The Yercaud town is situated at an altitude of 1515 metres above sea level. The Taluk headquarters is in Yercaud. The town has a number of seminaries and convents where brothers and sisters of various religious orders have their training schools. The Montfort School and Sacred Heart Convent are famous in the country. There is a large native Shandy (bazaar) every Sunday and a smaller one on Wednesdays, where vegetables (chiefly native produce) and fruits are sold.
The Big Lake Or Emerald Lake
The Big Lake Or Emerald Lake
The first thing one sees as one enters the Yercaud town is this placid lake in a wonderful surrounding of hills and natural shoals. Also, a beautifully landscaped garden on one bank. It has boating facility. This lake is the only natural lake among all the hill station lakes in the South. A floating fountain is constructed by MALCO , at the center of the lake. The lake is surrounded by a “Deer Park” and “ leisure park” and “Tamil Nadu Hotel”. Boat services are available at a reasonable rate [Rs. 75 /- for 2 seats and Rs. 95 /- for 4 seats]. Self Pedaling [15 min] and Rowing boats [30 min] are available.
Situated in the lake. Suitable for kids to play. The park closes at 5.00 p.m.
The park is situated next to the lake. The park is used to host the “Flower Show” in the month of May. The “Japanese Park” inside Anna Park is a must see. Children can play around and elders can take rest. The entrance ticket will be Rs. 15/- for adult and Rs 10 /- for camera.
A bird’s eye view of the Big Lake, Yercaud Town and the Shevaroyan Peak is available from this vantage point, which is reached by taking the steep road going north from the centre point of town 1 km from town.
Lady’s Seat, Gent’s Seat and Children’s Seat
This is a cluster of rocks on the South West of the Yercaud hills overlooking the ghat road and the town of Salem to the South. There is a natural rock formation in the form of a seat where reportedly a white English Lady of yeaster years spent her evenings viewing the magnificent panorama before ones eyes.
Botanical Survey of India – This is one of two orchidariums run by the Botanical survey of India. It has a large collection of native orchids. One can see the rare Ladies Slipper, an insect eating Orchid. A rare tree Shevaroys Bombax which was reported on one of the private estates has also been identified and multiplied in this farm. A treat for plant lovers. Botanical garden is closed during Saturday, Sunday and National holidays.
A “Bell Rock” in the BSI campus makes a bell sound when you hit it with a stone. You have to climb to reach the rock. The entrance ticket is Rs. 5/- for adult and Rs 10 /- for camera. It remains closed on Sundays and National Holidays.
It has a “Rose Garden” and “Children Seat”. The Rose Garden is filled with various varieties of Roses from Button Rose to Very Big Rose. A “Green Rose” plant is grown along with beautiful rose plants. Saplings of various plants are available at a reasonable price. The entrance ticket will be Rs. 2/- for adult and Rs 10 /- for camera.
One can see the cultivation of Mulberries, the growing of silk worms and the method of spinning silk. The Silk Farm (go little ahead from Lady’s seat and take a mud road on the right) does not allow outsiders. The season for breeding is during monsoons.
The Rose Garden
One can see a good collection of colorful roses and also purchase nursery plants (most of them are priced for Rs.10/-) from here 2 km from town. Entrance ticket to Rose Garden is Rs.30/-
This lies on the Eastern side of the Yercaud hills and is also known as the Pyramid Point. The name comes from the hill tribes having made four piles of random stones in a Pagoda or Pyramid formation reportedly to mark some event. There is a Rama Temple which lies between these Pagodas. One can get a grand view of Attur and Ayothiapattinam from this picnic spot. Pagoda Point is 5 km from town.
Montfort School was established in 1917 in Yercaud by the untiring effort of Bro Denis. The school was named after the founder of the Order of St.Gabriel. St.Louis Marie Grignoin de Montfort. It is a vast campus with attractive buildings, spacious play grounds, well planned and beautiful gardens, and a swimming pool which is the envy of all the schools in the South.
The Retreat belongs to a Religious Society founded by St.Don Bosco (1815-1888). The saint wanted his spiritual son, popularly known as Salesians of Don Bosco, to work for the poor land-abandoned youth through schools, technical institutes, agricultural and trade schools. The Retreat serves as a Novitiate house where students of the religious order stay and study.
