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Theni (STD Code – 04546)

Sri Vijay Niwas A/c 253369

Near Bus Stand 2 55569 , 55689

Adithiya A/c 2 52607

New Everest Hotel 2 52173

Hotel Vaigai 2 52975

Sri Sankar Lodge 2 72067

Vaigai Dam

Vaigai Illam 2 42232


D.S.K.A.Lodge V.G.T. Complex 2 42175


M.S.P. Lodge 2 31472

Rajendra Lodge 2 31329


Thirupathi Lodge 2 20269

Hotel Dhalavai 2 20585

Alankar Lodge 2 20348

Krishna Lodge 2 20497

Chinnamanur (STD Code - 04554)

Sri Shanmugha Lodge A/c 2 47530

Manai Matchi Thangam 2 47254


deluxe Lodge 2 65231

Akbar Tourist Home 2 65348


Universal Lodge 2 21302

K.N.P. Lodge A/c 2 21908

Indira Lodge 2 21065

R.R. Hotels 2 22228

Jabbar international 2 22389


Madurai 76 Kms

Andipatti 16 Kms

Periyakulam 16 Kms

Bodinayakanur 16 Kms

Cumbam 45 Kms

Utthamapalayam 30 Kms

Chinnamanur 22 Kms

Kumili 65 Kms

Kodaikkanal 87 Kms

Palani 132 Kms



Theni district in the Southern part of Tamil Nadu is one among the choicest tourist destinations. There are many tourist attractions such as captivating dams, waterfalls and countless pilgrim centres. These unique places warm the soul and the rustic ambience and hospitality of the local people make the destinations in Theni district a tourists' delight. Resounding cascades, silver-lined clouds resting atop green hilltops, sheer rock faces and temples of antiquity, are the stuff that distinguish the tourism destinations of Theni District.

This district is surrounded by the Western Ghats, with it green stretches of cultivated lands and tea gardens. Silk cotton, soft towels, coffee seeds, cardamom, mango, are the main produce of the district.

Theni district is the main route for the tourist bound from Madurai to Kochi via Bodinayakanur and Munnar and Madurai to Thekkadi wildlife sanctuary.

Places to See

Theni is the district headquarters. It is a business centre for cotton, chilli, textiles, etc. It is well connected by Rail and Road to Madurai. The nearest Airport is Madurai. A good network of roads link all destinations within the District, the State and rest of the country.

Andipatti is a taluk headquarters. It is made up of a number of villages including small hamlets in the Ghat section of the Varushanad hill ranges. The place is popular for handloom textiles.

Vaigai Dam  is built across the majestic River Vaigai near Andipatti, and the dam with a height of 111 feet can store 71 feet of water. It is 7 kms from Andipatti, 14 kms from Theni and 70 kms from Madurai.

This dam was opened in January1959.The dam is unique for the sylvan gardens surraround it with a stillness and quiet that are soothing. The garden deserves the name “Little Brindavan.” It is a popular picnic spot for the local population, particularly school children. There is a separate play area.

Vaigai Dam  is built across the majestic River Vaigai near Andipatti, and the dam with a height of 111 feet can store 71 feet of water. It is 7 kms from Andipatti, 14 kms from Theni and 70 kms from Madurai.

This dam was opened in January1959.The dam is unique for the sylvan gardens surraround it with a stillness and quiet that are soothing. The garden deserves the name “Little Brindavan.” It is a popular picnic spot for the local population, particularly school children. There is a separate play area.

Mavoothu has the Vellappar Temple, its main attraction. This holy shrine is situated in the Varushanad hill ranges, 20 kms from Andipatti. Nestling among the hills, the temple is atop a peak, surrounded by natural vegetation. Transport is available only to the foothills. Rainwater gathers around the mango trees near this temple and flows downhill in torrents. This has given the place the name mavoothu, which in Tamil means “spring of the mango grove.” This place has a perennial water source.

The legend is that the local tribals, called Paliyars, while the Kandamanur Zamindar constructed the temple, discovered the main vigraha or idol of this temple. The temple has shrines in honour of Vinayaka and Saptakannikas.

It is believed that the spring has curative powers and a bath and eating food cooked in the water of this spring will cure the most incurable of diseases.

Devadanapatti The main shrine in Devadanapatti is Kamatchi Amman Temple. It is situated on the banks of the Manjal river. This temple is 3kms from Devadanapatti in Theni District. In this temple, the doors to the sanctum sanctorum are never opened, and all the pujas are offered only to the portals. The special puja performed in the evening to the accompaniment of local musical instruments is a spectacular audio-visual feast.

The important festival in the Kamatchi Amman Temple is held for the Masi Maham and Shivarathri, which fall in February-March.

Periyakulam is an important town in Theni District. It is situated 16 kms from Theni and located in the foothills of Kodaikkanal. This town is popular for mangoes. Mango is the largest harvest here, and is second only to Salem. The fruit is exported to foreign countries. During summer the climate is cool at night, like Kodaikanal. Periyakulam is connected to all major towns in Tamil Nadu by road. The nearest Airport is Madurai (80 kms). Budget accommodation is available in this town.

