Andipatti is a taluk headquarters, comprising a number of villages including small hamlets in the ghat section of Varushanad hill ranges. Handlooms, textiles are popular here.
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. Lord Muruga, seen here with this consorts, blesses all his devotees.
Located on the foot hills of the West Ghats, this town is popular for cardamom mango and coffee market.
A hill resort situated at a height of 4500 feet, a plaice of scenic splendor. It is 26 km from Bodinayakkanur.
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.
Cloud Land Falls (Chinna Suruli)
Situated 54 km from Theni near Kombaithozhu Village. This falls originate in the Megamalai This is popularly known as Chinna Suruli.
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). In front of this temple the perennial river Surabi flows which carried the waters of Periyar river and Suruliyaru. Every year the festival is being celebrated during the Tamil month “Adi” on every Saturday of the week.
Devadhanapatti The temple Kamatchiamman is situated 23 Km from Periyakulam. The festival is being celebrated during the month “Vaikasi” Special poojas will be performed every month on full moon day. The temple is about 200 years old.
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. There are town buses available from Periyakulam to the Kumbakarai. The bus fare is Rs.2/- at present. There is no boarding & lodging facility for the tourists.
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. 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. Puja Timings: 7.30 am to 8.30 am in the morning and 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm in the evening.
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.
Sothupparai dam is located at 12 km from Periyakulam. This dam is built across the Varaha River. It is a beautiful picnic spot. The wide expanse of stored water is an impressive sight.
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 temple is about half Km. inside ghats road. There are 18 caves in and around the Suruli falls.
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. The Festivals during the months of Adi Thai and Chitrai are important ones. This hill has been mentioned in the epics like “Silappadikaram”.
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. Devotees carry pots of milk on Saturdays in the Tamil month of Chithirai to this temple.
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.
Tiger Falls A dainty fall on the route to Munnar between Bodi and Bodimettu from Theni. This also a wonderful picnic spots.
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. Timings All clays evening 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: near Bypass junction, Periyakulam Road, Theni, Contact Ph: 04546-252962, Cell 9443372962.
Vaigai Dam Parkat Vaigai Dam The main tourist spot Vaigai dam is constructed across the river of Mullai near Andipatti village, 25 Km away from Theni. The main source of water for irrigation in Madurai district is from Vaigai. The Children park, Zoo etc. are fast developing areas at the dam site.
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. During summer the climate is cool at night, like Kodaikanal. Periyakulam is connected with all major towns in Tamil Nadu by road. Nearest Airport is Madurai (80 km).
Gowmariamman Temple which is located here attracts many pilgrims. This 14th century temple was built by Pandya King Veerapandi. Pandya King is said to have regained his vision by praying to Gowmariyamman and Kanneeswaramudaiyar. Close by the temple, the perennial Mullai river runs its course. The temple is nearly 8 km from Theni.
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. Thekkady and some Tea and Coffee Estates located at Moonar and Maharaj Mettu.
A densely forested place replete with natural flora and fauna is located 6.5 km from Theni in the Varushanadu hill ranges.