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Pannaipuram is located in Tamil Nadu
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 9°51′43″N 77°16′19″E / 9.86194°N 77.27194°E / 9.86194; 77.27194Coordinates: 9°51′43″N 77°16′19″E / 9.86194°N 77.27194°E / 9.86194; 77.27194
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Theni
Population (2001)
 • Total 8,924
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 625524

Pannaipuram is a panchayat town in Theni district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is located hill foot of "Western Ghats" sharing its border with Kerala and has very good literacy.[citation needed] Bommaiyaswamy (Shiva) Temple is located here. Most of the people in Pannaipuram are engaged in Cardamom cultivation in nearby Kerala hills.

Taluk : Uthamapalayam, District : Theni, Constitution : Cumbum(From 2011), Earlier it was Bodinayakkanur.


As of 2001 India census,[1] Pannaipuram had a population of 8924. Males constitute 49% of the population and females 51%. Pannaipuram has an average literacy rate of 65%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 74%, and female literacy is 56%. In Pannaipuram, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.


In tamil Pannai means cattle farm and puram means village or small town. People who lived in the village were having cattle farm and mostly did agriculture. The cattle grazing grounds were at the western ghats foot hills adjacent to the village, hence the origin of name Pannaipuram.


Agriculture, cattle farms and brick manufacture are the major revenue source at Pannaipuram. Most of the tropical vegetables are grown. Many of the residents of the village have Cardamom, Coffee, Tea, Black Pepper, Clove, Coco and beetle-nut plantations in the adjacent hills of western ghats. After the state divide on language basis the hills are now part of Kerala.

Water Resources[edit]

Underground water had been fully depleted, as the cultivation relies only on the same. The 18th canal project, which was completed in 2008, helped in raising the ground water level. Drinking water is drawn from the Mullai Periyar river running through the nearby town Uthamapalayam.


Panaipuram is birth place of the prominent film personalities; Indian music director Ilaiyaraja and his family; Gangai Amaran who is also a music director film director is his brother. Yuvan Shankar Raja and Karthik Raja are his sons, Bhavatharini is his daughter. Baskaran who was a cinema producer and Paavalar Varadharajan hail from Panaipuram as well. Director Rathna kumar. The tamil film personalities Kasthuri Raja,Selvaraghavan and Dhanush also hails from the adjacent village Mallingapuram, which is just a furlong away.

Neutrino Project[edit]

Pannaipuram is just 5 kilometres south of the proposed Indian Neutrino observatory site.


There are several windmills installed around the village, and currently generating energy.


  1. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.