Vadalur

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Vadalur
வடலூர்
City
Vadalur Municipality
Motto(s): 
வாய்மையே வெல்லும்
Vadalur is located in Tamil Nadu
Vadalur
Vadalur
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 11°33′19″N 79°33′18″E / 11.5552°N 79.5551°E / 11.5552; 79.5551Coordinates: 11°33′19″N 79°33′18″E / 11.5552°N 79.5551°E / 11.5552; 79.5551
Country India
StateTamilNadu Logo.svg Tamil Nadu
DistrictCuddalore
Upgraded as Municipality[citation needed]23 August 2021[citation needed]
Government
 • TypeMunicipality
 • BodyVadalur Municipality
 • Chief MinisterThiru. M.K. Stalin (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam)
 • CollectorThiru. K. Balasubramaniam IAS
Area
 • Land19.93 km2 (7.70 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Total39,514
  • Rank397
Demonym(s)Tamilian, Vadalurian
Languages
 • Official LanguageTamil
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Area code(s)04142
ISO 3166 codeISO 3166-2:IN
Vehicle registrationTN-31,TN-91[2]
Wards27
Revenue Villages3
Member of ParliamentThiru. T.R.V.S. Ramesh
Member of the Legislative AssemblyThiru. M.R.K. Panneerselvam
Websitehttps://www.townpanchayat.in/vadalur

Vadalur is a municipality in Cuddalore district, Tamil Nadu. It is 208 km (129 mi) from Chennai, the state capital of Tamil Nadu.

Sathya Gnana Sabai

History[edit]

Ramalinga Swamigal, often called Vallalar, established the Sathyagnana Sabhai. He built a temple which is open year-round. Thousands of visitors attend festivals and monthly puja dates at this temple. Vadalur is well connected by rail and road, and it provides transport to major cities like Trichy, Chennai, Tanjore, Puducherry, and Kumbakonam.

Festivals[edit]

The Thai Poosam (Tamil: தைப்பூசம்) celebration in January is a festival held annually in Vadalur. The Swamigal sang thousands of songs called Thiru Arutppa. The district was named after him for a while. On Thai Poosam, thousands of devotees from all over Tamil Nadu visit the temple. More than 10,000 market stalls are available for at least a week for the pilgrims. Food, water, and fresh juice are available for devotees to purchase.

Seated man
Vallalar

Demographics[edit]

As of the 2011 census,[3] Vadalur had a population of 39,514. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Vadalur has an average literacy rate of 70%, higher than the national average of 59.5%. The male literacy rate is 78%, and the female literacy rate is 61%. In Vadalur, 11% of the population is under 6 years of age. The literacy level is high because of the private schools and government schools. Vadalur runs a ceramic factory called Neycer which employs many people in the city.[citation needed]

Revenue villages[edit]

  • Abatharanapuram
  • Parvathipuram
  • Serakuppam
  • Seerangkuppam

Economy[edit]

Agriculture plays an important role in Vadalur's economy. The SIDCO Industrial Estate creates many job opportunities for the people of Vadalur. NLC's coal loading station is located in Vadalur as well. Small businesses also help in improving Vadalur's economic development.[citation needed][4]

Education[edit]

Schools[edit]

  • Tripuraneni Vidyalaya Matriculation School
  • Vallalar Gurukulam Higher Secondary School
  • Government Higher Secondary School, Pudhunagar
  • Government Girls Higher Secondary School
  • S.D. Eaden Higher Secondary School
  • Fathima Matriculation Higher Secondary School
  • St. John School
  • St. Mary's Matriculation School
  • John Bosco Matriculation School

Colleges[edit]

  • DIET - District Institute of Education and Training, Vadalur
  • Aries College of Arts and Science for Women, Karunguzhi, Vadalur
  • Aries Polytechnic College, Karunguzhi, Vadalur
  • OPR Institutions - Vallalar Arts and Science College for Women, Vadalur
  • OPR Memorial College of Education, Vadalur

There are also technical institutes to train paramedics and others to train computer skills.

Places of interest[edit]

Satya Gnana Sabha is a major tourist and spiritual center in Vadalur. Vadular is also home to Iyyan Lake and the Sacred Heart Church. The NLC mines can be seen from the observation site in the Kattukollai area of Vadalur.

Sacred Heart Church, Vadalur

Transportation[edit]

Train[edit]

  • Vadalur Railway Station (VLU), located 1 km (0.62 mi) from the Vadalur Main Bus Terminal.
Vadalur Railway Station

Trains and timing[edit]

Train Name Arrival Departure Days Current Status
06889 Tiruppadripuliyur - Tiruchirapalli DEMU Passenger

(Via Vadalur, Vridhalachalam Jn, Ariyalur, Srirangam)

6.39 6.40 Runs daily Started to run on 16/12/2021.
56513 Karaikkal - KSR Bangalore Fast Passenger

(Via Vadalur, Vridhalachalam, Attur, Salem, Dharmapuri, Hosur)

8.49 8.50 Runs daily This train is currently unavailable due to COVID-19 restrictions.
06890 Tiruchirapalli - Tiruppadripuliyur DEMU Passenger

(Via Srirangam, Ariyalur, Vridhachalam Jn, Vadalur, Kurinjipadi)

19.37 19.38 Runs daily Started to run on 15/12/2021.
56514 KSR Bangalore - Karaikkal Fast Passenger

(Via Vadalur, Cuddalore, Chidambaram, Sirkazhi)

(Mayiladuthurai, Thiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Nagore)

16.57 16.58 Runs daily This train is currently unavailable due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Bus[edit]

  • Many buses in Cuddalore district pass through Vadalur. Buses are available from Vadalur to major cities in Tamil Nadu at all times.

