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ABOUT - ERODE

Erode is well known for hand-loom, power-loom textile products and ready-made garments and hence it is called Powerloom City of India. Products such as cotton sarees, bed spreads, carpers, lungies, printed fabrics, towels, dhotis are marketed here in bulk.

Erode is an important market center for Turmeric, a spice commonly used in curries. Turmeric is also used as a fabric dye. This turmeric is collected from Erode District and also from adjoining districts of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, including Mysore.

Erode District predominantly agrarian in nature, is emerging gradually but steadily as an Industrially Promising District. Erode was previously a part of Coimbatore District and it has been bifurcated from Coimbatore District on 17th September 1979 as a new district. Erode is known for the biggest textile shandy for marketing the powerloom and handloom products.

Location
Erode is located at a distance of 100 Km. East of Coimbatore and is situated on the bank of river Cauvery between 11 ° 19.5" and 11 ° 81.05" North latitude and 77 ° 42.5" and 77 ° 44.5" East longtitude.

Climate
The climate in general is dry and characterised by insufficient rainfall. During February and March the climate is usually oppressive especially along river Cauvery. In April the weather gets hotter and humidity is at its maximum. During June, July and August cool breeze flows through Palghat gap, but by the time it reaches the area under Erode taluk it loses its cooling effect and becomes hot and dusty.

Rainfall
Total rainfall is over 100mm in a year. When monsoon breaks maximum rainfall reaches 30mm. Erode Taluk gets the major portion of the rain during South West Monsoon. In October the North-East Monsoon sets in.

Temperature
The average maximum and minimum temperature is 96°F and 80°F. The temperature gradually increases from 85°F in January to 96°F in May and reduces gradually to 80 °F in December.

Nearby famous Places in Erode

Sangameshwarar Temple
Located 15 kms north-east from Erode Railway Station, 55kms from Salem and 40 kms from Mettur is the famous pilgrimage centre, Bhavani. It is known mainly by its temple which was built before 1000 years by Kongu's state kings. At the meeting point of rivers Kaveri and Bhavani is this temple built by black stones. In North India, the meeting point of three rivers Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswathy is famously known as "Triveni Sangamam". Like that in South Kaveri and Bhavani meet at this point and so it has got several names like Thatchina Prayagai, Bhadrikasiramam and Mukkudal, Vijayapuri, Veerapuram etc. Usually all temples have a Murthy God but in this temple uniquely in between Swami and Amman Shrines located is Murugan Shrine. And so this pilgrimage centre is also called as Kanthamurthy.

Kodumudi
It is a popular piligrim centre and it is located in the bank of River Kaveri. The river takes diversion in its flow from South to east at this place. A famous Magudeswarar temple here that the Gods Siva, Vishnu and Brahma are in one campus. It is 40 km from Erode.

Hill Temples of Lord Murugan
1. Chennimalai - is about 30 kms. from Erode and 12 kms from Perundurai
2. Thindalmalai - is 5 kms from Erode

Bannari Amman Temple
Bannari is located 15 kms from Sathiyamangalam. Bannari Mariamman temple is one of the important Sakthi temples in this region. It is the famous temple in Erode District and situated at the bottom of the Western Ghats and on the way to Mysore.The famous Kundam- Firewalk festival is organised here during April–May every year.

Dams
1. Bhavanisagar Dam is about 16 kms. from Sathyamangalam across the river Bhavani.
2. Kodiveri Dam is about 10 kms from Gobichettipalayam and 55 kms from Erode.

Government Museum, Erode
The Museum was opened to the public in 1987. The important exhibits are inscription of Kongu Chola, hero stones from Bargur, Tanjore paintings, manuscripts, coins, geological objects, Kodumanal antiques and other pre-history items. It has both botanical and zoological specimens also. The Museum is known for its collection of palm-leaf manuscripts and coins.

Thanthai Periyar Memorial House
The grand old man of Tamilnadu, has sure been born & brought up in a very wealthy household. Anna had also lived there for few years when he was working as editor. The government has taken pains to retain the charm of the old building (more than 100 years). The Photographs, description boards, his personal belongings have all been neatly arranged.