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|— City —|
|• Body||Dindigul Municipality|
|• Chairperson||Mr V.Marutharai|
|• Vice Chairperson||Mr M.Tulsiram|
|• Commissioner of Municipality||Mr T.Kumar M.Com|
|Elevation||268 m (879 ft)|
|• Rank||11th in Tamil Nadu|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Vehicle registration||TN 57|
|Distance from Madurai||67 kilometres (42 mi) SOUTH (Road)|
|Distance from Trichirapalli||110 kilometres (68 mi) NORTH (Rail)|
Dindigul is a city and district headquarters in the Tamil Nadu state of southern India. It is the 11th-largest urban agglomeration in the state and has a population of 2,92,132 according to Tamil Nadu's 2011 census. While it is largely known as the "City of Locks, Briyani City, Textiles and Tannery," Dindigul has 200,000 hectares of cultivable land, and agriculture continues to be the main occupation of its inhabitants. Located between the Palani and Sirumalai Hills, Dindigul has a reserved forest area of 85 hectares.
As of 2011[update] India census, Dindigul is a city, a corporation and the headquarters of Dindigul district in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Dindigul City has been elevated as corporation recently by the government of Tamilnadu . the Dindigul Metropolitan Area had a population of 2,92,132 (1,45,438 male, 1,46,694 female). Dindigul had an average literacy rate of 90.55%, higher than the national average of 78.8%: male literacy is 94.36% and female literacy is 86.79%. Additionally, 10% of the population was under 6 years of age.
- Agriculture: Around 70% of the total municipal population earns their livelihood directly or indirectly through agriculture. The city is an important wholesale market for cotton, onions and groundnuts (peanuts). Paneer grapes, which are grapes blended with paneer, are specific to Dindigul. The Kurinji flowers found in the lower Palani range, which bloom once every 12 years, are also well-known.
- Textiles: The city is home to a major textile spinning industry, which ranks as the highest capacity within Tamil Nadu.
- Leather: Dindigul is known for its leather tanning industry.
- Locks and steel safes are made in Dindigul; lock manufacturing is operated as a co-operative sector. Locks manufactured in Dindigul are sold to national and international markets. The Tamil Nadu State Council for Science and Technology, through its research officers wing, has successfully filed geographical indication for Dindigul locks.
- Tobacco: Dindigul has been a centre of tobacco trade and a manufacturer of cigars since the time of British rule.
- Gandhigram Rural University (GRU)
- Mother Theresa University for Women at Kodaikanal
- Agni School of Business Excellence (Morepatti, Vadamadurai, Dindigul)
- Amman College of Education (Dindigul)
- Christian Engineering & Polytechnic College (Oddanchatram)
- GTN Arts & Science College (Karur Road)
- JVP School of Nursing (Begambur)
- MVM Arts and Science College (Vedasandur Road)
- NPR Group of Colleges (Natham)
- Pannaikadu Veerammal Paramasivam Arts and Science College
- Pannaikadu Veerammal Paramasivam College of Engineering and Technology for Women (PVP) (Banthalagundu)
- Parvathy Arts College (Madurai Road)
- PSNA College of Engineering and Technology (Palani Road)
- Ramprabha Arts College (Natham Road)
- RVS College of Engineering and Technology (Karur Road)
- SBM College of Engineering and Technology
- Sri Hayagreeva Arts And Science College (SHAASCO), (Madurai Road)
- SRI Subramanya College of Engineering and Technology
- SSM Institute of Engineering and Technology
- Surabi Nursing, Fashion Designing and Catering College (Dindigul)
- Vijay Institute of Management (Chettiapatti Bus Stand, Madurai Road)
- AR School of Business (Madurai Road, NH-7, J. Oothupatty, Dindigul)
- SreeVee Business School (Karur Road, NH-7)
- N.P.R. College of Engineering and Technology(Natham)
- Darul Uloom Yousufiya ,Arabic College ,Begumpur,Dindigul
- St. Mary's Higher Secondary School
- Dudley Higher Secondary School
- SMB Matriculation School
- M.S.P Solai Nadar Hr. Sec. School
- John Paul Higher Secondary School
- St.Joseph's Girls Higher Secondary School
- Annamalaiyar Mills Girls Hr Sec school
- Soundararaja Vidyalaya
Sirumalai is the name of a hilly region near Dindigul which influenced the naming of the city and its associated district. The city's name comes from a portmanteau of "Thindu" meaning pillow and "kal" meaning rock, the latter of which refers to Sirumalai.
Professional football 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. Cricket is one of the most popular sports in Dindigul; the Dindigul District Cricket Association (DDCA) conducts league matches.
Dindigul is connected both by rail and road to the rest of Tamil Nadu and other major Indian cities. Dindigul's railway station is a major junction located in Southern Railway's Madurai division, and the nearest airport is Madurai Airport, which is 70 kilometres (43 mi) away.
Religious locations 
Numerous mosques, churches, and temples are found in Dindigul. Additionally, several temples in Dindigul have characteristics of interest:
- Abirami Amman Kovil – a temple honoring Lord Padmagreeshwarar that is situated within the Dindigul Rockfort after being relocated due to war.
- Sri Kottai Mariamman Temple – located at the bottom of the Rockfort; during the Months of January and February, a festival honoring Mariamman is celebrated in this temple.
- Thadikombu Arulmigu Sounderaja Perumal Temple – once part of the border of the Vijayanagara Empire.
- Begumbur Periya Pallivasal, Dindigul
- Thowheeth Masjid, Dindigul
- Ahle Hadees Pallivasal, Dindigul
- Bajar Masjid, Dindigul
- Mohammadiyapuram Pallivasal
- Mandi Pallivasal
- Madinah Pallivasal
- Round Road Pallivasal
- Makkah Pallivasal
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