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As of the census of India 2001, Theni Allinagaram had a population of 85,498 comprising 43,274 males and 42,224 females, making the sex ratio (number of females per thousand males) of the town to 976. A total of 9,719 people were under six years of age and the child sex ratio (number of females per thousand males under six years of age) stood at 963. The town had an average literacy of 81.36%, higher than the national average of 59.5%. A total of 13,182 comprising 17.4% of the population belonged to Scheduled Castes (SC) and 15 comprising 0.02% of the population belonged to Scheduled tribes (ST). There were are total of 20,615 households in the town. As of 2001, Theni Allinagaram had a total of 27,677 main workers: 307 cultivators, 3,479 agricultural labourers, 657 in house hold industries and 23,234 other workers. There was a total of 4,162 marginal workers: 16 marginal cultivators, 519 marginal agricultural labourers, 313 marginal workers in household industries and 3,314 other marginal workers.
Theni has a historic background during the 19th century. There were many antagonists against British rule like Marutha Nayagam. The famous Saneeswaran (God of Saturn) temple is located in the Kucchanur Village.It is a Suyambhu statue and Pathirakaliyamman Temple, Pathirakalipuram.
Theni district is rich in flora and fauna. Many dams have been constructed on the rivers, including Vaigai Dam, Sothupparai Dam, Manjalaru Dam, and Meghamalai Dam. Several famous waterfalls are here: Suruli Falls, Kumbakarai Falls and Meghamalai Falls. Theni is surrounded by many tourist attractions like Kodaikannal, Thekkady, Meghamalai, Munnar, Kumbakkarai, Sothuppaarai and Vaigai dam. Because Theni's scenic environment, it is one of the most favoured shooting spots of the Tamil film industry. Thekkady wildlife sanctuary is a nearby attraction which lies in the border between Kerala and Tamil Nadu. There is a temple where Kannaki (historic character) was believed to be turned statue.
The district is famous, because of the celebration of Veerapandy festival at Veerapandy, Veerappa Ayyanar festival at Theni, Kamatchi Amman festival at Devadhanapatti and Saneeswaran Temple at Kuchanoor.Every year in the first or second week of May, people in the Theni district celebrate the Pathirakalipuram Pathirakaliyamman temple festival,Veerapandi Goumari Amman temple Festival. above two festivals goes for eight days and its very grand around Theni district
The cotton ginning, extraction of oil from various oil seeds, cotton and chilly trading are the main business in this district. Many Textile industries are located in and around Theni as the climate is suitable for Textile Industries and it provides employment opportunity for the local people.
Vermiculate used for manufacturing cement and paints are available in Cumbum Valley area.Once famous for its agricultural products, it retains its agricultural tint of economy and remains a backward industrial area. Industrial estates have come up with orientation for small scale and cottage industries.
This clubbed with liberalised financing by nationalized banks and new enter prenatal stimuli, a dimensional change in the district's economy is visible in the last decade. Hand-loom weaving is the major household industry in the district. Other important items of making toys and dolls, processing of food articles, manufacturing of safety matches and its allied articles etc. are worth to mention. Coarse blankets are made in Periyakulam taluk. This is generally used by tribal women of this area. Wax printing is done at Periyakulam.This was prevalent on a large scale during olden time.This art is slowly declining due to mechanical printing.
Textiles industry is growing on a steady state in Theni. There are many textile industries and they do spinning, weaving, and stiching . The main products are yarns, terry towels, fabrics , polyester. consumer garments, industrial garments and other textile products. These mills making have grown in and around Theni , providing jobs for many people.
Horticultural College & Research Institute (HC & RI), one of the constituent colleges of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, is located at Periyakulam, on the Theni Dindigul high way in Tamil Nadu State. The famous upper Pulney hill ranges featuring nearby offers natural beauty and scenic frontage to this unique Institute. Geographically, the College campus is situated at 10oN latitude with an elevation of 300m MSL. The climatic conditions are quite congenial for the cultivation of a wide array of horticultural crops. This Institute provides both teaching and rich research opportunities of high order in an exceptionally pleasant environment. The College Campus encompasses over 100 hectares of farm lands to cater the needs of teaching, research, training, seed production and plant propagation activities. This is the only full-fledged Institute providing horticulture education in Southern Peninsular India.
A Fruit Research Station was set up in 1957 at Periyakulam, with a view to meet the needs and aspirations of the fruit crops growing farmers of the erstwhile Madurai district. In the year 1971, Horticultural Research Station (HRS), Periyakulam, was developed which marked the expansion of the research mandate to all major horticultural crops. This Institute has made a commendable progress in fruits and vegetable research consequently the centre was upgraded in 1990 as a full-fledged teaching and research institute. This formed the basis for the blossoming of the present multi-faceted renowned campus.
