Salem Places of Interest

Ayodhyapattanam :


10 Km From Salem. A suburban town on the eastern end of Salem City. It is supposed to have been named after Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Rama who is believed to have stayed here on his way from Sri Lanka at the end of the war with the demon king Ravana. Ayodhya was not only the birthplace of Lord Rama and therefore sacred to the Hindus, but was also sacred to the Jains and Buddhists. It was the birthplace of Rishaba, Ajitha, and other Jain theerth-ankarars. It was the place where the celebrated Toothbrush tree of the Buddha grew. The naming of this village may possibly have roots in the local Jain Buddhist traditions, not just the Hindu epic, Ramayana. It contains a beautiful Vishnu temple dedicated to Kothandaramar. The town includes the railway station, Ayodhya-pattanam, on the Salem-Atthur line. The weekly market, established by Taluka Board in 1895, meets on Thursdays.

Jama Masjid :

The oldest mosque in Salem, situated on the southern bank of the Thirumanimuthu Aru in the heart of the city. It was reportedly built by the Mysore ruler, Tippu Sulthan, who is said to have offered prayers here. The Masjid Inam granted to this mosque was confirmed by the British in 1862. By a special resolution in 1880. Ph : 0427-2267227.

Kailasanathar koil – Tharamangalam :

30 km from Salem. This temple is noted for sculptural works. There are statue of Rathi and Manmadhan; from the statue of Rathi we can see manmadhan. But Rathi is invisible if you look at from the statue of manmadhan. Another important feature of this temple is the place from where lord Rama attacked Vali in disguise we can see Vali from the spot of Rama; but we can’t see Rama from the place of Vali. In those days important documents were placed in the under ground portion of the temple. Recently a lingam has been consecrated for the welfare of the devotees. This lingam is called Pathala Lingam. If the childless people worship they will get child; unmarried people will get married. This is the holy place where lord Mahavishnu gave her sister Sivakami Sundari as a gift to Kailasanathar (He gave by pouring water in the hands of kailasanathar – (Tharai Varthar) So this place is known as Tharamangalam. Ph : 04290-252150.

Kandhasramam, Udaiyapatti :


5km from salem. A temple complex, constructed between the years 1970 and 1971 by Santhanandha Brahmendhra Sarasvathi Adhyavadhutha Swamy. It is situated on the extreme northern end of the Jarugu Malai mountain on the banks of stream called Kannimar Odai and is dedicated to three deities: Murugan as Skandha Guru, Lakshmi as Ashtabuja Mahalakshmi (Eighteen Armed Great Lakshmi) and parvathi as Dhurga Paramesvari.

Kottai Mariamman Temple :


This temple is one of the very oldest pilgrim in the Salem district. In every July-August Mariamman festival is very famous. This temple is located in heart of the city. Ph : 0427-2267845.

Kottai Perumal or Arulmigi Alagirinathar Temple

Located in the heart of the city near the fort. Popularly known as "Kottai Perumal Koil". The temple has been built centuries ago and has some beautiful sculptures. "Vaikunda Ekadasi" is the most famous festival in the temple and on that day, lakhs of devotees visit the temple. The village also contains temples dedicated to Azhagiri Perumal and Mariamman. In 1854, when the Perumal temple fell into ruins, the deities were removed to the Karapura Nathar Kovil. The deities returned home after the temple was rebuilt in 1865. The first zamindhari of the village was sold in 1802 to Syed Ahmad. Area 475 hectares (1981). Ph : 0427-2221577.

Kandhasamy Kovil :

Kalipatti a Murugan temple, also known as the Sundhara Kandhaswamy Kovil, one of the seven richest temples in the district. The karum sambal (black ash) that is given to the devotees is believed to cure diseases and to serve as an antidote for snake poison. The temple was founded by Pazhani Kavundar was built up by Katteri Lakshmana Kavundar in 18th centuary.

