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Location of Dindigul
in Tamil Nadu and India
Coordinates 10°21′N 77°57′E / 10.35°N 77.95°E / 10.35; 77.95
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District(s) Dindigul
Population 196619 (2004)
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

268 m (879 ft)

Dindigul (Tamil: திண்டுக்கல்) is a town and municipality in the Tamil Nadu state of southern India.

It is the 13th largest town in Tamil Nadu after the cities, Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Trichy, Salem, Erode, Tirunelveli, Tirupur, Vellore, Thoothukudi, Thanjavur and Nagercoil. It is the administrative headquarters of Dindigul district.It will be announced soon as a corporation by the state government .



The Huge Hill at Dindigul resembles a pillow. Thus, the city is known as Dindigul, a portmanteau from the Indian 'Thindu' for pillow, and 'kal' for rock. Also commonly known as the "City of Locks and Tannery", it is a fast growing tier-4 city.


Dindigul seen from the rock fort

The history of Dindigul revolves around the Dindigul Fort built by the Nayaks of Madurai. This was a position of great strategic importance, as it had commanding views of the passes into Madurai from the north side. The fort figured prominently in the military operations of the Madurai Nayaks, Kingdom of Mysore, Hyder Ali, Marathas, and the Polygar War in the 17th and 18th centuries. It was captured by the British thrice, in 1767, 1783 and 1790, Finally, in 1799 it was ceded to British Empire. The existence of this major fort resulted in a considerable population in the area, which eventually became to be known as Dindigul.


Dindigul is located at 10°21′N 77°57′E / 10.35°N 77.95°E / 10.35; 77.95.[1] It has an average elevation of 268 metres (879 feet). It is 160 km from Coimbatore and 100 km from Tiruchirapalli and 64 km from Madurai and 75 km from Karur and 84 km from Kodaikanal hills.


As of 2004 India census,[2] Dindigul had a population of 196,619. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Dindigul has an average literacy rate of 79%, higher than the national average of 64.8%: male literacy is 84% and, female literacy is 74%. In Dindigul, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.


Dindigul is known for its leather tanning Industry. Besides tanning, the city is home to a major textile spinning industry, which ranks second only to Coimbatore in spindlage capacity. During his period or rule, MGR, the them chief minister of Tamil Nadu gave away grants to start and run spinning industries in Dindigul to promote the industrial development of the district. Now vedasandur, a suburb of Dindigul has so many spinning mills.

Chinnalapatti, which is located 11 kilometres from Dindigul, is known for its flourishing hand loom industry. Silk art, known as Sarees, and sungudi produced in Chinnalapatti are famous throughout India. More than 1000 families are engaged in this industry.

Another famous manufacturing item from Dindigul is Hand loom sarees. Particularly in Nagal nagar area hundreds of Sourashtra community people are doing hand loom sarees manufacturing. The hand loom sarees looks very rich like silk sarees. But the cost is very low. Keeping these sarees like the silk sarees, it can be used for more years.

Dindigul city is an important wholesale market for onions and groundnuts (peanuts). Panneer Grapes which is a speciality type of black grapes which is specific to Dindigul.

Dindigul is primarily an agro-based town of Tamil Nadu. About 70% of the total population earns their livelihood directly or indirectly through Agriculture. There are about 165 Rice mills in and around Dindigul. Many flour mills such as Naga, Vishalakshi are located there. Anil Semia, Savorite Semia industries are located in Dindigul.


Dindigul locks

Iron-lock steel safes made in Dindugul are known for good quality and durability. The lock manufacturing in Dindugul is operated as a co-operative sector. Dindugal locks are sold to local, national, and international markets.


Dindigul has been a centre of tobacco trade and a manufacturer of cigars from the time of British rule. A favorite cigar of Winston Churchill, the 'Light of Asia', was produced in Dindigul. The tobacco industry is one of the main sources of employment for the inhabitants of Dindigul.The central government has a research center for tobacco in vedasandur. This is one of the two centers in India, the other one is Rajmundri


Sirumalai hill is very famous hill near to Dindigul city located just 24 km from Dindigul. Travel Direction: Start your journey towards Natham from Dindigul. Sirumalai hill is very famous for its bananas(known as siru'malai' vaalaipalam). Sirumalai hill's bananas is exported to Foreign countries from past. Another important thing to be noted is many rare herbs are available in Sirumali hill. Hence, Sirumalai hill is very popular among the Sidha medical practitioners.