The Government Theni Medical College was opened to cater the needs of the people of the district. It has a capacity of 100 students. A large number of patients from neighboring districts of Kerala are treated here due to the better and cost-effective facilities. It also has schools run by the government and other organisations. CPA College is an arts and science college in Bodinayakanur town, which is near Theni.
In 2010 a new government polytechnic college is to be started in Theni, at Kottur village. Madurai Kamarajar University Art and Science College will be started soon in Theni, at Kottur Village.
Palaniyappa memorial higher secondary school,Palanichetti patti, Government Higher Secondary School,G.Kalluppatti , Government Higher Secondary School, Allinagaram , Kalikadevi high school, Pathirakalipuram, Mannar Pandithuraithevar School, Visuvasapuram, The Little Kingdom School,Theni, THNU Matriculation school, THEVARAM , Theni Melapettai Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai Schools, Shemford Theni 10+2 School, Amala Annai Higher Secondary School,T.Sindalacherry, Velammal Matriculation school, Velammal Vidhyalaya, Theni Kammavar Matriculation Higher Secondary School, NRT Nagar, Renuga Vidhyala Matriculation school, Lakshmipuram, Aringar Anna Primary School.G.Kalluppatti, SUM Primary & Higher Secondary Schools, Royappanpatti, Sri Krishna Ayyar Higher Secondary School, Chinnamanur and Kamma Dharma High School,Govinthanagaram are the prominent schools in the town.
Jeyaraj Annabakiyam Women's College of Arts & Science, Nadar Saraswathi Women's College Of Arts & Science, Nadar Saraswathi College Of Engineering, VPV College of Engineering, Devathanapatti, Kalapandian Polytechnic College, Odaiyappa College of Engineering and Technology, Bharath Niketan Polytechnic College, Devangar Polytechnic College, , Government Polytechnic College, Kala Pandian Polytechnic College, Thangam Muthu Polytechnic College, Theni Kammavar Sangam Polytechnic College, Theni Government Medical College and Theni College Of Arts and Science are the prominent colleges in Theni.
Theni houses the office of the (revenue) District Collector. Periyakulam has the (judicial) district court, which was built and operated in the British period. As the town of Theni is expanding, several local buses are run for commuting inside the town.
Theni's economy is mostly agricultural. Utilisation of land area for cultivation in Theni district is 40.33%. The principal crop production (in tonnes) in 2005-2006 was: sugarcane 1,201,221, cotton 95,360 (561 bales of 170. kg lint each), rice (paddy) 66,093, millets and other cereals 57,081, pulses 6,677, groundnut 4,021 and gingelly 325. Silk, bananas, coconuts, tea, coffee, cardamom, grapes, and mangoes are other main produce of the district.
Surulipatti is a major centre for grape production, with 4,000 small farmers producing over 90,000 tonnes of Muscat grapes, known locally as panneer dhrakshai, and about 10,000 tonnes of Thomson seedless grapes. The unique feature here is that the grapes are harvested throughout the year, while in most grape-growing centres elsewhere the season ends with summer.
Cotton-spinning mills and sugar mills are the major industries in this district. In Andipatti Taluk handloom weaving and power looms are flourishing. In Uthamapalayam Taluk, the Highwavis Estate produces a significant amount of tea. Bodinayakanur is a major market place for cardamom, coffee, tea and black pepper. This city is also called "Cardamom City" because of the large quantity of cardamom trade in this area. It has an auction centre for cardamom.It is also the second biggest town in this district.
Theni is one of the active business hubs in the western side of Tamil Nadu, inviting more industries to its locality. The district currently has 41.09 km of metre-gauge track serving three railway stations that connect to Madurai.
Theni district has Cumbum town in it, which is famously known behind the name "Cumbum Valley", the only valley in Asia that harvests grapes thrice in a year. Paddy, maize, cotton, sugarcane, grapes, mango, coconut are main agricultural products from Theni. Theni also acts as a distribution hub for Potato, Cabbage, and Cauliflower cultivated in hilly regions to foothill towns in Tamil Nadu. Also it is the hub for distributing Toor dal, Urud dal, Moong dal, Channa dal, Vegetable oils etc. to the hill regions and to Kerala.
Other than agriculture, Theni city has textiles mills, brick industries, iron oxide pigments and masala factories. People do business based on the agricultural commodities.