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Pollachi bus stand
Pollachi bus stand
Pollachi is located in Tamil Nadu
Location in India
Coordinates: 10°39′32″N 77°00′29″E / 10.659°N 77.008°E / 10.659; 77.008Coordinates: 10°39′32″N 77°00′29″E / 10.659°N 77.008°E / 10.659; 77.008
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
Region Kongu Nadu
District Coimbatore
Population (2011)
 • Total 90,180
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Telephone code +91-4259
Vehicle registration TN 41
Website http://www.pollachi.org/

Pollachi is a town and a taluk headquarters in Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu state, India. Located about 40 km to the south of Coimbatore, it is the second largest town in the district after the Coimbatore. Pollachi is a very popular Marketplace, with supposedly largest markets for jaggery, vegetables and considered as southindia's biggest Cattle market.[1][2][3] As of 2011, the town had a population of 90,180.


Pollachi was known as "Pozhil Vaichi" (Tamil: பொழில் வாய்ச்சி) roughly meaning "land of prosperity". The name Pozhil Vaichi changed to Pollachi over time. It was also known as Mudi Konda Chola Nallur during the period of Cholas.[4]


Pollachi is located at 10°39′43″N 77°00′23″E / 10.662°N 77.0065°E / 10.662; 77.0065.[5] It has an average elevation of 293 metres (961 feet).


According to 2011 census, Pollachi had a population of 90,180 with a sex-ratio of 1,012 females for every 1,000 males, much above the national average of 929.[6] A total of 7,732 were under the age of six, constituting 3,952 males and 3,780 females. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes accounted for 10.57% and .29% of the population respectively. The average literacy of the city was 82.15%, compared to the national average of 72.99%.[6] The city had a total of 24755 households. There were a total of 36,972 workers, comprising 219 cultivators, 488 main agricultural labourers, 1,018 in house hold industries, 32,720 other workers, 2,527 marginal workers, 25 marginal cultivators, 45 marginal agricultural labourers, 124 marginal workers in household industries and 2,333 other marginal workers.[7]


Pollachi assembly constituency is part of Pollachi (Lok Sabha constituency).[8] Pollachi, Udumalpet, Valparai, Kinathukadavu, Madathukulam and Thondamuthur form the Pollachi parliamentary constituency.


The economy of the town is predominantly dependent on agriculture. Coconut, jaggery, vegetable and cattle contribute majorly to the agricultural output. Pollachi is also popular movie shooting location for the Tamil film industry. Pollachi is preferred for outdoor shooting because of its scenic landscape.



Central bus stand caters to bus transport which is used by government run TNSTC and private operators. A new bus stand has been constructed opposite to the old bus stand replacing the later.


Pollachi Railway Junction connecting Palakkad Junction on West, Podanur and Coimbatore Junctions on North and Dindigul Junction on East. Gauge conversion was effected recently started its service second time from January 9, 2015 for Pollachi Jn - Dindigul Jn section. Pollachi section was added to the Palakkad Railway Division from 2007.[9] Palani to Pollachi train services begins from October 2014.[10]


Coimbatore International Airport is the nearest airport located about 48 km from Pollachi town. International flights are being operated to Singapore and Sharjah. Routine domestic flights are operated to all the major cities in India.

Places of interest[edit]

Azhiyar Dam[edit]

Azhiyar Dam is located on the foothills of Anamalai in Western Ghats. Monkey falls deriving its name due to the abundance of monkeys found in the region is located close to the dam. Vethathiri Maharishi Yoga and Kaya Kalpa Research Foundation founded by Vethathiri Maharishi is located near Azhiyar.


Valparai is about 65 km from Pollachi and is situated at an altitude of 3500 feet above the sea level. Valparai can be reached via Azhiyar through a hilly road with 40 hair pin bends.Solaiyar Dam is 15 km from Valparai town after Mudis and is one of the largest rock dams in India. The length of the reservoir it impounds is about 20 km.

Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary[edit]

Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at an average altitude of 1,400 meters in the Western Ghats near Pollachi. The area of the sanctuary is 958 km².


Topslip is a point located at an altitude of about 800 feet in the Anamalai mountain range. It is about 37 km from Pollachi and this small town serves as an ideal picnic spot with its wooden log houses and safaris. Chinnakallar is renowned for receiving the highest rainfall in Tamil Nadu.[11]

Parambikulam Dam and National Park[edit]

Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the valley between the Anaimalai Hills of Tamil Nadu and the Nelliampathi range of Kerala. The Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Kerala state. The areas hilly and rocky, drained by several rivers, including Parambikulam, Sholayar and Thekkady. It is thickly forested with stands of bamboo, sandalwood, rosewood and teak, the sanctuary has some marshy land and scattered patches of grassland. Kannimara, one of the oldest and largest teak trees is another attraction in the sanctuary. It has a girth of 6.52 metres, height of 48.25 metres when the measurement was taken in 2003.[12][13] Parambikulam Aliya multipurpose project involves a series of dams interconnected by tunnels and canals at various elevations to harness the Parambikulam, Aliyar, Nirar, Sholiyar, Thunkadavu, Thenkkadi and Palar rivers, laid for irrigation and power generation.

Thirumurthy Hills[edit]

Thirumurthyswami temple is a temple dedicated to Ammalingeswarar situated at the foothills of the Thirumurthy Hills. There is a stream and a waterfall close to the temple.



  1. ^ Pollachi Tourism
  2. ^ Thrissur-Pollachi
  3. ^ Pollachi Maattuchanthai
  4. ^ historic town on templenet.com
  5. ^ Rain Genomics, Inc – Pollachi
  6. ^ a b "Census Info 2011 Final population totals". Office of The Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Census Info 2011 Final population totals - Pollachi". Office of The Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "List of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies". Tamil Nadu. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-10-11. 
  9. ^ BroadGauge Conversion
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ Athirampalli Falls, Monkey Falls, Rhythm Falls, Chinnakallar Falls – Pollachi – Tamil Nadu – India. Coimbatore.com. Retrieved on 2011-04-26.
  12. ^ Kannimara
  13. ^ About the Park

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