A less explored and undiscovered treasure perched in the Eastern Ghats in the Shevaroy Hills, Yercaud is a rejuvenating hill-station in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu. It is situated around the Emerald Lake, which is also known as the Yercaud Lake. The emerald green hue of the beautiful natural lake is also where the hill-station gets its meaning from. In the local language, the word, Yercaud translates to ‘The Lake Forest’, which it, indeed, is. This Tamil Nadu weekend destination is all that an ideal getaway is about – green landscapes, fog covered hill-tops, fresh breeze, and a soulful experience. 

Steeped in raw natural attractions and a rustic aesthetic, the destination is set at an altitude of 4970 ft above sea level. From flora and fauna to an air of freshness and purity, Yercaud is also called the Ooty of the Poor, given its low cost tourism. The hill-station is seemingly enveloped under picturesque skies above dense forests that grow coffee, spices and fruits, with oranges in abundance. It houses some famous parks and gardens proffering floral masterpieces, like Anna Park and Rose Garden to name a few. Yercaud, discovered in the 19th century by the Britishers, also boasts of some stunning vantage points that help tourists soak in the beauty of the town.  

Due to its unspoiled and pristine nature, Yercaud is a paradise for nature lovers, trekkers and adventurers, with various trek tours that take you to spots like Kiliyur Falls and Tipperary Point. It sees less crowd than most hill-stations, which is why it remains fairly raw and thereby, cost-effective. Moreover, Yercaud is a compact destination, easily explorable in a day or two. Beautified by fruit orchards and spice & coffee plantations, the hill also reaps in its merit from its flora and fauna that intrigues all kinds of vacationers. Epitomized as the Jewel of South India, the untouched charm of this lake hill-station and its quaintness, undoubtedly, makes it one of the topmost places to visit in Tamil Nadu.
Latest Information on Travelling to YERCAUD?

Entry is open from all domestic states. However, every incoming tourist will be required to present a negative RT-PCR report to enter the state boundaries.

  • Face masks to be worn when in public
  • Mandatory to download Aarogya Setu application before travel.
  • All inter-state and intra-state tourists and travellers must obtain an e-pass from the district collector before entering Yercaud.
  • Thermal screening to be done for all passengers
  • COVID-19 test is required for all passengers.
  • Although lockdown in Yercaud has been extended till no further notice, there are major relaxations.
  • No complete lockdown on Sundays
  • Shopping malls and large stores are closed
  • All parks and playgrounds are closed for sporting activities.
  • Intra-district public buses have resumed services with 50% capacity.
  • 14 days of mandatory home quarantine for all passengers travelling to Yercaud from other states.
  • Symptomatic passengers are required to follow Institutional Quarantine till the time COVID test results are available.
  • Business travellers returning within 48 hours are exempted from quarantine after presenting the valid return documents

Salem airport is the nearest airport receiving flights from Chennai.

Local Transport

Buses, taxies, autorickshaws are running normally.

The Tamil Nadu state government is ensuring the safety of travellers and residents of Yercaud with major precautionary measures. Thrillophilia recommends you follow all guidelines and safety measures issued by the government and practice personal hygiene to keep yourself safe.

Lockdown to continue in Tamil Nadu till 14th of June Updated: 12 Jun 2021

Chief Minister M.K. Stalin on Saturday extended the COVID-19 lockdown by one more week from June 7 till 6 a.m. on June 14, but relaxed the restrictions region-wise based on the spread of the infection.

A negative COVID-19 report made mandatory to enter Yercaud Updated: 15 May 2021

Every incoming tourist will be required to present a negative RT-PCR report to enter the state boundaries.

Partial lockdown/curfew imposed in Yercaud Updated: 15 May 2021

With rising covid-19 reports, the state has decided to impose partial lockdown in which only essential are allowed to function from 5 to 10 AM.

Hotels and Resorts Open in Yercaud to Accommodate Travellers Updated: 15 May 2021

Hotels, Homestays and Resorts in Yercaud have been allowed to open with strict SOPs and guidelines to safeguard the staff and residents from COVID-19 spread.

Tourists and Travellers to Yercaud are Required to Collect an E-pass with the Permission of the District Collector Updated: 15 May 2021

Travellers are required get all their documents verified and collect an e-pass issued by the district collector before travelling to Yercaud.

Inter-Distict Buses in Yercaud Allowed to function Updated: 15 May 2021

Yercaud will resume the movement of inter-district buses and the buses shall run with 50% capacity with strict social distance guidelines. The buses shall be disinfected and people without masks shall not be allowed to travel.

