Theni Information

Theni is the newly formed District surrounded by Western ghats. The main occupation of the inhabitants is agriculture. Periyar Water flows along with the Mull river through this district and it finally reaches the Dam called Vaigai. The district of Theni has been carved out as a separate district recently as a result of bifurcation of Madurai district. According to the said bifurcation, three taluks namely Uttama Palaiyam, Periyakulam and Andipatti of the erstwhile Madurai district was separated from its parent district to form this new district. At present also this new district is comprised of three taluks and eight Community Development Blocks. The district can be divided into two natural divisions. Hilly areas constituted by parts of all the three taluks viz. Periyakulam, Uttamapalaiyam and Andipatti with thick vegetation and perennial stream from the hills on the western side, and another one is Cumbum valley which lies in Utiamapalayam taluks. The district lies at the foot for western ghat and is diversified by several ranges and hills. A range of hills which runs parallel to western ghats from north to south separate from neighboring state Kerala. The District is famous, because of the celebration of Veerapandy festival at Veerapandy, Veerappa Ayyanar festival at Theni, Kamatchi Amman festival at Devadhanapatti and Saneeswaran Temple at Kuchanoor.

Balasubramaniya Temple

One of the important temples in Periyakulam is Arulmigu Balasubramanya Temple. This was constructed by Rajendra Chola. The idol of Lord Muruga with six faces seems to have been pierced from the ground under.

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.

Devadanapatti

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

Kuchanoor Saneeswaran Temple

This is the only temple in India which is meant solely for Saneeswara Bhagawan situated at Kuchanoor, 20 Km south of Theni. The temple at Thirunallar in Pondy is having only a separate Sannidhi for Saneeswarar. In Kuchanoor Saneeswara Bhagawan is said to be a Suyambu (Self appeared idol).

Mavoothu Vellapar Temple

The main attraction in Mavoothu is the Vellappar Temple. This holy shrine is situated in the Varushanad hill ranges, 20 km 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.

Kumbakarai Falls

Kumbakarai Falls - Periyakulam Kumbakarai Falls is a tourist spot in natural surroundings. It is situated at 9 Km. from Periyakulam. The water originates in Kodaikanal Hills and flows along the rocks and finally reaches the foot hills. This place is called Kumbakarai. The falls creates a lot of noise and along with that visitors can hear and enjoy beautiful songs of several birds. The travelers conic here and take bath in the falls. The water flows throughout the year; but in rainy seasons the flow will be very heavy. Some of the travelers walk along the falls in the ghats road and will reach Kodaikanal.

Mavoothu Vellapar Temple

The main attraction in Mavoothu is the Vellappar Temple. This holy shrine is situated in the Varushanad hill ranges, 20 km 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.

Meghamalai

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

Suruli Falls

The Suruli Hills is at a distance of 8 km from Cumbam in Theni district. The hill is famous for its herbal springs. The temple for Suruli Velapparhas been built under these environments.

The Kailasanathar Cave Temple

The Kailasanathar Cave Temple is situated 800 meters above the fall and has a spring, which possesses water of curative powers. ‘The holy water from the water falls is said to cure several diseases.

Suruli falls-Abubacker Masthan Dargah

Suruli falls-Abubacker Masthan Dargah is an important place of pilgrimage in Suruli. This is the place where the body of Abuhacker Masthan is interned. This is very close to the cave temple of Kailasanathar, Abubacker was a Muslim mystic who lived around the l630s.One more temple for Lord Kartikeya is also located near the falls which is called Suruli Velappar Temple.

Seran’s Fun Park

This is a park with a different theme. An ideal place to spend time with your family and children. They will just love its wholesome entertainment features. The park has children play area, video games, boat riding, an open air film show area and many more amusement activities. Its lush green gardens and aesthetic ambience will rejuvenate your body and soul, conic, have fun.

Periyakulam

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

Veerappa Ayyanar

Veerappa Ayyanar Statue The temple is situated 3 Km at Allinagaram, 3 Km away from Theni. The temple is very famous in and around Theni. Every year the festival is celebrated on the “first clay” of Tamil month of “Chitrai” The Places likely to visit in and around Theni is the Vaigai Dam near Andipatti, Kumbakarai falls at Periyakulam, Suruli Falls at Surulipatti.

Theni Area 2,899 sq. km
Theni Population 10,93,950 (Census 2001)
Theni Rainfall 832.8 mm (Annual)
Theni Climate Max:39.5°C Min:25.8°C

 

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