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.
Mandarakuppam is a village in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Puducherry at a distance of 57 km north-east. Another urban hub nearby is Cuddalore (38 km to the north-east). Those with a desire for exploring the traditional Tamil lifestyle, cuisine, temples as well as beaches and water bodies can visit this place.
Places to Stay
One is forced to head to Puducherry in order to put up for the night. There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Raj Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900), Coramandal Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Hotel Palaniswamy (Tariff – Rs. 900), White Residency Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil. English and French are also widely spoken and understood in Puducherry.
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in Januray, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, Easter, Christmas and New Year.
Places of Interest
Places of tourist interest mostly lie in Puducherry (Pondicherry). Some of the places which are worth visiting are the French War Memorial, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville Township, Pomenade Beach, Pondicherry Museum and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Chennai International Airport at a distance of 190 km.
Chennai Central Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 213 km.
Mostly, it is the state transport buses which serve the local populace of the region. Parveen Travels is one of the major operators in the area. Buses to the area are available from both Puducherry and Salem. Using bus ticket booking coupons to book your tickets will help you get discounts for your journey.