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About Namakkal

"Namakkal is an administrative district, which is located in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The district shares its boundaries with Salem district in the north and Karur district in the south. From the east, this district is bounded by Attur taluk of Salem district and from the west by Erode district. The district is divided into four sub-divisions, namely Tiruchengode, Namakkal,

Rasipuram and Velur. Headquarters of this district is based at Namakkal, which is the first ISO 14001-2004 certified municipality in Asia for environmental management.As per the inscriptions found on the north-western and southern walls of the abandoned temple on the hill, the district was known as Thiruvaraikkal in the ancient times. During that time,

Namakkal was a part of Salem and was ruled by Atikula King, Gunasila.

Later, Hoysalas took control over the region and ruled there till the 14th century. With the end of Hoysalas Empire, Vijayanagara Empire conquered the region and ruled over it till 1565.In 1623, the region came under the administrative control of Madurai Nayaks. It was during the reign of Ramchandra Nayak that the Namakkal Fort was constructed. After Madurai Nayaks, the area was successively ruled by Muslim Sultans of Bijapur and Golkonda, Mysore kings and then the Marathas. Later in 1750, the area came into hands of Hyder Ali, who was succeeded by Tipu Sultan.On 25 July, 1996, Namakkal district was separated from Salem district. It officially started functioning independently from 1 January 1997. In August 2009, this district was ranked second in the comprehensive Economic Environment index ranking of districts in Tamil Nadu by the Institute for Financial Management and Research."

Places To Be Visited In Namakkal

Arungiri Malai

    Popularly known as Arunagiri Hills this place is famous for being the location of a Murugan Temple.

Kolli Hills

    These hills are very ancient and hold historical significance. The way to reach the hill top is curvy and had more than 70 bends which makes the journey more impressive. It is small mountain range measuring 1300 meter in height and covers 280 sq km.

Rock Fort

    Namakkal fort is one of the famous and safest fort in India, located on the top of massive rock at an elevation of 75 meter. It was built during 9th century. Girivalam is he famous procession around the hillock attracts several devotees to seek blessings. One can find a temple and a mosque within the fort.

Anjeneya Temple

    This is an ancient temple, around 1500 years old. It is beautifully located below the Namakkal Fort. The prominent feature is 18 feet tall Anjeneya statue which lies across the street and act as Guardian of the fort.

Agaya Gangai Waterfalls

    Cascading down from the Kolli Hills on the Eastern Ghats the jungle stream Panchanathi Adda on to the panoramic natural beauty of the hills.

Namagiri Lakshmi Narasimha Swami Temple

    This cave temple houses a beautiful stone carved idol of Sri Narasimha Swami that is a special form of Lord Vishnu.

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