Tourist Places


Resounding cascades, silver-lined clouds resting a top billiard green hill tops, sheer rock faces and temples of antiquity are the stuff that distinguish the tourism destinations of the Theni District. These unique places warm the soul and provide the much-needed balm to the mind. Rustic ambience, hospitality of the local populace and their pastoral way of life make the destinations in Theni district a tourists' dream. Theni district in the Southern part of Tamilnadu is one among the choicest tourist delights and destinations with a delightful mixture of tourist attractions such as captivating dams, waterfalls and countless pilgrim centers.



This district is surrounded by the western ghats, with it ubiquitous 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 wildfife sanctuary.


DISTANCES FROM THENI

Fact File

Madurai 76 kms
Andipatti 16 kms
Periyakulam 16 kms
Bodinaickanur 16 kms
Cumbum 45 kms
Uthamapalayam 30 kms
Chinnamanur 22 kms
Kumuli 65 kms
Kodaikanal 87 kms
Palani 132 kms.
Area (District) 2889 sq. km.
Population 10,34,724 (2001 census)
Altitude 100 m above sea level
Climate Max 39.5 C
Minimum 25.8 C
Season Throughout the year
Clothing Tropical
Language Tamil, English
STD Code 04546


Theni

Andipatti

Theni is the district headquarters. It is a business centre for cotton, chilli, textiles, etc. It is connected by Rail and Road to Madurai. The nearest Airport is Madurai. Good network of Road links all destinations within the District, State and Country.


Andipatti is a taluk headquarter, comprising a number of villages including small hamlets in the ghat section of Varushanad hill ranges. Handlooms, textiles are popular here.

Vaigai Dam

Built across the majestic River Vaigai near Andipatti, 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 on January 21, 1959.The dam is unique for the sylvan garden around it. The stillness and quiet are soothing to the mind. The garden deserves the surname "Little Brindavan". It is a popular picnic spot for the local population, particularly school children. There is a separate play area for the Tourist.



Mavoothu



The main attraction in Mavoothu is the Vellappar Temple. 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 up to the foothills only. 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 stands for "spring of the mango grove". This place has a perennial water source.


Vellappar Temple Legend

The main vigraha (idol) of this temple was discovered by the local tribes called "Paliyars" while the temple was constructed by the then Kandamanur Zamindar. The temple has shrines of Vinayaka and Saptakannikas.

Curative Powers

It is believed that a ritual bath in the spring and eating food cooked in the water will cure the incurable of diseases.



Pooja Timings


7.30 am to 8.30 am in the morning and 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm in the evening.

Important Festivals

Adi Amavasya (Blue Moon) and Thai Amavasya are celebrated with gaiety. There is also an annual festival in the month of Chithirai

Devadanapatti


The main shrine in Devadanapatti is Kamatchi Amman Temple. It is situated on the banks of the Manjal river. This temple is 3 kms 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

Important Festival

The important festival in Kamatchi Amman Temple are Masi Maham and Shivarathri, which falls in February-March

Periyakulam

Periyakulam is an important town in Theni District. It is situated 16 kms from Theni and located in the foothills of Kodaikkanal. Mangoes of this town are very popular. Mango is the largest harvest here, considered second only to Salem, and is exported to foreign countries.

During summer the climate is cool at night, like Kodaikkanal. Periyakulam is connected with all major towns in Tamil Nadu by road. Nearest Airport is Madurai (80 kms). Budget accommodation is availab

Balasubramaniya Temple

One of the important temples in Periyakulam is Arulmigu Balasubramanya Temple. This was constructed by Rajendra Chola nearly 2000 years ago.

Legend
Once king Rajendra Chola went for hunting in Agamalai near the banks of the Varaha river. There a pig was feeding milk to 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 Divine event. This temple is considered equal to Kasi. Since Brahma theertha runs in this river it is believed that any incurable disease is cured when we have a bath in this river water.

The idol of Lord Muruga with six faces seems to have been pierced from the ground-under. Lord Muruga, seen here with his consorts, blesses all his devotees.

The old name of Periyakulam is Kuzhanthai Maanagaram

Sothupparai Dam


Sothupparai dam is located at 12 kms from Periyakulam. This dam is built across the Varaha river. It is a beautiful picnic spot. The vide expanse of stored water is an impressive sight



Kumbakkarai Falls



An amazing feet of Nature, the Kumbakkarai Falls is yet another jewel in the crown of Tamilnadu's tourist attractions. Comparatively less known, these falls offer a breath taking view of the fascinating interaction between gushing water and solid rocks. Add a verdant and wild backdrop and you have an exquisite sight.

