I tripped Yercaud alone and truly loved the experience. I left Bangalore by the Coimbatore Express, late at night.
From Salem Junction (rail-station) there are buses to Salem's inter-city Bus terminus every five mins for a meagre Rs2/- .
Private mini-buses ply to Yercaud every half an hour for Rs 23/- . More frequent during the day than at night.
Yercaud's an hour and a half away and the first stop is at a circle, just beside the Lake. This circle is at the centre for all spots in Yercaud. The next stop is at Yercaud's bus stand, 2km away. Taxi's and auto's are avialable at reasonable rates. Meter's do not work here. :P
Many hotel's and inns are closer to the circle than the bus-stand. Bus-stand is in the town area of Yercaud, which has many tea-shops, bakeries, meat shops, small eateries and a 'Tasmac' wine shop ( govt ).
The best part about Yercaud is its weather, similar to other hill-stations. It reminded me about Bangalore 15+ years back.
It's for those who need a peace-break. There's hardly any noise here unlike Bangalore or any other metro or even other famous hill-stations. There's always a gentle breeze that fills you up with such positive energy that you dont stop smiling at every passer-by.
People are friendly, humble and always ready to help. I recommend long walks for a wonderful, graceful experience.
Pepper, jasmine, rubber, coffee and eucalyptus estates are common here.
Make sure you take in loads of fresh-air before you leave. It's become a rarity for the metro-ites. There are many estates offering home-stays with moderate facilities away from town.
Yercaud's gaining popularity as a tourist spot and commercialization is just a step away. Visit, before it loses its charm.
Lets help in retaing this charm by refraing from polluting this beautiful hill-station.