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.
Rajapalayam is a town that is located in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu. The town is situated about 85 kms southwest of the temple city, Madurai. This small municipal city is known for being an epitome of Indian culture. The place is fondly called Raju by the populace. The town is famous for the a breed of dog, known as Rajapalayam. The town thrives on cotton textile manufacturing.
Budget Hotels in Rajapalayam
There are some good budget hotels in Rajapalayam. Some of them are Ashoka Hotel (Tariff – Rs1,000), Sree Barani Hotels (Tariff – Rs 600), Anandas Rajapalayam (Tariff – Rs.600).
The official language of Rajapalayam is Tamil. The other languages spoken include Telugu.
Events in Rajapalayam
The famous festival of Rajapalayam is Mulaikottu, which is celebrated in August.
Places to See in Rajapalayam
There are many places of tourist attraction in Rajapalayam. Some of the places include Ayyanar Falls (10 kms from Rajapalayam), Sanjeevi Hills (3 kms from the bus stand) Shenbagathoppu Sanctuary (8kms kms from bus stand).
How to Get There
The only nearest Airport is the Madurai Airport. The airport is situated about 80 kilometers away from the town. The airport has two adjoining terminals. The integrated terminal is used for both International and Domestic purposes. Airlines like Jet Airways and Spice Jet operate daily flights from Madurai.
The Podhigai Express, a Super Fast train from Chennai reaches the station every morning.There are many special trains available from Sengottai to Madurai which passes through Rajapalayam.
Rajapalaym has two bus stands - the old bus stand and the new stand, which is on Sankarankoil Road. The three top bus operators providing service to Rajapalayam are Sakthi Travels, Roval Travels and Kallada Travels.