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.
Kovilpatti is considered to be a special grade municipality in Thoothukudi District. This is located 100kms away from Maduri city and 65kms from Tuticorin. This is the second largest town in Thoothukudi District. It is aptly situated on the north western side of Thoothukudi District on the NH7 and due to this it connects to Varanasi in the north and Kanyakumari in the south. The best time to visit Kovilpatti is during the month of October to December since that is the time when the region receives slight rainfall.
Budget Hotels in Kovilpatti
There are some budget hotels in Kovilapatti . Some of them are Hotel MGS Kannan Palace (Tariff – Rs 1000) and Reva Plaza ( (Tariff – Rs 1001.
The official language of Kovilpatti is Tamil. Telugu is also the most spoken language by a majority people here.
Events in Kovilpatti
The most popular festival in Kovilpatti is the Adithapasu festival (July - August). This festival attracts hordes of people every year.
Places to See in Kovilpatti
There are several places of tourist attraction in Kovilpatti. Some of the places include Kathiresan Temple (60kms from Tuticorin), Ettayapuram (15km from Kovilpatti), Kalugumalai (24kms from Kovilpatti), Panchalankuruchi (15kms from Kovilpatti) and Sankarankoil (44 kms from Kovilpatti)
How to Get There
The only nearest airport is the Tuticorin Airport (61kms).
There are several express trains passing through the Kovilpatti. Kovilpatti Railway Station is aptly located at 3 km from Kovilpatti. It positioned on the Kovilpatti-Thoothukudi Road.
Kovilpatti Old Bus station is about 3kms away from the new bus station. Some of the private bus operators that run regular buses to and from Kovilpatti are Rathimeena Travels, KPN Travels, M.S.P Travels that offer good bus service for travelers. Avail of a bus ticket discount coupon from Ticketgoose when you book your tickets online.