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249/365 – Sathyamangalam

Sathyamangalam (also known as Sathy) is a small city and taluk in Erode district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It lies on both banks of the Bhavani River, a tributary of the Kaveri in the foothills of the Western Ghats. It is about 70 km from Coimbatore city.

Sathyamangalam was formerly part of Coimbatore District, but became part of Erode District when the district was constituted in 1979.

The Bannari Amman Temple, dedicated to the goddess Bannari Mariamman, is located in Bannari, 12 km from Sathyamangalam town. The temple draws huge crowds during the annual festival and throughout the year from various cities and states.

Sathyamangalam forest

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’s book Tusker: The Story of the Asian Elephant.

The forests were also the home of the cold-blooded Indian bandit Koose Muniswamy Veerapan, who made a living exploiting ivory and sandalwood from the forests and selling them on the black market.

A major National highway NH 209 connecting Coimbatore to Bangalore via Sathyamangalam passes through the forests.

Sathyamangalam Fort

This famous fort was built by a Nayaka king, Thirumalai Nayakkar (1623 to 1659 C.E), who ruled Tamil Nadu from Madurai. Later, this fort was occupied by Mysore King Hyder Ali and then by his son, Tippu Sultan. But, still people here are calling this fort as “Tippu Sultan Fort”. Now the fort is in damaged condition.

Temples and places of tourism

Bannari Amman Temple

Bhavanisagar Dam

Kodiveri Dam

Perumpallam Dam

Gunderipallam Dam

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sathyamangalam

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