Salem is situated in the heart of Tamilnadu. The city owes
its name to the mountains that surround it. Lying at the base
of Yercuda Hills, Salem has rich natural beauty for the tourists
to enjoy their vacations. The name Salem perhaps originated
from the word Sela or Shalya, which refers to the country
around the hills, as found in the inscriptions. According
to local tradition, Salem is the birth place of Tamil poetess
Situated approximately 21 km from Attur, Aragalur has 2 old
temples and a large Buddha statue. It holds a one-day Temple
Car festival in summer inviting a host of devotees in the
This is a major dam built across the river cauvery. Besides
providing irrigation facilities to Erode, Trichy and Thanjavur
Districts, Mettur dam also serves as a picnic spot. There
is a beautiful park opposite to dam formed with Lawns, Parks
and children play materials.
Located at a distance of 27kms from Salem Tharamangalam is
famous for Kailasanathar Temple. Housing beautiful statues
and stone carvings, the temple walls and its granite roofs
has figures of tortoise, fish, monkey, crocodile carved out.
There is a rotating lotus flower in the ceiling which is just
one of the beautiful futures that adorn the Temple.
Salem is also home to the heritage temple of Sitthar Koil,
which is located about 10 km from the city. It is a Shiva
Temple based on the foot hills of Kanja Malai.
This museum at Salem preserves valuable collections of terracotta's