Theni, a hillock town has 27 forests, 8 rivers and 7 reservoirs and is breathtakingly beautiful. It has a historic background from the 19th Century, and has produced fierce crusaders against British rule, like Maruthanayagam. The famous Saneeswaran Temple is located in Kucchanur Village.
Silk cotton, soft towels, coffee seeds, cardamom, and mangoes are the main products that come out of this marvelous district.
The district headquarters and business hub for Cotton, Chili, Grapes and the Textiles. It is the second biggest weekly market in the state and the fourth biggest in Southern India.
Andipatti is a taluk headquarters and is popular for Handloom Textiles.
Built across the historical, 258 km long Vaigai River at Andipatti, the Vaigai Dam is 111 feet high and can store up to 70 feet of water. There is a Government Research center nearby, experimenting on better ways to grow and harvest rice, sorghum, black gram, cowpea and cotton here.
Vellappar temple, built by Kandamanur Zamindar, is located atop a peak in Varusanadu Hill at Mavoothu [this means “spring of the mangrove”]. The spring within the temple is said to cure the most incurable of diseases.
There is a very ancient temple here called Moongilinai Kamakshi Temple, where the main door is never opened, and all the prayers are done to the door. The temple has no towers, idols or even a sanctum sanctorum.
Arulmigu Balasubramanya Temple
This is a 2000-year-old temple and is said to have been built by Rajendra Cholan. Bathing in the Brahma Theertham is believed to cure all diseases.
These falls have two stages. A temple of Goddess Thadagai Nachiamman, that’s five centuries old, is situated next to these falls.
Built across Varaha river, this dam is 12 kms from Periyakulam.
The 14th Century Gowmariamman Temple was built by King Veerapandi of the Pandya Dynasty. It is said that he recovered his lost sight after praying here.
Here Lord Saneeswaran is called Kuchanooran. This is the only temple in India solely meant for Lord Saneeswaran.
On the banks of the Mullai River, copper inscriptions taken from here are on display in the London museum. It has the greatest number of jewellery shops in the entire district.
This natural spring is located on the highway. The Subramanya Temple is a popular pilgrim center.
This two-stage waterfall originates from the Meghamalai range. These falls find mention in an epic as ancient as the Silapadhikaram. Near these falls one can also visit 5 caves which exhibit rock cut architecture from the 11th Century.
Around 800 meters above the Suruli Falls, you can explore 18 caves that are located here. The spring in this place possesses curative powers.
A Dargah named after Abubacker Masthan, who lived around 1630, are interred here and worshipped by many.
A temple for Lord Kartikeya is also located near the falls.
It is also called as "Paccha Kumachi”. Since the peak is always covered with clouds, locals call it as Meghamalai.
Also known as the Cloudland Falls, it is 54 kms from Theni.
This town is the Cardamom Capital of India. In early days it was known as Tenkasiyampathi. It was renamed after Bodanayakkar built a small palace and ruled this place.
This hill resort is situated at a height of 4500 feet, and is the main cardamom growing area.
This is a waterfall on the route to Munnar.
A famous hill town set amidst granite cliffs, forested valleys, lakes, waterfalls and green carpeted hillsides. At the center of it all is a big manmade lake.
Known as Arulmigu Dandayithapaani Swamy Temple, it is one of the most sacred shrines of Lord Muruga. It was built in the 9th Century by Cheran King Cheraman Peruman, stands at a height of 150 meters and has 693 steps. The idol of the lord here was created and consecrated by Sage Bogar, one of 18 great siddhars, out of an amalgam of navapashanam or nine-herb combination.
Ancient, famous and historic, this ancient city on the Vaigai river has a wonderful skyline that’s dotted with the 14 gopurams [gateway towers] of the famous Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple.
|Theni (STD Code – 04546)
|Sri Vijay Niwas A/c
|Near Bus Stand
||2 55569,2 55689
|New Everest Hotel
|D.S.K.A.Lodge V.G.T. Complex
|Chinnamanur (STD Code - 04554)
|Sri Shanmugha Lodge A/c
|Manai Matchi Thangam
|Akbar Tourist Home
|K.N.P. Lodge A/c
Distance from Theni
Banks : Theni, Andipatti, Periyakulam, Bodinayakanur, Chinnamanur, Uthamapalyam and Cumbum have branches of Nationalised Banks.
Tour Operators : Government approved tour operators are not available. Private Taxis and vans are available on demand to visit places of interest.
Posts and Telegraphs : Available in all Major Towns
Theni Madasamy & Co.
Bodinayakanur Sankar Eswari Stores and Jaya Stores
|Important Telephone Numbers
|District Collector, Theni Office.
||Ph : 253676 / 253767
|District Collector, Camp Off.
||Ph : 254732, 253626
|Superintendent of Police, Theni
||Ph : 254100
|Railway Station, Theni
||Ph : 252319
|Tourist Officer, Kodaikkanal
||Ph : 04542-241675
|Hotel Tamil Nadu, Kodaikkanal
||Ph : 04542-241336 To 39
||Ph : 0452-337471 to 77
|Tourist Officer, Madurai
||Ph : 0452-2334757