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Places of Interest

Kallar Garden

Friday, 23 October 2009 21:58

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Government Horticultural Garden – Kallar, Mettupalayam.

Government Horticultural Garden  is located on the mettupalayam – ooty highway at distance of 1 Km from the first hairpin bend. The garden was formed in 1900 this garden is situated at 360 mts above sea level, on a spread of  8.92 Hectares.

Purpose:

  • To provide farmers sapling, seeds and stems through the horticultural development plans at an affordable and reasonable price.
  • To be a role model farm for Botanical, Agricultural and horticultural personnel
  • To be a tourist location amidst a natural setting.     
 

Ranganathar Temple - Karamadai

Thursday, 24 September 2009 15:58

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At Karamadai, a place near Mettupalayam there lived people by the name " Thottiyars ". Karamadai got its name from the abundance of Karai trees and Karai Cows in this area at one point in time. The Thottiars were traditionally herdsmen. One of the Thottiya had some (Karai Pasu) cows in his cattle. At the end of everyday, he would milk them and found one of them to be dry inspite of feeding well. He then watched this cow and found out one day that it had been shedding milk into a Kaarai bush, the thottiya became very furious and struck the bush with his axe and immediately heard a loud noise from the bush and there appeared to be some bleeding from the bush. The Thottiya lost his eyesight at this moment and people knowing this rushed to the spot and found a Suyambu Lingam inside the bush. People realising that this was divine worshipped the Suyambu and the lord restored the eyesight for the Thottiya. The Lord appeared in the dream of thottiya and told him that he will appear to the people if adorned with " Sandana Kaapu", as the people performed the ritual, the Lord appeared to the people and graced them in the form of a Kshathirya (Warrior). The scar of the axe is said to appear on the top portion of the Suymabu even to this day.

 
 

Nilgiri Mountain Railway

Friday, 23 October 2009 21:49

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Tags: Mettupalayam to ooty train | Nilagiri Mountain Railway | NMR | NMR Train timings | Ooty Train | ooty train timings

Mettupalayam - Ooty - It was in 1854, that the first plans were made to build a mountain Railway from Mettupalayam to the Nilgiri Hills. But it took the decision-makers 45 years to cut through the bureaucratic red tape and complete the construction and installation of the line.

The line was completed and opened for traffic in June 1899. It was operated first by the Madras Railway under an agreement with the Government.

 
 

Vanabadrakaliamman Temple – Thekkampatti

Saturday, 26 September 2009 11:06

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Vanabadrakaliamman Temple – Thekkampatti

 

Once upon a time, the nellore province was ruled by 7 wicked sisters by name Aaravalli, Surevalli, Veeravalli etc.,. They were well versed in magical powers and witchcraft. Many a kings were imprisoned and killed. Beema, the brother of Dharma on the advise of Lord Krishna came to tame the sisters but was imprisoned. His escape was possible with the magical powers of Lord Krishna. Then Allimuthu, the nephew of the Pandavas came and won the sisters in the battle with the divine grace of Goddess Badrakaliamman. The sisters realising that they would not be able win Allimuthu gave 'Palvarisai' one of their daughters in marriage. The prince, who forgot to worship the Goddess Badrakaliamman was poisoned by his wife ' Palvarasai' without her knowledge by the Juice of the lemon given by Palvarasai's mother. On hearing the news of the death of their nephew Allimuthu, the Pandavas worshipped Goddess Badrakaliamman and won the battle with the help of Amman's grace and warriors. Allimuthu was later given life by God Indra and lived lond with Palvarisai alias Valamma, his wife. This area is now called “Nellorekadu”, “Panchalangadu”, Aaravalli and Surevalli Mountains and Pakasuran Mountains. This temple is located on the banks of River Bhavani and the special occasions are New Moon days and Aadi Amavasai.

 
 

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