Yercaud

A beautiful hill station near Salem, Tamil Nadu in the Servarayan range, this town is popularly known as the “poor man’s ooty.” Yercaud is awash in natural beauty and its name comes from “yeri” meaning lake and “kaadu” meaning forest. The highest point in Yercaud Is the Servarayan temple, which is situated at 5326 feet, called the Shevaroy Hills (the anglicized version).

The history of Yercaud is heavily influenced by the British. They first discovered the lake in the 19th century and began to grow coffee and orange groves shortly after. The cool climate then attracted missionaries and finally tourists. Now most of the local economy is based on tourism.

Places of Interest
The Big Lake or Emerald Lake - This picture perfect lake is surrounded by gardens and ancient forests. The sculpted garden on one bank is spectacular and it is possible to rent a boat for a better view. If you like to paddle the boat yourself then the paddling boats are a good option otherwise you also have the option of the boatman rowing it for you as you relax in the calm waters of the Lake. The natural shoal seen around the Petrol Bunk, Round Tana, and adjoining Anna Park are some of the oldest shoals of natural species of trees that can be seen around the Shevaroys.

Anna Park – A must see for its “Japanese Park” were flowers are grown in a Japanese style. Home to flower shows throughout the summer.

Arthurs Seat, Lady’s Seat, Gents Seat, and Childrens Seat – Each one of these “seats” gives spectacular views of the lake and the surrounding countryside. At the Lady’s seat there is a steep drop of about 200 feet below from this point. One gets a panoramic view of distant Salem and the winding road up. Also, there are great night views of town.

Orchidarium-Botanical Survey of India - One of only two orchidariums run by the Botanical survey of India, this garden is home to the largest collection of native orchids. It is possible to see the rare Ladies Slipper (an insect eating orchid) as well as the rare tree Shevaroys Bombax. A must see for plant lovers!

Killiyur Falls - The Killiyur waterfall is located at a distance of about 3 km from the Yercaud Lake. The ideal time to visit the waterfall is immediately after the monsoons. You can see the surplus water from the Yercaud Lake and other points of the Shevaroy Hills fall deep into the Killiyur Valley below, making a 300 feet waterfall.

The Grange is one of the oldest buildings in Yercaud, built in 1820`s by the then District Collector of Salem, M D Cockburn. The Bear`s cave is situated near the Norton Bungalow on the way to Servarayan temple. It is an important tourist spot as it is considered one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya.

The Servarayan temple is situated at top of the Servarayan hill. The temple is a narrow and dark cave having the God Servarayan and the Goddess Kaveri inside, which is believed as the Shevaroy Hills and the Cauvery River. The local tribes celebrate their annual festival in the Servarayan temple during the month of May.

Mettur Dam – This is a major dam built across the river cauvery. Besides providing irrigation facilities to Erode, Trichy and Thanjavur Districts, Mettur dam also serves as a picnic spot. There is a beautiful park opposite to dam formed with Lawns, Parks and children play materials.

Top News

Rickshaw Drivers and Childline Will Work Together for Children’s Safety

Rickshaw Drivers and Childline Will Work Together for Children’s Safety

The safety of children has become a priority in the town of Thiruvananthapuram; with a smart and swift decision, Rickshaw drivers and Childline will work together from now on. [caption id="attachment_14097" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Let There Be More Happy Kids! Photo Credit: Travel Stock/ Shutterstock.com[/caption] ...
27 May, 2016 by Vera 
Shop & Nibble: The Best Markets and Street Food in Bangalore

Shop & Nibble: The Best Markets and Street Food in Bangalore

Bangalore, or Bengaluru, is the capital of Karnataka. With a population of more than 11.5 million people, it is the third most populous city in India. It is a gigantic place, with tons of opportunities to eat and shop. So, to help you out, we have narrowed down the list to the best markets and street food in Bangalore. Happy sho...
25 May, 2016 by Vera 
Things To Do in Mumbai, According to a Mumbaikar

Things To Do in Mumbai, According to a Mumbaikar

When travelling and deciding on activities, the best source is always a local; so we asked a Mumbaikar about things to do in Mumbai. So, forget the touristy sights and tours, this is the real deal! [caption id="attachment_14065" align="aligncenter" width="548"] Mumbai at Night. Photo Credit: Roshan Nikam[/caption] Marine D...
20 May, 2016 by Vera 
India’s Guide for Students is Here!

India’s Guide for Students is Here!

Foreigner students going to India can now check out India’s guide for students, newly revised and published by the Indian Government itself. Admittedly, however, the handbook is nothing like your typical Lonely Planet guide book about the country… In the past few days, the Internet in India has been blowing up with talk a...
18 May, 2016 by Vera 
Kathleen

Kathleen's Rickshaw Challenge Experience: Embracing India and the Wacky Adventure

Always cheerful and smiling, our very own Rickshaw Challenge - Classic Run 2016 participant AND winner from Team Chickshaw, Kathleen Evans shared with us her thoughts on India and the Challenge. [caption id="attachment_14051" align="aligncenter" width="243"] Team Chickshaw. Photo Credit: Kathleen Evans[/caption] Tell us a...
13 May, 2016 by Vera 
Smart Cities in India: What, When, Why, How?

Smart Cities in India: What, When, Why, How?

Today, the Indian Parliament is sitting down to talk about something that will change the lives of many, while also promoting sustainable development. On this day, the smart cities in India are in the spotlight. [caption id="attachment_14044" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Old Indian Cities to Become Smart Ones. Photo Credi...
11 May, 2016 by Vera 
The Question of Beef in Maharashtra

The Question of Beef in Maharashtra

If you live in central India and love a good burger, you’ll be happy to hear that from now on, beef in Maharashtra can be consumed legally. However, the story doesn’t stop at that… [caption id="attachment_14035" align="aligncenter" width="407"] Maharashtra. Photo Credit: Google Maps[/caption] The Bombay High Court de...
6 May, 2016 by Vera 
Fruits in India That You Probably Have No Idea About

Fruits in India That You Probably Have No Idea About

There are some quirky and strange creations that you just have to try at least once in your life… So, we have compiled a list of fruits in India that you probably never ever heard of. Bon appétit! Duku and Lungsat [caption id="attachment_14027" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Duku & Lungsat. Photo Credit: Wiki[/cap...
4 May, 2016 by Vera 
Things to do in Pune – Apart from the Usual Sightseeing

Things to do in Pune – Apart from the Usual Sightseeing

Once you’re done with the usual touristy sights, there are many more things to do in Pune - if you have the energy, that is. Oh, and capacity to eat (and drink) many delicious treats! Osho Commune International [caption id="attachment_14012" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Ultimate Zen. Photo Credit: Osho[/caption] S...
29 Apr, 2016 by Vera 
The Game Master Opens Up About Operating the Rickshaw Challenge - Interview

The Game Master Opens Up About Operating the Rickshaw Challenge - Interview

Our Head Organizer, the Game Master a.k.a. Princely Jeyachandran opens up about the last ten years of heading the Rickshaw Challenge operative. Spoiler: It all started with a wedding....  [caption id="attachment_13999" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Princely, Always on the Lookout[/caption] How long have you been the ...
26 Apr, 2016 by Vera 
Page 1 of 9112345...102030...Last »

Facebook

Get the Facebook Likebox Slider Pro for WordPress
X

Come join us on our next rickshaw adventure! Book Your Place!

¤