Yercaud Summer Festival
The month of May is one of the busiest and bustling times in Yercaud. The annual summer festival held at this hill town in Tamil Nadu is a much awaited and looked forward to event. The festival of Lord Servarayan, the presiding deity of the Shevaroy Hills is celebrated during this time. A 5 day exhibition of flower shows, dog shows, several cultural shows, boating races and a village fair is organized, galvanizing the whole town into a frenzy of activity. The village fair held around the famous Yercaud Lake is the highpoint of this festival and enjoyed by tourists and tribals from all around the Eastern Ghats. Elaborate arrangements are always made for tourists visiting the place during this season. Special government bus services have been organized by the district administration for travel from Salem City to Yercaud and parking arrangements have been made in Yercaud town.
The grand and colourful opening of this summer festival extravaganza took place on the 13th of May 2018 with an overwhelming attendance of several hundred tourists. Exquisite floral displays, classical dances and short plays were put up welcoming one and all. Graced by several political dignitaries and members of the presiding government, the 5 day festival was inaugurated and thrown open to the public enthusiastically. The main venues include Yercaud auditorium, open ground, Thalaisolai and Shervaroyan.
More than 2.5 Lac flowers are on display and floral structures of a tractor with a farmer, state assembly, the queen, flight and cartoon characters of Motu, Patlu and Sinchan have been erected by the horticulture department, to the delight of onlookers. The cartoon characters were assembled with thousands of colourful roses and other flowers, while the structure of the queen was bedecked with carnations, gerbera and anthurium flowers.
The National Orchidarium and Botanical garden situated in Yercaud has displayed more than 100 varieties of 50,000 potted flower plants, much to the admiration of tourists. Other attractions like the boat riding competitions, musical concerts, other photo exhibitions and displays by various government departments and sports competitions are also appreciated by locals and tourists alike.
Besides celebrating the festival of the local deity and showcasing Yercaud as a tourist destination, the idea of organizing this summer festival is to draw attention to the importance of nature and planting more trees so as to preserve our natural environment and maintain equilibrium in our surroundings. Visitors to the festival have been implored by the authorities not to litter and deposit waste either at the event venues or in the surrounding forests.
Yercaud has a moderately humid, sub-tropical climate generally, with temperatures in summer (March – May) very rarely exceeding 30 degrees celcius. It is pleasant enough to enjoy the outdoors.
How to reach Yercaud :
By air – As Yercaud does not have its own airport, one can fly into the Tiruchillappari International Airport from Chennai domestically as it has a very poor domestic network and from a few foreign countries like Dubai, Singapore, Colombo and Kuala Lumpur.
By train – The nearest railway station is at Salem which is about 35 km from Yercaud and one can travel by cab or bus from there to Yercaud.
By bus – There are regular bus services from Salem to Yercaud and one can opt for the state-run buses or the ones run by the private operators. Salem is well connected within the state of Tamil Nadu and with several other states like Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh etc.
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