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People Also Ask About Yercaud

  1. What are the places to visit in Yercaud?

    1. Kiliyur Falls
    The result of the overflowing of the Yercaud Lake, Kiliyur Falls is located around 3 KMs away from the lake and boasts of an idyllic ambience. The falls gush beautifully during the monsoon as it is a seasonal waterfall and draws the interest of both, kids and adults alike. The scenic view of the falls and the sound of them crashing on the rocks below, make it a favourable spot to visit for families looking for a getaway around the city. 

    2. Pagoda Point
    Posing as a rejuvenating view point as well as a place of worship, Pagoda Point is one of the top most must-visit places in Yercaud. The point, also known as the Pyramid point due to its resemblance to the Egyptian structures, houses a Rama temple between the Pagodas. While the location serves as a pilgrimage for some, for others, it is simply a destination for definite relaxation.

    3. Lady Seat
    A vantage point for visitors that has ideally been made by the naturally formed rocks, Lady’s Seat is known for its soothing ambience and a panoramic view of the Salem town. The spot is known to have fetched its name because of an English lady who would sit there to soak in the peace, during the colonial times. The Lady’s Seat definitely deserves a place in your to-visit list and so does the sunset that one can catch from here.  

    4. Yercaud Lake
    With a very fitting epithet of Emerald Lake, Yercaud Lake is the only natural lake amongst all the lakes in the South Indian hill-stations. Proffering a peaceful experience of boating, the lake also promises comprehensive mesmerism. We could attribute that to its exquisite beauty, which is beautified by the lush greenery that surrounds it.   

    5. Tipperary Viewpoint
    Yet another viewpoint located at the southernmost tip of Yercaud, Tipperary Viewpoint has some really raw and surreal sights of the hill-station to offer. The journey by road towards the point, via Tipperary road is equally entrancing as the point itself. Everywhere you look is coated with layers of mist and the expanse of the steep and green hills make most of this view. It’s a visual pleasure to say the least!  

    6. Deer Park
    A wonderland for kids, Deer Park is a place to be at for families. It is located near the Yercaud Lake and is home to Deer, Hamsters, Swans and Peacocks. A visit to the park brings visitors an exciting sight of these species and poses as a great hangout spot for the little ones.

    7. White Elephant Tooth Rocks
    The White Elephant Tooth Rocks are two spectacular big rocks perched on a hillside in Yercaud. These make for an interesting tourist spot because of the naturally white colour of these rocks. These are believed to be the outcome of meteoroid crash on that spot. Besides the sight of these white natural structures, the point also renders a soul-soothing ambience and a refreshing experience.
  2. What are the things to do in Yercaud?

    1. Drive through the Loop road
    32 Kms long stretch of meandering roads that begin and end at Yercaud Lake, the famous Loop Road is your pathway to heaven. The entire journey is essentially marked by luscious greenery on both sides of the road, accompanied by heavy coffee plantations. This road trip of loops and waves leads you to a state of pure serenity and calmness that is otherwise absent in civilization.

    A long journey on road that is nothing but a therapeutic drive in the hills, driving through the Loop Road is an enticing experience when in Yercaud. Complemented by endless green views and coffee plantations, the trip also allows you to stop by local eateries to indulge in some local flavours.  

    2. Wander through the Kottachedu Teak Forest
    An unspoiled man-made teak forest, Kottachedu Teak Forest is marked by rich flora and fauna, giving the visitors a truly natural vibe. The forest was once a habitable village, which was evacuated by the villagers after a supposed plague struck the area. Later developed into a teak forest by the government, it now serves as a serene yet wild destination for visitors to take a stroll through.

    The forest is home to wildlife like bison that are common sight there. Moreover, it is cut through by Vanier River, flowing to the Vanier River and that augments the forest’s value furthermore. The venue is especially famous among trekkers, bikers and tourists who are simply looking for a peaceful adventure.   

    3. Soak in the ambience of the view points
    Yercaud houses quite a few vantage points, each with a different charm, offering different scintillating sights of the hill-station. When you are in Yercaud to explore its undiscovered essence, visiting these viewpoints should be of definite inclusion in your itinerary.

    Points like Lady’s Seat, Tipperary Viewpoint and Pagoda point are some of the popular locations that you can drive up to. They make for ideal spots to take in the freshness of the air and soak in the entrancing view of the green hills meeting the clouds above.   

    4. Visit the parks and gardens
    The hill-station also boasts of some gardens and parks, designed to lure in families and kids with their colourful nursery and inviting fragrance. Anna’s Park, Deer Park, Bears Cave and Rose Garden are a few parks to name, which epitomize surreal meadows. While Anna’s Park and Rose Garden harbour gorgeous flowers and roses, Deer Park and Bears Cave offer exciting sights of these creatures.
  3. Which is the best time to visit Yercaud?

