Yercaud is a beautiful hill station located in Salem District in the Shevaroys range hills in the Eastern Ghats in Tamil Nadu and is at a distance of 210kms from Bangalore.
Brief History of Yercaud
The ancient history of Yercaud is not known or has not been explored by anyone. However, human settlement in this area was when Telugu kings captured the country from Tamils and they had to move to the hills for their living. This place was founded by Sir Thomas Munroe Governor of Madras Presidency in 1842 and David CockBurn, the collector of Salem District between 1820 and 1829 was called the ‘Father of Yercaud’. Plantations became popular and Christian missionaries established schools for boys and girls individually. Coffee and tea plantations were much popular in the area and it became a popular place.
Tourist Attractions of Yercaud
Yercaud is an excellent tourist destination and is an awesome choice for trekking. It is an enchanting place and is home to best species of bananas, oranges, pears and jackfruit.
Yercaud lake is an excellent pool which has many beautiful gardens around. Wooden trees and the picturesque beauty of the place pull people for a visit.
Tourists to Yercaud can mount on the Lady’s Seat and have a panoramic view of the plains from the top using a telescope. It is a mesmerizing view to experience nature at its best with greens.
Killiyur Falls is a water fall which is 27 metres high. Tourists never miss this as the natural water flow gives great treat to eyes and people have fun.
The Servaroyan Temple
The Servaroyan Temple is located at the top of the Servaroyan Hills. Every year, in the month of May a festival is celebrated in the name of Lord Servaroyan. It is a narrow temple which looks like a dark cave and has God Servaroyan and Goddess Kaveri in the temple. They are believed as deities of the Hills and the Cauvery River.
The Bear’s Cave is located near the Norton’s Bungalow and is believed to be an abode of Lord Muruga. People who visit Yercaud come here to worship Lord Muruga and feel blessed with their presence here.
Green House is home to lots of different species of plants and spices. Flowering plants are cultivated her along with spices. It is an excellent work to capture as you can find colorful flowers keeping the place fresh and colorful.
The Grange is amongst one of the oldest building in Yercaud. It was built in the 1820’s when coffee from Arabia and fruit plantations from South Africa were introduced. The General of the East India Company in the late 19th century spent his summer vacation in this building.
Heaven’s Ledge is a cliff that is located in the Gowri Estate in Yercaud. This cliff faces to the west and is an excellent scenic beauty and was converted to a campsite for tourism. It is located 15 km from the town.
Silk Farm and Rose Garden
Silk Farm and Rose Garden is located 2km from the town and is very close to Lady’s Seat is home to silkworms rearing. Tourists enjoy knowing about how mulberries are cultivated and silk worms are grown. They find silk spinning methods highly interesting. The rose garden is home to wide varieties and species of roses. The garden houses a nursery with best plants.
Every year, in the middle of May, a festival of Lord Servaroyan takes place featuring a 7 day exhibition with dog shows, flower shows, boating races and villager fair.
Yercaud is a must visit place for nature lovers and can be a perfect weekend destination from Bangalore.