Tam: கோபிச்செட்டிப்பாளையம் gōpicceṭṭippāḷaiyam

‘Gobi Chetti’s Camp’  Town/Taluk,   Tamil Nadu

From Gobi Chetty and Tam: pāḷaiyam , ‘camp’, ‘territory’.

Gobi Chetti was a Polygar under the Vijayanagars. The Polygars were 16th–18thC governors  and chieftains who administered their palaiyams (territories) from fortified towns where they maintained a battalion of troops for the Vijayanagara or Nayaka dynasties.

Gobichettipalayam is a popular location for film shoots earning it the nickname, ‘Mini Kollywood’.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Tamil Nadu place names.

 

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