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.


  • 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.


Nandavanam on River Bhavani banks

Wednesday, 13 January 2010 12:32

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Mettupalayam, Nandavanam.

About 50 years ago, there was a major effort to renovate the burial grounds on the banks of River Bhavani which was in disrepair many years. Without any proper supervision, many people in the neighbourhood abused the land. Then a sangam (union) of all hindu communities called Anayithu Hindu Samudhaya Sangam was formed to promote the Nandavanam. The hindu burial ground nearby was not maintained properly and hence about 27 commnities came together without any inhibition and worked very hard to make this a reality today. There is an ambulance for the burial parade and also an ice-box to assist people who would like to avail of these facilities.


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