Erode is a city in the Kongunadu region and seventh largest urban agglomeration in Tamil Nadu, India. It serves as the administrative headquarters of the Erode district. Administered by a municipal corporation since 2009, Erode is a part of the Erode Lok Sabha constituency that elects its member of parliament. Located on the banks of River Kaveri, it is situated centrally on South Indian Peninsula, about 400 km southwest of its state capital Chennai and about 80 km east of Coimbatore and about 50 km east of Tiruppur. Erode is an agricultural, textile and a BPO hub and among the largest producers of turmeric, hand-loom and knitwear, and food products.