Bus routes[edit]

  • Cuddalore - Trichy (TNSTC)
  • Chennai - Kumbakonam (TNSTC & SETC)
  • Chennai - Tanjore (TNSTC & SETC)
  • Cuddalore - Salem (TNSTC)
  • Chidambaram - Salem (TNSTC)
  • Puducherry - Tiruchendur (SETC)
  • Puducherry - Sengottai (SETC)
  • Puducherry - Thiruvananthapuram (SETC)
  • Puducherry - Pampa (SETC Seasonal Route)
  • Puducherry - Mahe (PRTC)
  • Neyveli - Karaikkal (PRTC)
  • Chidambaram - Vellore (TNSTC)
  • Chidambaram - Gudiyatham (TNSTC)
  • Chidambaram - Thiruvannamalai (TNSTC)
  • Kumbakonam - Vellore (TNSTC)
  • Cuddalore - Vridhalachalam (TNSTC)
  • Cuddalore - Madurai (TNSTC)
  • Cuddalore - Tiruppur (TNSTC)
  • Cuddalore - Palani (TNSTC)
  • Chidambaram - Tirupati (TNSTC)
  • Chidambaram - Bangalore (KSRTC)
  • Chidambaram - Bangalore (TNSTC)

Local transports[edit]

Auto rickshaw[edit]

  • Auto rickshaws are available anytime in Vadalur. The auto rickshaw stand is called Vallalar Auto Stand.
  • Car, van and tourist bus services are also available.

Nearby airports[edit]

Banks[edit]

  • Indian Bank - Raghavendra City
  • Indian Overseas Bank - Near MRK Bus Stand
  • Karur Vysya Bank - Neyveli Main Road
  • State Bank of India - Panruti Main Road
  • City Union Bank - Kumbakonam Main Road
  • ICICI Bank - Annai Sathya Street
  • Equitas Small Finance Bank - Cuddalore Main Road
  • Ujjivan Small Finance Bank - Panruti Main Road
  • IDFC First Small Finance Bank - Panruti Main Road
  • Co-operative Bank

Hospitals[edit]

  • Government Upgraded Primary Health Centre
  • Anjalai Hospital
  • Gangai Hospital
  • Sudha Hospital
  • Sivaram Hospital
  • K.P. Clinic
  • Guru medical

Markets[edit]

  • The vegetable market is held near Vadalur bus stand every Saturday.
  • Meat markets run daily in Raghavendra City.
  • The farmers' market (Tamil: உழவர் சந்தை) is open daily in Raghavendra City.
  • The cattle and goat market is held every Saturday on the grounds of Abatharanapuram.

Temples[edit]

Hindu Temples[edit]

  • Murugan Temple, Abatharanapuram.
  • Ramar Temple, Kottakarai.
  • Amman Temple, Pudhunagar.
  • Anjaneyar Temple, Pudhunagar.
  • Vinayagar Temple, Abatharanapuram.
  • Pachaivazhiyamman Temple, Kanniyakovil.
  • Old Mariyamman Kovil, EB office street, A.Puram.
  • Odinayaki Amman koil, Raghavendra City
  • Sil Pillayar Koil Street, NLC Officers Nagar
  • Angalamman Kovil, Baktha nagar
  • Kali Kovil, Kattukollai
  • Veeranar Kovil, Kattukollai

Mosques[edit]

  • Noor Jumma Musjid, Neyveli Main Road
  • Masjide Salman Faarsi Jumaa, Panruti Main Road

Churches[edit]

  • Sacred Heart Church, Chidambaram Road
  • ALC Church, Panruti Main Road
  • Pentecostal Mission Church, Cuddalore Road

Temple for all religions[edit]

Areas in Vadalur[edit]

  • Abatharanapuram
  • Baktha nagar
  • Serakuppam
  • Parvathipuram
  • Pudhunagar
  • Kattukollai
  • Kottakarai
  • Poosalikuppam
  • Vengattankuppam
  • Neththanankuppam
  • Ragavendra City
  • Jayapriya Nagar
  • NLC Officers Nagar
  • R.C. Colony
  • Thomaiyar Nagar

Nearby cities[edit]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.censusindia.gov.in/pca/SearchDetails.aspx?Id=690338[dead link]
  2. ^ Registration Series Allotted to Regional Transport Offices[dead link]Archived 23 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  4. ^ "Vadalur Industurial Estate". Tamil Nadu SIDCO. Tamil Nadu Small Industries Development Corporation Ltd. Archived from the original on 4 January 2022.