(Last Updated on : 22/05/2009)
Yercaud is a fascinating hill station of Tamil Nadu, situated about 8 kms from Salem. It is situated at an altitude of 5000 ft. It has a very pleasant weather and the temperature here never rises beyond 29°C and never falls below 13° C.
Yercaud has neither a biting winter nor a scorching summer. So, it is an ideal place to go around throughout the year. It falls on the Shevaroy range of the Eastern Ghats. Sir Thomas Munroe, the then Governor of Madras exposed this beautiful hill station of Tamil Nadu in 1824.
It is situated on a fine motorable ghat road with several hairpin bends linking the top after a 23 kms ride through coffee plantations. The term `Yer` means beauty in Tamil, `Kadu` means forest as this is flourished with fruit plantations like apple, cherry and orange. Hence, Yercaud in Tamil means `beautiful forest`. There are a number of lakes big and small and waterfalls on this hill. The beautiful lake here has boating facilities. Yercaud is also ideal for trekking.