Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporationaddress: Hotel Tamil Nadu Complex, Ramakrishna RdThe Tamilnadu tourism board can be contacted for various tour packages and holiday ideas.
Salem Junction (Station code: SA) is well connected by a good railway network. In fact, it is a divisional headquarters in Southern Railway. It's connected to Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore and other major cities and towns of Tamil Nadu and India. Salem Town Railway Station (Station code: SXT) also connects you to Chennai and it is in the heart of the city.
By busSalem is well connected to Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and the rest of Tamil Nadu by TNSTC, SETC buses and also by private A/C Volvo buses like KPN travels. Buses are available as far as Hyderabad and Kollur Mookambike temple.
KPN travels head quarters is in Salem and every KPN bus crossing Salem will get into the city and stop near New Bus Stand.
There are 2 major bus stations in Salem.
MGR Central Bus Terminus (New Bus Stand): Inter-state and Intra-State bus terminus. One of the busiest bus stations connecting all the places in Tamil Nadu, very much active for 24 hours and the most busiest bus stand in the state as per movements are considered.
Town Bus Stand (Old Bus Stand): Local bus services.
24 Hour bus services(No 13)from Salem Junction (Railway station) to both the Bus stations.
By planeSalem has one airport (code SXV) at Kamalapuram near Omalur on NH7 towards Dharmapuri. However, the flights have been running on and off and is
not reliable to do pre-booking.
One can hire a taxi (it's relatively cheap, compared to other cities)
or use the public transportation (buses, which will usually be crowded).
Other option is to hire an auto-rickshaw (three wheeled), but beware there's no standard price defined for a particular distance, it depends on the driver's mood, financial condition and time of the day.
Buses are very cheap in Salem. They charge only ₹12/- for a 30 km distance.
Aanaimaduvu Damaddress: Belur
Attur FortA well preserved 300 year old famous Fort
Dreamland Theme Parkaddress: Neikkarapatti, Salem
The Indian Institute of Handloom Technologyaddress: Salem
Kariyakoil Damaddress: Karumandurai
Kurumbapatti Zoological Parkaddress: Chettichavadi, Salem
Mettur Dam( 52 km from Salem )
Mettur Hydro Electric Project/Thermal Plant
Poiman Karaduaddress: Panamarathupatty
Salem Steel Plantaddress: Salem
Sankagiri Fortan old famous fort in Sankari
Servarayan Hillsaddress: Yercaud
1008 Siva Templeaddress: Periya Seeragapadi
Appa Paithiyam Swamy Samadhi Temple
Arulmigi Alagirinathar Temple
Belur Siva Templeaddress: Belur
Jamma Masjidaddress: SalemBuilt by Tippu Sultan
Kari Perumal Templeaddress: SalemAtop 863 steps.
Kottai Mariyamman Templeaddress: Salem
Perumal Temple, Fortaddress: Salem
Skandashasramaddress: Udayapatti, Salem
Sree Raghavendra Mrithika Brindavanamaddress: Kannankurichi
Sri Kailasanathar Templeaddress: TharamangalamA Siva temple, perhaps the most beautiful of its kind in Salem District. Parts of it existed as early as the tenth century: as it stands now, it is the product of the Gatti Mudhali dynasty of the seventeenth century. Reconstruction and elaboration of the old temple was begun by Mummudi, continued by Siyazhi, and was brought near completion by Vanangamudi.
This west facing temple is enclosed by a massive stone wall measuring 306' by 164' reportedly built in the thirteenth century. The main entrance tower ( 5 storeys 90'high) is conceived as a chariot on wheels, drawn by elephants and horses. The huge entrance doors, made of vengai ( pterocarpus marsupium) wood, are studied with untrusting iron knobs each of a different pattern. Their panels are decorated with wooden carvings depicting incarnations of Vishnu.
The entrance to the inner sanctum is through a portico supported by six sumptuously carved stone pillars. The scenes of tiger hunting by princes seated on horses and accompanied by footmen are depicted very realistically and with great sensitivity. A pillar of yazhi ( a mythical animal combining features of the lion and the elephant) is so ingeniously carved that a stone ball ( 4 ' diameter) in its mouth can be freely rolled but cannot be rolled out. The wooden doors of the portico are adorned with twenty four panels of excellent carving, some of which have been vandalized. The motifs for these carvings are drawn from the divine exploits of Siva and scenes from the daily lives of ordinary people.
The great hall is a fine gallery of sculptures of men, women, and Gods among which the sculpture of the voluptuous rishi pathini ( sages wife) is notable.
The ceiling is supported by rows of stone pillars from whose capitals hang elegant chains carved out of solid stone. The ceiling in front of the main shrine is covered by a block of stone seven feet in diameter carved in the shape of an inverted open lotus with parrots. This carving is surrounded by the Gatti Mudhali insignia. The outer walls of the inner most sanctum are covered with inscriptions.
