Known as the “Jewel of the South”, Yercaud is a serene hill station town surrounded by coffee, fruit and spice plantations. The town is nestled in the Shevaroy Hills, which offer some of India's top trekking and birdwatching.
Things to do in Yercaud
Explore the Shevaroy Hills, a towering mountain range in India's Eastern Ghats. Scenic hiking trails wind through the hillsides and offer unparalleled views of the verdant plantations. You can also arrange overnight treks with local tour operators.
On sunny days, locals flock to Yercaud Lake. It's encircled by lush forests and is a great place to enjoy a picnic. Pack your own lunch or purchase snacks from one of the street-food vendors. There's a small boathouse located on the eastern shore where you can rent paddle boats.
For the best vistas in town, head up to Lady’s Seat, a scenic lookout with sweeping views over verdant hillsides. Nearby is the Silk Farm and Rose Garden, which offers a fascinating glimpse at the production process and a fragrant rose garden perfect for a leisurely stroll.
Servaroyan Temple is perched on Yercaud's highest point and is dedicated to Kaveri, one of India's river goddesses. A well-worn path winds up to the temple and rewards pilgrims with stunning views over the Shevaroy Hills. You can also admire intricate carvings and offerings.
Getting around Yercaud
Yercaud is easy to get around on foot, while you’ll also find taxis and auto rickshaws. Salem Airport is 40 kilometres from Yercaud. Salem also offers train connections to nearby towns and cities.