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Salem is one of the southern districts of Tamil Nadu. The important towns of Salem are Mettur, Omalur and Attur. The district is well connected to other districts of Tamil Nadu by established road and rail networks. The district headquarters is Salem city and it is well noted for mangoes and steel. Salem being the part of Kongu Nadu, is located at the base of Yercaud hills. The boundaries are Jarugumalai on north, Kanjamalai on west, Godumalai on east and Nagarmalai on north.

Salem is one of the ancient districts from which Dharmapuri and Namakkal districts were bifurcated. It has the first cinema theater in India, named as Modern Theater and it is also the fourth most urbanized region of Tamil Nadu.

Transport
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National Highways

Three important National Highways pass through or originate from Salem:[30]

  • NH 7 (North-South) - Originates at Varanasi and terminates at Madurai and Kanniyakumari. Passes via Salem.
  • NH 47 (Southwest) - Originates at Kondalampatti in the outskirts of Salem and proceeds towards Kanniyakumari via Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrissur, Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram.
  • NH 68 (East) - Originates at Seelanaickenpatti in the southern end of Salem and goes via Attur, Talaivasal, Chinnasalem and Kallakurichi to meet NH 45 (South Trunk Road) at Ulundurpettai. This is the preferred route used to travel from Salem to Chennai.

Road

Salem is the headquarters of the TNSTC Division 1, Salem (SLM-DIV-I) and Division 2, Dharmapuri (SLM-DIV-II). Salem is connected to all important Cities and Towns in Tamil Nadu. Salem has maximum number of buses plying to Bangalore, Hyderabad, Tirupati in Tamil Nadu only after State Capital, Chennai.

There are two major bus stations in Salem

  • MGR Integrated Bus Terminus (New Bus Stand)- It is located in the Swarnapuri Area in northern Salem. All mofussil, intercity and interstate routes originate from here.
  • Town Bus Station (Old Bus Stand)- It is the located in the Town Area in the heart of Salem. Town Buses originate from here to various destinations in Salem district.

Air

Salem has an airport, which is located on Salem-Bangalore Highway (NH-7) in a place called Kaamalapuram near Omalur, which is about a 20 minutes drive from the city. Though the Airports Authority of India (AAI) had spruced up the airport and made it ready for operation in 1993, airlines did not show interest to fly fearing low patronage. The nearest major airports are at Tiruchchirapalli (135 km) and Coimbatore (159 km).

The nearest international airports are Chennai and Bengaluru.

Rail

Salem Junction Railway station is located in the suburb of Suramangalam, 5 km to the west of Salem. Salem is a divisional headquarters in the Southern Railway which was carved out of the existing Palakkad and Tiruchchirapalli divisions in the year 2007.[31] Salem Junction is a very important railway station in the Southern Railway. Salem is connected all important Cities and Towns in rest of country. The Station is well connected by Buses to other parts of City round the clock

Tiruchirapalli (135 km) and Coimbatore (160 km) are major cities close to Salem. Salem Railway Station is a divisional headquarters of Southern Railway and has good rail connectivity

Tourist Attractions
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Yercaud(Jewel of the South)

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It is one of the most well known hill stations of Tamil Nadu, at a distance of 22 km from the city of Salem. These hills form a part of the Servarayan Range in the Eastern Ghats and are situated at an altitude of 1515 m above sea level. The area of these hills is also popular for coffee plantations and orange groves, along with an orchidarium, which is run by the Botanical Survey of India. The highest point at these hills is the site of the Servarayan Temple, due to which, these hills are also sometimes referred to as Shevaroy Hills. It is also home to the Murugar group of temples. The place also has a nearby lake, which is famous as a boating site, and also for its gardens.

Kiliyur Falls

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This delightfully breathtaking waterfalls is 3 km from the Yercaud Lake and should be visited after the South West or North East monsoon. The surplus water from the Yercaud Lake and reaches of the Shevaroys Hills and falls deep into the Kiliyur Valley.




Arthurs Seat

Vantage Point gives a beautiful view of the Yercaud lake, town and the shevaroyan peak. Vantage point can be reached by taking a steep road from the Yeracud town.

Pagoda Point

Pagoda point is on the eastern side of the Yercaud hills. The name Pagoda point arrives from the four piles of stones in a pyramid shape made by the tribes in Yercaus. Presently there is a temple situated near to the pagodas

Hogenakkal

The main picnic spot in Dharmapuri is Hogenakkal, the place where the River Cauvery enters Tamil Nadu. The broad stream of the river Cauvery gets forked at this point, forming an island from where one stream continues and plunges into a deep chasm to create lovely waterfalls. As the spray of this waterfall raises clouds of droplets resembling smoke this place is known as Hogenakkal (Hoge means smoke, Kal-rock) - smoking rock.

