The charming and peaceful hill resort perched at an altitude of 1500 meters amidst the Servaroyan hills is endowed with splendid scenic beauty and bracing climate throughout the year. Yercaud surrounded by coffee plantations and orange groves is often referred to as a Poor Man’s Ooty’, as it is one of the least expensive hill resorts of India.
Yercaud (Big) Lake: The lovely lake amidst lush surroundings is the main attraction of Yercaud. Visitors enjoy boating on the cool waters of the lake.
Anna Park: The well laid out park near the lake is worth visiting. A week-long annual summer festival is held here in May. Fancy flower shows, dog shows, boat racing, etc. are organized during this time.
Lady’s Seat: The scenic site overlooking the winding ghat road, affords a panoramic view of the surroundings, especially during the night when the twinkling lights of Salem town can be seen. A telescope is also mounted here for better viewing.
Shevaroy Temple & Bear’s Cave: The temple is set atop the highest point in Yercaud. The tribals of the region celebrate their annual festival here in May. On the way up near the Norton Bungalow is the Bear’s Cave.
Kiliyur Falls: A stream from the Big Lake plunges from a height of 300 ft. amidst scenic surroundings.
The Grange: This castle-like bungalow was built by M. D. Cockburn, the former British Collector of Salem. He is also credited with introducing coffee to the region from Arabia and apples, pears, and loquats from South Africa between 1820 and 1829. The building was also used as a summer retreat by Robert Clive, the commander of British armed forces in India.