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Karamadai,(காரமடை) is located in Tamil Nadu
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 11°14′33″N 76°57′36″E / 11.24251°N 76.96009°E / 11.24251; 76.96009Coordinates: 11°14′33″N 76°57′36″E / 11.24251°N 76.96009°E / 11.24251; 76.96009
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Coimbatore
Elevation 353 m (1,158 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 35,166
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+05:30)
Telephone code +91-4254
Vehicle registration TN-40

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. The Ranganathaswamy temple and Nanjundeswarar temple are the most prominent landmarks in the town. The town of karamadai came into limelight due to the presence of ex-steel giant Sri Ramakrishna Steel Industries. Previously agricultural town became industrial due to the presence of Sri Ramakrishna Steel Industry.


Karamadai (காரமடை) is located at 11°14′33″N 76°57′36″E / 11.24251°N 76.96009°E / 11.24251; 76.96009.[1]


As of 2011 India census,[2] Karamadai is a Town Panchayat city in district of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. The Karamadai city is divided into 18 wards for which elections are held every 5 years. The Karamadai Town Panchayat has population of 35,166 of which 17,557 are males while 17,609 are females as per report released by Census India 2011.

Population of Children with age of 0-6 is 3056 which is 8.69% of total population of Karamadai (TP). In Karamadai Town Panchayat, Female Sex Ratio is of 1003 against state average of 996. Moreover, Child Sex Ratio in Karamadai is around 955 compared to Tamil Nadu state average of 943. Literacy rate of Karamadai city is 84.62% higher than state average of 80.09%. In Karamadai, Male literacy is around 89.04% while female literacy rate is 80.23%.

Manjur Ghat[edit]

Route: Karamadai-Geddai-Manjur-Ooty

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 [1]. From Manjur, at the top of the ghat, the distance is equidistant to either Ooty or Coonoor via smaller district roads.


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 a Shiva temple 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 in 2000 near Karamadai is very popular because of its scenic beauty. And the daily poojas are similar to Thirupathi.


As Karamadai (காரமடை) is just about 30 km from center of Coimbatore city towards 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.

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 shot 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 Salzer wire factory, the KG Denim factory, TRIGGER Jeans factory, Textile Spinning Mills & Foundries.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Karamadai
  2. ^ "Census of India 2011: Data from the 2011 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.