Here are the top 19 tourist attractions to see in Salalah:

1. Mughsail Beach

3.8 /5

39 km
from city center
1 out of 19
places to visit in Salalah

Mugsail is a long stretch of clear blue water with white sand and beautiful cliffs on either side of the water. It's a magnificent and picturesque landscape! Perfect for a picnic and a quick swim, you can even drive through the beach! There are also many cute traditional huts at the beach where you can have your own barbequed lunch.

2. Wadi Darbat

38 km
from city center
2 out of 19
places to visit in Salalah

Wadi Darbat is a splendid lush green valley with a river running through the middle. The surrounding hills have small caves which people can hike up to. It's the perfect spot for a little family picnic, or a friendly gathering. During the Khareef (monsoon season), the wadi is packed with locals and tourists that have come to enjoy the scenery. There are many small stalls and restaurants at the valley selling street food like shawarmas, pop corn and ice cream.

3. Sultan Qaboos Mosque

7 km
from city center
3 out of 19
places to visit in Salalah

Sultan Qaboos Mosque is the largest mosque in Salalah and is located in the city centre. It's a colossal structure with an elegant mix of Arabic and Modern architecture. Its interiors are designed to instil a sense of purity and humbleness for believers during prayers. It is adorned with huge chandeliers, green carpets and wall patterns. The eclectic structure is fully air-conditioned. The mosque has been named after the Sultan of Oman, Sultan Qaboos. Non-Muslims are also allowed to visit the mosque and marvel at sight.

4. Sumhuram Archaeological Park

827 km
from city center
4 out of 19
places to visit in Salalah

Lying amongst one of the marvellous bays of Dhofar, was once one of the chief trading ports of frankincense, Khor Rori (almost 2000 years ago) which is now the Sumhuram archaeological park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site lies 25 miles east of Salalah on a hilltop which overlooks the beautiful freshwater creek of Khor Rori. The park itself is fascinating to visit as it is both a museum and an archaeological park. You can see the archaeologists at work around the ruins, excavating this historical place.

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5. Taqah Castle

30 km
from city center
5 out of 19
places to visit in Salalah

Being one of the most popular Castles to visit in Oman, the comparatively newly built Taqah castle is an architectural gem. Situated in a beautiful fishing village of Taqah (in the region of Dhofar), the Castle looks gorgeous with its surrounding pristine white-sand beaches. Being built in the early 19th century, the Castle is well preserved and is now known to be one of the best fort museums in Oman.

6. Marneef Cave

40 km
from city center
6 out of 19
places to visit in Salalah

Located in Shatti Al Mughsayl area, which is about 40 km from Salalah in the Governorate of Dhofar, Al Marneef Cave is ranked among the top 10 most popular tourist attractions in the Indian Ocean. It overlooks the Arabian Sea and Al Mughsayl Fountains (which also happens to be the most preferred picnic spot by locals and tourists).

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7. Jebel Samhan

73 km
from city center
7 out of 19
places to visit in Salalah

Jebel Samhan is another local attraction in the city of Salalah. Burrowed in the hills and pasture lands of the Dhofar ranges is a protected and enclosed is the wildlife reserve of Jabal Samhan. The wildlife sanctuary plays host to the endangered Arabian leopard and other species of flora and fauna found in the Arabian peninsula. Although you need a permit to visit the sealed enclosure a trip is well worth the effort.

8. Al Baleed Archaeological Park

3 km
from city center
8 out of 19
places to visit in Salalah

Al Baleed Archaeological Park is a jewel in the landscape of Salalah. The park has been inducted into UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Site earning it a prominent place in the itinerary of visitors to the Sultanate of Oman. The park is an open-air archaeological site located off the coast of the Arabian Sea and lies in close proximity to Al Husn Palace and the famous Haffa souq. The park is open to visitors from 8 in the morning to eight in the night with a modest admittance fee per car.

9. Tawi Atair Sinkhole Oman

49 km
from city center
9 out of 19
places to visit in Salalah

Past the Wadi Darbat lies the Tawi Atayr, which translates to "Well of Birds", containing one of the most gorgeous sinkholes that point to the honeycombed limestones. Get yourself a guide and stroll down a path to the very bottom. The vast Taiq Sinkhole is the world's third largest sinkhole, as it is 1km long and 200 metres deep.

10. Anti-Gravity Point

4 km
from city center
10 out of 19
places to visit in Salalah

Located on the route between Mirbat and Salalah, is a desolate stretch of road which defies gravity as a car put in Neutral gear will start moving uphill at a speed of up to 35 km/hr. This bizarre experience has a lot of scientific explanations for this; most common being that this is an anti-gravity hill. Regardless, this is a fun spot to visit for mystery-junkies and families alike.

11. Museum of the Land of Frankincense

4.3 /5

3 km
from city center
11 out of 19
places to visit in Salalah

Immerse yourself in the Omani culture and history by visiting the UNESCO heritage site, Museum of the Frankincense Land! This museum is part of the Al Baleed Archaeological Park. The displays are beautifully presented and takes you back to the origins of Frankincense discovery in Oman. Interesting and educational, it is recommended for all history buffs!

12. Al Husn Souq

3.8 /5

4 km
from city center
12 out of 19
places to visit in Salalah

You can find almost anything you need at the Souq, from clothes to food to souvenirs, the souq has it all! Bargaining is allowed. The vendors are all respectable and bargain respectfully. You'll also find extremely unique items that you won't get anywhere else in the city. The souq is located next to the Sultan's Palace and is a popular hub for the Dhofari people.

