Salem is a city and a municipal council located in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu. It is situated about 160 km away from Coimbatore. In terms of population, Salem is the fifth largest city in the state. The Thirumanimuthar River flows through the Salem city. It is surrounded by hills on all sides namely Jarugumalai in the south, Godumalai to the east, Nagaramalai in the north and Kanjamalai in the west. It shares its border with Dharmapuri towards the north, Erode towards the west, Namakkal towards the south and Villupuram towards the east.
Budget Hotels in Salem
There are plenty of budget hotels for travellers in Salem. Some of them include Ganesh Mahaal Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700 onwards), City View Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600 onwards), Hotel Selvam (Tariff – Rs. 550 onwards), and Hotel New Tamil Nadu (Tariff – Rs. 800 onwards).
Tamil is the local language spoken here. English, Hindi are also known by the people.
Events in Salem
An annual festival is celebrated in the Kottai Mariamman Temple for 15 days during the month of July.
Places to See in Salem
Yercaud Hills (22 km), Kiliyur Falls (3 km), Namagiripettai (28 km), Kurumbapatti Zoological Park (6 km), Tharamangalam (22 km), Poiman Karadu (9 km), Poolampatty water place (40 km) and Rasipuram (27 km) are some of the best tourist destinations around Salem.
How to Get There
Salem Airport is located 2 km away from the town.
Salem Town railway station is the nearest rail head located 1 km away.
Salem has good road connectivity to all major cities like Sankari and Tharamangalam. NH7 (Varanasi- Kanyakumari), NH 68 (Salem-Ulundurpet) and NH 47 (Salem- Kanyakumari via Coimbatore) passes through Salem. There are several buses plying to Bangalore, Hyderabad and Tirupati. Airking Travels & Tours, Roshan Travels, KPN Travels are some of the private travel operators that provide convenient buses to Salem. Utilise the discounts and offers when you are booking a bus ticket online.
Chengannur is a town in the Alappuzha district in the South Indian state of Kerala, also known as God’s Own Country. Alappuzha is located at a distance of 44 km. Another city, Kollam, is 68 km away. The Arabian Sea coast is approximately 30 km away from the town. In fact, Kollam is located next to the beautiful lake-cum-estuary called Ashtamudi.
Places to Stay
One is forced to venture into Kollam for lodging, as options of budget hotels are pretty limited in the town. There are a couple of good budget hotels in Kollam. Some of the options which are worth a try are Tamarind KTDC Easy Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Kollam Beach Retreat (Tariff – Rs. 700), Lake Palace (Tariff – Rs. 800), Hotel De Orient (Tariff – Rs. 800) and others.
The official language of the area is Malayalam.
The important festivals celebrated are Vishu in April, Onam in August-September, Christmas and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
The place does not have many tourist sites on offer apart from a few temples and churches, but the neighbouring city of Kollam has a lot of good tourist destinations worth a visit. The main attractions of the city are the Thangassery Breakwaters, Kollam Port, Thangassery Light House, Kollam Beach, Ashtamudi Lake other than numerous churches, temples and mosques.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport at a distance of 114 km.
Kollam (Quilon) Junction Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 65 km.
State transport buses as well as private buses pass through the area. Kallada Travels is one of the major operators in the area. Ticketgoose.com has several operators on its site that enables bus booking in India.