As a tourist spot the developments for the artificial lake is on construction and soon will be opened for boating expected, by mid of 2010. The students from schools & colleges go for treking and for other fun activities. The Hill has totally 20 hair-pin bends and on the middle of the travel you can able to find a church and a view point from where you can watch the beauty of Dindigul city also the "Dindigul Rock Fort" and few lakes. The climate here is enjoyable and it is too cool once you reach top of the hill town.

Dindigul briyani

Dindigul is very famous for briyani.[3]. Briyani prepared in Dindigul uses a small rice called seeraga samba and with special ingredients. Some of the famous shops in Dindigul are Ponram Hotel, Aachis and Venu Hotel[4]. Dindigul Briyani is very famous among politicians and Tamil cinema stars.[5].Venu Hotel is having branches in Coimbatore. Ponram Hotel is having nearly 10 branches in Dindigul itself.

The most beautiful, sensational part of the city . It has a collective group of people following different cultures. Here all the people will celebrate independence and republic days as a grand festival. The heart of the city has aarthi and siva complex and the city highway aarthi theatre road connects the south and north of the mother city.

YMR patti

It operates more vehicles and is rated as the most traffic congested road in the city.


It can be divided into two cities as east and west by the city highway.

It is a sub city where you can consume all commodities from slippers to gold ornaments. the popular shops around YMR city are cowboy garments, youth world,Mr.jean, kanniammal mess, thirupthi mess, kennedy kadai, david kadai, lakshmi electronics, mani kari kadai, narvizhi brailers, vijay associates, avm medicals, j.j fast foods, dass tea kadai.

other important thing that matters for the popularity of the city is , whenever encounter operations are planned by tn police dept., the hit list will carry at least one person from this circle, this happens every time and made the city popular over the entire state.


The sole entertainment mean for the residence of Dindigul is the theaters which are present in the city.other than that bazaar is a superb place that you can enjoy in th eve times. There were few parks like kumaran park which has reached near fatality due to its ill maintenance.most of the time there will be some expo's in the heart of the city. varatharaj complex located at the heart of the city is growing like a spencer plaza where you can do your whole shopping.

The theaters in Dindigul are:

  • Rajendra-Uma Complex
  • Reliance BIG cinemas ( Formerly Naga-Lakshmi)
  • Aarthi-Siva Complex
  • Vijay
  • Sakthi
  • Central
  • Ganesh
  • NVGB
  • Sakthi talkies
  • Abirami*


Football is popular sports in Dindigul, and many professional players have come from Dindigul district. The Dindigul Football Association (DFA) works closely with the Tamil Nadu Football Association to conduct tournaments for both junior and senior levels. Kitti Kambu also is a famous sport.and also St.Mary's Hr.Sec.School has a sports hostel






Dindigul is homHe to a large number of middle and secondary schools , including Annamalaiar Mills Girls Hr Sec School, St.Joseph's Girls Higher Secondary School, St.Mary's Higher secondary School, SMB Matriculation School, MSP Solai Nadar Memorial Higher Secondary School, and John Paul Higher Secondary School,Lions matric Higher sec school, Vidhya Parthi Hr sec school,Dudley Hr sec school. There are a few C.B.S.E schools as well like Soundararaja Vidyalaya and Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Kendra vidhalaya as well as a large number of universities and colleges.

Significant colleges include the PSNA College of Engineering and Technology, the RVS CET,Government engineering college,Christian Engineering College ,NPR Engineering College, Kodaikanal Institute of technology.

Annai Theresa university,kodaikanal.GTN Arts & Science College, the Rama Prabha College of Arts & Science, and the MVM Arts and Science College, parvathi's arts and science college, SSM college for women .

The link GRUGandhigram Rural University, it is the first approved deemed university in the country.

Pilgrim centre

There are many temples in and around the city. There is a samadhi, for Siddha Purusha called Odha Samiyar. The number and significance of the temples in the area mean that Dindigul is a major destination for many pilgrims.

