Yercaud was my weekend destination from Bangalore, the route till Salem is smooth. Yercaud is about 4 hour drive, about 220km from Bangalore consisting of 16 hair pin bends after Salem. In Tamil 'Yer' stands for beauty and Kadu for forest, hence Yercaud in Tamil means 'beautiful forest'.
It is usually known as Poor Man's Ooty. Yercaud is a quiet hill station with less commercialization as compared to Ooty.