Metupalayam town seen from Ooty hills.
|Elevation||326 m (1,070 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Mettupalayam is a taluk of Coimbatore Rural district, located to the north of the city of Coimbatore on the way to Ooty. It is located in the foot hills of Nilgiri hills about 38 km north of downtown Coimbatore, in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Mettupalayam is the third largest township in the district and one of the fast developing suburbs on the northern side of Coimbatore. As of 2011, the town had a population of 66,595.
Mettupalayam is a part of Kongu region.
According to 2011 census, Mettupalayam had a population of 69,213 with a sex-ratio of 1,022 females for every 1,000 males, much above the national average of 929. A total of 6,808 were under the age of six, constituting 3,543 males and 3,265 females. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes accounted for 14.76% and .08% of the population respectively. The average literacy of the town was 77.11%, compared to the national average of 72.99%. The town had a total of 18423 households. There were a total of 26,595 workers, comprising 147 cultivators, 437 main agricultural labourers, 704 in house hold industries, 23,870 other workers, 1,437 marginal workers, 8 marginal cultivators, 60 marginal agricultural labourers, 92 marginal workers in household industries and 1,277 other marginal workers.
Mettupalayam railway station is the originating place for the Nilagiri passenger (NMR), also called "Ooty Train", the only rack and pinion railway in Asia. Mettupalayam provides the interchange for passengers of this subline to the broad gauge railway. The Nilgiri Express (Blue Mountain Express) connects Mettupalayam to the state capital Chennai via Coimbatore.
Mettupalayam is the starting point for two of the Ghat Roads into the Nilgiri Hills. Subsequently it has established itself for the trade of fresh fruits & vegetables coming down from the hills and also for produce that grows on the plains and is destined for the hills. Fresh products from here is supplied to most parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
Coimbatore is 38 km by road from Mettuppalayam. The nearest airport is Coimbatore International Airport which has regular ( Air timings) flights from New Delhi, Kolkatta, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calicut, Chennai, Cochin, Hyderabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Jammu, Pune, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Bahrain, Kuwait, Muscat, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Colombo, Dubai, Doha, Singapore, etc.
Places of interest
The Kotagiri road is a fabulous walking spot for Mettupalayam locals, where one can see spotted deer and elephants.
The Forest College is also situated on the Kotagiri road.
- Vana Bathrakali Amman Kovil,
- Idugampalayam Aanjineyar temple,
- Madeshwaran kovil (mahadevapuram),
- Then Thirupathi and Dhasampalayam Vishnu temples.
- Subramaniya swamy temple,
- Kurunthamalai Bala Thandayudapani Murugan Kovil,
- Kumaran Kundru Murugan Kovil,
- Sri Valamburi Mangala Vinayagar Temple in Rayon Nagar,
- Shri Madheswara Temple in Annadasampalayam,
- Karamadai Ranganadhar Kovil are all famous temples located near Mettupalayam.
Karamadai Ranganathar temple is famous for its car festival every year, where thousands of people flock to see the holy car of RANGANATHAR and get his blessings. This car festival is also famous for its "THER MITTAI" which is available in different shapes and sizes. Matheswarar Temple Located at Kuttaiyur (on the way from Mettupalyam to Karamadai), is a very famous Temple for Lord Shiva.
Agriculture is the occupation of most of the people. Mettupalayam is surrounded by lot of villages, fertile enough for agriculture.
Black Thunder is a water theme park located 3 km from the town, that attracts many tourists. It has attractive rides such as The Lazy River, Wave Pool, Thrillarium, Surf Hill, Cannon Ball, Aqua Bowl, Side Winder etc.
For a magnificent view of the hillside covered with forests, a train journey from Mettupalyam to Ooty is recommended. This narrow gauge mountain train winds through 46 km of forests, tea plantations, 16 tunnels and crosses more than 250 bridges, starting from Mettupalayam on the plains. Moving at a pace that is just a little faster than walking, the journey takes four and half to five hours, but is more than compensated by stunning views of the hills and the plains. The train journey to Mettupalayam is one of the most fascinating experiences for tourists. This steam train was built during the British period.
Transportation business is also famous in Mettupalayam.
Potatoes for the world market are supplied from Mettupalayam market.
An Eastern bypass road project from Sulur to Mettupalayam connecting NH-47 with NH-67, bypassing Coimbatore city is likely to begin on 2013 (mid-June). The stretch from Sulur would be from Kangeyampalayam, Neelambur, Mayilampatty. Vehicles from Kangayam, Karur, Trichy, Dindigul, Madurai and other southern districts, of Tamil Nadu could proceed to Mettupalayam and Ooty without having to enter Coimbatore city. Three rail-overbridges would come up at Sulur, Narasimhanaickenpalayam & Karamadai. The entire stretch of Mettupalayam bypass road from Coimbatore would be 53.95 km.
Mettupalayam assembly constituency is part of Nilgiris (Lok Sabha constituency). Mettupalayam ADMK 40% Mettupalayam DMK 30% Mettupalayam BJP 20% Mettupalayam Others 10%. MDMK Secured 2nd place alone in Mettupalayam Township Election during 2001 Local Body Election. BJP Secured 1st place in Mettupalayam Township Election during 2012 Local Body Election.
In Film Industry
Mettupalayam was an important shooting place in the 1980s and 1990s. It is well known for its natural locations and artificial places, specially because of Ooty. Film veterans such as Baghyaraj, Bharathiraja and few others have utilized this place for many films. Some of the well known movies shot at Mettupalayam are,
- Bhairavi (Rajinikanth)
- Kizhake pogum rayil (Sudhakar/Radhika)
- Kaavalan (Vijay)
- Bhagavathi (Vijay)
- Uyire(Sharuk khan)
- Ullathai alli tha (karthik)
- many Sivakumar films And so on
Also many upcoming film buds were growing in this Area. Some of the well known short films are in progress.
Many promising Young film makers are from this town. Soon it will emerge as hub for Tamil film industry.
- Mountain Train in Ooty
- (Forest College & Research Institute)
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