Salem Tourism

Salem Tourism

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Salem Info

  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Salem
  • Language: Tamil
  • Weather: Summer 24 to 35°C, Winter 19 to 31°C

History of Salem

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.

People and Culture of Salem

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.

Things To Do in Salem

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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Thirugnana sambantha moorthy srinivasan

  • Tourist
  • Thirugnana sambantha moorthy srinivasan
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 4 photos
  • 17 Reviews
  •  241 readers

"Good rooms and nice facilities"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 18, 2016
Room is very good. Facilities are OK WiFi not working. People at the reception are well natures. Are very helpful in guiding us when asked given information about the city. Well maintained hotel ambience is very good. Cordial staff and a good location and the room service was Good. Food was excellent. Staff was courteous. Clean and well maintained rooms. The place is ideally located and place was calm and the stay was comfortable and a good bargain.
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Nitin Pethkar

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  • Nitin Pethkar
  • Lives in Nagpur
  • 10 photos
  • 88 Reviews
  •  95 helpful votes
  •  81258 readers

"It is also called weaving centre of south"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jul 2, 2016
Salem has several competing meaning and Origins. Salem is a weaving centre. Most of the weaving in Salem is still concentrated in producing Saeylai (the Tamil word for sari) the one/piece garment worn by women therefore; Salem is supposed to mean the place where Saeylais are produced.
The city contains two major temples dedicated to Sukavana Isvarar and Soundhararaja Perumal, both on the right bank of the river. A number of Mari Amman and Kali Amman temples are found in almost all parts of the city.
Arts and literature flourished and patronized by the rulers of the hills and plains. Avvaiyar and other Sangam poets of Salem were renowned and well respected.
This place is famous both for youngster as well as old ages. As this place is popular for holy places like temples and some of the picnic spots.
Salem is famous for iron and steel production in the country.
Iron ore is abundant in Salem. Salem has been the chief centre of supply of the finest steel throughout historical times and iron was a historical mark of Salem's contact with the western world in ancient times. J. M. Health the prized that the tools used by the Egyptian sculptors may have been made of Salem Steel.
Yercaud LAKE:
It is a picturesque pool surrounded by gardens and well wooded areas. Boating in the cold water of the lake is enchanting as well as refreshing.
THE ANNA PARK: This is a lovely garden, near the lake, maintained by Horticulture Department.
Natural Seat on a rock overlooking a steep drop of many hundred feet. It overlooks the winging ghat road and provides a breathtaking view. This view is spectacular at night with the twinkling lights of Salem town in sight. The Tourist can have a panoramic view of the plains below through the telescope mounted at the Lady's seat. Looking through the instrument, one can obtain a clear view of the magnese deposits of the chalk Hills.
Pagoda point or Pyramid Point named after the ancient pyramidal Cairns found here. Around the ridges of the crest are four Cairns stones resembling temple towers (Pagodas) In the centre of the open space is a shrine dedicated to two aniconic stones held sacred by the local Malaiyalis.
This 90 feet high waterfalls is situated amidst picturesque surrounding.
The castle like building built by the then Collector of Salem. Mr. The. Cockburn who first introduced coffee from Arabia and Apples and other fruits from South Africa between 1820 A. And 1829 AD. In Yercaud is said to have played an important role in the revolt of 1958 A.
It is situated near the Northern Bungalow on the way to Servarayan temple. It is an important tourist spot.
The Montford School and the Sacred Heart Convent are the two famous educational institutions at Yercaud imparting education to boys and girls respectively. The Montford school is named after the founder Saint Louis Merie Grigmon the Montford. A fair number of students came from foreign countries.
Started in 1945 by the Brothers of Don Bosco. This institution serves as a Novitiate House where students of the religious order stay and study.
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Veeramallan kj

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  • Veeramallan kj
  • 2 Reviews
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"Good and must visit place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 1, 2016
I'm glad to tell about Salem. Because Salem is my native city. It's been almost two months since I went to Salem and it is a good place with less pollution and less traffic. Salem is a great holiday destination for friends, family or couples. Its exotic and beautiful natural places will bring an strange kinda feeling adding more fun, adventure and peace at the same. Very nice place specially for date night the food is delicious. It was a cold dark rainy night, and we walked into the warmest place with a fireplace and candles and wonderful music.
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Arun Rajan

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  • Arun Rajan
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 109 Reviews
  •  56 helpful votes
  •  39533 readers

"Nice town"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 28, 2016
It's been almost three months since I went to Salem and it is a good place with less pollution and less traffic. The food is also cheap and tasty. You get authentic south Indian fund tasty and at a reasonable place. You also have lot of places to visit which are nearby.
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Venkatesh Murugesan

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  • Venkatesh Murugesan
  • Lives in Salem
  • 1 Review
  •  602 readers

"Place of minerals and tourists place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 28, 2015
I'm glad to tell about Salem because Salem is my native city. First of all I want to tell meaning of Salem. Here 'S' stands for steel and 'A' for Aluminum, 'L' for Lignite, 'E' for Electricity and 'M' for Magnesite. Salem is famous for Mangoes. Salem mango is famous for all over India and some countries also. Salem surrounded hill stations like Yercaud and Kolli hills. Here placed Metur Dam and Hogenakkal.
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  • Naveen
  • Lives in Ajmer
  • 8 Reviews
  •  1513 readers

"Holiday Destination-Salem"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 12, 2015
Salem is a great holiday destination for friends, family or couples. Its exotic and beautiful natural places will bring an strange kinda feeling adding more fun, adventure and peace at the same time to your experience. Its beautiful hills, parks, temples, water rides, Narmada river rafting and much more will make you come back again for it. Have a great and happy visit. Enjoy :)
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Akram Raza

  • Tourist
  • Akram Raza
  • Lives in Chinna salem
  • 1 Review
  •  652 readers

"It was a nice trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 5, 2015
It was awesome to be in Salem fir some days. It is very nice place and one of the most important thing about this place is transportation. I cant find discrimination on the basis of religion. And I don't like one thing about this place is food. I enjoyed here very much. One thing I like most about this place is there is no so much changes in climate.
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Pips Rahul

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  • Pips Rahul
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  6307 readers

"Stay at Salem on trip to Yercaud"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jul 12, 2015
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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  • Suresh chandran C
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 10 Reviews
  •  41 helpful votes
  •  7915 readers

"A wonderful city"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 8, 2015
Salem is a 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
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 4 Reviews
  •  101 helpful votes
  •  13330 readers

"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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