travel information, Tamilnadu
Salem is the headquarters
of Salem district. The city lies at the base of Yercuda hills, a famous
tourist destination that offers some of the most astounding scenic beauty.
The name 'Salem' seems to have been derived from Sela or Shalya by which
the term refers to the country around the hills, as in the inscriptions.
And the place indeed has hills around its periphery.
The headquarters to
Salem district, Salem is the fourth largest city of Tamilnadu and located
in the central part of the state. The city is also a major textile hub
of the country and famous for stainless steel.
Local tradition claims
Salem as the birthplace of Tamil poetess Avvaiyar. Inscriptions from Ganga
dynasty have been recovered from parts of the district. Madurai Nayaks
ruled Salem for quite some time. Late in the 18th Century, the Mysore
Rajas captured Salem and after a long feud Colonel Wood took it over from
Hyder Ali in 1768. Hyder recaptured it in 1772 and in 1799, Lord Clive
annexed Salem and the place remained a military station till 1861.
As a Tourist Destination
Leading to the picturesque
trekking up Yercaud hills, Salem is an amphitheater of grand hills all
around it. You have the Nagarmalai in the north, the Jeragamalai in the
south, the Kanjanamalai on the west and Godumalai on the east.
Among the major tourists
attractions you can visit Tharamangalam, which is situated about 27kms
away from Salem and famous for Kailasanathar temple. Mettur dam is another
popular picnic spot built across the river Cauvery. You can also savor
the cascading Kiliyur Falls, a feast for your eyes.
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