Namakkal Tourism

Namakkal Tourism

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Namakkal Info

  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: 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.

Most of the people in the district are engaged in agriculture. Besides, the district is also known for body building industry for trucks, trailers, tankers and rig unit. Poultry and dairy industries are also prominent in the district. Major attraction of the district is Namakkal Rock Fort, which was built by the Cholas in the 9th century.

Two rock–cut cave temples and 18 feet tall Hanuman statue carved out of a single stone at the Hanuman Temple are the other major attractions of the district. Nearest airport is Tiruchirapalli Airport, which serves the flights from destinations like Chennai, Mumbai, Colombo and Singapore, among others. Salem Junction Railway Station is the most convenient railhead for reaching the district.

Namakkal Bus Station, which is served by buses operated by Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation, is the major bus station serving the district. The best time to visit Namakkal is during the post monsoon season, which extends from November through January.

Namakkal is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Coimbatore and Bangalore.

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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 232 Reviews
  •  513 helpful votes
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"Forts and temples to visit nearby"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Mar 23, 2016
I had been to Namakkal by road in May 2015. Namakkal is better known as an educational, transportation and a poultry hub of Tamil Nadu. Namakkal history dates back to the seventh century. The must-visit attractions in and around Namakkal include the Narsimha Temple, Namakkal Rockfort, Naina Mahal And Dhurgam Fort. The Narasimha Temple houses one avatar of the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu. The Namakkal Rockfort is located on top of a hill. It takes around half an hour to reach the top of the rockfort. The fort is at a height of 75 meters. This temple was built in the ninth century. Inside this majestic fort, there is both a temple and mosque which is a unique feature of this magnificent wonder. Naina Malai hill is located around 10 kilometers from Namakkal town. The Dhurgam Fort was built in the 16th century and has a surface area of around 2 acres. The rock curved cave temples of Narasimha Swamy and Ranganathaswamy are located here.
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Rajamani srinivasan

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"Amazing experience of visiting temples"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 27, 2015
Visited the Sri Anjaneya Temple and the Sri Narasimhaswamy Temple and also the Sri Ranganathar Temple and was fortunate to have excellent darshan. It was amazing experience to see Sri Anjaneyar from the steps of the Sri Narasimhar Temple which is an example of the engineering skill. Also visited the Srinivasa Perumal Temple in Mohanur which is 20 kms from Namakkal towards Trichy which is also worth visiting.
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Vinod Ponoth

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  • Vinod Ponoth
  • Lives in Kochi
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"Not a general destination, however certainly worth the visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 25, 2015
Namakkal is popular for the Anjaneya Temple with its life size idol. I would suggest that Salem be kept as a base point and camp there. There are numerous places in and around Salem that can be visited in a day. Namakkal is one such place. Close to Namakkal is Tiruchengode, with the famous Ardhanareeswarar Temple. Apart from this there is also the Narasimhamurthi temple, the Ranganathar Temple and many other. It would take atleast 2-3 days to visit all the heritage places.
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Vishnu Prakash

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  • Lives in Coimbatore
  • 2 Reviews
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"A perfect holiday experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 24, 2014
In my trip my overall experience is too good, my namakkal is is soo good, and this is my frist and best ever trip for my because my ride my car alone nearly 500 kms from coimbatore to namakkal town. we are going to many place like sivanmalai kangayam and karur temples so it will the religios trip for my group, this trip with my office mets.
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Muralitharan sylvester Venkatachalam

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"Nala Hotels while in Namakkal"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 30, 2013
Namakkal is a place for temples and archaeological sites close by. Well worth visiting. There are several temples in the town - my favourite is the Narasimha Temple, although the single-rock Hanuman statue is most popular. Viewing the town from the rockfort above is truly an experience - especially with a binocular on a cool evening (don't attempt to climb around the noon!).

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: --

Activities & things to do: Visiting temples, climbing the Rock Fort, hanging around the hotel itself in its serene setting, Kolli Hills nearby (ca.1200 metres high, with an ancient temple and a waterfall).

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Soon there would be a railway station. Now you can get there by road - on the way from the South (eg. MaduraI, Trichirappalli) or Salem and Bangalore from the North - Namakkal is well connected by bus from Chennai. There are interesting places just outside Namakkal - Kolli Hills, hill temples like Kooli Patti or Naina Malai (if you are adventurous and dare to climb - season: around September), Thalamalai, etc. Nala Hotel is a nice home away from home to relax off when you return, wherever you go.
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Gunasekaran Krishnasamy

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  • Gunasekaran Krishnasamy
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"fort town"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 8, 2013
The destination is very much accessible by road. 45kms from salem and 85 kms from Trichy, where we have got an airport and rly junction

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: south indian, North Indian and Chinese items available.
Sight seeing- a famous Anjaneya and Narasimha temple. There is a hill station called kolli Hills about 30kms away from here.

Activities & things to do: We can take a trip to Kolli hils and shop spices available there. The is also a small hill temple for lord Siva viz Tricuchengode.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: By road 40 kms form Salem, 85 Kms from Trichy by road and railways.
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