13. Plantations

4.2 /5

4 km
from city center
13 out of 19
places to visit in Salalah

What makes Salalah so tropical are the plantations of coconuts, papayas and bananas throughout the region. The lush green landscape of the city is what makes the plantations in Salalah such a unique visit from Omani other towns. During monsoon, it is stunning as Salalah is greener and lusher. Located near the Corniche in Salalah, these plantations are stunning alongside the white sand beaches of Salalah- a must-add to your Salalah bucket list!

14. Gun Souq

2 km
from city center
14 out of 19
places to visit in Salalah

A bizarre local market can be witnessed in the town of Salalah. This peculiar souq, apart from selling antiques and souvenirs to tourists are also involved in selling weapons. They don't sell actual firearms but rather antique items. You can procure antique rifles and traditional knives. An informal market setting set up in open-air near Sultan Qaboos Street is your location if you want to adorn your apartment with a collection of antique guns or beautiful daggers. Visit early mornings for a better experience.

15. Tomb of Job

4 km
from city center
15 out of 19
places to visit in Salalah

At the tomb, lies the remains of Nabi Ayoub (PBUH) or Prophet Job as mentioned in the Bible. Holding a significant landmark from the bible, this tomb is located 25 kms from Salalah on a hill called the Jabal Al Qar and the tomb compound also houses a mosque. The remains of the holy man can be found enclosed in a well-preserved tomb. The sight has been a spiritual hotspot for many religions.

16. Nabi Imran Tomb

0 km
from city center
16 out of 19
places to visit in Salalah

Nabi Imran Tomb holds the record for the longest grave in the world. It is the resting place of yet another important Islamic prophet known as Prophet Imran (PBUH). The grave is forty-one feet long and continues to intrigue followers and visitors with its mysterious length. The grave is nestled in the hills of Dhofar. A small mosque has also been constructed nearby with a well-manicured garden that adds to the spirituality and pleasantness of the place.

17. Nabi Hud Tomb

22 km
from city center
17 out of 19
places to visit in Salalah

Salalah is home to many tombs and shrines that are of great significance to the Islamic religion. Located among the hills and valleys of Dhofar in Salalah lies the tomb of Prophet Hud (PBUH) a revered Islamic figure who as history recollects was sent to preach redemption to the ancient city of Aad. The mausoleum is 3 metres long and 1.5 metres high. The prophet is cited nearly seven times in the Holy book of Quran.

18. Taqa Salalah

31 km
from city center
18 out of 19
places to visit in Salalah

Being one of the most visited tourist destinations in Oman, Taqa is located 40 kms from Salalah in the Dhofar Governorate. The Castle and the popular beach here are favourites for locals for its old-world charm. The reason why the town of Taqa is unique from any other coastal town in Oman is that you may witness a blend of three different topographies merging at the place.

19. Palmyra 7D Simulator

4 km
from city center
19 out of 19
places to visit in Salalah

Palmyra 7D is a high-end theatre in Salalah which offers a heightened and culminated experience of the senses. With special effects accompanied by water sprays, vibrating seats, fake snow, lightning and thunder, the experience is fun for people of all ages, especially for children! The theatre employs the latest technology to provide viewers with a heightened sense of euphoria while enjoying the film being played. Watching Jurassic Park or the Nun could transcend viewing experience to an unprecedented level of excitement and horror depending on the movie being played.

FAQs on Salalah

How can I commute within Salalah?

The easiest way to get around is in a taxi or driving your own car. There is a public transport system that is active within the city but is not accessible to Salalah's main attractions outside the city like the waterfalls and other destinations. 

Buses in Salalah:
The city is divided into 2 zones, A and B. Travelling within the zones will cost you only OMR 0.2. But if your commute across zones, it'll cost you OMR 0.3 or more, depending on your destination.

Taxis in Salalah:
Considered the most common means of public transportation here, the taxi drivers are well acquainted with all of Salalah's attractions and will get you around with ease. You can even take a taxi from the city to attractions outside the city. Taxi fares start at OMR 2 for 3kms and this is the minimum fare. 
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What are the top sightseeing places in Salalah?

The top sightseeing places in Salalah are Mughsail Beach, Wadi Darbat, Sultan Qaboos Mosque, Sumhuram Archaeological Park, Taqah Castle, Marneef Cave.

Can you suggest an itinerary for Salalah?

Day 1: After checking into your hotel, freshen up and head to the eastern region of Salalah for jaw-dropping nature. Visit the Ayn Athum & Ayn Tabrook Waterfalls, the famous Wadi Darbat, Tawi Atair (Sinkhole), then stop for lunch at a local eatery and head to Jabal Samhan Nature Reserve and the Anti-Gravity Point. End the day with a visit to Taqah Castle and the Viewpoint. 

Day 2: Today, you will head to Salalah's western region. Visit the beautiful Ayn Khor Waterfall, Mughsayl town, Fazaya Beach for its clear blue waters and the Haffa Market.

Day 3: For a more peaceful and laidback end to your Salalah visit, you will visit Ittin. Located a short drive from Salalah town, start the tour by visiting Ayn Garziz. Visit the Ittin Viewpoint which is followed by lunch at the famous Ittin Cave Restaurant. In the evening, spend some time shopping at Salalah's souks!

How much does a package cost for Salalah?

The packages for Salalah start at INR 6064 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here
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