For most people Shevaroys is an unfamiliar name which they have not heard too often. Yercaud! Sure it rings a bell! Yercaud has long been a stopover for foreign
travelers; traders of the East India Company and even the first package tours during the early 20th century with the arrival of the first P & O passenger ship on the shores of the Indian Sub Continent.
All have echoed Charles Dickens’s sentiment that "it is better than any other hill station in the south of India" and whilst Yercaud may have had its heyday, it has now become the new Riviera of sub continent and the perfect time warp for the inquisitive
Located 360 km south of Chennai, Yercaud is the quiet getaway hill station of Southern India and is the third largest hill station in Tamil Nadu with a very small population majority of who are the tribals and native villagers.
Yercaud is situated at an elevation of 4700 feet above the level of the sea on the Shevaroy hill range. The Shevaroy hills are a small outcrop of hills covering an area of about 385 square miles. There are 67 villages and 25 hamlets. The elevation ranges from 2500 feet to 5200 feet above the level of the sea. The mean temperature ranges between 22°C and 25°C. In winter temperature may rarely go below 10°C and on extremely hot days temperature may shoot unto 32°C. the average rainfall is about 45” to 60” from both the South West and the North East Monsoons. In years when the North East Monsoon is active and rainfall distributed upto the first fortnight of December the summers are generally mild, comfortable and enjoyable and we are spared from the misery of forest fires and water shortages.
The soil is laterite with generally poor depth compared to other coffee growing areas situated at an altitude of 4500 feet.
The taluk headquarters is located in Yercaud. Yercaud town is situated at an altitude of 4500 feet.
Yercaud is an ideal springboard to visit the beaches, the temples, the wild life reserves, the lowland tea estates, the rain forests and the local and chaotic markets and villages of Southern India.