Bodinayakanur, Bodi Naickanur
|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 75,675 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 head quarters. 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 once connected with Madurai by railway, which is about to be upgraded to Broad Gauge.
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.
Nowadays Bodinayakanur is spotted for film shooting locations,in and around Bodi natural habitat are shown via Tamil flims.
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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- "Census Info 2011 Final population totals - Bodinayakanur(05842)". Office of The Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
- "List of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies". Tamil Nadu. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-10-11.