Confluence of the Bhavani and Kaveri Rivers
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
|Region||Western Tamil Nadu (Kongu Nadu)|
|Revenue Division||Erode, Gobichettipalayam|
|• Collector||V K Shanmugam IAS|
|• Total||2,198 sq mi (5,692 km2)|
|• Density||1,030/sq mi (397/km2)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Telephone code||0424 (Erode)
|ISO 3166 code||ISO 3166-2:IN|
|Vehicle registration||TN 33 (Erode East)
TN 36 (Gobichettipalayam)
TN 56 (Perundurai)
TN 86 (Erode West) 
|Sex ratio||M-51%/F-49% ♂/♀|
|Lok Sabha seats||3|
|Vidhan Sabha seats||8|
|Precipitation||700 millimetres (28 in)|
|Avg. summer temperature||35 °C (95 °F)|
|Avg. winter temperature||18 °C (64 °F)|
Erode District (previously known as Periyar District) is a district in the western part (Kongu Nadu) of the state of Tamil Nadu, India. The headquarters of the district is Erode and it is divided into two revenue divisions namely Erode and Gobichettipalayam. Periyar district was a part of Coimbatore District before its bifurcation on September 17, 1979 and was renamed as Erode District in 1996. Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan and social reformer Periyar were from here.
Erode district had a population of 2,259,608 as of 2011. It is 46.25% urbanized as per the 2001 Census. The district has a literacy rate of 72.96%. Erode is the largest city in the district followed by Gobichettipalayam.
The district is bounded by Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka to the north, and by Kaveri River to the east. Across the river lies Salem, Namakkal and Karur districts. Tirupur District lies immediately to the south, and Coimbatore and the Nilgiris district lie to the west. Erode District is landlocked and is situated at between 10 36” and 11 58” north latitude and between 76 49” and 77 58” east longitude. Western Ghats traverses across the district giving rise to small hill locks.
The district comprises a long undulating plain, sloping gently towards the Kaveri river in the south-east. Three major tributaries of river Kaveri, the Bhavani, Noyyal and Amaravati, run across the long stretch of mountains in the north. Palar River constitutes the boundary between Erode district and Karnataka in the north. The Bhavanisagar Dam and Kodiveri Dam provide storage facilities and numerous canals along with these rivers provide proper drainage and facilities for irrigation in the district.
Erode District is separated into 2 revenue divisions namely: Erode and Gobichettipalayam. The district is divided into 6 taluks namely: Anthiyur, Bhavani, Erode, Gobichettipalayam, Perundurai, Satyamangalam. Erode District consists of the municipal corporation of Erode and 4 other municipalities as listed below:
- Selection Grade: Gobichettipalayam
- Grade I: Sathyamangalam
- Grade II: Bhavani[disambiguation needed], Punjai Puliampatti
Erode District is divided between 3 Parliamentary Constituencies namely: Erode, Nilgiris and Tirupur. The district consists of 8 assembly constituencies namely Anthiyur, Bhavani, Bhavani Sagar, Erode East, Erode West, Gobichettipalayam, Modakurichi and Perundurai.
|Anthiyur||AIADMK||S. S. Ramanitharan|
|Bhavani||AIADMK||P. G. Narayanan|
|Bhavani Sagar||CPI||P. L. Sundaram|
|Erode East||DMDK||V. C. Chandhirakumar|
|Erode West||AIADMK||K. V. Ramalingam|
|Gobichettipalayam||AIADMK||K. A. Sengottaiyan|
|Modakurichi||AIADMK||R. N. Kittusamy|
|Perundurai||AIADMK||N. D. Venkatachalam|
|Erode||MDMK||A. Ganesha Murthi|
|Source: Indian Elections / Election Commission of India.|
Agriculture is the most important income source of this district. Paddy, Plantain, Groundnut, cotton, turmeric, coconut and sugarcane are some of the agricultural products. With 43% share, the district is the top turmeric producer in Tamil Nadu.. Erode is also known as "The Turmeric City" as is one of the largest turmeric producers in the world. Erode District is an important market center for turmeric, a spice commonly used in curries. Turmeric is also used as a fabric dye. Erode district is also the leading producer of plantain, coconuts and white silk in Tamil Nadu.
Gobichettipalayam is well known for its white silk, cotton, plantain and coconut production. The country's first automated silk reeling unit is in Gobichettipalayam. Erode is also well known for handloom, powerloom textile products and ready-made garments and hence called the powerloom city of India. Products such as cotton sarees, bed spreads, carpets, lungies, printed fabrics, towels, dhotis are marketed there. In mid-2005, Bhavani Jamakkalam (Bhavani Bedsheets) is registered as a Geographical Indication by the Government of India. Chennimalai is also famous for textiles. Punjai Puliampatti has a weekly Sandy (Market), which is the second place in Tamil Nadu. Its area is 12.75 Acres, which is running from this Sandy, and Annual Income is 23.75 Lakhs for the Municipality. and it is one of the leading tobacco producers in Tamil Nadu. Anthiyur and Modachur shandy are famous for cattle.
The transportation system in the district is already well developed. Erode, being one of the prominent trading centers in the state, is well connected with all modern means of transport except air transport. The district is accessible by both road and rail from the state capital Chennai and other major cities. The district is divided into two RTO sub-divisions namely Erode and Gobichettipalayam.
The district has one major railway station namely, Erode Junction. It was built by the British to connect the west coast of India to the east coast of India. There are state of art ISO certified diesel and electric locomotive sheds at Erode Junction. Erode Junction, which has the distinction of being the third cleanest railway junction in India serves as the hub for water filling facilities and food provisions.
The district is well connected by road. The following is the list of major arterial roads:
- NH-47 connecting Salem – Coimbatore – Cochin – Kanyakumari passes via Bhavani, Chithode and Perundurai
- NH-209 connecting Bangalore – Coimbatore – Dindigul passes via Sathyamangalam
- SH-15 connecting Erode – Gobichettipalayam – Sathyamangalam – Mettupalayam - Ooty
- SH-20 connecting Erode – Bhavani – Mettur Dam – Mecheri – Thoppur
- SH-37 connecting Mettur – Erode – Arachalur – Kangeyam – Dharapuram – Palani
- SH-79 connecting Erode – Tiruchengode – Rasipuram – Attur
- SH-81 connecting Gobichettipalayam – Uthukuli – Kangeyam – Dharapuram
- SH-82 connecting Sathyamangalam – Athani – Bhavani
- SH-84 connecting Erode – Kodumudi – Karur
- SH-84A connecting Erode – Modakurichi – Moolanur
- SH-96 connecting Erode – Perundurai – Chennimalai – Kangeyam
The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation Coimbatore division-II headquartered at Erode (originally called as Jeeva Transport Corporation) services the inter and intra city routes. The State Express Bus Corporation (SETC) operates express services to major cities across the state. Erode Central Bus Terminus, which serves as a major hub is one of the largest in the state.
Distances of Taluk Headquarters from Erode
Gobichettipalayam, the second largest city in Erode District
Brough Road, one of the arterial roads in Erode
Fabrics, like rugs, made in Erode are famous in India
Turmeric powder, used extensively in Indian cuisine
Sri Amarapaneeswarar Temple, Pariyur
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