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.
Known to be the district of Tamil Nadu, Virudhunagar was also called Virudhupatti in the beginning of 20th century. This town was the commercial centre during the years of British rule in India. It is also said that this district was earlier part of ramanathapuram district. It is located to the east of the Kowsika River. Virudhunagar is also the birth place of freedom fighter and Tamil Nadu Chief minister K. Kamaraj (1954 to 1963).
Budget Hotels in Virudhunagar
There are good budget hotels inVirudhunagar. Some of them are Burma Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000), Hotel New Kamaliya (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Rayas Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000) and Arul Abirami Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1500).
The official language of Virudhunagar is Tamil The other languages spoken include English.
Events in Virudhunagar
Some of the famous festivals and events in Virudhunagar include Chithirai (April) and Brahmostsavam ( July).
Places to See in Virudhunagar
There are several places of tourist attraction in Virudhunagar . Some of the places include Goddess Mariamman ( 6 kms from bus stand) Memorial House of Kamarajar ( 3kms from bus stand), Ayyanar falls ( 12 kms from Virudhunagar) and Virudhunagar Government Museum (2kms from bus stand)
How to Get There
The nearest airport from Virudhunagar is the Madurai Airport. It is located about 45kms away from the town.
Virudhunagar has a railway junction. It is located in the rail head from Madurai to Kanyakumari.
Virudhunagar bus station provides bus service within town and interstate. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Sri Balaji Transport, SRS Travels and Sri Amarnath Travels.