Uncover Yercaud, a hill station situated on the Shevaroy ranges
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About Yercaud Attractions
Yercaud is called Yercaud because of the forest lake which was found here. Some people also call it 'Ooty of the poor'. It is a beautiful hill station in the district of Salem which is in Tamil Nadu, India. You can locate Yercaud on the Shevaroys range of hills in the Eastern Ghats. Yercaud is sited at an altitude of 1516 meters above the sea level of the sea. The highest point in Yercaud is the beautiful Servarayan temple, which is at 5,327 feet. Yercaud is one of the most favorable hill stations for tourists who are willing to have a Yercaud one day tour even because it is encircled by natural cliffs.
In Yercaud people mainly earn by the plantation of coffee which was basically brought to Yercaud by Africans. While having Yercaud trip you can also come across hills and fauna which still reside here.
History of Yercaud
The name Yercaud was kept by the Tamil words yeri and kaadu. Yeri means lake and kaadu mean forest. Yercaud was founded by Sir Thomas Munroe governor in 1842. In the 1820s the district collector of Salem David Cockburn made efforts to develop this place and this was the reason that he was called " father of Yercaud”. In order to develop Yercaud, he cultivated many crops like tea, pears, coffee, and even apple. Yercaud always had a cool climate so many Christians got attracted and started schools in here. The local residents of Yercaud are known as vellalas or even the Malayalis. They got drifted from Kanchipuram about 500 years ago. The population of Yercaud has never exceeded 50,000 and still, it is around 38,0000.
Shopping in Yercaud
The main source of earning in Yercaud is its a plantation of coffee which was an African gift to them. The Yercaud tourist guide would definitely tell you about the Citrus fruits grown here. When you shop in Yercaud you will get attracted to the natural things the local people sell there like oil, coffee powder, chocolate which are homemade, sweets which will make you drool, fresh cheese items, beautiful jewelry, shawls, and sweaters. While having the Yercaud city tour the local shops you will find herbs which are natural and in many ways helpful. What will be better than buying fresh and natural things which aren't available nowadays?
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Yercaud itself does not have an airport, due to its remote location within the state of Tamil Nadu. It is, however, fairly close to a few airports that boast a decent level of connectivity. Yercaud nearest airport is the Salem Airport, situated about 38 km from Yercaud itself, while the second closest is in Trichirapalli or Trichy, some 165 km away. While Salem Airport only has flights to and from Chennai, the airport in Trichy offers quite a few more options both nationally and internationally, such as Bangalore, Colombo and Kuala Lumpur. It would take a little over an hour to make your way to it from the airport in Salem, while it may take as long as 4 hours to reach Yercaud from Trichy airport. There are plenty of cabs available from the airports themselves, however, so it should be a largely painless process.
Once again, Salem functions as a hub for those looking to make their way over to Yercaud. There is no direct train that connects to Yercaud due to its lack of a railway station, but Salem Junction is the nearest railway station to Yercaud which is only 35 km away from here. Additionally, Salem Junction is part of a vast network of trains, a lot of which run on a daily basis, connecting Yercaud to cities all over the country. Trains going to or coming from Mumbai, Coimbatore, Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Mangalore, Mysore and so many other cities have a stop at Salem Junction on their route, giving you plenty of options in terms of how to reach Yercaud.
Quite a few of the major cities of Tamil Nadu and its neighbouring states are connected to Yercaud via a robust system of road. Salem once again is the closest town to Yercaud, standing at around 36 km and more likely than not, you may have to pass through it when making your way to Yercaud from further away. Coimbatore is approximately 195 km away, Chennai is approximately 355 km away and Bangalore is about 220 km away, while places like Trichy, Madurai and Mettur are within 80 to 280 km from it. All in all, Yercaud boasts a decent level of road connectivity, with a number of buses and taxis available to take you to it. Should you choose to make the trip over yourself, with your own two or four-wheeler, the scenery that will accompany you on this winding route is quite a treat.
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Name are the places which one should visit when in Yercaud?
The places which one should see while having Yercaud visit are Killiyur valley, emerald lake, bear's cave, Pagoda point, lady's seat, botanical gardens, Tipperary viewpoint, Annamalaiyar Temple viewpoint, Anna park, Karadiyur Viewpoint, Shevaroy temple, silk farm, Sri Chakra Maha Meru Temple, Sri Raja Rajeshwari temple, shevaroy hills.
What are the languages spoken in Yercaud?
Tamil and English are the main languages spoken in Yercaud.
Why is Yercaud named as Yercaud?
This place was named Yercaud because this place has a large number of forests and beautiful lakes and in Tamil, forests are known as yeri and lakes as kaadu.
Who was called the father of Yercaud?
The collector of Salem Mr. David Cockburn was called as the father of Yercaud.
What are the dishes which one should not miss in Yercaud?
The dishes which one should not at all miss in Yercaud are Saapudu, dosas, Pongal, paniyaram, appam, uthappam, upma, thogayal.
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