Salem (India)

Salem is a city in Tamil Nadu.


Get in

By train

Salem Junction (Station code: SA) is well connected by a good railway network. In fact, it is a divisional headquarters in Southern Railway. It's connected to Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore and other major cities and towns of Tamil Nadu and India. Salem Town Railway Station (Station code: SXT) also connects you to Chennai and it is in the heart of the city.

By bus

Salem is well connected to Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and the rest of Tamil Nadu by TNSTC, SETC buses and also by private A/C Volvo buses like KPN travels. Buses are available as far as Hyderabad and Kollur Mookambike temple. KPN travels head quarters is in Salem and every KPN bus crossing Salem will get into the city and stop near New Bus Stand.

There are 2 major bus stations in Salem.

MGR Central Bus Terminus (New Bus Stand): Inter-state and Intra-State bus terminus. One of the busiest bus stations connecting all the places in Tamil Nadu, very much active for 24 hours and the most busiest bus stand in the state as per movements are considered.

Town Bus Stand (Old Bus Stand): Local bus services.

24 Hour bus services(No 13)from Salem Junction (Railway station) to both the Bus stations.

By plane

Salem has one airport (code SXV) at Kamalapuram near Omalur on NH7 towards Dharmapuri. However, the flights have been running on and off and is not reliable to do pre-booking.

Get around

One can hire a taxi (it's relatively cheap, compared to other cities) or use the public transportation (buses, which will usually be crowded). Other option is to hire an auto-rickshaw (three wheeled), but beware there's no standard price defined for a particular distance, it depends on the driver's mood, financial condition and time of the day.

Buses are very cheap in Salem. They charge only ₹12/- for a 30 k.m. distance.


Tourist places

Holy places



Salem is very good place for buying dresses and also mangoes.

Check out men's shirts, saris and beautiful dresses for women, all for ridiculously cheap prices.



7UP seems to be more commonly drunk than water, but isn't so great in the intense heat. Try the local mango juice, although it seems a tad sweet for some.

You will find any number of Wine shops around the city.

Coffee shops and juice junctions are everywhere.


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