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This article is a confused mixture of information about the former village of Theni, which is now part of the Theni Allinagaram municipality, and information about the larger Theni district.Theni district was separate from madurai district in the year of 1993.
Nickname(s): The earth's hidden paradise, Gateway to tourism
Theni is located in Tamil Nadu
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 10°00′32″N 77°28′12″E / 10.009°N 77.47°E / 10.009; 77.47Coordinates: 10°00′32″N 77°28′12″E / 10.009°N 77.47°E / 10.009; 77.47
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Theni
 • Total 2,889 km2 (1,115 sq mi)
Elevation 100 m (300 ft)
Population (2016)
 • Total 1.468million
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Telephone code 04546
Vehicle registration TN 60
Distance from Chennai 498 kilometres (309 mi) southwest
Climate Average and moderate cool at winter (Köppen)
Precipitation 658 millimetres (25.9 in)
Avg. summer temperature 39.5 °C (103.1 °F)
Avg. winter temperature 25.8 °C (78.4 °F)

Theni (About this sound pronunciation ) (Tamil: தேனி Tēṉi) is a town situated in western region of Tamil Nadu, a state in Southern India, near the border to Kerala. It is the headquarters of Theni District.Theni district is the 2nd ranked in ASIA on the Banana trading. It is known for the large-scale trading of garlic, cotton, cardamom, grapes and chilli. It hosts the second largest weekly market in Tamil Nadu and the fourth largest in South India. It is well-connected by rail and road to Madurai and by road to all the important cities in Tamil Nadu. The nearest airport is at Madurai.[1]

Tourist Spots[edit]

Suruli Aruvi which is situated in Surulipatti of Theni district (6 km from Cumbum) is a famous waterfall. Meghamalai, Vellimalai are hill stations with natural beauty and home for wild lives. Vaigai Dam Sothuparai Dam and Shanmuganadhi Dam are the visitable water reservoirs of Theni District. Other tourist spots include, Kumbakkarai Falls, Veerapandi, and Kurangani, Kolukkumalai, Top station.

Nearest Tourist Spots in KERALA

Kumuli, Thekkadi, Ramakkalmmedu, Pooppara, Bodimettu, Idukki Dam and Munnar are the famous hill stations of South India at Idukki District Kerala, just 86 km away from Theni city.

The nearest railway junctions are Dindigul and Madurai which are 75 kilometers away from Theni. Nearest Airport MADURAI 85 km Trichy 170 km KOCHI(Kerala)205 km

Medical colleges in Theni[edit]

  • Government Medical College, Theni.

Engineering colleges in Theni[edit]

  • Government College of Engg, BODI.
  • Bharat Niketan Engineering college.
  • Nadar Saraswati college of engineering.
  • Kammavar college of engineering.
  • VPV college of engineering.
  • Udaiyappa college of engineering.


  • Temple of kaliamman,B.Ammapatti,Bodi.
  • Temple of Shri Mariamman kovil,Cumbum.
  • Temple of Cumbarayar Kovil, Cumbum.
  • Temple of Valipadu murugan kovil, Lowercamp.
  • Temple of Kallazhakar, Uppukkottai, Theni.
  • Temple of Sri Markandeya Bavanarishi, Vadugapatti, Periyakulam.
  • Temple of Sri Bagavathi Amman, Vadugapatti, Periyakulam.
  • Temple Of Shri Kaliamman Kovil at Odaipatty, Theni
  • Temple of shri kaliamman koil at Gandamanur, Theni
  • Temple of Shri Gowmariamman & Kanneswaramudaiyar Koil at Veerapandi, Theni
  • Temple of Pathirakaliyamman at Pathirakalipuram, Theni
  • Temple of Pragyna Dakshinamurthy at Chibavananda Ashram, Theni
  • Temple of Boominaatha lingeswar at Pathirakalipuram, Theni
  • Temple of Sri Saneeswara Bhagavan at Kuchanur, Theni Saneeswara Temple
  • Temple of Meenatchi Sundareswarar at Andipatti.
  • Temple of Sri Veerappa Ayyanar at Allinagaram, Theni
  • Temple of Sri Dharma Thevathai at Jangalpatti, Theni
  • Temple of Sri Kaliyamman at Dharmapuri,Theni. (
  • Temple of Kathali Narashinga perumal at Jampuliputhur,Theni
  • Temple of Poolantheeswarar at Chinnamanur, Theni
  • Temple of Backiyamman Kovil at Natchiyarpuram, Andipatti.
  • Temple of Balasubramaniam kovil, periyakulam, theni.
  • Temple of Kalahastheeswarar, Uthamapalayam, Theni
  • Temple of Kathali Narasingaperumal kovil, Jambuliputhur, Andipatti.
  • Temple of Mavoothu Vellappar, Mavoothu, Varushanad hill ranges, Andipatti.
  • Temple of Shri Iswarya Krishnaswamy, Ambasamudram, Theni
  • Temple of Krishna Parmathma (PERUMAL), Angala Eeswari amman, Muthal amman and also Kali amman, Govindanagaram, theni.
  • Our Lady of Snows Church (1902), Royappanpatti, Theni

