Yercaud is a hill station in Salem District, in Tamil Nadu, India. It is located in the Shevaroys range of hills in the Eastern Ghats. Yercaud is situated at an altitude of 1515 metres (4970 ft) above sea level. The highest point in Yercaud is the Servarayan temple, at 5,326 feet (1,623 m). The name derives from 2 Tamil words - lake (Yeri) and forest (kaadu) because of the abundant forests near the lake.
Coffee and citrus fruits, most notably oranges, are grown in abundance, as well as bananas, pears and jackfruit. Scenically, Yercaud is as enchanting and picturesque as the hill stations on the Eastern Ghats and trekking will be an experience. The National Orchidarium and Botanical Garden is situated in Yercaud. It is maintained by the southern circle of Botanical Survey of India. The National Orchidarium established in the year 1963.The place is also rich in endemic and charismatic species of wildlife including bison, sambar deer, spotted deer, anteater, jackals, hares, foxes, mongoose, civets, giant squirrels, and many reptiles including very rare ones.