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Aruvankadu railway station
Aruvankadu railway station
Aruvankadu is located in Tamil Nadu
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 11°21′2″N 76°46′29″E / 11.35056°N 76.77472°E / 11.35056; 76.77472Coordinates: 11°21′2″N 76°46′29″E / 11.35056°N 76.77472°E / 11.35056; 76.77472
Country India
StateTamil Nadu
DistrictThe Nilgiris
1,890 m (6,200 ft)
 • OfficialTamil
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code0423
Vehicle registrationTN 43
Nearest townCoonoor
Lok Sabha constituencyNilgiris
Vidhan Sabha constituencyCoonoor
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Aruvankadu is a small town located in The Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu, India. It is located between Coonoor and Ooty on the NH 67, 6 km from Coonoor town and 12 km from Ooty. It is connected by frequent bus services from various towns and cities. Aruvankadu is also connected via the Nigiri Mountain Railway (NMR).


It houses the cordite factory, one of the 40 Indian Ordnance Factories.[2] It is one of the oldest defence factories coming under the Ministry of Defence and the Indian Ordnance Factories. The cordite factory was established in 1903 by the then British Government on a huge campus and it still caters to the Defence Services by manufacturing cordite, an antiquated type of smokeless propellant, which is used in manufacturing small arms ammunition and also as a propellant in various tanks.[2]

It is surrounded by small villages such as Balaji Nagar, Kara Korai, Jagathala, and Hosatty.

There are four schools (Kendriya Vidyalaya, Defence Employees Matriculation School, Cordite Factory Higher Secondary School and St. Anns Convent and Girls Higher Secondary School). There is also an apprentice college affiliated to the cordite factory.

The main sources of income for the local residents include employment at the Cordite factory, cultivation of Nilgiri tea and vegetables.

Culture and entertainment[edit]

The primary places of worship include Shri Paarai Muneeshwarar Temple, Old Aruvankadu Shri Muthu Mariamman Temple, CF Quarters Muneeshwarar Temple, Gopalapuram Siddhi Vinayak Temple, Vinayakar Temple, Line Mariamman Temple, Ayyappa Temple, CSI St. Andrews Church, Church of Our Lady of Health (Arockiya Maatha), Aruvankadu Mosque and the St. Thomas Church.

Notable people[edit]

British astronomer and physicist Robert Hanbury Brown, developer of the intensity interferometer and discoverer of the Hanbury Brown and Twiss effect, was born in this place, where he lived until 8 years old.


  1. ^ "Ooty: In the Lap of the Nilgiris". Archived from the original on 2011-02-24. Retrieved 2008-02-15.
  2. ^ a b "About Aruvankadu". Retrieved 2011-08-31.

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