Yercaud Meaning “Lake Forest” is a popular hill station located in the Eastern Ghats. When one thinks of Yercaud, all that comes to mind are the mountains of verdant green upon which one can take numerous treks to find hidden natural treasures. Speaking of natural treasures, the Yercaud Lake is another noteworthy tourist destination along with the Killiyur falls and Lady’s seat which is one of the many viewpoints that provide panoramic views of the surrounding undulating hills. This small town is also a major source of Coffee (first grown in Grange estate, another place worth visiting) various fruits, spices and wood.
How to Get There: Yercaud is situated in Salem district. The nearest airports are Salem Airport at a distance of 38 km. The nearest railway station is Salem – 38 km.
Where to Stay: Wellington Hill Resort, Sri Durga Residency and Grange resort allow the budget traveller to stay in Yercaud at an average price of Rs.1000-3500 per night. Or you could opt to stay in a camp set up like True nature Wilderness Stay which falls into a similar price bracket.
Yercaud Lake is a pool surrounded by gardens and well-wooded trees.
Botanical Garden houses the orchidarium and the green house, which is one of the best places to visit the flora and fauna. It is one of the ideal places to gain knowledge about various species of plants. Yercaud is known for Kurinji flowers, plenty of which can be seen in this garden. The speciality of this flower is that it blossoms once in twelve years.The National Orchidarium, housed within the Botanical Garden, is located at a distance of 2 km from the Emerald Lake. This orchidarium houses a wide assortment of orchids, which includes 30 species of exclusively found orchid. In addition, the orchidarium also features several endangered species of orchids, which are preserved here. Owing to this fact, the place is ranked third largest of all the orchidarium in India. Vernonia shevaroyensis and lady’s slipper orchid are some of the other species of orchids displayed in this orchidarium.
Pagoda Point :
Located on the eastern part of Yercaud Hills, is also known as Pyramid Point. This point has derived its name from four piles of stones that form a pyramid shape and are believed to be constructed by the local tribes.There is a temple located at this place between the piles, which is dedicated to Lord Rama. Tourists can enjoy beautiful views of the town of Salem along with a village known as Kakambadi.
Located at a distance of 3 km from the Yercaud Lake, is one of the most beautiful waterfalls.From a height of 300 ft, the water of Yercaud Lake along with the water from Shevaroy Hills falls into the Killiyur valley.
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