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NH-47 L&T Bypass near Madukkarai
NH-47 L&T Bypass near Madukkarai
Madukkarai is located in Tamil Nadu
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 10°54′47″N 76°57′07″E / 10.913°N 76.952°E / 10.913; 76.952Coordinates: 10°54′47″N 76°57′07″E / 10.913°N 76.952°E / 10.913; 76.952
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Coimbatore
Taluk Madukkarai
Elevation 311 m (1,020 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 25,733
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration TN-99

Madukkarai is a suburb of Coimbatore city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is the gateway to Coimbatore city from Kerala State and is located around 12 km from the Kerala border. The Coimbatore International Airport is about 27 km from here. It is the administrative centre for Madukkarai taluk.[1]


The name "Madukkarai" originated from the colloquial use of the words "Mathil"(means Great Wall in Tamil) + "Karai"(means Shore in Tamil) as it is situated along the hill sides of the Western Ghats.


'Madukkarai' is located at 10°54′N 76°58′E / 10.9°N 76.97°E / 10.9; 76.97.[2] It has an average elevation of 311 metres (1020 feet).


As of 2001 India census,[3] Madukkarai had a population of 25,733. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Madukkarai has an average literacy rate of 72%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 79%, and female literacy is 64%. In Madukkarai, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.


Madukkarai has one of the oldest cement plants in India, which belongs to ACC of the Holcim Group. This was built during the British days.


Madukkarai is on the main road connecting Coimbatore city to NH47, which bypasses the city. It includes the junction connecting towards the south-west which goes to Pallakad. Work on the 4-laning of the Madukkarai - Walayar stretch is in progress.[4] There is also a railway station which serves as an important goods shedding point, transporting stones and other raw materials for cement manufacture, and also transporting the cement produced. There is a railway line into the factory. Passenger trains from and to Palghat stop at Madukkarai station.


Dharmalingeshwarar Temple[edit]

Dharmalingeshwarar Temple at the top of the Hill

Dharmalingeshwarar Temple whose main deity Shiva is located in the top of the hill in Madukkarai.[citation needed]