Situated on the foothills of the Kodaikkanal hills, the falls is located at 8 kms from Periyakulam. The water from these falls is full of the goodness of mineral and herbs.

Kannagi Temple

Kannagi temple which witnesses a single day festivity during Chitra Pournami day is in the interstate border.



Veerapandi





Gowmariamman Temple which is located here attracts many pilgrims. This 14th century temple was built by the Pendya King Veerapandi.The Pandya Kind is said to have regained his vision by praying to Govmariyamman and Kanneeswaramudaiyar. Close by the temple, the perennial Mullai river runs its course. The temple is nearly 8 kms from Theni

Kuchanur



Saturn or Saneeswarar is the main deity 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 located at Kuchanoor near Chinnamanur of Theni District on the bank of main channel of River Surabhi.

The Chief deity Seneeswaran in the man God and its Genesis was on it own and not created (Suyambu). In all temples Saneeswaran in either of Navagrahah or he remain in separate sannithi. Where as in kuchanoor the Lord exists as prime deity Saneeswaran is other wise called as “Kuchanooran”

King Dinakaran ruled “Kulinga” country with its capital Mainagar. His son chandravathana through astrology predicted that his father was suffering for seven and a half-years, which could be overcome by praying Lord Saneeswaran Chandravathanan ventured into forest, created Lord Saneeswaran’s image out of iron and started prayering Lord Saneeswaran. Impressed by his devotees’s prayer before him at Kuchanoor where the present temple is located

Chinnamanur

This was formerly known as "Harikesarinallur" and it is mentioned in "Tholkappium". This municipal town is a business hub for the nearby villages. Weekly Shandy here is very popular. Sivagamiamman Temple located on the banks of the Mullai river is worth visiting



Theertha Thotti

This natural spring is located on the Madurai-Kochi national highway between Theni and Bodinayakkanur. Subramanya Temple here is a popular pilgrim centre

Uthamapalayam

Uthamapalayam has two old temples one dedicated to Lord Shiva, Sri Kaalahasthiishwara Swami temple, and the other one to Lord VishNu, Sri Narasimha Swami temple. Sri Kaalahasthishwara Swami temple is situated on the bank of river periyaaru, where it runs uththaravaahini (towards north), which is considered quite auspicious. It is amid of green paddy fields.

It is said that one of the devotee here used to go to Kaalahasthi regularly. When he became old he was not able to go to Kaalahasthi to pray the Lord. So the God of Kaalahasthi appeared in this village to bless him. Hence the place is called Dhakshina Kaalahasthi or ThenKalathasthi.

It is a history that three kings who ruled the nearby regions came to a war pact and started constructing the temple at this place. The temple also lodges some nice paintings belonging to Naayakkar dynasty.
Sri Narasimha Swami temple is situated inside the town



Suruli Falls

The Suruli Falls which falls 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 forest that surround it provide an awesome backdrop. Facilities are available for men and women to bathe separately in This 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 thickness of the water column is astounding. The beauty of this fall finds mention in Tamil Epic, Silappathikaram written by poet Ilango



Kailasanathar Temple Cave is located near Suruli Falls. There are 18 caves in and around the Suruli falls. The Kailasanathar Cave Temple is situated 800 metres above the fall and lhas a spring, which possesses water of curative powers. A Dargah named after Abubacker Masthan is another important place of worship in Suruli. This is the place where the body of Abubacker Masthan is interred. This is very close to the cave temple of Kailasanatha.

Abubacker was a Muslim mystic who lived around the 1630s.One more temple for Lord Kartikeya is also located near the falls which is called Suruli Velappar Temple. Devotees carry pots of milk on Saturdays in the Tamil month of Chithirai to this temple

Meghamalai

This scenic place is 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

A densely forested place replete with natural flora and fauna is located 6.5 kms from Theni in the Varushanadu hill ranges

Cloud Land Falls ( Chinna Suruli)

Situated 54 kms from Theni near Kombaithozhu Village. These falls originate in the Megamalai - This is popularly known as Chinna Suruli.



Mullaiperiyar Dam



The Mullai Periyar dam is of a unique distinction of being one of the oldest irrigation Projects in the country for diversion of water to meet out the requirements of the drought prone area of the deficit water State of Tamilnadu in the concept of Trans-basin. This dam was constructed during the year 1887-1898 across the river Periyar based on the lease deed of 1886.