Theni schools[edit]

  • PUM School, B.Ammapatti,Bodi.
  • Amala Annaihr higher secondary school, T.Sindalaicherry
  • Sri Krishna Iyer Govt. HSS - Chinnamanur.
  • K.V.A. Girls Hr. Sec. School- Chinnamanur.
  • G.M.Hr. Sec. School - Chinnamanur.
  • S.M. Sec. School - Chinnamanur.
  • Pachaiyappa High School, Uppkkottai.
  • Mannar Pandithuraithevar Middle School, Visuvasapuram.
  • Sri Markandeya Weaver Middle School, Vadugapatti, Periyakulam Taluk.
  • Government Higher Secondary School, Vadugapatti, Periyakulam Taluk.
  • Sri.V.V.Hr.Sec.School (1947), Venkatachalapuram
  • Nadar Saraswathi Primary School (1919)
  • Nadar Saraswathi Hr. Sec. School (Boys) (1943)
  • Nadar Saraswathi Girls Hr. Sec. School (1957)
  • Theni Melapettai Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai Matriculation Hr. Sec. School (1977)
  • Nadar Saraswathi Women’s Industrial School (1996)
  • Savariyappa Udayar Memorial Higher Secondary School (1963), Royappanpatti, Theni
  • Government Higher secondary school (1965), Gandamanur, Theni
  • Santiniketan Matriculation Higher Secondary School
  • N.A. Konduraja memorial high school
  • Velammal vidyalaya cbse school - Theni (CBSE)
  • Velammal matriculation school, Theni
  • Mary Matha Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Theni
  • Theni Kammavar Sangam Matriculation Higher Secondary school, Theni
  • The Little Kingdom (ICSE), Theni
  • Palaniappa Memorial Higher Secondary School, Palanichettipatti, Theni
  • Gateway Language Academy, GH Road, Theni
  • Government higher secondary school, Allinagaram, Theni
  • Nesan Kala Salai, Narayanathevanpatti, Theni
  • Hindu Higher Secondary school, Jakkampatty, Theni
  • zamindarini kamulammal memorial hr.sec school,bodinayakanur
  • SCISM Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Bodinayakanur.
  • Fairlands Foundation school, C.Pudupatti.Cumbum.
  • Saamy metriculation school, Rathinanagar,theni
  • Hamma Dharma Higher Secondary School, Govindanagaram, Theni.

Polytechnic colleges in Theni[edit]

  • Bharath Niketan Polytechnic College, Thimmarasanaickanoor, Theni
  • Devangar Polytechnic College, D Vadipatti, Theni
  • Government Polytechnic College, Kottur, Theni
  • Kala Pandian Polytechnic College, Sillamarathupatti, Theni
  • Thangam Muthu Polytechnic College, Endapuli Kamatchipuram, Theni
  • Theni Kammavar Sangam Polytechnic College, Koduvilarpatti, Theni
  • Horticultural College and Research Institute, Periyakulam
  • Jayaraj Annabakyam women's college of arts and science, Periyakulam
  • Government Polytechnic College in Kottur, Theni District.

Notable Persons[edit]


  • O.Panner Selvam(Ex-CM)
  • Thanga Tamil Selam(M.L.A)
  • S.R.Tamilan(Founder of TIFB)


  • VairaMuthu(lyricist,writer)
  • Ilayaraja(Music Director)
  • Bharathiraja(Director)
  • Bala(Director)
  • Gangai Amaran(Director,Music Director)
  • kasthuri raja(Director)
  • Dhanush(Actor,Producter,singer,writer,lyricist)
  • Venkat Prabu(Director)
  • Selva ragavan(Director)
  • Yuvan Sankar Raja(Music director)

See also[edit]

  • India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO), located 10 km east of Theni
  • Pallavarayan Patty Jallikattu
  • T.sindalaicherry St.Antony's festival in the month of January