We went on 2 days bike trip to Yercaud from Bangalore, a distance of 230kms in one way. We started in Bangalore on an early morning at the weekend, with our saddlebags packed just one day before our travel. We filled our water bottles, packed some healthy snacks, once again checked for mobile phone chargers, power banks, hand sanitizer, coolers and scarfs to protect from pollution and dust are kept in our fuel tank bag for easy access.
As usual, we have done research on places to visit at Yercaud, just like how we do for other bike trips.
Distance from Bangalore to Yercaud is 230Kms, i.e. almost the same distance as Bangalore to Tiruvannamalai, which we have covered in bike plenty of times. But travelling to Hill Station by bike is new, so we added an additional 1 hr to plan our travel time.
So, if you are planning to visit Yercaud from Chennai or Bangalore or Coimbatore or even the nearest Salem, it essential to consider the time required to ride up the hill station higher than the time taken to ride in plains.
So usually for 200kms distance ride, we take about 6 hrs to reach the destination, so we calculated 7 hrs for our bike ride to Yercaud hill station from Bangalore.
Spending almost the majority of the day time in travelling allow us to explore very limited places in Yercaud, So we wasted no time in our Yercaud stay TGI resorts. Spent each minute exploring the places, hiking up the mountains, hiking to Kiliyur falls in the late evening was the best thing we did.
Yercaud is one of the best places for fitness travellers, with plenty of options for trekking, mountain climbing, kayaking, biking, jogging and walking.
Travel alone or with family, finding time for fitness is one of the hardest things to do on vacation. Especially when your body begs you to stay in a hotel bed after that long journey, or rejuvenate in an exfoliating spa, or relax in a lounge chair under the warm sun, or enjoy a cocktail looking at the sunset far from the cottage – we always end our day guilty of not being active. Not to mention the unlimited buffet breakfast awaiting you to wake up the next morning.
So I bring the readers 5 fun outdoor activities / 5 best places to visit at Yercaud for the travelers.
Go for Play or Run in Anna park -the best place for fitness activity in central Yercaud
Staying in shape during vacations is a big challenge especially if you are travelling with kids. Also, it is close to impossible to stay fit if your hotel doesn’t have any gym facilities. Even though your kids make you run behind the whole day, it is for sure quite a deviation from your regular vigorous workout. You could plan fun activities in Anna park with kids located in centre Yercaud or simply go for jogging/walking around the park. Take advantage of that pure oxygen-rich air in entire Yercaud situated a few thousand feet above the ground.
Note – You would also enjoy flower show in Yercaud Botanical garden and Rose garden in summer. Also, Deer Park is another tourist destination for fun activities with kids and photography.
Go Boating in Emerald Lake
Emerald lake or Yercaud lake is the major tourist attraction in this mountain clad vacation spot. Boating in Yercaud lake is not only refreshing but also a great way to work those muscles for 1 full hour. You will enjoy the picturesque water body surrounded by gardens and teak woods. Emerald Lake is one of the top places to visit at yercaud, infact many people visit Yercaud just for boating and playing in Kiliyur falls.
Go trekking to lady’s seat, Servarayan Hills, and many other choices
Yercaud has developed recently as one of the major trekking destinations. Yercaud lake is surrounded by mountains with dense woods. Tourists are spoilt with choices for sightseeing and trekking in the mountains. Fitness lovers can choose any of these mountain viewpoints to go trekking. Or You could also register with Yercaud trekking club for your safety. You would absolutely love the view from lady’s seat, and also try out the telescope mounted on watchtower to enjoy the serene view of the plains. If you on a long vacation, on alternate days you could try other trekking destinations like Shevaroy Hills (Highest hill with a breathtaking view and a Hindu temple), Bear Cave, Karadiyur viewpoint, Arthur’s seat, Manjakuttai viewpoint and Pagoda point.
Note – Visit Silk farm located nearby lady’s seat to get a tour of silkworm farming and cultivation of mulberries in Yercaud.
Go Cycling in “loop road” in Yercaud
It is definitely crazy and super fun activity to go cycling in 32 km loop road in Yercaud. It would be absolute fun for both nature lovers and fitness lovers. Enjoy the nature’s beauty, Yercaud versatile plantation, take a pit stop to eat organic and homegrown fruits sold by local kids.
