These are the Aiyanars, the guardian deities of the villages. The long and winding road up to Yercaud has numerous hairpin bends; keep a bag of lemon sweets handy to stop those hill-climbing blues, or stop at wayside stalls to pick up some fresh spices. Finally, you will be greeted by the fragrance of coffee blossoms and the sight of pretty thatched cottages as you approach Yercaud.
Yercaud is made for long, leisurely walks or a slow ride on the lake in a pedal boat. You can hire a car or taxi to drive around the nearby sights like Lady's Seat that overlooks the valleys, or Pyramid Point or Pagoda Point, with its interesting structure of stones. 7 km from the lake is the Servaroyan Temple near the lake is also worth visiting, as is the old cave temple nearby. Other interesting places are Anna Park, Killiyur Falls, Bear's Caves and Cauvery Peak.
Quiet and serene Yercaud with its laidback grace is bound to bowl you over. You will return again and again for that tranquil sojourn that this little coffee hamlet is famous for.
|Getting to yercaud
Yercaud is 190 km from Coimbatore and 237 km from Bangalore. The nearest railway stations are at Salem (36 km) and the nearest airport is at Trichy (180 km). There are direct trains from Chennai, Coimbatore and Bangalore. Many buses pass through Yercaud on their way to Salem. You could drive up to Yercaud by rented car, taxi or bus.
|Best time to visit
The best time to visit Yercaud is in the cool months from October-November onwards. Though summers are very pleasant, tourist activity is high. Carry light woollens and sun protection.
The range of accommodation is limited but there are some decent mid-rung hotels and low budget rooms at Yercaud.