Polur, Tamil Nadu

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Polur is located in Tamil Nadu
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 12°30′N 79°08′E / 12.5°N 79.13°E / 12.5; 79.13Coordinates: 12°30′N 79°08′E / 12.5°N 79.13°E / 12.5; 79.13
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Tiruvannamalai
Elevation 171 m (561 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 55,000
 • Density 2,500/km2 (6,000/sq mi)
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 606803
Telephone code 04181

Polur is a town and Municipality in Tiruvannamalai district in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. It lies on the National Highway (NH-234). (Mangalore - Villupuram Highway).


Polur is located at 12°30′N 79°08′E / 12.5°N 79.13°E / 12.5; 79.13.[1] It has an average elevation of 171 metres (561 ft).

Along with many places of worships, Polur has a huge mountain temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha. This mountain temple was historically referred as Sampathgiri.This temple has been big temple in polur surrounding which in Sanskrit means "Mountain of Wealth". From the top of the hill, one can have a clear view of the Tiruvannamalai Arunachala Hill and A small hill named Kunnathur Hill is also seen on the outskirts of Polur. The same term was referred in Tamil as "Porulur" literally translating to Porul oor (Place of Wealth), now referred as Polur.It is Situated in the Tiruvannamalai District, it takes around 30 minutes to reach the Tiruvannamalai. It takes about 1 hour to reach Vellore. One can reach the silk town of Arani (Arni).

Situated within 40 km, are the villages of Kalambur, Athuvambadi,Kunnathur, Santhavasal, Padai Veedu (pronounced Padavedu), Kalasapakkam, Kannamangalam, Kaniyambadi and Vannangulam.The Nearest Village is Kelur which is situated in Vellore-Thirvannamalai Highway

About 20 km east of Polur is the remote town of Devikapuram, the site of Periyanayaki Amman Temple. Some 20 km off Polur is the Parvathamalai with a temple of Lord Shiva on its top. The town is about 193 km from Chennai & there are frequent buses (TNSTC - Villupuram) from the Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus CMBT, plying on Route # 148 (Chennai - Polur) via Tambaram, Chengalepat, Utthiramerur, Vandavasi, Chetpet. The nearest airport is at Chennai.

Parvathamalai as seen from the foothills

And a remote village "Sothukanni" is situated in the east of Polur at 8 km and this place is famous for Kanum Pongal.

Kalambur town is situated 17 km from which is famous for rice production

Polur Railway Station is on the Vellore-Thiruvannamalai rail route. The station is served by the Southern Railway. The station is located about 35 km from Thiruvannamalai. Going north, Vellore Cantonment Railway Station is the main station next to Polur. Traveling south, Thiruvannamalai Railway Station is the nearest major station.
Original name (with diacritics) of the town is Polūr. See Polur photos and images from satellite below, explore the aerial photographs of Polur in India.

Airports nearest to Polur are sorted by the distance to the airport from the city centre.

  • Vellore Airport (distanced approximately 45 km)
  • Pondicherry Airport (distanced approximately 94 km)
  • Neyveli Airfield (distanced approximately 110 km)
  • Tambaram Airfield (distanced approximately 120 km)
  • Chennai International Airport (distanced approximately 130 km)

As of 2001 India census,[2] Polur had a population of 43,492. Males constitute 49% of the population and females 51%. Polur has an average literacy rate of 72%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 79%, and female literacy is 65%. In Polur, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Polur Road overview


Linguistic census
Linguistic groups Percent(%)

image of a street in the town with temple chariot
View of a street in the town
Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1901 9,767 —    
1911 9,946 +1.8%
1921 12,330 +24.0%
1931 13,098 +6.2%
1941 13,967 +6.6%
1951 15,212 +8.9%
1961 16,441 +8.1%
1981 23,462 +42.7%
1991 30,196 +28.7%
2001 41,376 +37.0%
2011 55,278 +33.6%

Tourism in Polur[edit]

Though there was no one toured as such to Polur, people who have visited this place, and explored the nearby areas with the help of localities would have considered this as a tourist spot.

This place is famous for three Jain caves which consists of a long statue of Nimanatha in one of its caves and the length of the statue is 16 meters(highest in Tamil Nadu).

This place is very close to Jawadhu Hills, which is really worth a ride in bike. This ride would be completely inside an ecofriendly route and it is about 60 km one way. There are few tribal villages in Javadi hills and it is forested with sandal woods.

This place is famous for Kavalur Observatory and Beeman Falls. Also there are couple of spots to hangout near by on the same route. Parvatha hills is a nice place for trekking which is 10 km away from Polur. In Polur to Athimoor root - Vitobaswamigal Madam Is placed. It's a Tomb of VITOBASWAMIGAL. In "Kuruvimalai" way to Changam there one stone 50 feet Vishnu Statue is on work so its tells that Polur is a Sculpture city and way to all Tourist places.

Arahanthgiri Jain Math[edit]

Arahanthgiri Jain Math is a Jain Math that was established at the ancient Jain site of Tiruvannaamalai in August, 1998.[4] The complex includes 3 Jain caves, 4 Jain temples and a 16 meter high sculpture of Neminatha thought to date from the 12th century that is the tallest Jain image in Tamil Nadu.


  1. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Polur
  2. ^ "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. 
  3. ^ a b "Population Details". Tiruvannamalai municipality. 2011. Archived from the original on 27 February 2014. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  4. ^ "Arihantagiri - Tirumalai". Retrieved April 10, 2012.