Go Walk through twisted steep foothills to reach Kiliyur falls
Kiliyur Falls is situated 3km from the Yercaud lake, once you reach the parking area, you need to walk through the twisted steep foothills to reach the Kiliyur falls. This was our absolute favourite fitness activity and needless to say the view was worth the pain. We played in the falls for sometime, clicked pics, retured as it was getting dark. Kiliyur falls is yet another top places to visit at Yercaud, it is must see sightseeing too. Am sure you will love it.
Our Travel Story
We Travel Duo, Myself Renuga and My Hubby Rajesh – rode the bike from Bangalore to reach Yercaud hill on a weekend. We chose the adventurous wildlife forest road on the way to Yercaud while coming back we chose 20 hairpin road connecting to main Salem city. We stayed in TGI resorts, absolutely enjoyed the weather and mountain view. For 2 days we explored almost all tourists destinations, some by bike and some by walk. Carrying the running shoes were the best thing we did, otherwise, it would have been difficult for any normal fitness activity. Yercaud is by far the best fitness vacation for adults or couples in TamilNadu. Also a best for family vacations.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- How to reach Yercaud from Chennai?
Yercaud to Chennai distance is 380 Kms, the best route is via Krishnagiri for both bike and car riders. You have many options to come to Yercaud by bus from Chennai or by train from Chennai.
- What is Yercaud distance from Bangalore?
Compared to Chennai, travelling from Bangalore is 100kms less the distance and the time. Onward journey we took short route near thoppur, which was fun and adventurous riding amongst forest and unexpected hairpins (see pic above). While coming back we took the route via Salem, with proper roads and it was another way of fun when we saw many riders like us. Overall it is safe to journey both the routes. Salem route is better for restaurant and washroom options.
- How to travel from Coimbatore to Yercaud?
From Coimbatore, it is 195 km distance, much lesser distance than from Chennai and Bangalore. Also, you have plenty of options for food and restrooms.
- How to travel from Trichy to Yercaud?
Trichy to Yercaud distance is less than 200 Km, via Tiruchengode. You don’t have train options from Trichy, but you can travel by road or by bus.
- Where is Yercaud fall located?
Kiliyur Falls also called as Yercaud falls, situated 2.5kms across Yercaud lake. Its just 10min walk from the boating place, also good hiking spot for fitness travellers.
- Yercaud weather, stay and restaurants review?
Weather is too good in summer, the best time to visit is from April to June. But if you like to enjoy hill station winter, travel after June with an overcoat or jumper or sweater. About restaurants, I don’t recommend eating anywhere outside the resort you stay. Around Anna park and Yercaud lake we did not see any decent eateries, it is ok to have a snack and tea there.
We enjoyed eating hot hot mirchi bajji and tea for yercaud awesome weather, just across yercaud lake. You should try too.
For stay, we have not tried any homestay, anyways homestays and resorts are equally priced, so we chose resort to stay.
I will come back and update more information on our next visit to Yercaud. Got any questions? Feel free to comment below.
- What to wear and what to pack for Bike ride to Hill station?
Roaming in the Yercaud hill station demands good physical energy and I suggest you wear comfortable loose clothes because you would be sweating a lot from hiking and climbing activities. Also, it is essential to carry a hiking backpack which is not as big as your regular travel bag, but small enough to wear it for a long time, also a good size to fit in your water bottles and snacks.
We always make sure to wear comfortable clothes (also good looking for taking pics) for long hour bike ride – he wears sweat pants , I wear very comfortable jeggings almost on all rides.
This Fratini Jeggings– Color Black is super comfortable to climb on the bike and to ride the bike. This is what I have worn most for more than 2 yrs bike travel, it still stays brand new. It is always on demand in Amazon, you could buy directly from the store or any other shopping websites.
Since it doesn’t have pocket, I always carry this sling bag -good size to keep mobile phones (very essential for google maps), coolers (need them for sunny ride), and Money (you know its very essential).
So, it is very essential to carry a backpack / sling bag to keep your essentials exclusive for roaming in Yercaud. I usually carry healthy snack during my travel. Travel through villages and off-city roads taught me to carry snacks all the time. Especially, when there are not many choices in Hill station, pack your snacks fellas !.