Arakkonam - Tamilnadu is a small town, situated at a distance of 60 KM from the Vellore city, in the district Vellore in Tamil Nadu. Arakkonam is strategically located at 13° 6' 0" North Latitude and 79° 40' 0" East Longitude.
The city of Arakkonam got its name from the Tamil word 'Aaru Konam' (Hexagon) because it is surrounded by six popular cities of Tamil Nadu namely Kanchipuram, Tiruttani, Tiruvalangadu, Thakkolam, Manavoor and Sholingur Paranji.
Arakkonam (also known as Arkonam) is a mid-sized town located in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu. It was also known as ‘Arunthamizh Kundram’ in ancient days. It is situated at a distance of about 66 km from Chennai city and is one of the hottest places in Tamil Nadu which reaches 43°C (110°F) during the peak of summer.
Arakkonam is not just famous for being a popular city for temples but also has one of the biggest Southern railway workshops known as the Engineering Workshop (EWS) and Electric Loco Shed (ELS). It also has a Suburban Electric train facility towards Chennai.
The city comprises of a Naval Air Station of the Indian Navy; the INS (Indian Naval Ship) Rajali runway which is the second longest Air base in South Asia. It is also the second biggest naval training centre in India.
Arakkonam also consists of some major industries like MRF, Ramco, Dennis Steels Pvt. Ltd, Best and Crompton exports and Sandivs. The Food Corporation of India’s (FCI) warehouse, the second biggest warehouse in Tamil Nadu is located here.
Even though, Arakkonam - Vellore is not that popular pilgrimage centers such as Madurai and Kanyakumari, however this town has its own importance on a traveler's itinerary.