Yercaud is a quaint little hill station located in the Shevaroy range of hills in the Eastern Ghats, at an altitude of 1515 m (4920 ft). It is also known as the Jewel of the South. It has beautiful winding roads lined with coffee/pepper plantations, cardamom and a wide variety of trees. Yercaud Lake is a popular tourist destination and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and trees. The highest point in Yercaud is the Servarayan temple. Yercaud base is approx. 200 km from Silk Board Junction, Bangalore. The distance from base to top is 22 km and there are 20 hairpin bends. The average gradient is 6% and certain hairpin bends are tougher than the others. The ride from the base to the top is interesting to say the least! The overall traffic is manageable; you find few buses, scooters and bikes on the way. The sound of the buses as they try to haul themselves up is quite something! There are many hairpin bend pit stops which form the perfect place to get that profile worthy ‘Cycle wala’ shot! It is definitely one of the more interesting places for cyclists near Bangalore to explore and work them legs!