Salem Tourism
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Salem Tourism

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Salem Info

  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
Salem, one of the major commercial centres of South India, is located in the north-central part of the state of Tamil Nadu. It is situated at a distance of 340 km from the state capital, Chennai. The district is enveloped in Nagaramalai, Jeragamalai, Kanjanamalai and Godumalai hills.

The word Salem is believed to have originated from Cheram (Keralam or Seram), indicating the region as a Cheram land. During the days of yore, the region was a chief weaving centre with inhabitants engaged in producing Saeylai, a garment worn by women.

Human civilisation in Salem can be dated back to the Stone Age. The stone implements and dung ash heaps found in and around Salem are testimonies of the Paleolithic and Neolithic age. Salem also witnessed the rise of various dynasties such as Pandiyan, Pallava, Chozha, Hoysala and Chalukya.

Earlier a part of Kongu Nadu, the first habitation in the region is believed to be of the Ganga Dynasty. The inscriptions dating back to the era of Ganga Dynasty refer the region as ‘country around hills’. The region was ruled by Gangakulam rulers of the Ganga Dynasty for a long period.

After the arrival of Vijayanagar kings, the region came under the governance of Madurai Nayaks. In the early 18th century before the colonial rule, Hyder Ali took over Salem after the Mysore-Madurai war. Salem was annexed by a well known British Governor, Lord Clive, in 1799 and remained a military base for the British till 1861.

The location is the base for reaching popular tourist destinations such as Yercaud Hills and Kiliyur Falls. Yercaud, a famous hill station of South India, lies in proximity to Salem. Lying on the Servarayan range of the Eastern Ghats at an altitude of 1,515 metres above sea level, the region is famous for coffee plantations, orchidarium and orange groves. Some other notable tourist attractions of the destination are Tharamangalam and Mettur Dam.  

Salem is well connected by air, rail and road. The airport nearest to the destination is Salem Airport, which is served by domestic airlines. Tourists travelling from international destinations can board flights to Chennai International Airport. Salem Junction is the nearest railhead, which is connected with various parts of the country. Travelling by roadways is also convenient with the availability of buses from nearby places including Chennai.      

The destination experiences tropical climatic conditions round the year. The period between the months of November and March is the best time to visit Salem.

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Selva Sundharam
  • Selva Sundharam
  • Lives in Perambalur
  • 15 Reviews

"Nice Place & Nice Peoples"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Sep 22, 2014
The town is surrounded by an amphitheatre of hills - the Nagarmalai in the north, the Jeragamalai in the south, the Kanjanamalai in the west and the Godumalai in the east. It is divided by the Thirumanimuthar in the main division. The fort is the oldest place of the town.
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Ram Madhan
  • Ram Madhan
  • Lives in Salem
  • 2 Reviews

"A beautiful place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Sep 11, 2014
Actually I am from Chennai. I came to Yercaud. I searched for good place in Salem district. I saw good one and satisfied didn't expect like this kind of place in Salem it was superb one. It took only 1 hour travel to Yercaud from the Salem junction.
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Ashwin Kannan
  • Ashwin Kannan
  • Lives in Coimbatore
  • 1 Review

"beautiful place"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Aug 25, 2014
The city Salem has a good climate. Every one should visit Salem because it has beautiful tourist places such as yercaud,kollimalai,1008 siva lingam temple, kandagiri and a wonderful theme park of paravasa ulagam. The sculptures in the kandagiri temple have its own history. Every monuments of god are of 10ft. The fruits are of high taste especially different mangos are available and have its own taste. The Flowers Park in yercaud is must to visit. Boat pedaling in Yercaud Lake keeps you to enjoy the climate and secenaries. going to yercaud with car us advisable. The steps in 1000 siva lingam is more so the visit to the temple in early morning is quite suitable.
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Hari Prasath
  • Hari Prasath
  • Soulseeker
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 9 Reviews

"Well-developed place and famous for fruits"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Jul 26, 2014
There are a lot of temples and industries in Salem. It is a well-developed area and I was very happy when I got a chance to see Salem Steel Plant which is one of the biggest industry in India. Different kinds of fruits are famous in Salem. I really enjoyed the trip.
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Swaminathan Ramaprasad
  • Swaminathan Ramaprasad
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 photo
  • 5 Reviews

"Plan without a package!"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Sep 27, 2013
My overall experience was excellent. Went to Hogenakkal and Yercaud. It was a nice relaxing & family trip . Best to plan without any package. Stay in a hotel near the busstand, so that you can cover many places in & around Salem.
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Saravanan S
  • Saravanan S
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 Reviews

"Nothing special"

  • Posted Jul 2, 2013
Salem is a good city and I have nothing special to say about. It is almost the center place of Tamilnadu. You can go to all the major cities from here easily.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Not much, may be Yercaud, it is an hour drive from Salem. Really a great place to visit.

Activities & things to do: Not much.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Nothing special.
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Ramani B s
  • Ramani B s
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 Reviews

"Visit to Yercaud - a hill resort."

  • Posted Feb 2, 2013
Yercaud is about 25 km -ghat section- from Salem. One could start in the morning, spend the day at the hill station and come back in the evening, besides attending to one's professional work - on other days.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The restaurant at the hotel itself was good and serves the purpose.

Activities & things to do: Nothing special to add.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: One can reach Salem by train / road from Chennai and Bangalore.
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Chella pandi s S
  • Chella pandi s S
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews

"Salem of india.... you know also one in States."

  • Posted Jan 5, 2013
Salem is one of the corporation cities in TAmil Nadu, India, The mini Ooty yercaud is just 30 Km away. The deities should visit atleast once the skanthasram which is just 10 Km from salem.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Sri saravana bawan hotel is nice to dine. Salem is well connected with rail and bust. Center between chennai, Madurai and Bangalore.

Activities & things to do: Visit yercuad, Madeswaran hills, Skandasram etc

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Easy access from Madurai, Chennai and Bangalore, Avoid May as it is hottest in salem.
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Prashant Shende
  • Prashant Shende
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Last option to stay for Yarcaud"

  • Posted Dec 16, 2012
The destination is well connected. Yarcaud is just 42 KM from this place. Salem town is very noisy and full of dust with garbage all over.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food is not good, better to eat on the highway rather than wasting money in this town. This place is not good for shopping.

Activities & things to do: Yercaud is the only attraction. If you do not find any vacant hotel in Yercaud, Salem becomes your last option for stay.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: You can reach here by car from Bangalore using NH7. The road is very nice. Avoid food. Avoid shopping in Salem. Carry mosquito repellents.
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Chandrasekhar Sekhar
  • Chandrasekhar Sekhar
  • Flashpacker
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 6 Reviews

"Good"

  • Posted Dec 12, 2012
Place was so good but the room and food was not good

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Not good so costly and but sight-seeing all are very good

Activities & things to do: So good and i am very much satisfied.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Driving was very poor and the driver must know all the place so we are very much helpful.
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