Arulmigu Balasubramanya Temple is an important temple in Periyakulam. Rajendra Chola is said to have constructed this nearly 2000 years ago .

The local legend says that o nce king Rajendra Chola went hunting in Agamalai near the banks of the Varaha river. And there he saw a pig suckling its young ones. The king unknowingly killed the pig. Seeing the hunger of the young pigs, Lord Muruga fed the piglets. King Rajendra Chola saw this amazing sight, and constructed this temple in memory of this event.

A visit to this temple is considered equal to to making a trip to Kasi or Varanasi. Since Brahmatheertha runs in this river it is believed that a bath in this river will cure any incurable disease.

The idol of Lord Muruga has six faces seems and it seems to have been pierced the earth and risen up from the under the earth. Lord Muruga, who is seen here with his consorts, blesses the devotees.

The old name of Periyakulam is Kuzhanthai Maanagaram.

Kumbakkarai Falls is an amazing feat of nature, and is yet another of Tamil Nadu’s tourist attractions. Comparatively less known, these falls offer a breathtaking view. Situated at the foothills of the Kodaikanal hills, the falls are located 8 kms from Periyakulam. The water from these falls is full of the goodness of minerals and herbs that grow on the mountains.

There are two stages to these falls. At the first stage the water gathers in huge rocky recesses that are variously named after wild animals such as the tiger, elephant, snake, etc., before the water drops as the main fall. Bathing is possible.

Sothupparai Dam is located 12 kms from Periyakulam. This dam is built across the Varaha river. It is a beautiful picnic spot, and the wide expanse of stored water is an impressive sight.

Veerapandi has the Gowmariamman Temple located here and attracts many pilgrims. The Pandya King Veerapandi built this 14th century temple. The king is said to have regained his vision by praying to Gowmariamman and Kanneeswara-mudaiyar. Close by the temple, the perennial Mullai river runs its course. This temple is nearly 8 kms from Theni.

Kuchanur is famous for the Saturn or Saneeswarar temple who is the main diety worshipped in Kuchanur. In this temple Lord Sani is present in splendid isolation bereft of the other planets. Here he is known as Kuchanooran. The temple is situated 25 kms from Theni. It is close to Chinnamanur, and located amidst paddy fields.

Chinnamanur was formerly known as Harikesarinallur and it is mentioned in Tolkappiam. This municipal town is a business hub for the nearby villages.

The weekly market held here is very popular. The Sivagamiamman Temple located on the banks of the Mullai river is also worth a visit.

Theertha Thotti is a natural spring and it is located on the Madurai-Kochi National Highway between Theni and Bodinayakkanur. The Subramanya Temple here is a popular pilgrim centre.

Suruli Falls that drops from a height of 150 feet gathers into a pool, flows for a short distance and again plummets to a depth of 40 feet, offering a spectacular sight of nature's raw and wild beauty. The dense forests that surround it provide an awesome backdrop. Facilities are available to bathe in the waters of these falls. The special feature of the fall is that it is “a round the year” fall. However, the best season to visit is June–October, when the water column is heaviest. The beauty of this fall finds mention in Tamil epic, Silappathikaram written by poet Ilango .

Kailasanathar Temple Cave is located near the Suruli Falls. There are 18 caves in and around the Suruli falls. The temple is situated 800 mtrs above the fall and has a spring, the water is believed to have curative powers.

A Dargah named after Abubacker Masthan is another important place of worship in Suruli. This is where the remains of Abubacker Masthan are interred. This is very close to the cave temple of Kailasanatha. Abubacker was a Muslim mystic who lived around the 1630s .

A temple for Lord Kartikeya is also located near the falls and it is called the Suruli Velappar Temple. In the Tamil month of Chithirai to this temple devotees carry pots of milk on Saturdays.

Meghamalai is a scenic place dotted with tea estates and cardamom plantations. Situated at an elevation of 1500 metres above sea level, the place is rich in flora and fauna .

Velli Malai is a densely forested place replete with natural flora and fauna is located 65 kms from Theni in the Varushanadu hill ranges .

Chinna Suruli is known as the Cloudland Falls and is situated 54 kms from Theni near the Kombaithozhu Village. These falls originate in the Meghamalai.

Bodinayakkanur is located at the foothills of the Western Ghats. This town is popular for cardamom, mango and coffee market .

Bodi Mettu is a hill resort situated at a height of 4500 feet and is a beautiful picnic spot. It is 26 kms from Bodinayakkanur .

Tiger Falls is a dainty waterfall enroute to Munnar between Bodi and Bodimettu from Theni .
Around Theni

Kodaikanal - Palani - Madurai

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Adi Amavasya the new moon in the Tamil month Adi (Jul-Aug) and Thai Amavasya the new moon in the Tamil month Thai (Jan-Feb) are celebrated here. There is also an annual festival in the Tamil month of Chithrai (Apr-May).

Andipatti - Sri Mavoothu Vellappar

Chitrai festival -April

Devadanapatti -Kamatchi Amman Mahasivarathiri Festival -March

Veerapandi -Gowmariamman Festival-May

Kuchanur -Saneeswaran Adi Festival -July/August

Suruli -Vellappar festival -May

Bodinayakkanur -Paramasivan Temple Festival -April


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