Every year on February 21, and the consequent 3 days, a great solar and architectural wonder can be seen in the temple. During sunset, the rays of the sun travel down through the front Gopura at the temple's entrance gate and through a small hole in the and travels across the front plane to fall directly onto the statue of Siva. The movement of the sun beam can be witnessed as it progresses across the front of the temple, making the lingam appear to glow.
Several gigantic monolithic pillars of pink granite carved, polished, and ready for erection in the proposed Thousand Pillar Hall lie outside the temple. More are said to be under the ground. Before this project could be completed, Vanangamudi was killed in 1667, leaving the foreground of the temple littered with ruins of a noble dream.
A temple tank (about (180' 180') is one of the finest of its kind in South India. Thirty Six Nandhi Sculptures (2' high) of black stone sit at intervals on top of the parapet wall whose inside holds 365 lamp niches. One for every day of the year. Only once in 1873 the pool was cleaned by the Salem Local Fund Board.
Sri Kameswara & Kalivaradha Perumal Templeaddress: Aragalur
Sri Kumaragiri Templeaddress: Salem
Sri Rajaganapathy Templeaddress: Agraharam
Sri Ramakrishna Muttaddress: Salem
Sugavaneshwarar Templeaddress: Salem
- Anna park has been recently given a face-lift. A nice lively place to spend an leisure evening. There are lots of movies playing Tamil, English and Hindi movies. A new multiplex (ARRS) has been built, which hosts 5 screens.
Rakkipattiaddress: rakkipattiLord balamurugaa temple, suyambhu form is not to be missed
Check out men's shirts, saris and beautiful dresses for women, all for ridiculously cheap prices.
Shevapet areaFamous for silver anklets, traditional jewel worn around the ankle with small bells attached and chimes as you walk. Most of India purchases from this area as the workmanship involved in fixing the bells to the chain is done manually in this place. Prices are perhaps much cheaper compared to rest of India.
Tuesday street marketFamous for textiles like bed sheets, towels, table spreads, lungis, sarees etc. If you know how to bargain you may strike good deals.
Ajmeer Biriyani Hoteladdress: Kitchipalayam Rd, SalemVery famous among middle class people especially private employees. Their specialty is biriyani & kuska (Same biriyani but without NV pieces). Mouth lickering biriyani and chicken varuval are so tastiest among the varieties. The very lowest price is the important point to mention here.
address: 5 roads, Cherry Road & New Bus StandAnother good hotel in recent years is Baar B Queen. Typical Non Veg restaurant and specialty is Chinese & Tandoori items exclusively Tandoori chicken and grill chicken at reasonable price.
Delhi DarbarA newly opened North Indian restaurant. Tandoori chicken and mutton biryani is said to be very good.
Hotel Sri Parasakthiaddress: 56/37, Venkatappa Rd, ShevapetTypical south Indian non-veg family restaurant.
phone: +91 427 266 4444A major food chain in TamilNadu is a good restaurant in a prime location. Offers South Indian (Tamil), North Indian and Chinese food. If you go by 5.15 am, the holy cow comes and blesses you.
phone: +91 88700 44455address: Maravaneri & New Bus StandSelvi Mess, a group of hotels, one of the famous restaurants, is typically non veg restaurant. Taste is very good at their Maravaneri branch. A fine & good place to have dinner with family.
Vivekananda Hoteladdress: Old Bus Stand & New Bus StandVivekananda Hotel, one of the famous restaurants for Non-Veg. A fine & Good place to have dinner with family.
You will find any number of Wine shops around the city.
Coffee shops and juice junctions are everywhere.
- 24 Hours Coffee shop near Salem Bus stand and Junction.
- Iyengar bakeries open 24 hours.
- Siva Coffee Bar is a chain of Coffee shop around the city.
Hotel Laila Palaceaddress: Vasantham Hotel Road LIC Colony New Bus Stand Salem.
Hotel Priyaa Towersphone: +91 9842879911address: LIC Colony, Near Hotel Vasantham, New Bus Stand Salem.TV, Attached bath, lift.
Hotel Travellers Innaddress: Near Shanmugha Hospital, Polytechnic RoadGood rooms at cheap rate.
Railway Retirement Roomaddress: Inside the Salem Junction Railway Station
Vasantham Hoteladdress: LIC Colony New Bus Stand Salem.Upmarket hotel.
- Male Mahadeshwara Betta (MM Hills)
- Sankagiri old fort which was built in Tippu Sultan Period.
- Thammampatti Scultpural Centre (Hindu, Muslim, Christian temples in one hill), ( 60 km from Salem )
- Tharamangalam is famous also for its beautiful and historic Kailasanathar temple.It is 24 km from Salem bus terminus
- Yercaud is a hill station which is easily commutable from Salem. It is 30 km from Salem bus terminus. It is an ideal weekend getaway especially during summer time.