Salem is a city and a municipal corporation in Salem district in Tamil Nadu. Salem is located about 160 kilometres (99 mi) northeast of Coimbatore, 186 kilometres (116 mi) southeast of Bangalore and about 340 kilometres southwest of the state capital, Chennai. Salem is the fifth largest city in Tamil Nadu in terms of population, after Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, and Tiruchirappalli respectively, and fourth in terms of urbanisation. The area of the city is 100 km2 (39 sq mi). It is the fifth municipal corporation and urban agglomeration commissioned in Tamil Nadu after Madras (1919), Coimbatore (1981), Madurai (1971) and Tiruchirappalli (1994). As of 2011, the city had a population of 1,272,743. Distance from Salem, Tamil Nadu to Bandipur National Park is 245.8 km and takes around 4 h 50 min via NH209.

Salem Tourist Attractions
Many well Known temples are located in vicnity of Salem. Kottai Mariamman Temple is located in town area is the historic Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Mariamman. Yearly festival during the Tamizh month of Aadi is being celebrated for five days. The main Raja Gopuram of this temple is made up of seven tiers.

Sugavaneshwarar temple is another important temple located in Salem City. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Mythology records that sage Sugha Brahmarishi worshiped the lord here. Arunagirinadhar has sung a song on Lord Muruga in Sugavaneshwarar temple. It was constructed during 13th Century by Mamannan Sundara Pandiyan.

Kottai Perumal Temple, Skandhashram, Kothandaramar temple, Sithar Koil are other important temples located in Salem. OOthumali Murugan temple, Pandurangan Hill temple, Kumaragiri Hill Murugan temple, Kariperumal Karadu Hill temple are the other temples located in the small hill rocks in Salem. ISKON has built new temple in Karuppur near Salem.

Jama Masjid is the oldest mosque in Salem, situated on the southern bank of the Thirumanimutharu River 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.

Infant Jesus Church a famous church is situated at Four Roads and The Calvary Assembly of God Church is situated at Bangalore high way, Mamangam, Reformed Baptist Church is situated in the Foothills of Yercaud.

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Chinna Thirupathi Temple

Chinna Thirupathi is a Locality in Salem, Tamil Nadu. Pin code of Chinna Thirupathi is 636008 and postal head office is Kannankurichi. Distance from Salem to Chinnathirupathi, Tamil Nadu is 27.1 km and travel time is around 35 min via NH44. Distance from 2nd Stage, Peenya Industrial Area Phase IV, Peenya, Bengaluru to Chinnathirupathi, Tamil Nadu is 206.1 km and takes around 3 h 19 min via NH44.

Arulmigu Prasanna Venkataramana Swamy Temple is located in a small beautiful hill near karavalli at marakottai village, Omalur town, Salem district. Nearest Railway station is karavalli station and Buses are available frequently from omalur town. Temple is situated beautiful with the surrounding wall of 215 feet length and 90 feet width. Temple has an entrance in east and north side.Arulmigu Prasanna Venkataramana Swamy Temple is famous among all vainava temple in salem district.

Arulmigu Prasanna Venkataramana Swamy Temple,
Chinna Tirupathi, Karavalli Post,
Omalur Taluk, Salem District
Phone Number: +91- 4290 - 246 344

The Legend says - Lord Venkatesa in Tirupati came out for a bath. He could not get the Arappu powder (soap nut powder) for the bath. Mother Alamelu Manga was also not available to help Him. He set out in search of Mother but could not find Her. He found the Arappu plants here, enjoyed a good bath and allured by the beauty of the hilly place, stayed here itself then. Later, a shepherd found that one of the cows was pouring its milk on an anthill. People of the place were happy to see the Swayambu Perumal inside the anthill and built this temple.

Festivals celeberated at the Temple are Cithirai, Vaikaasi Vasanthavasth, Aani Thirumanjanam Abishekga Arathanai, Aadi Aadi Perukku, Avani Avittam, Iypasi Deepavali, Karthigai Karthigai Deepam Festivals, kumbu, Markali yegathesi Festival, Sorga Vasal Thirapu, Thai Ulavar Thirunal, Masi Masi Magam, panguni Sri Rama Navami Festival and Yugathi.

3.33 Electronic City Express Timings

TNSTC salem added two 3.33 E.City Express at the begining of this year in FEB 2014. from Salem the bus will reach Electronic City in 3hrs 33 minutes so they tagged it as 3.33. with starting of two service it gained popularity among public and the bus reached its destination in mentioned 3:33 hrs, now on demand the services had increased from 4 to 12 in both sides. updated timings of 3:33 E.City Express.