Karad, a city in Maharashtra’s Satara district, is also known as the sugar bowl of Maharashtra owing to the numerous sugar factories that dot the vicinity. This city lies on the banks of rivers Krishna and Koyana. The confluence of both rivers is locally known as Preeti Sangam, which means lovely meeting. Some of the tourist attractions nearby are Satara, Mandwa, Panchgani, Panhala and Kolhapur.
Places to Stay
The city of Karad provides good budget hotels. A few of these include Hotel Shree Annapurna Prasad (Tariff – Rs.475), Hotel Sai Praithana (Tariff – Rs.584), Hotel Sagar (Tariff – Rs.487) and Hotel Shreeman (Tariff – Rs.949).
The languages spoken in Karad are Marathi and Hindi.
The most important festivals in Karad are Makar Sankranti in January, Gudi Padwa and Holi in March, Jiviti Puja celebrated in July-August, Ganesh Chaturthi in August-September, Dussehra in September and Diwali during October-November.
Places of Interest
There are interesting sightseeing destinations around Karad. Some of these are Krishna Ghat (2 km), Kashil (27 km), Dadholi (31 km), Narayanwadi (19 km) and khodshi Dam, located 7 km away from Karad.
How to Get There
There is a small airstrip in Karad (4 km), which is the nearest airport. However, the major airport is located 75 km away in Kolhapur.
Karad Railway Station is 7 km away from the city centre and connects the city to other nearby states.
There are regular state-run and private buses travelling to and fro the surrounding states. Private bus operators such as Jyotirling Travels provide daily trips from Mumbai to Karad. Get discount on bus booking through various travel websites like Ticketgoose.com and visit your desired holiday destination.
Known as the Steel City of South India, Salem is located at the base of the beautiful Yercaud hills. The place derived its name from the word Sailam meaning a place bound by mountains. Salem has captured a huge market for the manufacture of stainless steel and handlooms.
Place to Stay
There are several good budget hotels that are easy on your pocket. Some of good hotels are— Sri Durga Residency (Tariff –Rs 1,900), Park Plaza Hotel (Tariff –Rs.1000), Hotel Silver Palace (Tariff –Rs.1000 to 2000) and Hotel Hema Internationals (Tariff –Rs 500 to 1000).
Mariamman festival is celebrated during the month of july. This famous festival is celebrated for 15 days
Every festival in Salem is celebrated with vigor and enthusiasm.
Tamil is the main language spoken in the region.
Places to Visit
1008 Lingam Temple (10 kms from Salem), Poiman Karadu (9 km from Salem), Siddhar Temple (22 kms from Salem), Sugavaneshwarar Temple ( 1km from old bus stand)and Kurumpapatti Zoological Park (6km from Salem).
How to Get There
The airport is situated about 20kms away from the city. Salem Airport is positioned at Kaamalapuram. This airport which is constructed at the cost of 6 crore provides flight services for some districts of Tamil Nadu
Salem Junction railway station is located about 5 km from Salem. This is considered to be an important railway junction in the southern railway. Many direct trains halt and depart from Salem station.
Salem has two bus terminus called MGR central bus terminus and Town bus stand. MGR central bus terminus connects to all the states in Tamil Nadu. Meanwhile the Town bus stand only serves for the local city. Bus operators that offer daily scheduled traveling services at lowest price include Hosanna Tours And Travels Pvt Ltd, S M S Travels and Tharai Travels and Parcels. There are several bus operators that have made booking bus tickets easier through their websites.