Known as the Steel City of South India, Salem is located at the base of the beautiful Yercaud hills. The place derived its name from the word Sailam meaning a place bound by mountains. Salem has captured a huge market for the manufacture of stainless steel and handlooms.
Place to Stay
There are several good budget hotels that are easy on your pocket. Some of good hotels are— Sri Durga Residency (Tariff –Rs 1,900), Park Plaza Hotel (Tariff –Rs.1000), Hotel Silver Palace (Tariff –Rs.1000 to 2000) and Hotel Hema Internationals (Tariff –Rs 500 to 1000).
Mariamman festival is celebrated during the month of july. This famous festival is celebrated for 15 days
Every festival in Salem is celebrated with vigor and enthusiasm.
Tamil is the main language spoken in the region.
Places to Visit
1008 Lingam Temple (10 kms from Salem), Poiman Karadu (9 km from Salem), Siddhar Temple (22 kms from Salem), Sugavaneshwarar Temple ( 1km from old bus stand)and Kurumpapatti Zoological Park (6km from Salem).
How to Get There
The airport is situated about 20kms away from the city. Salem Airport is positioned at Kaamalapuram. This airport which is constructed at the cost of 6 crore provides flight services for some districts of Tamil Nadu
Salem Junction railway station is located about 5 km from Salem. This is considered to be an important railway junction in the southern railway. Many direct trains halt and depart from Salem station.
Salem has two bus terminus called MGR central bus terminus and Town bus stand. MGR central bus terminus connects to all the states in Tamil Nadu. Meanwhile the Town bus stand only serves for the local city. Bus operators that offer daily scheduled traveling services at lowest price include Hosanna Tours And Travels Pvt Ltd, S M S Travels and Tharai Travels and Parcels. There are several bus operators that have made booking bus tickets easier through their websites.
Batlagundu is a town in Dindigul district in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, India. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Madurai at a distance of 55 km south-east. The mother village of this place is Old Batlagundu. There is a temple called Mariamman temple at Old Batlagundu. There is a festival held in this place which is very famous in this region.
Places to Stay
Being a small place, the village does not have a great variety when it comes to places of lodging. However Madurai has a couple of good budget hotels. Some of these places which deserve mention are MR International Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800), Tamil Nadu Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900), Duke Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Taj Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600) and others.
The official language of the area is Tamil. English is also understood in certain places such as hotels.
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Mahaparameswari Mariamman Temple is located in Old Batlagundu,and the main goddess is Mariamman, the mother god of this region. The festival hosted in this temple on Vaikasi. Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Temple is situated on the banks of the Manjalaru. The presiding deity is Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal (Sri Vishnu, with his consort Laksmi on his lap).
How to Get There
The nearest airport is located at a distance 52 km in Madurai. The other nearest airport is the Tiruchirappalli Civil Airport located at a distance of 123 km.
Kodaikanal Road Junction Railway Station is approximately 55 km away from Bathlagundu.
There are roads connecting this town to all the major places of south India. The roads are also well maintained and there is bus service from and to this town to a number of important places of south India. You need not worry about travelling to bus counters anymore, as you can book online bus tickets through TicketGoose.com.