Thursday, April 5, 2007

Yercaud - Poor man's Ooty

This weekend, if you want to drive out of Bangalore – visit Yercaud.
Yercaud is a hill station near Salem, Tamil Nadu-in the Servarayan range (anglicized as Shevaroys) of hills in the Eastern Ghats. It is at an altitude of 1,500 metres (4,920 feet) from mean sea level.
The town gets its name from the lake located at its center - in Tamil "Yeri" means "lake" and "Kaadu" means "forest".
The drive from Bangalore will not drain your energy – Thanks to the well maintained roads by NHAI between Bangalore and Krishnagiri .The route to reach Yercaud is - Bangalore - Hosur - Krishnagiri - Dharmapuri - Salem - Yercaud (on road, 250km approx)

Places to see in yercaud:

The Big Lake or Emerald Lake: The first thing one sees as you enter Yercaud is this placid lake in a wonderful surrounding of hills and natural shoals.
Kiliyur Falls: This breathtaking waterfall is 3 km from Yercaud Lake, the surplus water from the Lake reaches the Shevaroys Hills and falls deep into the Kiliyur Valley in a breath taking 300 feet fall.
Lady's Seat, Gents Seat and Childrens Seat: A cluster overlooking the ghat road and the town of Salem to the South. There is a natural rock formation in the form of a seat where reportedly an English Lady of yesteryears spent her evenings viewing the magnificent panorama.
Monfort School: Monfort School named after the founder of the Order of St.Gabriel. St.Louis Marie Grignoin de Monfort. The schools vast campus with attractive buildings, spacious play grounds, well planned and beautiful gardens, and a swimming pool is the envy of all the schools in the South.
Orchidarium-Botanical Survey of India: This is one of two orchidariums run by the Botanical survey of India. It has a large collection of native orchids. Not to mention the rare Ladies Slipper, an insect eating Orchid.
Ornamental Lake: Also known as Small Lake and lies in the heart of the town between the Yercaud Library and Sports Club and the Monfort School.
Shevarayan Temple: A flat-topped hill with a plateau. The view from the temple on all sides is magnificent - the mass of mountains and hills spread out like a map between the Shevaroys and the nearest hills.
Silk Farm & Rose Garden: You can see the cultivation of Mulberries, the growing of silk worms and the method of spinning silk. The Rose Garden – that once had a good collection of colorful Roses is 2 km from Yercaud town.
The Grange: This is one of the oldest buildings in Yercaud, built sometime in the 1820's.
MD Cockburn the then Collector is supposed to have established the first commercial plantation and planted Coffee, Oranges, Apples and other fruit trees brought from South Africa.
Tipperary View Point: One can reach this southern most view point of Yercaud by taking the Tipperary Road. From there one can see the Elephant Tooth Rocks. Which are reportedly said to be the remnants of a meteorite which fell on earth.
Do not miss the famous ‘Black Panther Oil’ sold by Ramesh Singh and Bhavani Singh. This is supposed to be a medicated oil made with the use of over 20 different kinds of herbs.

Why should You Go:
  • To beat the summer heat and relax in a hill station that is not commercialized.
  • It is a quite place not more than 4 hours away from Bangalore.
  • It is not polluted
  • Because you have a long weekend and you are looking to spend some quality time.


Anonymous said...

hey any suggestions on where to stay in yercaud ????

Ramesh Balasundaram said...

Yes, There is a place called Grand Palace Yercaud. It is maintained well and i would rate that as the best place to stay. The standard traiff would be INR Rs.1500/- to Rs.2000/-

Cheaper options are also available - places like House of Peace and Thendral resort will cost you less than Rs.1000/-

prem singh said...

im the proprietor of bhavani singh, and we alone sell black panther oil, be sure before you post your comments