|Yercaud hill station, ytamil nadu.TrekEarth|
|Yercaud hill station, Sunset./ en.wikipedia.org/|
|Sacred heart Convent for girls, commons.wikimedia.org/|
Normally, temperatures may range from 16 to 30 degree Celsius in the summer and 13 to 25 degree Celsius in the winter. Yercaud is often referred to as the “Poor man’s Ooty,” as the expenses for a holiday here are considerably less, when compared to Ooty.
|Yercaud hill sattion. TN Maps-india.com|
|Gov. Thomas Munro, Madras Presidency. SlideShare|
|Yercaud hill station, Tami nadu. Tamil Spide|
|M.D.Cockburn Collector of Salem. Grave in Kotagirien.wikipedia.org/|
Initially the planters focused their attention on coffee and only after 1840 planters were encouraged to grow tea. One Dr.Wallich took serious efforts to try tea on the property of G. F. Fischer, a European of German origin. He purchased the Salem Zamin properties in 1836 and was the only European Zamindar in the Madras Presidency. The area of his zamin was a whooping 125,000 acres (510 km2). One Richardson introduced cinnamon trees. Coffee and citrus fruits, most notably oranges, are grown in abundance, as well as bananas, pears and jack fruit.
The growth of coffee and tea plantations plus the mild climate attracted lots of Europeans to move over here, leaving the hot plains. Further, they found their occupation quite profitable, besides, they liked the serene and quiet ambiance prevailing in the mountainous area. As more and more Europeans moved in, there arose a necessity to have spiritual services. This brought in several Christian missionaries who established the churches here to cater to the Christian community.
|Sacred heart Convent for girls,Yercaud. commons.wikimedia.org|