Kurumpapatti Zoological Park :

There is one small zoological park with natural beautiful environmental circumstance. Already, some animals, birds and other beings are living in this park. Now, from the Chennai, Vandalur Anna Zoological Park two white Peacock, some small cranes and multicolour cranes are broughtout here. Some other extraordinary beings also will coming soon. Sure! this park also to attract the visitors with great fascination.

Lingam (1008) Temple :

This temple is under the control of a private department of the Vinayaga Mission. This temple contains 1008 Lingam with Nandi in the ‘moolasthanam’. This temple is located in Ariyanoor.


Mettur Dam :

One of the largest of its kind in the world. It was completed in 1934. The total length of the dam is 1700 meters. The Mettur Hydro Electrical power project is also quite large. The dam, the park, the major Hydro Electric power stations and hills on all sides make Mettur a good tourist attraction. Ph : 04298-242600.

Utthama Chozhapuram :

“City of Utthamachozha”, a small town on the Thirumanimuthu Aru. Temples dedicated to Azhagiri Perumal and Mari Amman. In 1854, when the Perumal temple fell into ruins, the deities were removed to the Karapura Nathar Kovil. The deities returned home after the temple was rebuilt in 1865.

Paravasa Ulagam Water Theme Park :

It is located at a distance of about 16 km from Salem city near Mallur on the NH-7 Trichy Main Road in the midst of cool hilly region surrounded by green trees in a calm atmosphere. Some of exciting water games, Wave Pool, Activity Pool, Rain Dance, Karting & Biking, Baby Fun Toys,Video Games, Science Park, Water falls, mist world and Jallikattu. An exciting water adventure for the entire family.
Ph : 0427-2913819

Oothumalai - Sathya Narayana Sithar Beedam :


Situated 6 km from Salem. It has special features as Sri Sathya Narayana Temple which is present on hills, similarly not found anywhere in Tamilnadu. Oothumalai hill also has the feature of Swami Muruga Temple. Located : Oothumalai, Seelanaikanpatti, Salem - 636 201.

Sri Sugavaneshwara Temple

This temple is located near old Salem Bus stand. This is one of the important holy places of Salem. Legends record that sage sugha brahmarishi worshipped the lord here. Arunagirinadhar has sung a song on Lord Muruga in Sugavaneshwarar temple. This is one of the famous and big temples in Salem. There we can find so many historical monument and statuette inside the temple. Hundreds of devotees worship in this temple for Maha Shivarathiri. Ph : 0427-2450954.

Sankakiri Fort :

30 km from Salem. The Sankakiri Fort is one of the important historic places in Salem District. This fort has been constructed on the hill of Sankakiri. This fort has ten compound walls having individual name for that. Inside of this fort, there are 6 platforms and 5 Temples, 2 Mosques. The Weapons, Pistol and Jewels used by the emperor Tipu Sultan, Theeran Chinnamalai were found there. On the way to Sankakiri Fort we can see one Christian Church in the name of St. Antony.

Siddhar Temple

Kalangi siddhar is one among the eighteen Tamil Siddhas. There is one temple dedicated to this, Suddha at the foot of Kanja Malai. Perennial wells and small reservoirs and waterfalls are there around this temple. It is beloved that bathing in the water of these wells and falls will cure any disease.On new moon day and full moon day special poojas are offered Location: Located at the foot of Kanja Malai 12 km from Salem on the way to Ilampillai. Ph: 0427-2491389


Thanthondreeswarar Temple, Belur

Temple is situated at 35 km from Salem. The variety of sculptures are famous here. Ph : 04292-241400.

Glory of ‘Magic’ Inscription :

Anchettipatti is a small village near Sanka Giri in Salem District. Archaeological Department has excavated one inscription which will cure the cattle from disease. It In various places of Tamilnadu we can come across this kind of inscriptions; its name is ‘Althindu kutrikal’. When the cattles come back after breeding in the forest they rub against the stone cutting and they get rid of the illness.


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