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.
A small town in Kottayam District of Kerala State in India, Kodungoor is situated 25 km from Kottayam and 143 km from Thiruvananthapuram. Legend tells that a Devi came here following a Kartha, a firm devotee of Devi. After resting a while when Kartha tried to lift his umbrella, he couldn't lift because of the divine presence. And thus a temple was built for the ‘Devi' and the place came to known as ‘Kudathangiya oor’ which later brevetted as Kodungoor.
Places to Stay
Breeze International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Hotel Anjali Park (Tariff – Rs. 1000) and Finch Hotels (Tariff – Rs. 1000) are some good budget hotels available near Kodungoor.
Malayalam is the local language of Kodungoor. Other spoken language is English.
During the months of August and September, Onam is celebrated with an enthusiasm.
Places of Interest
Kodungoor Devi Temple in Kodungoor, Vagamon (29 km from Kodungoor), Kumarakom (33 km from Kodungoor), Kuttanad (45 km from Kodungoor) and Alleppey (47 km from Kodungoor) are some places of interest in and around Kodungoor.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Kodungoor city is Kochi Airport, located 83 km from the village.
Kottayam Railway Station is the nearest major railway station, 21 km from Kodungoor.
Kodungoor is well connected to all major towns like Kottayam, Pala, Pampady, Changnacherry, Ponkunnam and Ranni by road. Sarathi Tours, Krishnakrupa Tours & Travels and State Transport are some of the best private and state bus operators that ply on this route. In case you don’t have the time and energy to stand in bus counters, booking bus tickets online will help.