Facts And Figures
- Total Population: 693,236 (2001 census)
- Best time to visit: November – March
- Area: 94 sq km
- Languages: Tamil and English
- STD Code: 0427
Encircled by several hilly ranges, Salem is a city and a municipal corporation in Salem district in Tamil Nadu. Positioned at the center of the state, Salem is well-known for cotton and silk handloom weaving.
Salem, one of the largest cities of Tamil Nadu, is located in the Western part of the state.
Best Time To Visit
Salem enjoys a tropical climate round the year.
For a Tour to Salem, the best time to visit is between the months of November and March.
The name Salem perhaps originated from the word Sela or Shalya, which refers to the country around the hills, as found in the inscriptions. According to local tradition, Salem is the birth place of Tamil poetess Avvaiyar.
Make your Tour to Salem a memorable experience by visiting these famous tourist places in Salem –
Places around Salem
- Kottai Mariamman Temple:
There are several Mariamman temples in Salem, of which the Kottai Marriamman temple is the most renowned. Mariamman is a Hindu goddess, an incarnation of Shakti.
- Government Museum:
This museum at Salem preserves valuable collections of terracotta's and sculptures.
- Hogenakkal Waterfalls:
One of the most amazing waterfalls in the state, this waterfall is unique for its vertical drop from a height of 20 meters.
Explore the land of Salem, visiting the places around it, while on a Tour to Salem –
Fairs & Festivals
This small, tranquil hill town situated in the Shevaroy Hills has a charming landscape that comprises of coffee plantations and densely forested slopes.
- Poiman Karadu:
9 km from Yercaud is Poiman Karadu, which can be seen from the plains to the east of the hill. You will get a hazy sight of a deer with two horns, visible in a cave between rocks on the hill. As you move closer, the strange vision gradually vanishes.
Famous for the Kailasanatha Temple, this place is situated 27 km from Salem. Decked with exquisite statues and stone carvings, a special attraction of the place is the rotating lotus flower in the ceiling.
- Mettur Dam:
Located 52 km from Salem, this dam across River Cauvery is one of the biggest reservoirs with water spread of 15,540 hectares.
How to reach
- Mariamman festival:
Celebrated for a fortnight every year around July, during this festival Goddess Mariamman is adorned with jewelry and flower chariots and taken around the city at midnight.
- Temple Car Festival:
The Shevapet Mariamman temple car is the biggest among the cars of Amman temples across the state. The car becomes the center of attraction during the annual car festival celebrated here for a week.
Come on a Tour to Salem, using the following means of transport -
Where To Stay
- By Air:
Salem has its own airport at Kamalapuram, on NH7, towards Dharmapuri.
- By Rail:
Salem is a Railway division, constituting of Salem, Coimbatore, Erode and Namakkal.
- By Road:
The buses available at Dr MGR Central Integrated Bus Terminus in Meyyanur connect to almost all places of Tamil Nadu.
Enjoy a comfortable stay while on a Tour to Salem at the hotels in Salem, offering a remarkable blend of tradition and modernity. Some of the major hotels in Salem are Hotel Ashok, Hotel Apsaraa, Hotel City View, Hotel Hema International, etc.
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