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Hill Stations near Salem

The name Salem, a city in Tamil Nadu is thought to be taken from the word “Shalya” or “Sela”. According to inscriptions, it means a country surrounded by the hills. Indeed the name befits the geographical location of the city as Salem is bordered by Nagarmalai hills in the north, Jeragamalai hills in the south, Godumalai hills in the east and Kanjanamalai hills towards the east. The Shevaroy hills are to its north east while the Kariyaperumal hills frame its southwest.

Hill Station Near Salem
Yercaud in Salem

This ideal location of Salem makes it a great tourist destination. Dotted with picturesque hill ranges, the best time to visit Salem is between October and February when the weather turns especially pleasant. The month of July is also significant as the Mariamman (Hindu deity) festival is celebrated during this time. Salem is situated at the base of the Yercaud hills, which offers the tourist panoramic views of the hilly region from the hairpin bends and the peak. 

Popular Hill Stations near Salem

Yercaud in Salem

Situated in the Servarayan or Shevaroy hill ranges of the Eastern Ghats, Yercaud is rightly termed the “jewel of the south”. It is in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu. Yercaud is located at an altitude of 1,515 metres above sea level and is a ravishingly beautiful hill station nestled within thick forested slopes, orange groves and coffee plantations. Picturesque and peaceful, it is a perfect vacation spot for all your family. The temperature is moderate, and stays between 13°C -29°C. The Yercaud Lake is the center of the town from which the town gets its name, since “Yeri” means lake in Tamil and “Kaadu” means forest.

Yercaud in Salem
Yercaud in the Evening

Yercaud has also developed into a major trekking destination where trek groups are organized round the year. Gifted with exquisite scenic beauty and salubrious climate, Yercaud is often compared to Ooty and Kodaikanal.

Some of the principal tourist attractions in Yercaud include:

  • The Yercaud Lake, surrounded by well wooded trees and gardens
  • The Lady’s Seat offering a bird’s eye panoramic view of the entire place
  • The Killiyur Falls is a 90 foot waterfall. 
  • The Servaroyan temple which is a dark and narrow cave where the idol of God Servarayan as well as Goddess Kaveri, considered as the deities of the Servarayan hills and the Cauvery River respectively are kept is also a major tourist attraction.
  • The Green House in Yercaud can be visited for its collection of spices and flowers.
  • The Bear’s Cave is thought to be an abode of Lord Murugan and can be viewed as part of Yercaud sightseeing.
  • Botanical Survey of India is located 2km from the town of Yercaud.
  • Pagoda Point is another favourable view point previously adorned with stone pagodas and now housing a temple. 
  • Rose garden and Silk Farm- With a large variety of roses, the rose garden is a treat to the eyes. Situated 2km from Yercaud, all visitors can view mulberry cultivation, growing of silkworms as well as methods of spinning here.

Kolli Hills in SalemKolli Hills near Salem

These hill ranges are situated about 100 km from Salem and are another prominent hill station besides Yercaud.

The Kolli hills are situated at an elevation of 1,190 meters and have about 70 hairpin bends. The primary attraction of this place is the Agasakangai waterfall flowing from an imposing height of over 200 ft.

There is an ancient temple, Sri Arappaleeswarar Temple based on top of Chathuragiri hills which is a must visit.

The tourist would also be delighted with the Valvil Ori festival and other festivals celebrated usually in August every year.  

Pachimalai Hills near Salem

These picturesque green hills are placed over the districts of Salem, Tiruchirapalli, and Perambalur. The distance from Salem to Pachimalai hills is about 95 km.

Pachimalai Hills near Salem

The Myluthu falls is a prominent tourist attraction situated at the Pachimalai foothills and reputed for its scenic beauty. The hills are densely forested and ideal for trekking and other adventure tourism.

Kalrayan Hills near Salem

Kalrayan Hills near Salem

These hills are placed north-east of the Salem district, serving as a border between Villupuram and Salem districts.
Some of the major tourist attractions of these hills are the Periyar falls and Megam Falls while the Gomukhi dam is at the foothills of these hill ranges.

All the hill ranges are well connected by road from Salem district. You can also get hotels and resorts at affordable rates in their vicinity. Enjoy the fresh, natural beauty of Salem hill stations.

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