Area : 2889 sq. km
Altitude : 100 mts.
Languages : Tamil & English.
Temperature : Max. 39.5 ° C and Min. 25.5 ° C.
Clothing : Tropical
Best Season : Throughout the year.
Resounding cascades, silver-lined clouds resting atop billiards green hilltops, sheer rock faces and temples of antiquity are the stuff that distinguishes the tourism destination 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 destination in Theni district a tourists’ dream. Theni district in the southern part of Tamil Nadu is one among the choicest tourist delights and destinations with a delightful mixture of tourist attractions such as captivating dams, waterfalls and countless pilgrims centers. This district is surrounded by the Western Ghats, with it ubiquitous green stretches of cultivated lands and tea gardens. Silk cotton, soft towel, coffee seeds, cardamon, mango are the main product of the district.Thani district is the main route for the tourist bound from Madurai to Kochi via Bodinayakanur and Munnar and Madurai to Thekkadi wildlife sanctuary.
Air: The nearest airport is Madurai.
Rail: It is connected by rail to Madurai.
Road: Good network of road links all destinations within the district, state and country.
Kumbbakkarai Falls: An amazing feat of Nature the Kumbakkarai Falls is yet another jewel in the crown of Tamil Nadu’s tourist attractions. This falls offer a breathtaking view of the fascinating interaction between gushing water and solid rocks.
Andipatti: Andipatti is a taluk headquarter, comprising a number of villages including small hamlets in the ghat section of Varushaned hill ranges. Handlooms and textiles are popular here.
Chinnamanur: The Municipal town is a business hub for the nearby villages. Weekly shandy here is very popular. Sivagamiannam Temple located on the bank of the Mullai River is worth visiting.
Theertha Thotti: This natural spring is located on the Madurai-Kochi National Highway between Theni and Dodinayakkanur. Subramanya Temple here is a popular pilgrim centre.
Meghamalai: This scenic place is dotted with tea estate and cardamon plantation. Situated at an elevation of 1,500 mts. above sea level, the place is reach in flora and fauna.
Suruli Falls: The Suruli Falls situated in Thani district, which falls from a height of 150 ft. gathers into a pool, flows for a short distance and again plummets to a depth of 40 ft., offering a spectacular sight of nature’s rare and wild beauty.
Tiger Falls: A dainty fall on the root to Munnar between Bodi and Bodimettu from Theni.
Bodinayakkanur: It is located in the foothills of the west ghats, this town is popular for cardamon, mango and coffee market.
Veerapandi: Gowmariamman Temple, which is located here, attracts many pilgrims. This 14th century temple was built by the Pandya King. Close by the temple, perennial Mullai River run its course. The temple is nearly 8 km from Theni.
Sothupparai Dam: Sothupparai Dam is located 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.
Vaigai Dam: Built across the majestic river Vaigai near Andipatti, the Dam with a height of 111 ft. can store 71 ft. of water. It is 7 km from Andipatti, 14 km from Theni and 70 km from Madurai. The dam is unique for the sylvan garden around it. The stillness and quite are soothing to the mind. The garden deserves the surname ‘Little Brindavan’. It is popular picnic spot. There is a separate play area for the tourist.
Periyakulam: Periyakulam is an important town in Thani district. It is situated 16 km from Thani and located in the foothills of Kodaikkanal. Mangos of this town are very popular. During summer the climate is cool at night. Periyakulam is connected with all major towns in Tamil Nadu by roads. Nearest airport is Madurai situated at a distance of 80 km. One of the important temples in Periyakulam is Arulmigu ‘Balasubramanya Temple’. This was constructed by Rajendra Chola nearly 2,000 years ago.
Mavoothu: The main attraction in Mavoothu is the Vellappar Temple. This holy shrine is situated in the Varushanad hill ranges, 20 km from Adipatti. Nestling among the hills, the temple is atop a peak, surrounded by natural vegetation. Rainwaters gather around the mango trees near this temple and flows down hills 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.
Kuchanur: Saturn or Saneeswarar is the main deity worship in Kuchanur. In this temple Lord Sani is present in splendid isolation bereft of the other planets. Here he is known as Kuchanooran. The tempole is situated 25 km from Theni. It is close to Chinnamanur, situated amidst paddy field.
Cloud Land Falls: Situated 54 km from Theni near Kombaithozhu village. This falls originate in the Megamalai. This popularly known as Chinna Suruli.
Velli Malai: A densely forested place replete with natural flora and fauna is located 65 km from Theni in the Varushanadu hill ranges.
Bodi Mettu: A hill resort is situated at a height of 4,500 ft., 26 km from Bodinayakkanur. It is most scenic place.
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 Thani district. In this temple, the doors to the sanctorum are never opened, and all the pujas are offered only to the portals. The important festival is Kamatchi Amman Temple is Masi Maham and Shiva Ratri, which falls in February – March.
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