|Elevation||353 m (1,158 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Karamadai is located near Mettupalayam, a suburb of Coimbatore in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is a northern suburb of Coimbatore city, located on Coimbatore-Ooty NH 67. Nearby places are Press Colony,Jodhipuram and Periyanaickenpalayam.
Karamadai is located at .
As of 2001[update] India census, Karamadai had a population of 27,799. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Karamadai has an average literacy rate of 73%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 79%, and female literacy is 67%. In Karamadai, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.
This is a smaller ghat for local Coimbatore city traffic towards Ooty, and is used as a backup road on the rare occasions that both the Coonoor Ghat and the Kotagiri Ghat are closed. The road is narrow with many hairpin bends. At Geddai, near the bottom of the ghat at 1,885 feet (575 m), there is a hydroelectric power station . From Manjur, at the top of the ghat, the distance is equidistant to either Ooty or Coonoor via smaller district roads.
As Karamadai is just about 30 km from center of Coimbatore city towords northern direction, it is also an easy destination spot located at an easily reachable distance for the people of Mettupalayam, Tirupur, Ooty etc. The famous Ranganathar temple in Karamadai is located at the center of the town.
History of the Temple: The 'Thottiyars' clan of people lived at Karamadai. A cow of one of the thottiyars failed to yield milk all of a sudden. He found out that the cow was shedding milk at a bush. Enraged, he started to cut it, when he heard an exploding sound and saw blood gushing from inside. On hearing this, the other people in the village came there and found a 'Suyambu Lingam' inside the bush. The same night, God appeared in his dream and asked him to adorn the 'Lingam' with 'Chandana Kaapu'. It is believed that the lingam 'Ranganathar Suyambu' is growing in size every year.
Every year 'Masimagam' car festival is celebrated in February (in Tamil month Masi) which is a spectacular one to see.
A famous shiva temple Nanjundeswarar temple is present, built by Shaivites descendants of Chola clan. This temple holds minute art works portraying the Tamil heritage.
A New Vishnu temple, name "Then Thirumala -Thirupathi" built in2000 near Karamadai is very popular because of its scenic beauty. And the daily poojas are similar to Thirupathi. One should definitely visit this place when coming to Coimbatore. A village called Onnipalayam (3 kilometers away from Karamadai) is also getting popular because of its natural beauty of Karadu malai and nearby agricultural lands. People might be remembered that Super Star Rajni movie "Bhairavi" had shooted their climax sequences in this village.
Agriculture is the main activity in and around Karamadai. The farmers' market is held every Friday. Other industries are the KG Denim factory, TRIGGER Jeans factory, Textile Spinning Mills & Foundries.
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- "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.