A very popular hill station in Tamil Nadu, Yercaud is about 225 kms from Bangalore and about 30 kms from Salem. A hill station with numerous educational institutions and boarding schools like Panchgani in Maharashtra Yercaud has a similar unhurried charm about it. Yercaud is a good destination for a long weekend.
Yercaud is an ideal weekend getaway from Bangalore for a long weekend. At just 30 kms from Salem Yercaud can be reached in under six hours from Bangalore. At about 4970 ft above sea level Yercaud enjoys salubrious weather almost all through the year. Yercaud Lake with gardens in its banks and trees is the center of all activities in Yercaud. Yercaud is famous for its coffee plantations and it is also a major producer of oranges. Sandal wood trees are also very common is Yercaud hills.
The National Orchidarium and Associated Garden run by the Botanical Survey of India is one of the largest orchid nurseries in India. It nurtures and showcases 249 different types of orchids and other rare and endangered plants, including the highly-sought lady’s slipper, the intriguing insect-eating pitcher plant, and the kurunji plant that blooms only once in 12 years.
Orchidarium is closed on weekends
Yercaud Summer Festival
Summer Festival is held during the middle of May, when the annual festival of Lord Servarayan, presiding deity of the Shevaroy Hills, takes place. There is a 7-day exhibition of flower shows, dog shows, boating races and a village fair.
World's largest Sri Chakra Maha Meru
Yercaud is home to the World's largest Sri Chakra Maha Meru. Located in Nagalore 7 kms from the Yercaud lake, this Lalitha Tripurasundari Temple houses the world's largest Sri Chakra Maha Meru. Built in white marble, with paved pathways, the main sanctum sanctorum has a semicircular pit filled with water in which the reflection of the Sri Chakra Maha Meru can be seen.