Ranipet is located on the banks of Palar River
in Vellore District
. The name Ranipet was given by the British in memory of King Thaesinghu Rajanís wife who committed
in the battle field. Ranipet is 27 km from Vellore.
Also known as Hasnalipet, the town is steeped in history. The second railway line in India was laid in 1889 between Chennai and Ranipet. The famous Christian Medical College and Hospital in Vellore started its function first by the name Scudder Memorial Hospital in Ranipet.
Ranipet holds the credit of being the second largest leather industrial estate in India. More than 60% of Asiaís leather production comes from Ranipet and it is the second largest foreign exchange earner in Tamil Nadu. There are many foam industries and chemical industries functioning at Ranipet. State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu Limited (SIPCOT) Industrial Complex is at Ranipet, on the Chennai-
Delhi Gate, situated on the banks of river Palar, is a major attraction.
Ranipet is 110 km from Chennai, by road. Walajah Road Junction Railway Station is the nearest railhead. The nearest airport is Chennai International Airport.