    Being a hill-station, Yercaud remains pleasant throughout the year. However, monsoons can get unfavourably cold and wet to allow proper tourism. Ideally, the best time to visit Yercaud is between the months of October and June, when the weather is cool and conducive for sightseeing and other outdoor activities. The average temperature during this period ranges between 14 degrees to 25 degrees, keeping it pleasant.
  4. How far is Yercaud from Bangalore?

    The distance from Bangalore to Yercaud is about 230 kms and takes about 4 hours and 30 minutes to reach by road. It is also suggested to consider the breaks enroute this road trip when you’re traveling by road.
  5. Which is better Coorg or yercaud?

    Each hill-station comes with its own charm and vibe that appeal to different kinds of people. However, if you’re looking for an undisturbed holiday in the lap of nature, with bare minimal tourism and crowd, then Yercaud is your calling. Although relatively smaller than Coorg, Yercaud is a mostly undiscovered and unspoiled alternative to Coorg.
  6. What is the climate in Yercaud?

    The climate in general in Yercaud is moderately pleasant throughout the year. However, it is best revealed during the months of October to June. Monsoon here can be infeasible for certain activities and proper tourism but besides that, the rest of the year offers fairly refreshing weather.
  7. How many bends are there in Yercaud?

    The road that leads you to Yercaud from Salem is about 22 kms and includes twenty hairpin bends.
  8. Which are the best resorts in Yercaud?

    1. Sterling Yercaud – Resorts and Hotels
    Nestled in the lusciousness of the Yercaud greenery, the Sterling Resorts and Hotels is one of the best accommodative facilities to stay at, in Yercaud. The resort offers supremely designed rooms, each offering stunning views of the hills and the hospitality of the resorts furthermore adds to its value. 

    2. Great Trails Yercaud
    A perfect getaway spot for families, Great Trails, Yercaud is an aesthetically pleasing resort, rendering the best of nature with its location and interior. The resort is known for its skywalk, which is the glass top balcony, allowing guests to reel in some splendid views of the valley. 

    3. WoW Bison Woods
    Giving off a rustic ambience, WoW Bison Woods is a boutique resort that is ,indeed, surrounded by woods and stands perched in a secluded and yet, naturist location. It makes for a beautiful getaway resort for couples, with its romanticised vibe. The resort has some pristine Swiss tents to offer to guests, along with its soothing atmosphere. 

    4. TGI Star Holiday Resort
    One of the finest properties of Yercaud, TGI Star Holiday Resort renders an impeccable service not only with its hospitality but also its aesthetic qualities. The resort is enclosed within a supposed fence of coffee plantations and silver oak trees, allowing visitors to revel in the serenading views of the Shevaroy Hills.
  9. Which are the best Yercaud homestays for a family?

    VRS Homestay - This is one of the best budget Yercaud homestays located close to the beautiful Botanical Gardens. The Homestay also has a spacious family room ideal for those who are travelling with family or large groups.

    Water Rock Bungalow - If you want to spend your family holiday close to nature then this is one of the best homestays in Yercaud to do so. The homestay is located in the heart of a wooded area and features comfortable rooms, a play area, dining area, bonfires and great ambience.

    Carlton House -
    This exquisite property is ideal for families to enjoy a fun filled holiday in the calming beauty of Yercaud. This is one of the best Yercaud homestays with well-maintained rooms that have direct access to the beautiful lawns.

    The property is also pet friendly and it also has a business centre making it ideal for corporate meets as well. Fresh, home-cooked meals are the highlights of this wonderful homestay.

    Fairholme Bungalow -
    This exquisite property is less than one kilometre from the iconic Yercaud Lake. This is one of the best homestays in Yercaud for families. The property has comfortable rooms with ensuite baths, room service, a huge lawn with a special area for bonfires.
  10. What are the best places to visit in Sakleshpur for friends?

    The best places to visit in Sakleshpur for friends are:

    1. Bisle View Point:
    This viewpoint is known for its amazing sights of panoramas. It is surrounded by three mountain ranges of Doddabetta and Pushpagiri, Kumaraparvatha and Yenikallu Betta. Relish the astounding beauty of the emerald valleys and glittering Giri River.

    Location –
    Bisle Ghat View Point, Bisle Ghat Road, Bisle State Forest, Karnataka.
    Distance from Sakleshpur – 55 km.
    Best Time to Visit – September to December.

    2. Jenukal Gudda Hill:
    It is the second highest peak in the Indian state of Karnataka and happens to be a popular place for adventure seekers who wish to try out for trekking adventures at this place. The trek can be considered easy but the trekkers need to cover almost 8 km to reach the summit.

    Location –
    Jenukal Gudda, Sakleshpur.
    Distance from Sakleshpur – 40 km.
    Best Time to Visit – October to March.

