Nilgiris/Nilgiri Hills (TN)

Tam: நீலகிரி nīlakiri ‘Blue Mountains’   District, Tamil Nadu From Skt/Tam: nīla(m) ‘blue’, ‘indigo’; and  Skt/Tam: giri, ‘mountain’, ‘hill’, ‘rock’ Some suggest that the name comes from the purple-blue flowers of the kurinji [Strobilanthes kunthiana], but since it...

Wellington (TN)

Tam: வெல்லிங்டன் velliṅṭaṉ ‘(Duke of) Wellington’ [Jakkatalla] Town, Tamil Nadu  The Wellington Barracks in the Nilgiri Hills was originally known as Jakkatalla/Jagathala: there is a Badaga Village with that name further north [Tam/Bad: cakke,...