Ponnapuram

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Ponnapuram
Village
Nickname(s): Ponnapuram
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Tirupur district
Languages
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Ponnapuram (Tamil: பொன்னாபுரம்) is a village in the Dharapuram taluk within the Tirupur district of Tamil Nadu, India. Agriculture is the main occupation along with vegetable exporting and the generation of power using windmills. The village has a population of approximately 1,500, and is located 16 km west of Dharapuram.

Agriculture[edit]

Ponnapuram produces a range of vegetables including onion, chillies, maize, cotton, sunflower, and sugarcane and supplies them to its neighboring taluks. The cultivation of these crops is reliant on irrigation from the Aliyar Reservoir which fills following the annual rainy season.

Education[edit]

The literacy rate has gone up significantly in the last five years. This is because scholars from the village began securing good jobs, causing local residents to realize the importance of education. The local school, which previously offered only primary education, later extended its participation to high school level.

Windmills[edit]

Enchanting evening view of Ponnapuram

The village is renowned for the generation of electricity using windmills. Residents say that the windmills add a subtle beauty to the surroundings. Many of the younger residents find employment in the security and meter-reading fields as side-jobs alongside their primary occupations.

Festival[edit]

"Kavadi" is an event celebrated twice every year. Activities include carrying sacred river water from Kodumudi to Murugan and the Bhagavan temple in Palani. The event also involves heavy rock music using native instruments.