Namakkal at a Glance

Air : The nearest airport is in Tiruchirapalli (International) and Salem (Domestic)

Rail : The nearest railway station is at Salem, with a travel time of about 75 minutes. Erode railway station is about the same distance from Namakkal, but the travel time is longer by road. A railway station is under construction in Namakkal.

Road : Namakkal is situated on National Highway 7 (NH7), which is the longest highway in India connecting Kanyakumari to Varanasi.

Area : 3,429
Population: 14,93,462 (Census 2001)
Rainfall : 804.5 mm (Annual)
Climate : Max : 44°C Min : 20.1°C
STD Code : 04286
370 Km from Chennai


Namakkal is a historic town dating back to the 9th century. The name Namakkal derives from Namagiri, which is the name of the single rock formation at the center of the town. The rock is enormous - 65 meters high and more than a kilometer in circumference. Over this massive rock is a fort. It is called Tippu Sultan’s fort. The Hindu sculptures in front of the gate and the Hindu temple inside, leads the main controversy whether it was actually built by Tippu Sultan.

Namakkal District was bifurcated from Salem District and started functioning as a separate district with effect from 01-01-1997. It has two Revenue Divisions, viz., Namakkal and Tiruchengode and four taluks viz., Namakkal, Rasipuram, Tiruchengode and Paramathi-Velur. In Namakkal, Kottai (Fort) area is on the west and the Pettai (Business) area is on the east and at the centre is the rock Namagiri, which is the source for the town’s name. The fort covers an area of one and a half acres of flat surface and is accessible from the southwest by a flight of narrow steps. The namam (mark) is the white and red graphic symbol of Vishnu. The symbol is depicted with two white and one red vertical lines.


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