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Sathyamangalam

Sathyamangalam (also known as Sathy) is a town and municipality in Erode district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It lies on the banks of river Bhavani, a tributary of Kaveri in the foothills of the Western Ghats. It is about 65 km from Erode and 70 km from Coimbatore. A portion of the sathyamangalam forests was declared as sanctuary in 2008. Sathyamangalam is also the name of a Reserve Forest under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1973. It is contiguous with the Biligirirangan Temple Wildlife Sanctuary to the north in neighbouring Chamarajanagar District of Karnataka, and together forms a vital corridor for faunal movements, mainly elephants. Elephant movements in this corridor were the subject of one of the first studies on the Asian Elephant by the Indian elephant scientist R. Sukumar in early 1980s. The Sathyamangalam elephants were also the subject of Indian elephant expert Vivek Menon book Tusker .The Story of the Asian Elephant. The forests were also the home of the legendary Indian bandit Koose Muniswamy Veerapan, who made a living exploiting ivory and sandalwood from the forests and selling them on the black market.      Book Now



Bhavani River

Bhavani is a major river in Kongu Nadu region of Tamil Nadu, India. It is the second longest river in Tamil Nadu and a major tributary of the Kaveri River. Bhavani River originates in the upper regions of the Nilgiris of the Western Ghats. It is joined by twelve rivulets, which drain the southern Nilgiri slopes. The largest tributaries of the Bhavani River are West and East Varagar, which come from the Nilgiris. It is at Mukkali, Bhavani turns in the northeast direction and flows through Attappady plateau for twenty five kilometers and seven kilometers along the inter state border. The Kunda River coming from the north joins the Bhavani River in western Tamil Nadu at Athikadavu. The Bhavani is joined by Siruvani River of Coimbatore district and Kodungarapallam River at Koodappatti on the Kerala-Tamil border. The river then flows in the east direction along the base of Nilgiris. It enters the plains near Mettupalayam near Bathra - Kaliaman Temple where the Coonoor River coming from Coonoor joins Bhavani. The river moves in the east direction at a distance of 160 kilometers through Erode district cutting across the taluks of Gobichettipalayam and Bhavani before joining the Cauvery in the town of Bhavani. Bhavani Sangameshwarar Temple, situated at the meeting point of Bhavani and the Cauvery Rivers, is a prominent pilgrim center. Bhavani Sagar Dam is a tourist spot across this river. The river flows near Mettupalam, which is a prominent town and gateway to the hill station Ooty.       Book Now



Arulmigu Mahaveera Anjaneyar Temple

Anjaneyar is a Hindu god and an ardent devotee of Rama. He is a central character in the Indian epic Ramayana and its various versions. He also finds mentions in several other texts, including Mahabharata, the various Puranas and some Jain texts. A vanara, Hanuman participated in Rama. Festivals are celebrated in the temple in Aipasi (October-November) on Tiruvonam star day and on Hastham star day in Panguni (March-April) and on Aadi Amavasya day (new moon day in July-August).There is a spot here built on a rock remembering Sri Anjaneya frog-leap jump over the ocean to Lanka in search of Mother Sita. While they were digging the sand for constructing the temple, they found a Silver coin engraved with Anjaneyar figure in that place. This even became clear that God has chosen that place. On 6th April 2003 the kumbabishekam was performed in a grand manner. Since there should not be a temple without Lord Vinayagar, they installed Varasiddhi Vinayagar and performed kumbabishekam together. Similarly the Rajagopuram was erected on 8th April 2009 successfully.      Book Now


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