|Nickname(s): Vegetable city|
|• Body||Oddanchatram municipal council|
|• Member of the Legislative Assembly (India)||R. Sakkarapani|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Vehicle registration||TN 94|
Oddanchatram is a Municipality town in Dindigul district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.It is the second largest town in Dindigul district. It is located at the base of the western ghats in South India. As of 2011, the town had a population of 75,064. It is known as the vegetable city of Tamil Nadu.
Region - Kongunadu
Nearest airports - Madurai (90 km), Coimbatore (100 km)
Current MLA - R. Sakrapani (DMK Korada)
Water body - Parapalar dam
Waterfalls - Thalakuthu
Tourist places - Kodaikanal (50 km), Palani (27 km)
According to 2011 census, Oddanchatram had a population of 55,064 with a gender-ratio of 994 females for every 1,000 males, much above the national average of 929. 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%. 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.
Oddanchatram is popular for Gandhi Vegetable market, which is one of the largest vegetable market in Asia.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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "List of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies" (PDF). Tamil Nadu. Election Commission of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 October 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-11.
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