Katpadi (pronounced [kaːtpaːdi]) is a locality in Vellore, at the northern part of Vellore city in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Located on the gauge line between Chennai-Bangalore and Villupuram-Tirupati, it is also the home of Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT)


Vellore city North
Katpadi is located in Tamil Nadu
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 12°59′N 79°08′E / 12.98°N 79.13°E / 12.98; 79.13Coordinates: 12°59′N 79°08′E / 12.98°N 79.13°E / 12.98; 79.13
Country India
StateTamil Nadu
DistrictVellore District
TalukasKatpadi [Vellore North]
 • BodyVellore Municipal Corporation
 • MayorMrs.P. Karthiyayini
260 m (850 ft)
 • OfficialTamil
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code91 416
Vehicle registrationTN 23
Lok Sabha constituencyArakkonam
Vidhan Sabha constituencyKatpadi
Civic agencyVellore Municipal Corporation

Politics and geographyEdit

Once a village, Katpadi was upgraded to a panchayat town, with its own taluk office. It has a major assembly constituency which is part of Arakkonam (Lok Sabha constituency).[1]

Katpadi is no longer a separate municipal unit and has become part of Vellore City Municipal Corporation (VCMC). The two places are collectively known as Vellore and together form the eighth-largest metropolis in Tamilnadu.[citation needed]

Katpadi lies in the northern side of the Palar River with the Andhra Pradesh state border about a five-minute drive from Katpadi Junction. When Vellore was upgraded to a corporation, Katpadi was also included in its city limits.[citation needed]

The original Katpadi village is now called Old Katpadi which lies on road which connects Thiruvalam and Chittor bus stop. The Government Boys Higher Secondary School located here is more than 100 years old.

A broad gauge railway line which connects Tamil Nadu to Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh to Tamil Nadu (Chennai - Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram and Tirupathi - Mysore) passes through Katpadi. The railway station is location on Cuddalor - Chittor State Highway, SH 9 (now NH-234).

Katpadi Junction is the name of the primary railway station of Vellore city.

Vellore Institute of Technology University (VIT)Edit

The Vellore Institute of Technology University (VIT) is in Katpadi. In 2010 it was ranked as one of the best private engineering university in India by the magazine India Today,[2][3] VIT University has six schools of study and also houses the VIT Business School. VIT is also the first Indian university to be accredited by the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) in London and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) in the US. The college has around 15,000 students from India and from over 20 countries.[citation needed]

Vellore-Katpadi JunctionEdit

Katpadi Junction, an important railway station of the Southern Railway Zone serving the city

Katpadi Junction is located in the city of Vellore and is the largest railway junction in the city and the district. It is one of the most important railway junctions in Southern Railway.

More than 150 trains cross through Vellore's Katpadi Junction daily. The number of commuters has increased[when?], mainly due to the Christian Medical College & Hospital (CMC), Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), the temple town of Tirupati and more recently the Golden temple at Sripuram.[citation needed]

Chittoor bus standEdit

Named for once being the starting point for all Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh buses, it is the third largest bus terminus in the city of Vellore. There is a statue of C. N. Annadurai there, and there are buses to Gudiyatham, Walaja, Arcot, Ranipet, Thiruvalam, Ponnai, Vallimalai and Muthukadai from here. There is a new building being built[when?] by the corporation for shops and a public shelter.

Bus routeEdit

The local Vellore city bus starts off from Senguttai to Bagayam (via Central Bus Terminus, CMC and Town Bus Terminus) and also available from Katpadi Railway Station to Bagayam(via New Bus Stand terminus, CMC and Old bus stand terminus).

Notable landmarksEdit

There are four statues of leaders in Katpadi, located in four major bus stops.

The theaters in Katpadi are:

  • AASCAR Cinemas (previously called Balaji Theatre)
  • Vishnu Theater
  • Galaxy Cinemas (previously called Apsa Theatre)


  1. ^ "List of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies" (PDF). Tamil Nadu. Election Commission of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 October 2008. Retrieved 8 October 2008.
  2. ^ VIT Ranking in India Today: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/Photo/3308/3/best-engineering-colleges-in-india,-2010.html
  3. ^ "Vellore Institute of Technology". The Times Of India.

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