Bodinayakanur, Bodi Naickanur
View of Bodinayakkanur from bodi mettu hills
|Elevation||353 m (1,158 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Vehicle registration||TN 60 Z|
Bodinayakanur (also spelled Bodi Naickanur; or shortened to just Bodi) is a city and a municipality in Theni district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. As of 2011, the town had a population of 75,675.
According to 2011 census, Bodinayakanur had a population of 40,265 with a sex-ratio of 1,018 females for every 1,000 males, much above the national average of 929. A total of 6,544 were under the age of six, constituting 3,334 males and 3,210 females. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes accounted for 7.61% and .03% of the population respectively. The average literacy of the town was 76.18%, compared to the national average of 72.99%. The town had a total of 20333 households. There were a total of 30,234 workers, comprising 1,117 cultivators, 6,602 main agricultural labourers, 621 in house hold industries, 18,623 other workers, 3,271 marginal workers, 89 marginal cultivators, 1,574 marginal agricultural labourers, 134 marginal workers in household industries and 1,474 other marginal workers.
Bodinayakanur is the second largest and most populated city in Theni district; the city is the taluk headquarters. Due to the weather and natural beauties, the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, called the city as "South Kashmir". A small palace was built in the city in the nineteenth century by the Rajah of Travancore.
Bodinayakanur is situated at the foot-hill of Western ghats in Theni district. It is located on the Cochin-Madurai-Rameswaram National Highway 49 (India). It is accessible by the road from Chennai, Madurai and various parts of the State. Bodinayakanur was connected with Madurai by meter-gauge railway until December 2010 after which the service was stopped for gauge conversion to broad-gauge.
Conversion of all meter-gauge lines to broad-gauge - "Project Unigauge" of the Indian Railways - is the avowed goal to have seamless operations across the length and breadth of India without any disruptions or change of trains due to track gauge difference.
Since the closing down of the track at the end of 2010, the gauge conversion has been plagued by very meager funds allocation by the Railway administration. As a result nearly three and half years have passed with the track conversion woefully short of completion.
The main business is agriculture. Paddy, Sugar cane, Banana, Corn, Maize are some of the main crops planted here. The climate is very good. The average temperature in day time is 25 degree Celsius to 30 degree Celsius. It is on the border between Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The major plantation crops here is Silk Cotton, Mango, Pepper, Coffee, Tea and Cardamom.. Athiyuthu, Anakarai two hilly areas are located to the north of Bodinayakanur.This place is famous for high quality coffee production. The coffee cultivation in these areas were carried out for more than 250 years.Cardamom and silkcotton are the major export goods.
Bodinayakanur is the preferred destination for film shooting in Tamil Nadu besides Ooty and Kodaikanal. The locations in and around Bodi abound in scenic locations. Recent Tamil films like Pithamagan, Avan Ivan, Mynaa, Kumki, vettai, settai, dheena, Hercules, expendables were all shot in this location.
The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalitha, was elected for the first time as Member of Legislative Assembly from Bodinayakanur Constituency.
Current Tamil Nadu finance minister O.Panneer Selvam B.A, is the Member of Legislative Assembly from Bodinayakanur Constituency
Near by hill station location are Kurangani,Central Station,Topstation,Agamalai,Bodi mettu and Kozhuku Malai.Kotakudi Plantation which is located in Kozhuku Malai, where the world highest grown tea are cultivated.
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- "List of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies". Tamil Nadu. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-10-11.