Park is a beautiful urban park in Yercaud that is surrounded by the beautiful Emerald Lake. Other than deer, you can also spot beautiful peacocks, guinea pigs, pigeons, rabbits, ducks and other creatures here.

14. Cycle of Silk Making at Silk Farm

 Cycle of Silk Making at Silk Farm
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An interesting place to be is the silk farm of Yercaud. It is located very near to the Lady's seat. Visiting the silk farm is sure to be a memorable and cognizant experience for youngsters.

15. Collection of Orchids at Orchidarium

Collection of Orchids at Orchidarium

Spread over 18 hectares of land area, National Orchidarium also called the Orchidarium, is situated in Yercaud and was established in the year 1963. Boasting of around 3000 trees and 1800 shrubs, it is one of the most popular tourist spots in the area.

16. Camping in Yercaud

Camping in Yercaud

Camping is a fun outdoor activity to indulge in and Yercaud is no Exeption when its comes to good weather and beautiful camoing spots. The are various spots like the Emerald lake, Sherveroy Hills, and Various famous viewpoint in the hill station.

This post was published by Avneet Kang

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