According to inscriptions available, Erode was under the regimes of Cara kings in 850 A.D. Thereafter (in 1000 A.D. – 1275 A.D.) This place came under the rule of Cholas with Dharapuram as their Headquarters. Subsequently it came under the control of Padiars (from 1276 A.D.). Only during this period, a ruler by name Veerapandian caused the digging of Kalingarayan Channel. Then the Muslims (Modeen Sulthans) took over the rule after which Nayaks of Madurai ruled. Then Hyder Ali and Tippu had their sway. In 1799 when Tippu fell to the British, the East Indian Company took over the administration. During Hyder Ali’s regime, this town was in a flourishing condition with 300 houses.