Salem Tourism
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Salem Tourism

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  • 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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Pips Rahul

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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews
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"Stay at Salem on trip to Yercaud"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Its better to stay at Salem in civilization and drive up to Yercaud which is just 30 km away. The city is busy with activities (mainly Traffic) and hotels and restaurants. A little warm in April. The city does not seem to have any nightlife except for the hotels in which frequent DJ Nights are organized.
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Suresh chandran C

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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 10 Reviews
  •  39 helpful votes
  •  3579 readers

"A wonderful city"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Apr 8, 2015
Salem is wonderful city. There are famous temples in the city. Shopping malls and multiplex theatres are also there. All major cities bus or train facilities passes Salem junction. This city is famous for mango and silver ornaments. Majority people do their own business. Power looms business is major occupation in this city.
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Sriram

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  • 4 Reviews
  •  96 helpful votes
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"A peaceful city"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Apr 5, 2015
It was overall a really very decent experience but some people are low class. The city needs to develop a bit. There are so many really good places to visit in the this city. Also the travel by the town buses is nice. The 1008 Shiva temple was amazing.
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Selva Sundharam

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  • Lives in Perambalur
  • 15 Reviews
  •  79 helpful votes
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"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

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  • Ram Madhan
  • Lives in Salem
  • 2 Reviews
  •  11 helpful votes
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"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

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"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

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  •  24919 readers

"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

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  • Lives in Chennai
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  •  36 helpful votes
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"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

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"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

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"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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