Nestled in the Eastern Ghats, Yercaud is a hill station called poor man's Ooty with abundant forests, vast coffee plantations and some unique species of flora and fauna resulting in gorgeous views.
There are plenty of scenic vacation cottages that are built on the hill slopes.One could Check out Star holidays Inc which is just a mile away from the lake. Hotel Shevaroys is a decently built resort with 3 restaurants, bar, super market, beauty parlour with room rents varying from Rs900/- to Rs4900/-. The GlenRock Estates which is located Near Pagoda Point is a fantastic coffee growing estate with other spices.In between all the greenery and spices and coffee is where you stay with options such as - Tree Houses , Tents & dormitories for co-orporate groups all at an unbeatable price in Yercaud .Another option is that you can stay at Salem Town and reach Yercaud. But Night Stay at Yercaud is a pleasant experience.
Jewel of South. Lake forest. Scenic and beautiful surroundings.
Difficult to reach.
Yercaud is a great weekend getaway for those living in and around Tamil Nadu.
Day 1- Arrive at Yercaud, check-in and rest. Then visit the Big Lake and Pagoda Point. Day 2- Begin day with a trek atop the hills. Later, visit Anna Park, Lady's Seat. Day 3- Visit the Kiliyur Falls, Deer Park, Karadiyur View Point, Sri Chakra Mahameru Temple and Shevaroy Temple.
Yercaud is also known as the 'Land of 7 forests', situated at an altitude of 1515 meters above sea level. Fields of coffee, citrus fruits, jackfruit, banana and pear trees are all constituents of the forests in and around Yercaud. Therefore, trekking through all this is a wonderful experience.
Tamil Nadu people believe that serving food to another living being be it humans or animals, is a service to god itself. Therefore, they are generous when it comes to food, whether it is in their home or temples or even restaurants. Traditionally, this south Indian cuisine is served on a banana leaf and people sit on the floor to eat. It is rich in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food.
The food mainly consists of rice, lentils, legumes with spices such as curry leaves, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, garlic etc. Coconut in various forms in widely used. A typical meal consists of Rice, Sambhar(Curry), two types of vegetables, curd and a pickle. Dosas, idilis, Upma, Parota, Sambhar, Rasam, Pongal are the dishes with which the cuisine of Tamil Nadu is identified. Paysam, Kesari, Sweet pongal are the sweet treasure of this cuisine.
Filter coffee is a specialty of the south-Indian cuisine. The making of filter coffee is like a ritual, as the coffee beans are first roasted and then powdered. They then use a filter set, few scoops of powdered coffee, enough boiling water is added to prepare a very dark liquid called the decoction. A 3/4 mug of hot milk with sugar, a small quantity of decoction is then served in Dabarah, a unique Coffee cup.
The beauty of the lake is hyped. It's a family spot which backpackers can give a miss.