Even though the catchments water spread and the dam are being located in the territory of State of Kerala, the dam is being owned, maintained and operated by Government of Tamilnadu. The water from the Periyar Lake is being diverted through the water shed cutting and a subterrancan tunnel to Vairavanar River and thence to Suruliyar & Vaigai. Before construction of fore-bay dam, all the waters were hurled out from the month of the tunnel. After constructing fore bay dam, all the water drawn from Periyar lake and fore bay dam has been let out into Vairavanar River from tail race of power house after utilization for power generation.
Bodinayakkanur

Located on the foot hills of the West Ghats, this town is popular for cardamom mango and coffee market.


Bodi Mettu

A hill resort situated at a height of 4500 feet, it is a most scenic place. It is 26 kms from Bodinayakkanur

Tiger Falls


A dainty fall on the route to Munnar between Bodi and Bodimettu from Theni


Excursion

Kodaikkanal

Situated at the southern tip of the upper Palani hills in the Western Ghats, this beautiful hill station is one of the most famous tourist spots in the South. At a height of 2133 m above sea level. Kodai, as it is popularly known, is set amidst the wooded slopes and "Shola" forests of the ghats, making for a very pleasant climate throughout the year. This hill resort is known for hill plantains and plums. Several varieties of flowers abound here, including the Kurinji, which blossoms once in twelve



Palani



This is one of the most famous pilgrim centers of the South. The temple is situated on a hill top and is one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya. The presiding deity here is called Dandayathapani and the idol is made of medicinal herbs. There is an electrically operated winch from the foot to the top of the hill for those pilgrims who prefer not to use the steps

Madurai

Madurai is more than 2500 years old and was an important cultural and commercial centre even as early as 550 A.D., when the Pandyas made it their capital. Modern Madurai is a burgeoning commercial centre and temple city

Places of interest

Meenakshi Amman Temple

Tirumalai Nayakkar Mahal

Gandhi Museum

Mariamman Teppakulam

Koodal Azhagar Temple




Accommodation in Theni

Places Boarding & Lodging Phone No.
Theni (STD Code -04546) Sri Vijay Niwas A/C 253369
Adhitya A/C 252607
New Everest Hotel 252173
Hotel Vaigai 252975
Sri Sankar Lodge 272067
Vaigai Dam Vaigai Illam 242232
Andipatti SKA Lodge 242175
VGT Complex
Periyakulam M.S.P.Lodge 231472
Rajendra lodge 231329
Bodinaickanur Thirupathi Lodge 280269
Hotel Dhalavai 280585
Alankar Lodge 280348
Krishna Lodge 280497
Chinnamanur (STD-04554) Sri Shanmuga lodge A/C 247530
Manai Matchi
Thangam 247254
Uthamapalayam Delux Lodge 265231
Akbar Tourist Home 265348
Cumbum Universal Lodge A/C 221908
KNP Lodge A/C 221908
Indira lodge 221-65
RR Hotels 222228
Jabbar International 222389

RESTAURANTS

Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian Restaurants are available in all major towns

PLACES OF WORSHIP

Veerapandi Gowmariamman Temple
Kuchanur Saneeswaran Temple
Movoothu Velappar Temple
Theni Bathrakaliamman Temple
Bodinaickanur Paramasivan Temple
Chinamanur Sivakami Amman Temple
Allinagaram Veerappa Ayyanar Temple
Suruli Falls Suruli Andavar Temple
Rayappanpatti Pani (snow) Madha Church
Uthamapalayam Periya palli vasal

FESTIVALS:


Places Festival in the Month of
Andipatti Sri Mavoothu Vellalar Chithrai Festival April
Devadhanapatti Kamatchiamman Maha Sivarathiri Festival March
Veerapandi Gowmariamman Festival May
Kuchanur Saneeswaran Adi Festival July/August
Suruli Velappar Festival May
Bodinaickanur Paramasivam Temple Festival April

OTHER INFORMATION :

BANKS:

Nationalised banks are available in Andipatti, Theni, Periyakulam, Bodi,

Chinnamanur, Uthamapalayam and Cumbum.

TOUR OPERATORS :

Even though government approved tour operators are not available taxis and vans are available for visiting places of interest.

POSTS AND TELEGRAPHS: Available in all major towns.

BOOK STALLS :

Theni Madasamy & Co.

Bodinaickanur Sankar Eswari Stores and Jaya Stores.

IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS

Office / Place Phone No.
District Collector, Theni Office 253676
Camp Office 254732, 253626
Superintendent of Police, Theni 253999, 254100
Joint Director, Medical Service, Periyakulam 231292
Railway Station, Theni 252319
Tourist Officer, Kodaikanal 04542-241675
Hotel Tamil Nadu, Kodaikanal 04542-241336
Hotel Tamil Nadu, Madurai 0452-337471 to 77
Tourist Officer, Madurai 0452 - 334757

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