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Places to Visit in Salem

Salem Tourism

Salem, the 5th biggest city in the state of Tamil Nadu, is located at the base of the Yercaud Hills. Famous for delicious mangoes, this south Indian city is bounded by hills of Nagaramalai towards its north, Kanjamalai towards its west, Jarugumalai towards its south and Godumalai towards its east.

Apart from a known tourist spot, this place is heaven to the geologists for the range of hillocks present there. This city is even considered to be among the world's chief textile weaving centres.

Distance to Salem
  • From mumbai - 1201 KM
  • From chennai - 326 KM
  • From bangalore - 203 KM
  • From delhi - 2264 KM
  • From hyderabad - 765 KM
  • From coimbatore - 165 KM
Salem Distance Chart


This city of Tamil Nadu has got many retail outlets. A shop lover can opt for the items like traditional textiles, fashion articles, jewelry, silk products and many more. Bazaar Street and First Agraharam Street are famous for shops selling jewelry, fashion articles and traditional textile whereas Second Agraharam is known for silk products. Sharadha College Road in Salem is an emerging shoppers' paradise for its increasing shopping malls. To name a few of the renowned shopping complexes in the city are:A. R. R. S. Mega Mall, Chamundi Shopping Complex, Maruthi Plaza, Kandaswarna Super Market, Pookoodai Shopping Complex, Santham Shopping Complex, Swarnambigai Plaza, Tulsi Retail, V.V. Shopping Plaza

Places to see in and around Salem
  • Alagirnathar Thirukoil- Popularly called "Kottai Perumal Koil" this temple dating back to centuries has got many beautiful sculptures and is known for being the location of a famous festival called "Vaikunta Ekadasi".
  • Anna Park (Four roads location)- This park is one of the entertainment centres and is quite popular among children.
  • Anna Park (Yercaud Hill location)- It is located in the Yercaud Hills and is an ideal place for relaxation as it has fresh and cool breeze blowing forever.
  • Ellai Pedari Amman Temple- This temple in Salem located near the Government Arts and Science College at Maravaneri is known for the temple festival held during the months of March and April.
  • ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) Ashram- Though relatively new this is one of the major tourist attractions in the city.
  • Jamia Masjid- This mosque of Salem is located in the famous Bazaar Street.
  • Kandashramam- This place situated on a hill is known for housing temples that are dedicated to Lord Murugan and Goddess Ashtadasa Bhuja Mahalakshmi.
  • Kiliyur Waterfall- Bounded by picturesque beauty this waterfall cascades from 90 ft height.
  • Kottai Marriamman Temple- This is one of the famous temples in Salem as well as Tamil Nadu.
  • Kumaragiri Temple- This small temple is dedicated to Lord Muruga.
  • Kurumbapatti Zoological Park- It is the zoo in the city which is home to many animals.
  • Lady's Seat- This spot has got a telescope which offers a spectacular view of the surrounding plains.
  • Narashimmar Temple- This temple is situated in Vayikaalpattarai.
  • Ramakrishna Mission Ashram- It was constructed in the year 1928.
  • Shevapet Mariamman Temple Car- It is among the biggest Amman temple cars present across Tamil Nadu.
  • Shri Hanuman Temple- This temple cum ashram commonly known as Sri Baktha Varaprasadha Anjaneyar Ashram is based in the central part of the Salem city.
  • Sidhar Koil- Based at a distance of around 10 km towards Elampillai this is among the famous and ancient temples of Salem.
  • Sugavaneshwarar Temple- Built during the 13th Century this is one of the important shrines in the city of Salem.
  • Tharamangalam Kailasanathar Temple- This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and a part of this is said to be existent since the 10th Century.
  • Salem Gugai Mariamman and Kaliamman Temple- This Salem temple is famous for housing the "Vandi Vedikkai" function.
  • Servarayan Temple- This temple is situated on the highest point of the Yercaud Hills.
  • Yercaud Hill- Located on the Eastern Ghats this hill station is situated at 1515 m high altitude and is famous for orange groves and coffee plantations.
  • Yercaud Lake- Situated at the center of the Yercaud Hills this lake has got the facility of boating.
  • Bear's Cave
  • Horticulture Research Station
  • Infant Jesus Church
  • Keeltheru Mosque
  • Lake Park
  • Meltheru Mosque
  • Mettur Dam
  • Orchidorium
  • Pagoda Point
  • Raghavendra Mutt
  • Rose Nursery cum Orchard
  • Servaroyan Hills
  • Sidhar Koil
  • Sri Kodandapani Ramar Temple
Best Time to visit

November to March

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Last Updated on : January 13, 2014