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.
Trichy or Tiruchirappalli is an ancient city of South India which is known for being an industrial and educational city. Tiruchirappalli is located on the banks of the river Kaveri. This is considered to be the oldest historical place of Tamil Nadu having rich cultural heritage and tradition. It is popular for its splendid historical monuments and fortresses. Trichy has influences of Chola culture. The art and architecture style of majestic monuments dates back to 300-575 A.D.
Budget Hotels in Trichy
There are great many hotels in Trichy that offer good quality accommodation at a reasonable price. Some of them are the Grand Gardenia (Tariff – Rs. 3,023), Hotel Femina (Tariff – Rs. 2,577), Hotel High Point (Tariff – Rs. 1,976), Hotel Sangam (Tariff – Rs. 3,333).
Events in Trichy
The Vaikuntha Ekathasi Festival and Allur Jallathiru Vizha are the most popular festivals in the region.
Tamil is the most common language spoken; the many Sri Lankans staying in this district speak Sinhala.
Places to See in Trichy
Some of the popular tourist attractions are Rockfort (Malaikkottai) Temple (5km) , Manikka Vinayakar Temple ( 5km) Uchhi Pillaiyar Kovil ( 2km) and Grand Anicut (20km from Trichy)
How to Get There
Trichy has an airport which is 7kms away from the city, There are daily passenger flights that connect to major destinations like Chennai, Madurai and Bangalore , while international services includes Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
Being an important junction in the Southern Railway route there are direct trains to Chennai, Thanjavur, Madurai, Tuticorin, Tirupati and Rameswaram etc...
There are two bus stands in Tiruchirappalli city. They include the Central Bus Stand and Chathiram Bus Stand. The central bus stand is the Mofussil bus terminus of South India. If you get cheap bus tickets online you can save a lot of money while travelling.