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Arcot and Ranipet are two towns on opposite sides of the Palar River, in Northern Tamil Nadu.

Ranipet, also called Ranipettai, is mainly known for its industrial development, in particular leather. It's on the northern bank of the river Palar, opposite Arcot. Ranipet means "place of the queen". The town was founded in 1771 by Sadut-illa-khan and named in honour of the young widow of Desigh Raja of Gingee. She followed her husband to death by committing the ancient (and now banned) Indian tradition of "sati", suicide by setting herself on fire.

Get in


By train


The nearest railway station is Katpadi Junction  SR  in Vellore.

By bus


1 Arcot Bus Stand. Arcot is 70 mi (110 km) south of Chennai and is on the national highway that connects Chennai and Bangalore. Hence it is well connected by buses to both cities. In addition, many buses ply to or from Arcot to cities like Kanchipuram, Coimbatore, Salem, Erode, Chidambaram, Thanjavur etc. Interstate buses to Chittoor, Tirupati, Mysore and Pondicherry also run from Arcot.

Get around

Map of Arcot and Ranipet

See and do

  • 1 Delhi Gate. Delhi Gate (Q97481253) on Wikidata Delhi Gate, Vellore on Wikipedia
  • 2 Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple.
  • 3 Arcot Fort.
  • 4 Kathiyavadi Panchapandavar Ancient Jain Hill and Caves (Pallava Rock Cut Caves).
  • 5 Green Thunder Water Park.


  • 1 Tamilnadu Textiles.

Eat and drink

  • 1 Sri Durga Bhavan, +91 7448826444. 6:00 AM-10:00PM. Vegetarian Restaurant that serves South Indian dishes. ₹100-₹200 per person.
  • 2 Arcot Star Biriyani.





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