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Ponnai Town
Ponnai Town is located in Tamil Nadu
Ponnai Town
Ponnai Town
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 13°8′0″N 79°16′0″E / 13.13333°N 79.26667°E / 13.13333; 79.26667Coordinates: 13°8′0″N 79°16′0″E / 13.13333°N 79.26667°E / 13.13333; 79.26667
Country India
StateTamil Nadu
243 m (797 ft)
 • OfficialTamil
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registrationTN - 23
Nearest cityVellore
Lok Sabha constituencyArakonam

Ponnai is a town in Katpadi taluk in the Vellore district in Tamil Nadu state, India.

Getting there[edit]

Nearby towns are served by rail and air. Nearby villages include Madandakuppam, Gollapalli, Paramasathu, and Keeraisathu. There are several local temples and shrines. Nearby train station Chittoor railway station, Andhra Pradesh.

Ponnai is a village in Tamil Nadu. The entrance of Ponnai is greeted by a river that must be crossed via a bridge to enter Ponnai. It is surrounded by temples. One of the famous places to visit near Ponnai is Vallimalai; according to Vallimalai, it is a place where Valli, the daughter of Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi was born (i.e. via the sweat drop from Lakshmi that fell on the grass at this place, and later on consumed by a deer, thereafter Valli was born via the deer). Raised up by the chief of the tribe, Valli grew up to be a beautiful damsel. Narada Muni recounted about Valli with Muruga, thereby Muruga went to woo the damsel Valli. After several vain attempts and finally with Ganesha's help, Valli and Muruga are united. They elope from Vallimalai and settle down at Thirutthani which is 38 km from Ponnai. Another important place to visit near Ponnai is Thengal Ashram The weather is a bit hot around these places, the best time of the year to visit would be from October to January, buses frequent these places on a daily basis and this place is 38 km from Vellore where the famous CMC hospital is situated, people in and around Ponnai are very friendly.


Swarna Vinayagar (Lord Ganesha) Temple is around 3 km from Ponnai main bus stand.The village name is called oddaneri, from ponnai bus stand auto's are available frequently


The Katpadi assembly constituency is part of the Arakkonam (Lok Sabha constituency).[1]

Ponnai comes under Katpadi Taluka MLA of katpadi is Duraimurugan DMK and MP of Arakkonam is G Hari ADMK

Ponnai is Town[edit]

Ponnai comprises more than 18 villages. Head Town is Ponnai. Frequent buses are available to Vellore, Tiruttani, Arcot, Sholinghur and Chittoor but buses to Chennai, Bangalore, Tirupathi, Kanchipuram and Chengalpattu are occasional.

The nearest railway stations are Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh and Katpadi Junction in Tamilnadu.

The nearest marine port is Chennai and nearest airports are Tirupathi in Andhra Pradesh, Chennai in Tamilnadu and Vellore.


  1. ^ "List of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies" (PDF). Tamil Nadu. Election Commission of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-05-04. Retrieved 2008-10-08.