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.
Known as the spices capital of Kerala, Kattappana is a town in the Sahyadri . One of the the main commercial towns in the high ranges of Idukki district, Kattappana is situated 2660ft above main sea level. A picturesque town with mountains, lakes, forests, wildlife and spices plantations (cardamom, black pepper, coffee and tea), Kattappana’s cool climate attracts tourists who visit the neighbouring Idukki Dam or Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary at Thekkadi or Munnar. The "Njallani" high yielding variety of cardamom was first developed in Kattappana.
Places to Stay
The place offers many affordable hotels to stay in. Some of them are Michaels Inn (Tariff- Rs. 1316), Wind Haven Resort (Tariff- Rs. 1162), Ambadi (Tariff- Rs.1537) and SN International (Tariff-Rs.1491)
The annual temple and Church festivals attracts a lot of people to this region every year.
Malayalam is the main language spoken here. The other common language includes English
Places to Visit
The Sree Dharma Sastha temple, Ambala Kavala, Kattappana (2km south of Kattappana Town) and the Ayyappa Temple in the town centre attracts people. The St. George Forane Church, built by the first settlers is another attraction. There are many tourist spots in nearby areas of Kattappana. The nearby Calvery Mount gives a bird's eyes view of the Idukki reservoir. The main tourist attractions nearby are Thekkady (Kumili), Idukki and Munnar. The 3.5 km tunnel that connects Anchuruli and Erattayar dam is another popular tourist spot.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Nedumbassery (125 km away) near Cochin
The town has no rail connectivity. The nNearest railway stations are at Kottayam (104 km) and Ernakulam/Aluva (120 km) and Theni (70 km away) in Tamil Nadu
The new private bus stand at Kattappana runs daily service that connects the place to nearby towns and villages. The main private bus operator in the town is Kallada Travels. Make use of cheap bus tickets online at Ticketgoose.com