Coordinates: 11°33′19″N 79°33′18″E / 11.5552°N 79.5551°E / 11.5552; 79.5551
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Vadalur Municipality
Vadalur is located in Tamil Nadu
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 11°33′19″N 79°33′18″E / 11.5552°N 79.5551°E / 11.5552; 79.5551
Country India
State Tamil Nadu
Upgraded as 2nd Grade Municipality14 October 2021
 • Type2nd Grade Municipality
 • BodyVadalur Municipality
 • Chief MinisterThiru. M.K. Stalin (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam)
 • CollectorDr.A.Arun Thamburaj IAS
 • Land19.93 km2 (7.70 sq mi)
 • Total39,514
  • Rank397
Demonym(s)Tamilian, Vadalurian
 • Official LanguageTamil
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Area code04142
ISO 3166 codeISO 3166-2:IN
Vehicle registrationTN-31,TN-91[2]
Revenue Villages3
Member of ParliamentThiru. T.R.V.S. Ramesh
Member of the Legislative AssemblyThiru. M.R.K. Panneerselvam

Vadalur is a Town and 2nd Grade Municipality in Cuddalore district, Tamil Nadu. It is 208 km (129 mi) from Chennai, the state capital of Tamil Nadu.

Sathya Gnana Sabai


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.


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


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


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]



  • 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 Active
16530 Karaikkal - SMVT Bangalore Express

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

9:50 9:51 Runs daily Active
06890 Tiruchirapalli - Tiruppadripuliyur DEMU Passenger

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

19.37 19.38 Runs daily Active
16529 SMVT Bangalore - Karaikkal Express

(Via Vadalur, Cuddalore, Chidambaram, Sirkazhi)

(Mayiladuthurai, Thiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Nagore)

17:03 17:04 Runs daily Active


Buses are available from Vadalur to major cities at all times.

  • 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 - Ooty (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 rickshaws are available anytime in Vadalur. The auto rickshaw stand is called Vallalar Auto Stand.

Nearby airports[edit]


  • Government Upgraded Primary Health Centre
  • Government Veterinary Hospital, Vadalur


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
  • 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.
  • Sathya Ganana Sabai

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

Major Cities from Vadalur[edit]

Chennai (State Capital) located straight North side of Vadalur .Trichy and Salem located West side of Vadalur. Cuddalore (District Capital) and Puducherry located East side of Vadalur. Kumbakonam and Thanjavur located South side of Vadalur.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Census of India: Search Details". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  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.