Ranipet is a major industrial town, 20 kilometres from Vellore in southern India. Built in 1771 in honour of Raja Desingh, who died in battle, and his widow, who killed herself when she heard of her husband's death, the town is known as Ranipettai (rani meaning ‘queen’, pettai meaning ‘district’).
The centre of India’s leather industry
The Indian Leather Industry has experienced significant change, from being an exporter of raw materials in the 1960s and 1970s to an exporter of finished, value-added leather products today.
India is now the second largest producer of footwear and leather garments in the world. With an annual turnover of over US$ 7.5 billion, leather is among the top ten foreign exchange earners for the country. An employment intensive sector, the Indian Leather Industry provides jobs for about 2.5 million people, of whom approximately 30% are women.
In the Tamil Nadu region, the production hubs for leather and leather products are located in Chennai, Ambur, Ranipet, Vaniyambadi, Vellore, Pernambut, Trichy, Dindigul and Erode. The Vellore region is India’s largest exporter of finished leather goods, accounting for more than 37% of the country’s leather and leather-related exports.
The major industry of Ranipet is leather production, with 400 small and medium-sized leather businesses producing and selling both finished leather and leather articles such as shoes and garments for export. The leather industry is therefore a major lifeline for the town, which is part of a highly industrialized zone that has attracted attention from both domestic and international investors in the last decade.
Located in Ranipet, this is a popular business hotel, equipped with the latest in communication technology and with a health club for unwinding after a long working day.
Arcot Weekly Market
The neighbouring town of Arcot is famous for its market (Friday and Sunday) of vegetables and sweets, as well as agricultural and electrical products. Hens, goats and cows are sold also sold at Friday’s market.
The 100 acre site is located at the southern end of the city of Vellore, siting in 100 acres of land.
Built in the sixteenth century, the large fort is surrounded by a wide moat and covers 113 acres in the heart of Vellore city. The fort houses a Christian church, a Muslim mosque and Jalagandeeswarar Temple, which is famous for its magnificent carvings.
The best time to visit here is November-January. Amongst lush forests, this is a trekkers’ paradise as the climb rewards you with far-reaching views of the valley below. Most treks start from Mangalam village located at the base of the hill.
Restaurants (using TripAdvisor rankings)
Gingee, Vellore – part of the GRT Regency Sameera Hotel and Vellore’s finest multi-cuisine restaurant.
Hundreds Heritage, Vellore – rated by TripAdvisor as the number two restaurant in Vellore.
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