    3. Ombattu Gudda Hill:
    If you are coming over to Sakleshpur with your adventure loving friends then this is surely going to a delight. Considered as one of the most unpredictable trails in the great Western Ghats and is a highly recommended place for adrenaline junkies.

    Location –
    Shravanbelagola, Karnataka.
    Distance from Sakleshpur – 90 km.
    Best Time to Visit – October to March.

    4. Shravanabelagola:
    It is home to numerous heritage sites that also include several Jain temples. This township is widely popular for its Gomateshwara Temple which has a gigantic statue of Bahubali, which is about  58 feet tall and dates back to almost 982 and 983 CE.

    Shravanbelagola, Karnataka.
    Distance from Sakleshpur 90 km.
    Best Time to Visit October to March.

  11. What is the best time to visit in Sakleshpur?

    The best time to visit Sakleshpur would be from the month of November to the month of April. In this period the precipitation levels are comparatively low and it makes travelling and sightseeing easier. Tourists from all over the country head to Sakleshpur in this period and make the most of the place with their loved ones.
  12. Which are the top budget-friendly resorts in Yercaud?

    Yercaud offers some of the budget-friendly resorts that give you homelike experience and services at no extra cost.

    1. Grand Palace Hotel and Spa Yercaud:
    The resort is located amidst the calming valley of Killiyur falls and offers you a chance to have traditional Tamil Nadu cuisine. The amenities include Free breakfast, free internet, free parking, pool, badminton, Bar/lounge, coffee shop, sauna, and game room.

    Killiyur Falls Road, Yercaud 636602 India.
    Price: INR 2,355.

    2. Sterling Yercaud:
    The resort is situated at the top of the Shevaroy Hills that offers a complete view of the Salem city, exuberant coffee gardens, and the Mettur Dam. The eminent tourist attraction places are on the walking distance, and the spectacular view of Yercaud Lake and Servarayan Hills adds more preference for choosing the resort.

    Lady's Seat Road, Yercaud 636601 India.
    Price: INR 2,398.

    3. Grange Resort Yercaud:
    If you’re looking for a budget-friendly Yercaud stay, then Grange Resort should be your ideal destination as it offers lavish rooms with chic interiors and modern infrastructure. Located 2 km away from the main city, the resort offers individual cottages amidst the coffee estates to give you an eminent view of nature.

    You can also try adrenaline rushing activities like trekking, rope-climbing, hiking, and more.

     Cock Burn Road, Yercaud 636601.
    Price: INR 2,617.

    4. Kottai Ayurveda and Siddha:
    Situated amidst the coffee plantations and lush greenery Kottai Ayurveda and Siddha is a retreat for nature lovers looking for an affordable yet luxurious stay. It offers spacious rooms, free parking facility, in house restaurant and a garden area.

     Plot No 3, 4, Kamaraj Road Ondikadai, Yercaud, India.
    Price: INR 2,500.

    5. Grand Palace Resort:
    It is best known for the unmatched hospitality that believes in facilitating purely customized services. The resort offers uninterrupted supply of power, barbeque, bonfire and delectable meals.

    Kamaraj Rd, Ondaikadi, Yercaud, Tamil Nadu 636602.
    Price: INR 3252.

  13. Which are the most luxurious resorts in Yercaud?

    Here is the list of the most luxurious resorts in Yercaud that offer a regal stay.

    1. Great Trails Yercaud by GRT Hotels:
    The resort is well known for its boutique interiors, and distinctive construction. It offers a 24-hour front desk, free parking, free internet speed (WiFi), game room, infinity pool, billiards, and rooftop bar.

    Salem-Yercaud Main Road 20th Hairpin Bend, Yercaud 636602 India.
    Price: INR 5,130.

    2. WOW Bison Woods (Organic Resorts):
    This 5-star resort is located at the boundary line of Vanambadi forest parkland. The resort is tremendously environment-friendly and offers amenities such as VIP room facilities, complimentary toiletries, minibar, etc.

    Plot No 53, 3rd Cross, Berry Garden opposite to First Estate, Yercaud 636601 India.
    Price: INR 5,125.

    3. TGI Star Holidays Yercaud:
    The resort is located amidst tall oak trees and Yercaud Lake with approachable transportation services to almost all prominent tourist places. The amenities include 24X7 VIP room services, posh cottages, restaurant, swimming pool, etc.

    Opp Ttdc Hotel, Yercaud 636601 India.
    Price: INR 2,997.

    4. The Lake Forest Resort:
    This is one of the most luxurious resorts having a backdrop of coffee estates and dense forests. having a parking facility, lavish rooms and breathtaking huge banquet hall that can accommodate around 400 guests.

    Ondikadai, Pagoda Point Road, Yercaud, Salem, Tamil Nadu 636602.
    Price: INR 6300.