- Salem- Hill Country Destination Guide
Salem, a quaint town hiding in the laps of the verdant green hills, is
showered aplenty with the bounties of nature. Known as a Geologists
paradise, the place is abundantly blessed with large mineral deposits.
Salem, now the fourth largest city in Tamil Nadu, sits amidst a natural
amphitheatre of hills. Claimed to be the birthplace of the legendary
Tamil poetess Awayyar, Salem has a rich past as a hub for literature and
culture. The modern city has been transformed to a center for textile
and stainless steel industry.
Turning the pages of history one can glimpse the eventful past of Salem, of feuds, battles and grudges. As an integral part of the ancient feudal state of KonguNadu, the place has had a turbulent past. Salem has been ruled by a multitude of Dravidian dynasties and the Islamic rulers of Mysore, when finally Lord Clive captured the town from Hyder Ali and annexed it as part of the Madras presidency. It remained an important part of Madras presidency until it was added to the Union of India after independence.
- Place of Interest
The Kailasanathar Temple at a distance of 27 Km from Salem has some of
the most beautiful statues and carvings in stone. The roof is
elaborately carved with animal figures and also has a rotating lotus
flower. The temple has some exquisite sculptures from the epic Ramayana.
Salem has an array of temples dedicated to Goddess Mariamman, an incarnation of Goddess Shakti. The Mariamman temples at Fort, Ammapet, Gudai and Shevapet are famous places of worship in the state.
The centuries old Alagirnathar Thirukoil located in the heart of the city, has some fine elegantly carved sculptures. It is famous for the Vaikunta Ekadasi festival held every year, attracting lakhs of devotees. The Kandashramam hill temple dedicated to Lord Muruga is at a distance of 10 Km from the city. The hill temple houses many beautiful idols.
The renowned heritage temple of Sitthar Koil, at a distance of 10 Km from Salem, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is located on the foot of the beautiful hill Kanja Malai. Pilgrims visiting this temple takes a dip in the waters of the stream traversing down the hill to wipe them off their sins. The town of Aragalur boasts of 2 imposing ancient temples that boast of architectural grandeur and a large Buddha statue.
Yercaud, at a distance of 35 Km from Salem, is a stunning hill station set at an altitude of 1500 meters above the sea level. Yercaud offers a rich blend of stunning scenic beauty and amazing historic attractions. The beautifully carved cave temple of Servaroyan is the prime attraction. Yercaud Lake offers boat rides in the crystal clear waters set in the midst of velvety green valleys. Located at a distance of 3 km from the lake is Killiyur Waterfall, yet another stopover spot here. The Green house and Bears cave are other popular attractions for tourists in Yercaud. The place is also a popular spot for trekking.
- Best Time To Visit
November to February.
- How to Reach
The Salem airport is located at a distance of 20 Km from the city.
Salem is a divisional head in Southern railways.
The city is well connected by road to all destinations in South India.