In the middle of the city a famous temple for Lord Padmagreeshwarar i.e. Lord Shiva. But, this temple is commonly called as "Abirami Amman Kovil" It has come to know that this temple is situated with in the fort of Dindigul Rockfort and because of war, the temple is shifted to the present place. Another famous temple is Arulmigu Srinivasa perumal kovil which is situated very near to Rockfort. This is also a very old temple. In full moon days, the devotees gather in Abirami amman temple and go "Giri valam" around the Rock fort.A temple for Sri Hanuman stands adjacent to the fort.

Another famous temple situated at the bottom of the Rockfort is Mariamman temple. In Mariamman temple Lordess Mariamman is giving blessings and by which the devotees get solvation for their problems. During the Months of January to February, famous Mariamman festival is celebrated in this temple. Lakh and lakh of people come and participate in this function from various parts of Tamil Nadu. Hence, the people come to Dindigul may plan to visit such holy temples also.

Away from Dindigul town, there is a temple for sree chakkarathalwar and one temple for Sree venugopalaswamy in a small mount on the way to vedasandur.

Dindigul town has a very huge church located in the heart of the town. Apart from that, there are many other small churches and prayer halls located all around the town.

The "Big Mosque" in Begambur can be considered as the biggest mosque in the town as the name insists. Apart from that there are few other mosques and darkas in round road and other places of town.

On December-2009, a temple for Sai Baba is also opened in the town.

Travel & connections

Dindigul town is well connected by both rail and road.Its connected to all important towns of the state by road and easily accessible. Dindigul is en-route NH-47 which is considered to be the important NH in India. Dindigul bus stand is called as Kamarajar Bus stand. It was named so to honour Tamil Nadu's then CM kamarajar. There are direct buses plying to Chennai, Madurai, Trichy, Theni, Karur, Palani, Pollachi, Coimabtore, Erode, Bangalore,Villupuram,Karaikudi,Tirunelveli,Tuticorin,Selam,Tiruppur,Kadalur.

Dindigul railway station is a major Junction located in Southern Railway's Madurai Division. Dindigul Junctionn has connections to Madurai Junction in south, Karur Junction in North, Trichy Junction in East. Connection to Pollachi Junction in west is under renovation as gauge replacement work is going on.

The nearest airport is Madurai airport and the nearest international airport is in Chennai and in Trichy (for few).


Dindigul assembly constituency is part of Dindigul (Lok Sabha constituency). Dindigul is a most wanted constituency for all the parties at any time. As it is located in the heart of the state.[6]


  • PSNA Engineering College (Palani Road)
  • RVS Engineering and Polytechnic College (Karur Road)
  • NPR Engineering,Arts & Polytechnic College (Natham Road)
  • M.V.M Arts college (Vedasandur Road)
  • GTN Arts College (Karur Road)
  • Parvathy Arts College (Madurai Road)
  • Ramprabha Arts college (Natham Road)
  • PVP College (Pannikadu Veerammal Paramasivam College, Banthalagundu)
  • Christian Engineering & Polytechnic College(Oddanchatram)

See also


External links

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Dindigul district [1] is in Tamilnadu. Dindigul district was carved out of the composite Madurai District in September 1985. This district has many places of tourist interest like Kodaikanal, Palani temple, some historical forts and temples. This district is bound by Erode, Coimbatore, Karur and Trichy districts on the North, by Sivaganga and Tiruchi District on the East, by Madurai district on the South and by Theni and Coimbatore Districts and Kerala State on the West.

Dindigul region map, Tamilnadu, South India.
Dindigul region map, Tamilnadu, South India.
Dindigul region map, Tamilnadu, South India.
Dindigul region map, Tamilnadu, South India.
  • Batlagundu (Tamil Vattalakkundu), is a town on the foothills of Kodaikanal. It is approximately forty kilometres away from Dindigul by road. There are regular buses (every 15 minutes) from Dindigul bus stand and it is a 45 minute ride to this town. Kodaikanal road railway station is on the Chennai-Madurai main railway route and is twenty kilometres by road to Batlagundu on the way to Kodaikanal Hill station. It may be noted by the travellers that not all express trains on this route stop in Kodaikanal road railway station. Batlagundu, which is on the Madurai-Kodaikanal road, can also be reached from Madurai by bus. There are regular buses (every 10 minutes) from Arappalyam bus stand in Madurai and is a comfortable 1.5 hour drive (approx. 60 km). This area is famous for many ancient temples of worship.

