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.
A city and municipality in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu, Ramanathapuram, also known as Ramnad,is located on south east of the state. Well-connected to Madurai through the NH 49, Ramanathapuram is also connected to the state capital via the East Coast Road. The Pamban Bridge that extends between India and the island nation of Sri Lanka, and separate the Palk Strait from the Gulf of Mannar is located here.
Budget Hotels in Ramanathapuram
There are many hotels in Ramanathapuram. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Hotel Rupee Lodge (Tariff Rs.300 onwards), Hotel Rupee Sky Palace (Tariff Rs.800 onwards) and Aishwarya Hotel (Tariff Rs.300 onwards).
Events in Ramanathapuram
Annual festivals likePongal, Dussehra, Ramzan, Christmas and Diwali are celebrated here.
Tamil is the Local Language here.
Places to See in Ramanathapuram
Ramalingavilasam Palace (1km), Uchipuli Beach (27kms), Arulmighu Sri MuthumariammanAlayam, Kirubasanam Church of Christ and RamnadAyyappanKovilare places of interest within 2kms of the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Madurai
Ramanathapuramhas its own railway station
Ramanathapuram bus stand provides regular bus services. Private bus operators like Sri Bhagyalakshmi Travels, Universal Travels and SRM Transports run regular buses to and from the town. Online bus reservation facility has made the process of bus booking in India very convenient.