The Mettur Dam

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It is a large dam in India built in 1934. It was constructed in a gorge, where the Kaveri River enters the plains. The dam is one of the oldest in India.





Kolli Hills

The terrace type 70 hair pin-bend road leads you to this place. Fruit orchards abound in this place. Still the tribes here are unchanged and follow meticulously their traditional customs and practices.

Famous Temples
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Kailasanathar Kovil (Tharamangalam)

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This Siva temple is about 30 kms from Salem. 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.

It is a paradise to lovers of sculpture. The Kailasanathar temple here vividly portrays the dance competition between Siva and Kali. The two sculptures depicting the episode make the visitors spellbound. The various other sculptures are a feast to the eyes with their minute details and lively expression

Skandhasramam, Udaiyapatti

This is a temple complex, constructed between the years 1970 and 1971 by Santhanandha Brahmendhra Sarasvathi Adhyavadhutha Swamy and is about 5 kms from Salem. It is situated on the extreme northern end of the Jarugu Mountain on the banks of stream called Kannimar Odai and is dedicated to three deities: Murugan as Skandha Guru, Lakshmi as Dhurga Paramesvari.

Kandasamy Kovil

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Also known as the Sundhara Kandhaswamy Kovil, this temple is one of the seven richest temples in the district. The karum sambal (black ash) that is given to the devotees is believed to cure diseases and to serve as an antidote for snake poison. The temple was founded in the late eighteenth century by Pazhani Kavundar and later (around 1820) was built up by Katteri Lakshmana Kavundar.

Lingam (1008) Temple

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This temple is under the control of a private department of the Vinayaga Mission. This temple contains 1008 Lingam with Nandi in the Moolasthanam. This temple is located in Ariyanoor.





Kottai Mariamman Temple

This Temple is one of the very oldest pilgrims in the Salem district. Mariamman festival conducted in July August is very famous. This temple is located in heart of the city. The Kottai Mariamman Temple is one of the oldest pilgrimage centres of Salem City and is situated in the heart of the city and on the banks of River Tirumanimuthar. The presiding deity of his temple is Goddess Kottai Mariamman. The most popular feature of this temple is its Shevapet Mariamman Temple Car Festival, which is held every year, between the months of July and August and lasts for a week.

Mosques

  • Jama Masjid - The oldest mosque in Salem, situated on the southern bank of the Thirumanimuthu Aru in the heart of the city. It was reportedly built by the Mysore ruler, Tippu Sulthan, who is said to have offered prayers here.
  • Meltheru and Keeltheru Mosques in Fort Area. There is a famous Arabic college located near Tamil Nadu Magnesite, Salem, offering world-class Arabic studies to the students.
  • Al-Amin Masjid is in Mohammed pura, near old market.

Churches

  • Infant Jesus Church situated at Four Roads, Salem.
  • The Church at Anayampatti situated at Gangavalli,Salem.
  • The Calvary Assembly of God Church situated at Bangalore high way, Mamangam, Salem.
Recreation
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Kurumpapatti Zoological Park

This is a small zoological park with natural beautiful environmental circumstance.

Paravasa Ulagam Water Theme park

It is located at a distance of about 16 km from Salem city near Mallur on the NH-7 Trichy Main Road in the midst of cool hilly region surrounded by green trees in a calm atmosphere. This is an ideal place for exciting water games such as Wave Pool, Activity Pool, Rain Dance and activities such as Karting and Biking, Baby Fun Toys, Video Games, Science Park and so on.

Restaurants

  • Ponram Hotel - 254 Omalur Main Road, Peramanoor, Salem.
  • Clifton Inn, Rahms Road, Near Five Road,Salem, Phone: 04281-222911.
  • GRT Nature Trails, No.20th Hairpin Bend, Salem-Yercaud, Main Road, Salem, Phone: (91)4281-223115,16,17,18
  • Hotel Cenneys Gateway, 97/4, Saradha College, Main Road, Salem, Phone: 0427-2330566
  • Hotel Grand Palace, Killiyur Falls Road,Yercaud, Salem, Phone: 04281-223481
  • Hotel LRN Excellency, 7, Saradha College, Salem, Phone: 0427-2312211.

Fast foods and pastry

  • Domino Pizza
  • Pizza Corner
  • Big Chick
  • Boomerang Ice creams
  • Marry Brown
  • Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant
  • Purav sukhsagar Restaurant
  • Kevis Restaurant
  • Guptha Sweets and Restaurant

Shopping

The traditional shopping areas of Salem are located in the town. They are Bazaar Street, Car Street, 1st and 2nd Agraharams and Chinna Kadai Street. There are many famous shops here, such as ARRS Silks, Sri Bhavani Stores, Home Foods, ANS Jewellery, AVR Kumbakonam Silver Shop,Thangamayil Jewellery etc. Salem flower market is located in Chinna Kadai Street. Shevapet and Fort area are famous for hardware and furniture products.