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Chinnalapatti is located in Tamil Nadu
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 10°18′N 77°56′E / 10.30°N 77.93°E / 10.30; 77.93Coordinates: 10°18′N 77°56′E / 10.30°N 77.93°E / 10.30; 77.93
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Dindigul
Population (2011)
 • Total 26,285
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 624301
Telephone code 0451

Chinnalapatti is a municipal town in Dindigul district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India.


As of 2011 India census[1] Chinnalapatti had a population of 26,285. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Chinnalapatti has an average literacy rate of 87.06, higher than the state average of 80.09%; with male literacy of 93.12% and female literacy of 81.23%. 8.51% of the population is under 6 years of age. The town not only has textile business but also into agriculture. The people in North Chinnalapatti are mainly into agricultural activities.

Chinnalapatti Town Panchayat has total administration over 6,981 houses to which it supplies basic amenities like water and sewerage. It is also authorized to build roads within Town Panchayat limits and impose taxes on properties coming under its jurisdiction.

The Chinnalapatti city is divided into 18 wards for which elections are held every 5 years


Chinnalapatti is a clean and neat town known for suitable residential area in Dindigul district. Chinnalapatti's economy mainly depends on handloom weaving industry and is known for it. Weaving has been a way of life in Chinalapatti since time immemorial. Now people are producing Cotton (sungudi) saris with Zari borders, these are ideal for daily wear. Sungudi saree industry contains looming, weaving, dyeing and printing units. Sungudi industry is providing livelihood for more than 10,000 people in Chinnalapatti. Although weaving is a significant profession in the town, the textile export and import is the next popular business in the town. Sungudi sarees from Chinnalapatti are being exported to countries like Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and South Africa. The town also has industries which are involved in Wet Grinder assembling, Wire Chair production, Alimarh production, dyeing, etc.


Silk sarees (famously known as "Chinnalappattu") and sungudi sarees are made here in traditional way. Chinnalapattu sarees are well known in South India. Many traders from Chinnalapatti export/sell these sarees and other handloom garments all over Tamil Nadu and countries in Far-East, Africa, Sri Lanka and Middle-East. Saree business is the major business in this upcoming city. Since saree usage is reduced in these days, Chinnalapatti weavers are involved in making sungudi chudithars, which is getting popularity. Many wholesales shops buy the sarees and other garments from Surat and sell it in South Tamil Nadu.

Festivals and Carnivals[edit]

Most of the people in Chinnalapatti are conservative Hindus and retain their traditional festivals.

Alagar festival is celebrated every year.* Another notable celebration is Veedhi Devru Mokku(Street worship of god in Kannada).


Chinnalapatti is on National Highway 7 (NH7) which connects Madurai with Dindigul. It has well connected bus facility. Town buses operated by Government and Private sectors serve the need of this emerging town. The mofussil buses flying in NH-7 also serves the need.

Ambathurai is the nearest railway station. All the passenger trains and some express trains stop at this station.

Madurai Airport is the nearest airport for this town.



  • Devangar Higher Secondary School
  • Devangar Girls High School
  • Thambithottam Higher Sec School
  • Cheran Vidyalaya Matric Higher Secondary School
  • Victory Matriculation Higher Sec School
  • Govt. High School (Near Market)
  • Kalaimagal Nursery and Primary School
  • Siriyamalar Secondary School*
  • Thilagam Secondary School
  • luxor world school
  • anugraham international school
  • Best Teacher

In Devangar hr sec school at chinnalapatti Mr.A.RAJASEKAR the physical education teacher and the N.C.C.Officer had been working from 1966 to 1997.He was a very significant person both as a teacher and a social worker. He set a noble example for the students of the school and also for the youth of the town. His hard work ,disciplined approach towards the students and the care he had given to them were undoubtedly ,a main reason for the school getting a good name in Dindigul District. He was like a friend to his students.they learned to become a self-disciplined persons.They were able to acquire good habits and helping tendency in his care.They could develop into a responsible and respectable citizens.

He had been very strict to the students who misbehaved.But was kind enough to help them to correct themselves. He took efforts to do basic facilities,in and around chinnalapatti. He influenced the students to work for the poor and needy and also initiate adult education .With the help of the he helped in laying roads and the plantation.Even to-day we can see the trees grown around the town, those planted by him.

He helped,many poor and the tribal students to get educated through contributing a portion of his salary for that purpose. His perseverance in training the students in games and sports,resulted in getting many state and national awards for the school.There are students trained by him ,now working as P.E.T s.. His voice controlled the whole school.He looked majestic in his NCC uniform. The people in those days called him fondly as "Thangapathakkkam Sivaji" the famous character of the film "Thangapathakkam" in which the legendary actor Shivaji Ganesan did the role.

He was convinced of the importance of both sports and education .He was honoured by the people of chinnalapatti and others. In 1983 he was awarded the Best N.CC. OFFICER OF INDIA by the then prime minister Mrs.Indra Gandhi.This great occasion brought glory to not only the school,but also to the town. The Alumini of the school are placed in and out of India, in respectable jobs,who are helped and guided by Mr. Rajasekar. I am one among them even today. I follow his advice in helping the poor and the needy, to the best of my ability.



  1. ^ "Census of India 2011: Data from the 2011 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 

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