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Located in Tamil Nadu, Salem is the sixth largest city in the state by terms of populations and is around 186 kilometres away from Bangalore.

Best Time to Visit Salem

The best time to visit Salem is between the months of November to February with the average temperature being around 25 degrees Celsius during these months. This temperature is ideal for sightseeing and indulging in tourist activities when in the city. Being a major textile centre in the state, Salem boasts of more than a 100 spinning mills and garment and weaving units. There are several private handloom weaving mills here which are only increasing in number.

Places to Visit - Salem

There are several famous Hindu temples in Salem, with the most popular ones being The Kottai Mariamman Temple. This temple also boasts of a 5-day festival which is held annually during the Tamizh month of Aadi. This falls between mid-July to mid-August and during this festival most of the Salem hotels get booked much in advance. Other popular temples include Kottai Perumal Temple, Skandhashram, Sithar Koil and Kothandaramar Temple. You will find the very beautiful ISKCON Temple in Karuppur which is worth-witnessing. The Jama Masjid is Salem’s oldest mosque and can be found on banks of the Thirumanimutharu River. There are several retailers and shops in the main town area which are quite well-known for furniture items and hardware. The Anna Park and Kurumbapatti Zoological Park are major tourist attractions and a must-visit for tourists travelling to Salem with children.

OYO Rooms: Hotels in Salem

For those searching a budget hotel in Salem, the OYO Rooms and hotels are the best option one could get. Not only do these rooms offer several amenities, but they are also economically priced while being a rejuvenating treat to stay in. The OYO Rooms in Rajaji Road and Sarda College Road are quite ideal for tourists with popular tourist attractions and spots such as Yercaud and Mettur Dam being located nearby. Enjoy parking and swimming pool facility along with complimentary breakfast here. Religious people can also opt for these rooms as the 1008 Lingam Temple, ISKCON Temple, Sugavaneswarar Temple and Kottai Mariyamman Temple are all nearby. Some of the immensely cheap hotels in Salem can be found in Reddipatti area and Fairlands with complimentary breakfast and parking and laundry services being available here. If you are travelling to Salem by air, then the hotels in Salem on Junction Main Road and Omalur Main Road are just perfect for you. The Salem Airport is just a few kilometres away and so are so of them major tourist attractions. The bus stand is quite nearby to these rooms allowing you to make use of local transport to get around the city. Moreover, these rooms offer complimentary breakfast and parking and laundry services to all its guests. If you are looking for a good hotel in Salem, then OYO Rooms are just made for you. Choose the OYO Room which best suits your unique requirements and needs and have a splendid time in this city in Southern India.
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Questions and Answers

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What is a good time to visit Salem?
The best time to visit Salem is during winter time, that is, November to February. Summer is not as bad here as they are in the deep South, but the month of May is avoidable. Monsoons that start from June and end in September have moderate rainfall and temperature is not as high as summers. If you do not mind the rains, this could be an option too.
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What is there to do here in Salem?
A visit to Salem is usually part of a plan to visit Yercaud, the popular hill station. Apart from Yercaud, you should visit the Mettur Dam when you are in Salem. This dam, built in 1934, is surrounded by hills and is a beautiful sight to see. The1008 Shiva Lingam temple, atop a small hill, is another popular attraction. Other religious places here are the Kottai Maaraiamman temple, an ancient temple here and the Sidhdhar Temple that is surrounded by water bodies where people come to get cured of different ailments. The Sankaragiri Fort here was built by the powerful Vijayanagara kings and went on to become an army base during Tipu Sultan’s reign.
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What are some of the accommodation options in Salem?
There are quite a few great OYO Rooms in prime locations across Salem:
 OYO 8780 Hotel Windsor Castle
 OYO 14623 Travellers Inn
 OYO 18627 Hotel Mithila
 OYO 8169 Hotel Salem Castle
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What is the best food that you can eat here?
If you want a taste of the local fare, the many roadside eateries that pop up around the Junction, bus stands and by-pass are a good spot to try your luck at. You will find the usual fare of idli, dosa, parottas and chapattis here but do try the paniyaarams and the various dosa varieties like podi dosa or butter dosa or egg dosa. Sundal, bhajji, bonda, idiyappam are other snacks to try here. Non-vegetarian lovers should try out the biriyani and chicken fry at one of the local restaurants. Apart from this, the crunchy deep-fried snacks like murukku, seedai, thattai are amazing here and these can be packed and carried back for intermittent munching through your trip since they do not spoil easily.
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Is Salem covered by a bus network? What is the best way to travel here?
Salem is covered by public transport (buses) well enough for you to be able to use this to get around. Apart from this, you have autos that you can hail off the road. You can also book a car for the day and go around all the sightseeing spots without any hassle.
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What are some of the best economy and luxury accommodations near the Airport?
Most visitors choose to fly in to Chennai Airport and then drive down to Salem. With OYO Rooms available near Chennai airport easily, there is no need to look any further:
 OYO 5328 Cloud 7 Serviced Apartments
 OYO 15857 Saibala Budget Hotel
 OYO 29276 Rithikha Inn Blossoms
 OYO 5225 Neighbour Inn
 OYO 11305 Hotel NK Exotica
 OYO 2527 Lake View Park
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What are some of the best economy and luxury accommodations near the Railway?
Many comfortable OYO Rooms are available close to the railway station.
 OYO 18627 Hotel Mithila
 OYO 8169 Hotel Salem Castle
 OYO 8780 Hotel Windsor Castle
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If I want to get to Salem by air, which airport is the closest?
Salem has its own airport in Kamalapuram. However, you might have limited options if you choose to take a flight to this airport. The Chennai Airport, lying about 25km away, is the closest major airport to Salem and the most convenient option for you. Trichy airport and Coimbatore airport lie slightly less than 160km from here but are also viable options.
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How do I get to Yercaud from Salem? What other nearby places can I visit from Salem?
Salem railway station is about 35km away from the hill station of Yercaud. You can disembark at Salem station and then hire a car to take you to Yercaud or take one of numerous buses that will take you here. The route to Yercaud is quite picturesque so if you are a photography enthusiast, you might want to hire a car to make this trip so that you can stop at scenic spots en-route and take pictures. Hoeganakkal Waterfalls is an impressive place to visit and it lies about 65km from Salem. The famous Anjaneya temple in Namakkal is also worth a visit. Namakkal is about 50 km from Salem.
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What kind of things should I be looking for when I am shopping in Salem?
Salem is a major textile centre in India and it is famous for its cotton clothing and handloom materials. You can find Handloom readymade garments here at prices that are considerably cheaper than you would expect. Sarees and running material are both good items to purchase from Salem. Salem is also famous for its mangoes so if you are here during summer time, you can buy some and take them back home too.
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