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 panchayat town in Ramanathapuram of Tamil Nadu, Mandapam is located 48km east of the District headquarters Ramanathapuram. Mandapam is a coastal toan and fishing is the main source of income here. The important destinations located close to Mandapam are Rameswaram , Dhanushkodi , Karaikudi, Chettinad and Tuticorin.
Places to Stay
There are not many hotels in Mandapam. Tourists’ visiting the place can stay at Sri Palaniandavar Lodge, Sumathi Lodge, Swami Ramanatha Tourist Home and Hotel Senthil Andavar that offers rooms from Rs.500 onwards.
All annual festivals like Diwali, Pongal, Christmas and Ramzan are celebrated here.
Tamil is the Local Language.
Places to Visit
The interesting places to see in Mandapam are Gandhi Memorial (50mtrs), Thiruvalluvar Statue (1.7kms), Our Lady of Ransom Church (.8kms), Trekking at Marunthuvazh Malai (1.6kms) and Baywatch amusement park (1.8kms). Rameshwaram is located just 15kms from Mandapam.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Madurai.
Mandapam has its own Railway Station
The Maraikayar Pattinam Bus Stop,Vedalai Bus Stop and Mandapam Bus Stand has regular bus service that connects the place to neighbouring towns. There are a great number of private bus operators like Parveen Travels that runs regular buses to and from the town. If you are booking bus tickets online through ticketgoose.com you can travel hassle-free to anywhere in India.