Yercaud is located in the Shevaroy hills of the Eastern Ghats in northern Tamilnadu. It is considered as poor man’s Ooty as it is less expensive than Ootacamund. The climate is very pleasant in Yercaud. You don’t need to pack your woollens when going to Yercaud as it doesn’t become very cold. Due to the pleasant climate and beautiful scenery Yercaud is gaining popularity as a tourist place among the locals and outsiders as well. Yercaud in Tamil means lake forest and it so named because of a beautiful lake in its centre and dense forest all around.
Yercaud is famous for its coffee plantations and orange orchards. The forest all around contains different species of flora and fauna. Yercaud is mainly famous for coffee plantations but other plants like guava, jackfruit and spices like black pepper and cardamom also grow here.
The forest area in Yercaud is home to Teak plants, sandalwood and silver oaks. The wildlife in Yercaud is full of bison, deer, foxes, mongoose, squirrels and snakes. The birds found here are bulbuls, kites, swallows and sparrows.
For those who love trekking, there are many trekking spots in and around Yercaud. A summer festival is conducted during the month of May. This show consists of dog shows, flower shows, boating races and fairs.
Yercaud was discovered by the British in the nineteenth century. Many skin care products like natural oils and perfumes are manufactured in Yercaud. The ideal time to visit Yercaud is October to June though you can visit Yercaud throughout the year. You can reach Yercaud by air by taking a flight to Trichy which has an international airport. It is located at a distance of 163 kilometres from Yercaud. The other major airports near Yercaud are Bangalore and Coimbatore. The nearest railway station is in Salem and Yercaud is also accessible by road. Taxis are available from Salem to Yercaud. You can also travel to Yercaud by taking the Tamilnadu state corporation buses.