Get in

By plane

The nearest airports are at Madurai (1.5 hours away) and Trichy.

By train

Dindigul junction is on the main train route from Chennai-Madurai-Kanyakumari and is approximately 440 kilometres from Chennai.

Kodaikanal road station is approximately 30 kilometres from Dindigul Junction

By road

Dindigul is on the NH7 highway from Chennai to Madurai.

  • Madurai Car Rental, [2].
  • Dindigul Fort - This 280-foot-tall fort was constructed in 1605 by Madurai King Muthi Krishna Naicker and Thirumalai Naicker. It was a witness to many wars between rulers like Tipu Sultan and the English men.
  • Sirumalai - Hill Resort - This is a Hill resort for weary travellers and is on the way to Natham from Dindigul. This place is accessible from Madurai also.
  • Thadikombu - Perumal Temple - This is 5 Km. from Dindigul on the way to Karur. The main deity is Lord Alagar and the main festival is during the Tamil month of Chitrai.(April-May)
  • Begambur Big Mosque - This is a famous mosque in Begambur and is around 200-300 years old.
  • Sri Kottai Mariamman Kovil - This is an ancient temple believed to be 200 years old and the idol is believed to have been installed by the King Tipu Sultan. There are many deities in this temple like Mariamman which is the main deity, Vinayaka, Muruga, Madurai Veeran, Kali and Durga. The temple structure is in the form of a square. The temple is run by a board of Trustees.
  • Kasi Visalakshi-Vishwanathar Temple in Kunnuvarankottai or Kannapatti is eight kilometers from Batlagundu on the Batlagundu-Usilampatti road. This is the birth place of the 25th Pontiff of the Sringeri Sarada Peetam Sri Sacchidananda Bharathi I. There are regular buses every 30 minutes from Batlagundu bus stand to Usilampatti (the bus stop is Kunnapatti). It is advisable to visit the temple in the mornings from 7:30 am - 11:30 am. Shri V.Viswanathan is the priest of this temple. There are budget restaurants in Batlagundu that serve South-Indian dishes. An added attraction is the point of confluence of the three rivers Vaigai, Manjalaru and Maruda. This is an important pilgrimage point where devotees take holy bath in the rivers during auspicious days.
  • Kamakshiamman Temple in Devadanapatti is eight kilometers away on the Batlagundu-Peryakulam road. The deity here is called as Moongilanai Kamakshi. There are regular buses from Batlagundu bus stand (every 10 minutes) to Periyakulam. (the bus stop is Devadanapatti).
  • Anjaneyar Temple in Anapatti is 5 kilometers from Nilakottai Taluk is quite popular among residents of this area. Nilakottai is 11 kilomteres from Batlagundu bus stand. This is said to be 300 year old temple built by Queen of Madurai Rani Mangamma. The idol will be half buried when the water is in full flow here. This temple is near the Peranai bridge (see site below) and regulator constructed by the British.
  • Sendraya Perumal Temple This is an ancient temple of Sri Sendraya Perumal situated in a hill near old Batlagundu. Mr Kannan is a priest in this temple. He is involved in developmental activities like Anna Thaanam (To provide free meals) in the temple. The people of all faiths and religions visit this temple.
  • Peranai It is a reservoir and a fine picnic spot from October to late February, provided the north-east monsoon sets properly and water is released from the Vaigai Dam. Peranai is a unique confluence of waters from several dams - the Vaigai Dam, the Marudanadi Dam in Dindigul, the Manjalar, and Varahanadi Dams in Theni. It is not a separate catchment area but collects and diverts water released from the Vaigai every year. This is in Nilakottai taluk of Dindigul. It is approximately 15 kilometres from Nilakottai town on the Madurai-Kodaikanal road.
  • Manjalar Dam This is a reservoir that stores water from Manjalar river on the foothills of Kodiakanal hillstation. This is roughly 8-10 kms away from Batlagundu bus stand. This is a place to visit during monsoons from October to March if the monsoon sets properly.
  • Siddharmalai - A hillock 2 kiometres from Peranai and near the Vikkiramangalam village on the Usilampatti main road. There is a large natural cavern on the southern side of the hillock called the Pancha Pandava Padukkai (Bed of the Five Pandavas'). There are two rows of beds with raised pillows chiselled out of the rock inside. There is an inscription on the rock face that traces the origin of the name of Madurai city — `Mathirai' (City of Walls).
  • Dindigul - St.Joseph Church - This 100-year-old church was constructed between 1866 to 1872. This is the head church of all other Roman Catholic churches in Dindigul District.


