Yercaud is a quaint hill station nestled at the Shevaroy Hills in the Salem district of Tamilnadu. The small beautiful hill town of Yercaud is known for its pleasant and cool climate round the year. Also referred as Poor Man’s Ooty, it is a less expensive holiday destination that beckons the tourists with its picturesque climate and serene surroundings. Dotted with lush green landscapes, coffee plantations and thickly forested slopes, Yercaud has been fastly gaining popularity among the tourists from all the parts of the globe and is mainly known for its rich plantations of coffee, orange, guava, jackfruit, cardamom and black pepper.
Literally Yercaud is derived from two Tamil words- ‘Yeri’ means lake and ‘Kaadu’ means forest and a charming lake is situated in the centre of the town giving it the name. Perched at an altitude of 4800 meters above sea level, Yercaud is a heavenly place that is supposed to be overflowed with the blessings and divinity of Mother Nature. The evergreen forests of the hill town are studded with exotic variety of flora and fauna where you can find abundance of sandalwood, teak and silver oaks that act as a home to several wild animals such as deer, bison, snakes, mongoose, fox, squirrels and variety of colorful birds. The most interesting thing about this fascinating hill resort is that the temperature here never rises or falls to extremes and the tourists can pack their bags to visit Yercaud at any time of the year.
With plenty of wonderful scenic attractions, Yercaud also offers wonderful trekking routes to the tourists. Moreover, it also acts as a venue for the famous Summer Festival that is held in the month of May and provides an overwhelming spectacle swayed with boat races, flower shows, fairs and many more. A short trip to this lesser known hill town offers an escape to the visitors from the heat and grime of the crowded city’s life.