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|Elevation||239 m (784 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Vehicle registration||TN 27, TN 28 AND TN 52|
Edappadi (also spelt as Idappadi or Edapadi) is a city and a municipality in Salem district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Edappadi was once known for its thriving powerloom industry. The economy is diversified. The main modes of income are agriculture, lorry & heavy truck transport, granite, textile powerloom, entertainment and foundry. It is third largest town in Salem Dt. next to Attur and Mettur. The rocks around the Edappadi is expected to have more number of rare minerals. The name is derived from a group of family name 'Edayar' (means the people who survived with Cow, Buffalo and house animals. Now it is an ideal place for peaceful life and harmony synchronize with nature living. The water was supplied by Cauvery river and 'Periya-yeri' (Big-lake) near Edappadi. It is surrounded by many lakes like, Periyayeri, ChettiYeri, Punka-yeri, Rettipatti-Yeri, Kavadikaranoor-Yeri(Aachampalli Yeri). It is an Ideal spot for Cinema shootings (Rich in Forest, Riverside, Rocky landscape, Village peoples with reality).
Idappadi is located at  It has an average elevation of 288 m (945 ft). It is situated at the basin of the hill called 'Soorieya malai'(Mountain of Sun). The epic says, the Panja Pandavas were resided at the top of the hill during the first year of their 14 years forest living. Still this mountain doesn't have any plants due to its rocky and unusual properties. The research done by Periyar University Geologist shows it consist of rare radioactive minerals. Edappadi has a variable terrain. Sankagiri - Edappadi route via Veerappam Palayem and Sunnambukkuttai is rocky. It is really beautiful view of this town, while seen from 'Konamoori'(A Bridge with dangerous Turns in Kavadikaraoor) busstop via. Sankagiri - Edappadi route. River Cauvery is 6 km away from edappadi. The Government boys school is one of the olddest school in the District started in the year 1940s and it founded by Thiru. Nachiappa Gounder, an eminent personality and an excellent MLA during 1940s. It produces many Doctors, Engineers, Scientists, sportsmen, NRIs and industrialists. It has second biggest play ground and student strength in Salem Dt. Sarbanka was the river passing through Idappadi. It was originating from servarayan hills. Now It is only carrying left outs and sevages of idappadi residents. The Nanjudeshwarar temple is situated in the centre of the town one of the rare Shivan temples in India..
Located in the Salem district of the state, Idappadi is one of the most important textile areas. River Sarabanga, Soriyankaradu mountain which is 5 km away from the town are the major geographical features of this region.
Spread over an area of 28.22 km2. With a population of over 48804 (2001 Census), the economy of the town revolves around the manufacture of towels and lungies. Poolampatti is the nearest tourist spot and many cinema shootings were taken here.
The climate in Idappadi is very hot in summer and mildly cooler climate in winter. The monsoon rain starts around October to November. May, June will be windy and summer raining season starts.
The people of Edapaddi are mostly Bakthars, Vanniyars and Gounders. Other community people are also present in small numbers. All the people are peacefully co-existing and living in harmony.
As of 2001[update] India census, Edappadi had a population of 48,804. Males constitute 52% of the population and females 48%. Edappadi has an average literacy rate of 62%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 71%, and female literacy is 51%. In Edappadi, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Most of the population is depending on Power Loom weaving. There are thousands of power looms standing idle due to a workforce that is focussed on migrating to other towns is search of higher pay in other industries. Lack of irrigation projects has led to frequent draughts even though a large river (Cauvery) flows just 10 km from the town. The main reason for the poverty of Idappadi is the lack of viable entrepreneural opportunities, electricity and a strong work force.
Edapadi assembly constituency was part of Tiruchengode (Lok Sabha constituency) till 2004.
- Mr.KAVERY (PMK)
- Mr.K.Palanisamy (ADMK) Present MLA(Portfolio High way and minor port)
- Mr.I.Ganesan (was ADMK once, PMK and then independent)
Town Presidents (present and past)
- Katherasan (AIADMK) (Present)
- Irushappa Metha
- Dr. Chandran (KMC Medical)
- Dr. Singaravelan (Eye Doctor)
- Dr. Gogulakrishanan (A.K.Street) Doctor
- Dr. Mohan (Child Spl Doctor)
- Dr. Pachamuthu (Ortho Doctor)
- Dr. Selvarj (Ortho Doctor)
- Dr. Thangammal selvarj (Women Spl Doctor)
- Mr. Rajamanickam.S (Ex councillor)LN Tex
- Mr. Balaji.T (Asst.Prof)
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Idappadi
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- "List of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies". Tamil Nadu. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-10-09.