Since the 1960s, Namakkal has been a manufacturing hub of automobile body parts. Subsidiary auto industries and workshops scattered throughout the district have led to Namakkal’s fame as a ‘Transport Town’ in southern India
Poultry farms are another asset of this district. But, apart from enjoying the benefits of industrial progress, this region is also blessed with rich history, ancient temples, and enchanting natural sites. The reign of Atikula, Pallava, Cholas, Vijayanagaram, and Hoysala dynasties has left a deep architectural influence on the town’s landscape. Namakkal’s Rock Fort remains a unique landmark. Pilgrims will discover several ancient temples located inside the rock-cut caves or near the picturesque Kolli Hills. The temple of Anjaneya draws tourists for its humungous monolithic statue of Lord Hanuman. The district is also the birthplace of the revered Tamil poet, Ramalingam Pillai. Plan your trip after the monsoon, between October and March, to enjoy the town’s moderately pleasant climate.Most travelers are drawn to Anjaneya Temple because of a massive stone statue of Lord Hanuman. Reaching a height of about 13 feet, this magnificent statue faces another deity, Lord Narasimha. Built near the Namakkal Fort, this ancient temple is believed to be about 1500 years old.Kolli Hills is the most preferred weekend getaway in Namakkal. Part of the Eastern Ghats, the vegetation growing on this mountain range is considered to have medicinal values. The way to these hills passes through many treacherous bends before reaching attractions such as Arappalleeswarar Temple and the waterfalls of Akasa Gangai. Travelers can enjoy this sweeping hilly terrain from a number of viewpoints, including the ones at Arappaleeswarar Temple, Selur Nadu, Akasa Gangai, Telescope House, and Botanical Garden.Akasa Gangai, or ‘Ganges of the Sky’, is an enormous waterfall surrounded by a lush valley. The water here tumbles down from a height of about 300 feet. With green peaks and breezy conditions, Akasa Gangai offers a memorable trekking experience.Traveling in the ‘Transport Town’ of Tamil Nadu is obviously made easy with a range of options. Buses and taxis cover most sites within the city along with neighboring destinations like Karur, Dharmapuri, Srirangam, Kolli Hills, Erode, and Trichy.Avoid driving yourself on Ghat roads with risky hairpins bend that form most of the way to the Kolli Hills.Keep yourself hydrated during the summer season when Namakkal experiences severely hot conditions
Namakkal is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Tiruchirappally at a distance of 78kms.
Airports: Tiruchirapally Civil Airport Airport
There is no regular trains to Namakkal from other major cities of the country. The nearest Railway station is at Karur which is located at a distance of 31kms.
Railway Station(s): Karur