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Dindigul District

Dindigul District

About Dindigul District and Its History

  • Dindigul district was separated from Madurai district on 15.9.1985. Dindigul district was sometimes called as Dindigul Anna district, sometime as Kaithe Millath district and Mannar Tirumala district.
  • Dindigul is the district headquarters of Dindigul district in Tamilnadu. Nilakkottai, Ottanchatram, Batlagundu, Kodaikkanal, Peranai, and Sirumalai are some of the notable places in Dindigul district.
  • Dindigul has an illustrious past, having been ruled by the famous Muslim king Tipu Sultan. The historic hill fort of this district was built by the Nayak king Muthukrishanappa Nayak.
  • Dindigul was once remembered for lock manufacturing only, but now Dindigul and its adjoining areas have developed tremendously in the field of industry and agriculture.
  • The Art-Silk sarees and chungidi sarees made in Chinnalapatti, Dindigul are famous all over India. More than 1000 families are involved in this industry.
  • Dindigul is an important wholesale market town for onion and groundnut. Oddanchatram vegetables from this district also go to many places in Tamil Nadu. Similar to Uthukuli, butter is also produced in this region. Nilakottai region has excellent cultivation of flowers and grapes.
  • Dindigul District is familiar with its Brass Vessels, Jewellery, Onions, Locks, Leather Goods, Textiles and Spicy Briyani. The Popular Hill Station “Kodaikanal” and Palani are located in this district.
  • Also known as City of Locks, Textiles, Tannery and Briyani. Vatthalakundu, famous for cardamom, coffee, tomatoes, and vegetables etc., is the highlight of Dindigul district. Surrounded by greenery, this district is full of attractions that delight tourists.
  • Dindigul fort was a famous historical place in Dindigul District. Marathas have used this Dindigul port for their military operations during the period of the 17th and 18th centuries. It was under the control of Hyder Ali and the British East India Company from 1755 to 1947.
  • Dindigul's Population includes more Muslims and Christians along with Hindus, due to Hyder Ali and British invasions.

Dindigul District Complete Details

Dindigul District Information
Total Area 6266.64 sq.kms
Total Population 2159775
Male Population 1080938
Female Population 1078837
Population Density 340/sq.km.
Average Annual Rainfall 1600 mm
Climate Condition 33.24*c Max and 24.18*c Min
STD Code 0451
Pin Codes 624***
Nearest Airport Madurai Airport (70 km from Dindigul)
Railway Station Dindigul Junction Road, Dindigul
Bus Stand Kamarajar Bus Stand, Dindigul
Dindigul District Court Contact Number dgl.cjm-tn@indiancourts.nic.in
Collector Office Phone Number, Email id 0451 2461199, collrdgl@nic.in
District Health Officer Dial Number 0451 2432497
District Chief Education Office Telephone Number 7373002631 / 7373002633
District Employment Office Number 9499055923
District Revenue Officer Phone Number, Email id 0451 2460300 / 9445000915 / dro.tndgl@nic.in
District Registrar Office Phone Number, Email id 0451 2460429 / drodindugal@tnreginet.net
District Taluk List 10 Taluks (Nilakkottai, Dindigul East, Natham, Palani, Dindigul East Oddanchatram, Vedasandur, Gujiliamparai, Dindigul West, Kodaikanal)
Head Post Office Phone Number 0451 2427503
Dindigul Emergency Helpline Numbers Click Here Dindigul Emergency Numbers

Dindigul Famous Tourist Attractions & Places of Interest

Dindigul fort
There is a historic fort on the hill in Dindigul. It was built in the 16th century by the Nayaka kings who ruled Madurai For some time this fort was in possession of Tipu Sultan. From the top of this fort, which has many rooms, you can enjoy the view of Dindigul city.

Palani Murugan Hill Temple
About 56 kilometers from Dindigul lies Palani Hill, one of the six Murugan's houses. The Moolavar Dandayuthapaani Thirumeni statue here was created with Navabhashana by the Sithar (saints) who lived in ancient times. There is an electric vehicle facility called winch at the foot of the mountain for the devotees. You can travel in it from seven in the morning to five in the evening. Although Palani Hill is thronged like a festival every day, festivals such as Chitra Pournami, Agni Nakshatra Utsavam, Vaikasi Visagam, Ani Annabhishekam, Thirukarthikai, Kanda Shashti, Thaipusam, Panguni uthiram, Kavadi Utsavam etc. are very special. Sri Kanda Vilas panchamirtham are the most famous in Palani Murugan Temple.

Kottai Mariamman Temple Dindigul
Kottai Mariamman Temple situated on the hill is an ancient temple built in the 18th century at Dindigul District. A large number of local pilgrims come and go to this temple which is set up in a very beautiful form. A golden garland is worn here daily to the Goddess. There are separate shrines for Lord Ganesha and Lord Murugan here. A month-long festival held annually at Avani is worth mentioning in this temple.

Abirami Amman Temple Dindigul
Abirami Amman temple is located in the heart of Dindigul city. The Pushpa pallakku Utsavam held annually on Adi Friday in this very famous temple and the events during Mahashivaratri and the Golu festival were held in a very special manner. The Goddess has the name Kanagambikai.

Sri Kalatheeswarar Temple Dindigul
This temple is very old and beautiful. King Thirumalai Nayakar, who ruled Madurai, donated money to this temple. More than 600 years old, Main god of this temple is Sri kalahastheeswarar Temple with gnanambikai. The annual festival held here in the month of sithirai is very popular.

Begumpur Mosque Dindigul
Begumpur Mosque, built by Hyder Ali in the 17th century, is the main place of worship for the Muslims of Dindigul district. One of Hyder Ali's sisters is buried in this mosque complex at Dindigual District.

Nadupatti Anjaneyar Temple Dindigul
This Anjaneyar temple is ancient and famous situated on the banks of the river in Nadupatti village, about 36 km from Dindigul.

Silver Cascade Falls Kodaikanal
A Velli Aruvi named Silver Cascade is about 8 kilometers from the lake. The joy of bathing in this falls, which touches the ground from a great height like melting silver in a green area, will forever tingle one's heart.

Thalaiyar Waterfalls Kodaikanal
This huge Thalaiyaru waterfall pours from a height of about 1000 feet and can be seen on the mountain road to Kodaikanal.

Other Tourist Places and Destinations in Dindigul District

  • Bi-voltine Seed Farm at Sirumalaipudur
  • Cross Breed Grainage
  • St. Antony's Shrine
  • Soundararaja Perumal Koil Thadikombu
  • 108 Vinayagars (Nanmai Tharum Vinayagar)
  • Reddiarchatram Gobinaathaswamy Temple
  • Famous Place for Dindigul Locks and Thalappakatti Biriyani
  • Athoor (Tourist Village)
  • St. John's Church


  • Bear Shola Falls
  • Berijam Lake View
  • Bryant Park
  • Chettiar Park
  • Dolmen Circle
  • Coaker's Walk
  • Fairy Falls
  • Green Valley View
  • Golf Club
  • Kukkal Caves
  • Shree Vardhaman Mahaveer Jain Temple
  • Kurinji Andavar Temple
  • Kodai Lake
  • Pillar Rock
  • Silent Valley View
  • Pambar Falls
  • Solar Physical Observatory
  • Shenbaganur Museum
  • Hiking and Trekking
  • Joey's Forest Trek

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