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Two famous destinations in Salem .. 1. Yercaud, 2. Mettur dam
Yercaud is best for honeymoon couples and the famous hill place
METTUR Dam is famous for fish .. And available all type of fishes in cheap rate. And METTUR people are very kind .. So you can enjoy in Salem district

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It is also called weaving centre of south

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.
Tourist
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.
LADY'S SEAT:
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:
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.
KILLIYUR FALLS:
This 90 feet high waterfalls is situated amidst picturesque surrounding.
THE GRANGE:
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.
THE BEAR'S CAVE:
It is situated near the Northern Bungalow on the way to Servarayan temple. It is an important tourist spot.
THE MONTFORD SCHOOL
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.
THE RETEAT
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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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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