A Little Heaven of Earth
Yercaud is a beautiful hill station situated in the southern part of the Shevaroy ranges, in the Eastern Ghats. For most people Shevaroy is an unfamiliar name they have not heard too often, YERCAUD! Sure it rings a bell! Well to see the record straight. Yercaud is situated at an elevation of 4700ft above MSL on the Shevaroys hill range. The Shevaroy hills are small outcrops of hills covering an area of about 385 sq.miles. There are 67 villages and 25 hamlets with a population of about 70,000 of whom 45,000 are tribals. The mean temperature ranges between 22oC to 25oC. In winter temperature rarely goes below 10oC and on extremely hot days temperature may shoot up to 32oC. The average rainfall is about 45 cm to 60 cm from both the Southwest and Northeast monsoons. Yercaud is justly called healthy. It escapes the heavy dust and pollution of the plains without the disadvantages of the rarefaction of high altitudes.