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Vanavasi is home to many ancient temples, including the China Mariyamman Temple, Throwpathiyamman Temple, Muthukumarasamy Temple, Subramaniyasamy Temple, Sowdeswari Amman Temple, Perumal Temple, Anjaneyar Temple, Pathrakaliyamman Temple, and the Muniyappan Temple.
Several festivals are celebrated in Vanavasi, including the Throwpathiyamman Festival (celebrated every six years), the festival of Sowdeswari Amman (celebrated every five years), and the Mariyamman Festival (held annually during the Tamil month). Also celebrated annually is the festival at the Muniyappan Temple.
There are two government-run schools in Vanavasi. One is a public elementary school, the other is the Government Higher Secondary School. Additionally, there are two non-governmental schools, the Sakthi Matriculation School and the Esha Elementary School. The town also has its own local library.
Vanavasi is a panchayat town made popular by its temples and its handloom silk sarees.[note 1] The most famous temples are in the Salem District. Power looms, which are involved in synthetic saree manufacturing, are also widely used. A weekly market is organized every Thursday. The Murugan Theatre offers movie entertainment for residents of the area. Coconut trees and mango trees are abundant, and the town supports lush vegetation. Koppukondraya Mountain can be seen from the town itself, and a famous Perumal temple is located on the mountain. People of the village often travel to the mountain during festival days.
The following towns are near Vanavasi:
Mettur is 19.8 km (13.03 m)
Tharamangalam is 11 km (6.8 m)
Jalakandapuram is 6 km (3.7 m)
Salem is 36 km (22.3 m) and
Nangavalli is 1 km (0.62 m)
Salem, 36 km (22.3 m) away, is the nearest major city to Vanavasi, and is well-connected to public and private bus services. Salem also has the nearest major train junction (station), from which metropolises like Bengaluru and Chennai are just a few hours away. There is an airport at Kaamalapuram, which is a 35-minute drive from the city. It is connected by the Salem-Bangalore Highway (via National Highway 7 or NH-7). In November 2009, Kingfisher Airlines launched ATR-72 daily service flight to Chennai. Salem Airport is connected by Kingfisher Airlines from Chennai. The other near major airports are at Trichy (162 km, or 100.6 m away) and Coimbatore (165 km, or 102.5 m away).
- The name of the garment in various regional languages include:
Bengali: শাড়ি shaṛi, Hindi: साड़ी sāṛī, Oriya: ଶାଢୀ sāddhi, Kannada: ಸೀರೆ, sīre, Konkani: साडी, कापड, चीरे, sāḍī, kāpaḍ, cīre, Malayalam: സാരി sāri, Marathi: साडी sāḍī, Nepali: सारी sārī, Punjabi: ਸਾਰੀ sārī, Tamil: புடவை puṭavai, Telugu: చీర cīra, Urdu: ساڑى sāṛī