Krishnagiri – The City of Mangoes

Mango is called the ‘King of fruits” because of its varied taste and flavor. Southern India has the reputation of growing mangoes of different species. During the days of princely rule in India, mango was considered an important item in royal presentation.

Mango is considered the national fruit of India. Of all the species of mangoes, Alphanso and Thotapuri are very popular and have good marketability. Krisnagiri has the reputation of producing around 3 lakh tons of mangoes, annually covering an area of around 300 square km. Added to this; Krishnagiri hosts the Annual Exhibition of mangoes at New Delhi.

Krishnagiri could be reached at a distance of 45 km from Bangalore and 45 km from Hosur. A number of archeological sites evidence prevalence of the oldest colonization region of India. The Krishnagiri Reservoir Project or KRP dam, just 7 km away from Krishnagiri is constructed over the river Thenpennai. It also facilitates picnic for tourists.

Thali, 25 km away from Krishnagiri abounds with the all the features of England, like cool climate, hill, valley, cliffs and the river Thenpennai, in place of the Thames. During the British regime, people fondly called it ‘Little England’. It still has a lot of Englishness and therefore is a must-to-be -visited place for visitors.

The government museum, established during 1993, at Ratnagiri, makes the tourists aware of the history, cultural heritage, art and architecture associated with Ratnagiri.

A great personality of India, Rajagopalachari, fondly addressed as Rajajee, is an ever-to-be-remembered freedom fighter. One will feel privileged to pay homage to such a personality at his birth place Thorapalli, at Rajaji Memorial, 10 km from Hosur. Rayakottah is a hill fort that stands mute witness to a number of Mysore wars.

The best season to visit Krishnagiri is the winter and the best months are October to March, every year. Temperature varies beween 15 to 30 degree C asnd winter continues till February.

Pongal is the king of festival in the Southern India. A visit to Kisangiri on this festive occasion gives opportunity for experiencing the tradition and cultures of the locals. Sweet dishes of rice, taken from newly harvested crops are offered to the Sun God. A visit during mid-January facilitates active participation in Pongal.

The world famous Mango festival of Krishnagiri is celebrated for three days during June. If you pay visit during this period, you will be convinced about the justification of the alias attached to Krishnagiri. You can choose and take mangoes of the export quality, not available through the domestic marketing channels.

Krishnagiri means Black Hill. Sprawling over an area of 5,143 sq km, it evidences the oldest archeological sites that go back to the ages such as Neolithic, Monolithic, and Paleolithic. As a prudent visitor, any one would be eager to see the oldest inhabited place. Krishnagiri is surrounded by Vellore that is famous for the Missionary Hosptial.

Krishnagiri abounds with everything sweet, amenable and pleasurable and makes a visitors’ stay most memorable, leaving a poetic imprint such as the below.

‘Sweeter than Alphanso is KrishnagiriStunning visitors with natural sceneries’