Hosur lies at a distance of 40 kms away from Bengaluru and it falls under the Krishnagiri district of Tamil Nadu. Although a busy industrial city, Hosur is famous for its pleasant weather and plentiful greenery all year long. It is sometimes referred as Little England due to its lovely climate. It is an important hub for automobile industry and this makes the city more popular. It gets its name from Kannada and it means ‘new settlement’.
What is today a modern industrial city was once an important border city during the reign of Tipu Sultan. During the British rule, it was an important city lying on the borders of the British Raj and Tipu Sultan’s Mysore. Hosur was originally founded by the Hoysala dynasty king Rama Natha in 1290 AD.
It was conquered twice by the British India Company in 1768 and 1791. Hosur boasts of the Kenilworth fort whose architecture is based on England's Kenilworth castle. This happens to be the only Fort in the country which looks like an English castle. It is also called the Brett's Fort, as it was built by the English collector Mr Brett who built this on his wife's behest. This Fort was later bought by the Government.
Along with being an industrial hub, Hosur has slowly emerged as one of the leading exporters of roses. Floriculture has become one of the other main income sources for the district. Every year more than 8 million stems of cut roses are exported to Europe and various other countries across the world.
The TANFLORA Infrastructure Park located Madhagondapalli is the leading exporter of high quality cut roses to Europe. “Taj Mahal’, a patented variety of rose is supposed to be the most in demand.
A Land of Industries
Industrial growth started in Hosur with the help of the initiative started by The State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu Limited (SIPCOT).
Working towards the development of small and backward villages and towns in Tamil Nadu , SIPCOT has been a boon to Hosur which is now a preferred destination of various manufacturing companies such as Ashok Leyland Limited, APL Apollo Tubes Ltd, Asia Tobacco Pvt Ltd (I.T.C), AVTEC Limited, Base Corporation Ltd, Bata India Ltd, Carborundum Universal Limited, Exide Industries Ltd, Faiveley Transport India Ltd, Caterpillar India Pvt Ltd, GRB Dairy Foods Pvt Ltd, Kamaz Vectra, Hindustan Motors, Hindustan Unilever, INEL-India Nippon Electricals Ltd, Motors Ltd, LuK India Pvt Ltd, Premier Mills, Taneja Aerospace and Aviation Limited, Titan Industries, TTK Prestige Limited and TVS Motor Company Ltd.
With its rich historical past, pleasant weather and a location close to the river Ponniar, Hosur attracts not only business and businessmen but also a lot of tourists for short weekend trips.
From the beautiful view of the Kelavarapalli Dam, warmth of the locals of the Chennathur village, memorial buildings like Rajaji Memorial and renowned pilgrim site like Chandra Choodeswarar Temple, Hosur has a wide range of activities and places of interest for tourists.
Tourist places in and around Hosur
Hosur has many attractions to offer to the tourists. From Kelavarapalli Dam for a hearty picnic with friends and family to Chandra Choodeswarar Temple for the religious souls and Rajaji Memorial to take you back on a trip to the history.
One of the main attractions in Hosur is the hill temple dedicated to the Arul Migu Maragadhambal Samedha and Sree Chandrachoodeshwarar. Another temple which is located on another hill top 2 km off Hosur.
This temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara who is often referred as Dakshina Tirupati.
Hogenakkal Waterfalls which is close to 80 kms away from Hosur, is a place you should visit if you find time.
If you are a nature lover you can go on a drive towards Krishnagiri where one can spot wild animals like elephants strolling. There is also the Krishnagiri Dam which is the power source for many districts in the state and also a well-known attraction.
Not only that, to extend your vacation there are a lot of destinations around Hosur including hill stations like Medikeri (310 km away), Wayanad (290 km away), Coorg (280 km away), Ooty (296 km away) and Kodaikanal (405 km away); pilgrim sites like Puttaparthi (190 km away) and Tirupathi (240 km away); beaches like Mahabalipuram (305 km away) and Pondicherry (270 km away).
How to reach Hosur
Being an important industrial city, Hosur is well connected to the rest of the country. Located conveniently on the national Highway 7, Hosur is easily accessible which makes it easier for the tourists to make a trip there.
Hosur has a tropical Savanna type of climate which is characterized by more or less pleasant climate throughout the year.