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Vilpatti Village near Kodaikanal
Vilpatti Village near Kodaikanal
Vilpatti is located in Tamil Nadu
Vilpatti is located in India
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 10°16′2″N 77°30′5″E / 10.26722°N 77.50139°E / 10.26722; 77.50139Coordinates: 10°16′2″N 77°30′5″E / 10.26722°N 77.50139°E / 10.26722; 77.50139
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Dindigul
Elevation 1,770 m (5,810 ft)
Population (1991)
 • Total 9,994
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 624 101
Telephone code 04542
Vehicle registration TN-57
Sex ratio 52.4% / 48.6% /

Vilpatti is a Panchayat in Kodaikanal Taluk of Dindigul district, Tamil Nadu state, South India. It is composed of the main village of Vilpatti and 11 hamlets. Vilpatti village is 9 km NW of Kodaikanal town, 2 km past Perumal Malai village on the Palani Road. It is an agricultural area with the primary crops of potatoes, carrot, coffee and bananas.[1]

The Ministry of Rural Development, rural roads connectivity project Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), has identified 12 habitations in Vilpatti: Vilpatty Gurusedimethu, Pethuparaipirivu, Attuvampatty, Periyaodai, Araikal, Uppuparaimethu, Bharathi annanagar, Kovilpatty, Pallangi, Perumpallam, Ganesapuram, Kurinji nagar.[2]


Population in 1991 was 5,140 males; 4,854 females; 9,994 total [3] The main Jāti communities are Reddiars, Pillais, Mannadiars, and Mudaliars. In 2001 the population of Dalit in 8 villages was:

Village Scheduled caste Scheduled tribe Total
Vilpatti 750 370 1080
Attuvampatti 697 365 1062
Attuvampatty Colony 430 248 678
Melsurvey Number 415 225 640
Pethuparai 412 220 632
Kovilpatti 416 205 621
Perumpallam 363 205 568
Kurusedimethu 152 90 242
Total 3645 1828 5473 [4]

The Paliyan people are a major portion of the tribal community in Vilpatti.


There are 10 primary schools in Vilpatti Panchayat including 6 Panchayat Union Schools, Gandhiji Aided Primary School, St Marys Aided Primary School, Un Aid Primary School and Un Aid Nursery Primary School.[5] There is a Government High School at Vilpatti and many children from Vilpatti area go to St. Xavier's High School in Kodaikanal.[6]

The Vilpatti Village Project (VVP) of the International Childcare Trust operates medical, educational, vocational and childcare programmes to meet the practical needs of impoverished women and children.[7]

The Satya Surabhi School in Attuvampatti valley provides value-based education and nutritious noon meals to children of the farm labourers and petty vendors of Attuvampatti.[8]

The Mother Teresa Women's University expanded their facilities to an additional 55 ha (22 acre) campus at Attuvampatti valley in 2004.[9] MTWU is distinctive as India's only university exclusively devoted to women's issues.[10] The Kodaikanal Institute of Technology at Machur Village is a 180-seat self-financed engineering college at Vilpatti granting B.E. degrees in Computer Science & Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Information Technology.[11]


Elephant Valley Estate at Ganesh Puram 10°18.602′N 77°31.218′E / 10.310033°N 77.520300°E / 10.310033; 77.520300 near Vilpatti, is a 100-acre (0.40 km2) private nature reserve and organic farm welcoming eco-tourists. They offer private cottages, tent houses, an Indo-continental fusion organic foods restaurant, trekking, nature walks and horse riding. They promote the conservation of traditional varieties of fruits, vegetables and cereals. They have orchards of lime, orange, avocados, guavas and amla inter-cropped with coffee, pepper, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, mangoes, jack fruit, pomegranate, guavas and bananas. The estate provides local jobs and makes a contribution to sustainable development of the area. [12]

Hill Country Holiday Resorts in Attuvampatti offers a wide choice of reasonably priced rooms, suites and cottages, three specialty restaurants and conference facilities. Other club facilities include a games room, a fully equipped health club, billiards and snooker, putt-putt golf, outdoor play areas, an amphitheatre, bar, CCTV, children playroom, sight seeing tours, doctor on-call, Shuttlecock court, library, evening entertainment, trekking and an in-h\house provision store.[13]

Sterling Valley View Resort offers modern rooms, apartments, cottages and time shares on a panoramic hill top, off Pallangi Road in Attuvampatti. Their facilities include multi cuisine restaurant, 24-hour room service, 450 seat conference/banquet hall with OHP, Screen, VCR, LCD and computer, travel desk, Free Newspaper, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Secretarial Service, Satellite TV, medical facility with doctor on-call, cocktail Lounge and Live Entertainment discotheque, library, safe Deposit vaults, STD/ISD telephones, grocery shop, playground, auto and bicycles rental, laundry, coffee shop and a souvenir shop.

A popular 16 km hiking route between Kodaikanal and Palni passes through Vilpatti.[14]


  1. ^ K. Nagaraj, Rukmani (2004) "Bibliography of Village and Town Studies of Tamil Nadu" Kerala Research Programme on Local Level Development, retrieved 4/13/2007 Village and Town Studies of Tamil Nadu
  2. ^ PMGSY, 2001 Census Data Updation Status, State: Tamil Nadu, District: Dindigul, Block: Kodaikanal, retrieved 4/14/2007 PMGSY, Census Data
  3. ^ DindigulDistrict, 1991 - PRIMARY CENSUS ABSTRACT 1991 1991 - PRIMARY CENSUS ABSTRACT
  4. ^ Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board, retrieved Feb 11, 2007 Vilpatti TWAD Board
  5. ^ Government of Tamil Nadu, Department of School Education, Tamil Nadu Schools, Vilpatti, retrieved 4/13/2007 Tamil Nadu Schools, Vilpatti
  6. ^, Kodaikanal - Schools, retrieved 4/13/2007 Kodaikanal-Schools
  7. ^ International Childcare Trust, retrieved 4/13/2007 Vilpatti Village Project
  8. ^ Jigyasa Giri & Pratibha Jain (2005) PRITYA, Satya Surabhi School Satya Surabhi School
  9. ^ SUBRAMANIAN T.S. (2004) "Stress on women's studies", The Hindu, retrieved 4/16/2007 Mother Theresa University
  10. ^, Mother Theresa Women's University, retrieved Feb 25, 2007 Mother Theresa Womens University
  11. ^ The Kodaikanal Institute of Technology, Courses offered, retrieved 4/13/2007 The Kodaikanal Institute of Technology
  12. ^ Elephant Valley Organic Farm, retrieved 4/13/2007 Organic Farm
  13. ^ Hill Country Holiday Resorts

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