This delightfully breathtaking water falls is 3 km from the Yercaud Lake and should be visited after the South West or North East Monsoon. The surplus water from the Yercaud Lake and the other reaches of the Shevaroys Hills fall deep into the Kiliyur Valley 300 feet fall. The views from the bottom and top of the falls are breathtaking. The path to the falls is now an easy trek on a concrete path that was recently constructed. Anyone should be able to trek to falls now, since iron stairs have been put up at steep paces, about 250 steps down the concrete and steel stairway. You might want to rethink if you are travelling with old people and small kids. The parking point is 3 km from town and it is another 2 km trek from there. In dry season, it is completely dry. It also provides a beautiful view of the valley.
Sri Raja Rajeswari Temple
This is said to be the Goddess of all Gods in the Hindu Pantheon and by praying to her, one can attain wealth and prosperity and be elevated to higher levels of spirituality. This temple was founded by Tirukovilur Thapovanam Srila Sri Gnanananda Giri Swamigals Parampara’s disciple HH Swami Poornananda Giri in the year 1983 and now succeeded by his son V Sri. In this temple, the Goddess Sri Raja Rajeswari is seen surrounded by a plethora of Gods.
The Shevarayan is a flat-topped hill with a plateau. The view from the summit on all sides is magnificent, one looks down on a mass of mountains and hills far and near, with the plains spread out like a map between the Shevaroys and the nearest hills. The Yercaud town and Nagalur is well seen from this hill. The Shervarayan Temple is situated on top of this hill. It is dedicated to Lord Shervaroyan. The temple itself is a narrow and dark cave and seated inside are God Shervarayan and Goddess Kaveri representing the Shervaroyan Hills and the river Kaveri. The annual festival in the month of May is a colour event in which thousands of tribal people of the hill take part.
This is a private property to which one does not have access except with permission. The old European Bungalow was once owned by Norton, a famous Criminal lawyer of Chennai. Adjoining this bungalow is a cave which goes deep into the hill. After the first 60 feet or so one has to go down on all fours to proceed further in.
This is one of the oldest buildings in Yercaud, built some time in the 1820’s. MD Cockburn, the then collector established the first commercial plantation in this area and planted coffee, oranges, apples and other fruit trees brought from South Africa. The other coffee plantations in Tamil Nadu are said to have originated from this humble beginning.
One of the many colonial bungalows on Tipperary road that are well maintained to this day. It is complete with antique furniture that takes one back to the days of tea parties and hunting. It is currently being run as a heritage hotel and is open to visitors.Located just opposite to Heritage Inn.
A Scenic west-facing cliff that has a beautiful view of sunset. It is situated in “Gowri Estate” on the loop road and has been converted into a campsite to promote sustainable tourism.
Kottachedu Teak Forest
The hill tribes who cultivated these lands are said to have abandoned this area after plague struck the area. These lands were then utilized by the Government for a Teak Wood plantation. Vaniar River passes through this Teak forest and leads to the Vaniar Dam. Bisons are frequently seen in the Teak Forest. It is located 11 km from town. Pleasant travel for (motor)bikers. One side is covered with Teak forest and other side is covered with Bamboo trees.
This hill is the one that is diagonally adjacent to Montfort on the South Eastern side of Yercaud. It also lies to the East of Sacred Heart Convent; one gets a panoramic view of the portion of Yercaud covered with schools and seminaries. Located 2 km from Yercaud Town.
Tipperary View Point
One can reach this southern most view point of Yercaud by taking the Tipperary Road. From there one can see the Elephant Tooth Rocks which are reportedly said to be the remnant of a meteorite which fell on earth. It is a pure white rock compared to the Black Granite available on these hills. The estate adjoining known as Tipperary Estate was once a posh hotel catering to the elite of British India from 1930 to 1940. The night view from this spot-with the lights of Salem in the distance is mesmerizing. Located 2 km from town.
White Elephant Tooth
One is on the Southern Spur of the Shevaroys below the villages of Guntur and the other is in the east overlooking the Ghat road, above the 60′ bridge. The larger one next to Guntur has two rocks about 120′ high and consists of pure white quartz, which is in stark contrast to the greenery around and the black of the granite available around. Easy to climb up but hard to climb down as the material is soft and crumbles beneath your feet. 9 km from town, it is a days trek up and down.