Mettupalayam, Coimbatore

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Metupalayam town seen from Ooty hills
Metupalayam town seen from Ooty hills
Mettupalayam is located in Tamil Nadu
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 11°18′00″N 76°57′00″E / 11.3000°N 76.9500°E / 11.3000; 76.9500Coordinates: 11°18′00″N 76°57′00″E / 11.3000°N 76.9500°E / 11.3000; 76.9500
Country India
StateTamil Nadu
325 m (1,066 ft)
 • Total66,595
 • OfficialTamil
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code91-4254
Vehicle registrationTN-40

Mettupalayam is a taluk and municipality in the Coimbatore district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is located to the north of the city of Coimbatore on the way to Ooty. Mettupalayam is well known for their humble behaviour with other persons who come from outside of Mettupalayam. Mettupalayam is recognised as a Bio diversity Hotspot in India. In 2018 the Former Indian captain, MS Dhoni visited Mettupalayam for its Beauty and stayed there for about 5 weeks in one of his Fan's home. It is located in the foothills of Nilgiri hills about 35 km north of downtown Coimbatore and about 50 km north of Tiruppur, Mettupalayam is the third largest town in the district. As of 2011, the town had a population of 66,595. It is important for the Nilgiri ghat road.


Mettupalayam is located at 11°18′00″N 76°57′00″E / 11.3000°N 76.9500°E / 11.3000; 76.9500.[1] It has an average elevation of 314 metres (1033 feet). Mettupalayam is situated on the bank of Bhavani River at the foot of the Nilgiri mountains.


Religious census
Religion Percent(%)

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.[2] 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 0.08% of the population respectively. The average literacy of the town was 77.11%, compared to the national average of 72.99%.[2] The town had a total of 18,423 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.[3]

As per the religious census of 2011, Mettupalayam had 69.24% Hindus, 25.65% Muslims, 4.84% Christians, 0.02% Sikhs, 0.15% Jains, 0.04% following other religions and 0.05% following no religion or did not indicate any religious preference.[4]


Mettupalayam (State Assembly Constituency) is part of Nilgiris (Lok Sabha constituency).[5]


Nilgiri Mountain Railway

The Nilgiri Mountain Railway which connects Mettupalayam railway station with Udagamandalam (Ooty) is a UNESCO world heritage site. Nilgiri Express connects Mettupalayam to capital Chennai via Coimbatore. Mettupalayam is situated at the base of Nilgiri Hills and hence is the starting point for the Ghat Roads. Coimbatore is 35 km by road from Mettupalayam and the nearest airport is Coimbatore International Airport. There is proposal for a bypass road from Sulur Kangeyampalayam via neelambur for Mettupalayam via odanthurai to Ooty.

National Highway 181 (India) connecting Gundlupete in Karnataka state to Nagapattinam passes through Mettupalyam. State highway SH15 from Erode to Ooty passes through Chittode, Gobichettipalayam, Satyamangalam, Sirumugai, Mettupalayam and Kothagiri. State highway SH80 connects Mettipalayam to Avinashi via Annur.

Places of interest[edit]

  • Major temples include Vana Bathrakali Amman temple, Idugampalayam Aanjineyar temple, Then Tirupathi, Kurunthamalai and Kumaran Kundru Murugan temples and Karamadai Ranganadar temple.
  • The Kotagiri road is a walking spot where one can see Spotted deer, dholes, Indian Gaur and Elephants.
  • Black Thunder is a theme park in Mettupalayam.
Forestry College and Research Institute,Campus

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Mettuppalaiyam, India".
  2. ^ a b "Census Info 2011 Final population totals". Office of The Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Census Info 2011 Final population totals - Mettupalayam". Office of The Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2013. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Population By Religious Community - Tamil Nadu" (XLS). Office of The Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2015.
  5. ^ "List of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies" (PDF). Election Commission of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2009. Retrieved 10 October 2008.