Tam: ஓசூர் ōsūr

‘New City’  City, Tamil Nadu

From Kan: posa/hosa, ‘new’; and ūr, village, town

Hoysalas (a 10th-14thC empire centred on Halebid and Belur in modern Karnataka) ruled Hosur after the decline of Chola Empire. It then became part of the Vijayanagara empire and Mysore Province until 1799 when Tipu Sultan was forced to hand it over to the British.

Its roots are westwards but, being on the border, has tipped over time towards Tamil Nadu.

With nearly 4,000 hectares of roses, carnesians, gerberas and chrysanthemums under cultivation and an international flower auction centre, Hosur earns its nicknames: ‘Rose City’ and ‘Flower City’.

It is also home to major players in the automotive industry including Ashok Leyland, TVS Motors, Caterpillar, and Schaffler.

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


Flower growing, Hosur               rajaraman sundaram