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Vegetable city
Oddanchatram is located in Tamil Nadu
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 10°28′48″N 77°45′00″E / 10.4800°N 77.7500°E / 10.4800; 77.7500Coordinates: 10°28′48″N 77°45′00″E / 10.4800°N 77.7500°E / 10.4800; 77.7500
Country India
StateTamil Nadu
RegionKongu Nadu
 • TypeMunicipality
 • BodyOddanchatram municipal council
 • Member of the Legislative Assembly (India)R. Sakkarapani
Area rank50
 • Total50,064
 • OfficialTamil
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code04553
Vehicle registrationTN 94 before (TN57)
Hills nature place

Oddanchatram is a town in Dindigul district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is the second largest town in Dindigul district. Oddanchatram is also famous for vegetable and cattle market. It is located at the base of the western ghats in South India. As of 2011, the town had a population of 50,064. It is known as the vegetable city of Tamil Nadu. Oddanchatram vegetable market is the largest supplying market in Tamilnadu and Kerala. Agriculture is the major economic support for the town.

Region - Kongu Nadu

Water body - Parapalar Dam

Nearest tourism places - Palani, Kodaikanal


According to 2011 census, Oddanchatram had a population of 50,064 with a gender-ratio of 994 females for every 1,000 males, much above the national average of 929.[2] A total of 2,676 were under the age of six, constituting 1,378 males and 1,298 females. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes accounted for 20.3% and .06% of the population respectively. The average literacy of the town was 77.11%, compared to the national average of 72.99%.[2] The town had a total of : 8046 households. There were a total of 12,738 workers, comprising 1,127 cultivators, 1,983 main agricultural labourers, 164 in house hold industries, 9,048 other workers, 416 marginal workers, 9 marginal cultivators, 134 marginal agricultural labourers, 16 marginal workers in household industries and 257 other marginal workers.[1]


Oddanchatram is popular for Gandhi Vegetable market , which is one of the largest vegetable market in Tamilnadu. The market is situated near Oddanchatram bus stand. Agricultural industry provides major employment for the local people. Workers from various neighboring towns migrate to Oddanchatram Taluk, mainly from the month of June to December. This migration takes place during the peak seasons.


As per 2016, totally 2,23,628 (1,10,979 Males, 1,12,643 Females & 6 Others) voters are in Oddanchatram Constituency.


Oddanchatram assembly constituency is part of Dindigul (Lok Sabha constituency).[3] Oddanchatram elects one MLA to the legislative assembly of the State. Current MLA is Mr.Sakarabani (DMK)

Year Winner Party
1952 Subramaniya Lakshmipathi Naicker Independent
1957 Karuthappa Gounder Indian National Congress
1962 A. Senapathi Gounder Indian National Congress
1967 N. kounder Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
1971 N. Nachimuthu Goundar Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
1977 A. P. Palaniappan Indian National Congress
1980 K. Kuppuswamy Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
1984 K. Kuppusamy Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
1989 P. Kaliappan Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
1991 A. T. Sellasamy Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
1996 R. Sakkarapani Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
2001 R. Sakkarapani Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
2006 R. Sakkarapani Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
2011 R. Sakkarapani Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
2016 R. Sakkarapani Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam


The following are the major highways connecting Oddanchatram :

National Highway NH 83 connects Coimbatore to Nagapattinam via Oddanchatram Tiruchirappalli Thanjavur. Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation Limited TNSTC buses connect the town to other parts of the state. Oddanchatram is the main centre for all places connecting Palani,Dharapuram, Madurai, Dindigul, Theni, Coimbatore. KSRTC buses like Kottayam, Kozhikode, Kasaragod, Guruvayur, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Palakkad buses are available at particular interval of time from Oddanchatram bus stand. KSRTC buses like Mysore are available at night.


Station Code :ODC, ODDANCHATRAM is a part of the Coimbatore-Rameswaram MG line prior to the commencing of gauge conversion. On 20 November 2012, the Dindigul-Palani section of the line was completed, and the local railway station opened to railway traffic again. Currently passenger trains are running between Madurai, Thiruchendur, Coimbatore, Palakkad. And a daily express train is available between Oddanchatram to Chennai. Recently Amritha express running from Madurai - Thiruvananthapuram via Dindigul, Palani, Pollachi, Palakkad, Ernakulam, Kottayam, Kollam.


  1. ^ a b "Census Info 2011 Final population totals - Oddanchatram". Office of The Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "List of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies" (PDF). Tamil Nadu. Election Commission of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 October 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2008.

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