' Hotels in Batlagundu or Vattalakundu '

There are a few budget restaurants like Sri Lakshmi Vilas hotel,Meenakshi Bavan, Arya Bavan in Batlagundu that serve South Indian Vegetarian dishes.

' Hotels in Dindigul '

Request travelers to add more detail like type of food, hot , spicy, bland and other details. Some Hotels offer lodging options only. Please check before.


  • ALAGARSAMY P HOTEL RAJENDRA 174/G MAIN ROAD DINDIGUL-624001, Phone - 0451-2433947
  • HOTEL PADMA P LTD TRICHY ROAD DINDIGUL-624007, Phone - 0451-2430541
  • HOTEL VALES PARK 49A DINDIGUL-624003, Phone - 0451-2420943
  • KARPAGAM M HOTEL SUGANYA A/C LODGE 43 2 Near Bus stand DINDIGUL, Phone - 0451-2429675


There are many lodging options in Dindigul. Request travelers to add more details who stay here.

  • Kurunji Hotel, 4 Spencer Compound, Near Bus Stand, Dindigul 624001, [3]. Rs. 400-800.  edit
  • Rockfort Palace, 132A, Madurai Road, Begampur, Dindigul 624002, [4]. Rs. 400-1000.  edit
  • Venkateswar Lodge, Scheme Road, New Bus stand, Y M R Patty, Dindigul 624001 (+91-(0451)-2425881).  edit
  • Gomath Lodge, 56, Pensioner Street, Dindigul 624001 (+91-(0451)-2430042).  edit
  • Pandiyarajan K S Prop Pandiyan Lodge, 11, Koil Street, Dindigul 624001 (+91-(0451)-2430013).  edit
  • Ziauddin Ahmed K A The Lodge liberty, 13, New Agraharam, Dindigul 624001 (+91-(0451)-2431988).  edit
  • Corner Lodge, 132, Railway Station road, Dindigul 624001 (Railway station road), 0451-2422228. located near employment office 100-150.  edit
  • Parsons Court, 85, Mengles Road, Dindigul 624003, [5]. Rs. 1600-2000.  edit

Stay safe

It is advisable to visit the village temples in the forenoon (before 11:00 am) as the temples usually will be closed later. The travelers to the villages in this area are advised to pick up a few essential sentences in the local language Tamil as many do not speak English although familiar with a few English words. The roads in and around the villages may be narrow and drivers are required to be careful here.

Get out

The travelers can go to places like Madurai , Trichy, Munnar , Kodaikanal, Palani from here

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

DINDIGUL, a town of British India, in the Madura district of Madras, 880 ft. above the sea, 40 m. from Madura by rail. Pop. (1901) 25,182. Dindigul has risen into importance as the centre of a trade in tobacco and manufacture of cigars, which are exported to England. There are two large European cigar factories here. The town has manufactures of silk, muslin and blankets, and an export trade in hides and cardamoms; and there is a large native Christian population, with two churches. The ancient fort, well preserved, stands on a rock rising 350 ft. above the town; this was formerly a position of great strategic importance, commanding passes into Madura from Coimbatore, and figured prominently in the military operations of the Mahrattas in the 17th and 18th centuries, and of Hyder Ali in 1 755 seq., being thrice captured by the British (1 767, 1783, 1790). After the two first captures it was restored to Hyder Ali under treaty; after the third it was ceded to the East India Company.

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