Located on the banks of Thirumanimutharu river, this place, surrounded by mountains is called Sailam, and hence the name Salem. The town and surrounding hilly regions were part of the Chera dynasty and had trade routes with the Romans. Silver coins from a Roman emperor Nero Claudius Caesar were discovered here, leading to the belief that its connections are ancient indeed. The region is known as Kongu Nadu and Mazhanadu, and the city is nicknamed Steel City or Mango City. Salem district was the first district to be formed in India in 1792.
It is a major textile center with a history of handloom and spinning mills going back to the pre-independence times. The Salem Steel Plant is very famous, as are the delicious mangoes from this place.
The Kailasanathar temple here is truly an architectural wonder, with beautiful statues and exquisite stone carvings. Said to have been in existence since the 10th Century, its sculptures have been carved out of monolithic stones. The sculptures and statues depict scenes from the Ramayana and other epics.
It is one of the largest in India and the largest in Tamil Nadu. Built in 1934 it took 9 years to complete. Called the Stanley Reservoir, it was built by evacuating people of the Nayambadi Village. The reservoir area is 42.5 sq. kms. The dam with hills on all sides, a beautiful park and a hydroelectric station makes it a popular tourist attraction.
Name Of Hotel Phone No.
Hotel Cheeniy’s Gateway 0427 – 2330566
Hotel Salem Castle 0427 – 2446102-04
Hotel L.R.N.Excellency 0427 – 2314411 , 2314466
National Hotel 0427 – 2353800, 2353900
Hotel Windsor castle 0427 – 2415060 , 2416320
Hotel south Gate 0427 – 2281420 , 2281421
Many unclassified hotels are also available in Salem.
Being a major hub, Salem is a well-connected city with private and government bus services.
Being a transit point among surrounding regions, Salem has a major railway hub.
Coimbatore [140 kms] and Trichy [116 kms] are the closest airports.