Yercaud is a lovely emerald green town with a gentle, serene lake set amidst thickly wooded slopes. It is the jewel of the Shevaroy hills, on the Eastern Ghats, and sits on one of the most ancient mountains on earth.
This fragrant paradise is filled with red roses, unique pitcher plants, colourful flowers and Japanese horticulture gardens. Its lush orchards hang heavy with bananas, pears, oranges, jackfruit and spicy peppers. The decadent berries of its coffee plantations dot many a slope.
Known for the 18 feet Namakkal Hanuman and the Narasimha temple, its name is derived from Namagiri, a single rock formation at the center of the town. This rock is enormous, with a 1-kilometer circumference and is 65 meters high. On top of this hillock, also known as the Saligramam, is a rock fort.
There’s a temple here dedicated to Lord Ardhanareeswarar – and the deity is half Shiva and half Shakti. The Lord here is also called Umai or Bagan.
A place surrounded by mountains is called Sailam, and hence the name Salem. The region is known as Kongu Nadu and Mazhanadu, and the city is nicknamed Steel City or Mango City.
Temple: Shervaroyan Temple, Sri Raja Rajeswari Temple
Church: Sacred Heart Church, The Retreat Church, St. Joseph’s Church, Holy Trinity Church, C.S.I. Church, Lutheran Church
Mosque: Yercaud Mosque
Frequent Bus Services are available from Salem Junction and Salem Bus Terminus to Yercaud. Few Bus Services from Salem pass through and halt at Cauvery Peak, Valavanthi, Nagalur, Vellakkadai, Swinton Bridge to supplement the non availability of Town Bus Services within Yercaud.
Rail: Salem Junction [36 km] is the nearest rail head. All south, north bound trains that pass through Salem and halt here.
Salem [38Km], Tiruchirappalli [165Km] and Coimbatore [195Km] are the nearest Airports.