About Dindigul District Tourist Places List

        During the year 1985 Dindigul was announced as a separate district from Madurai. This district is now bordered with various nearby districts such as Erode, Coimbatore, Karur, Trichy in the north and in the east it has Sivagangai and Pudukottai District. In the south it has Madurai and it has Theni and neighboring state kerala in the west.The spread area of Dindigal is about 6266 sq.km and it is the headquarters. The importance of the city is onion and groundnut whole sale market which supplies throughout Coimbatore, Erode, Trichy, Kerala Madurai and Sivagangai districts by road. The two main picnic spots of this district are Peranai and Sirumalai.

Dindigal city is an important wholesale market for onion and groundnut. In olden period, Dindigul was famous for locks and leather goods.

About Dindigal District

Dindigul District Mayor : Tmt. J. Ilamathi

The History of Dindikul revolves around the Dindigal fort as the fort was a position of great strategic importance with commanding views to passes into Madurai from the Northside especially Coimbatore.

Dindigal and the fort figured prominently in the military operations of the Marathas in the 17th and 18th centuries and of Hyder Ali in 1755. Dindugul was captured by the British thrice in 1767, 1783 and 1790.  It was restored to Hider Ali under treaty after the first two captures ceded to the East India Company after the capture in 1799.  The town has a sizeable population of both Muslims and Christians owing to the place being under the Army of Hyder Ali and the British subsequently.

Dindigul has the network of inter district roads.  This road connects Coimbatore, Erode, Trichy, Karur, Madurai and Sivaganga Districts. Nilakkottai town is famous for Brass vessels, Jewellery growing and marketing of flower and Grapes.  Ottanchatram is a noted market centre for vegetables.  It is also famous for the export of butter manufactured in the nearby villages using cream separators. Batlagundu is an important market centre for tomato.

Places to Visit in Dindigul District Tamil Nadu India

Dindigal Fort

  There is a huge hill at Dindikul if we see it from one angle, it looks like a pillow hence the city is known as Dindikul.  It is at the height of about 280feet. Madurai King “Muthu Krishna” Naicker started the construction of this fort. Mannar Thirumalai Naicker Completed this fort in 1623 to 1659. Hyder Ali was escorting Fakhr-Un-Nisha his wife and five years old Tipu to Dindigal. In 1784 the Tipu’s built many rooms in the fort. They strengthened the walls and also got in repaired. The fort stands on the hill that resembles as a pillow (dhindu) Therefore the name evoked as Dindugul to the place. During the year 1790 in the Mysore war Tipu was defeated and the fort came into the hands of English.

Begampur Big Mosque

       During the rule of Hyder Ali at Dindigal town, he constructed three mosques one for himself for Namaz, 2nd for his soldiers underneath Rockfort and 3rd in the south of Rockfort for public and gave more grants for the maintenance and upkeep of the same.  In Hijni 1187 Ammer-Un-Nisha-Begum, the wife of Kiledar Mir Riza Ali Khan and the younger sister of Hyder Ali Bahadur was dead and buried in the Begambur Mosque compound itself. A tomb was constructed on it. In the memory of this lady.  This part of Dindigal is known as Begambur.

Dindigul Temples List

Sri Kottai Mariamman Temple

  Sri Kottai Mariamman Temple is an ancient temple built over a period of more than 200 years. This is now named as Kottai (Fort) Mariamman temple which is situated in the fort. Vetri Vinayaka at the south and Lord Murugan at the north is worshipped here.

This Mariamman idol is said to be installed by the army men of Tippu Sultan at the foot of the mountain.  This temple is constructed in square shape. There is a sculpture of a Lion facing the sannidhi in the centre of the ground. This sanctum is small and square shaped.  There are several sculptures on the sniper structure over the sanctum. It depicts various incarnation of the Goddess Mariamman.

Abirami Amman Temple

        Abirami Amman Temple is located in the centre of the Dindigul city. It is dedicated to worship Abirami Amman one of the goddess of Hindusim.  During Navarathiri, Goddess Abirami will be on Kolu. There will be one Lakh archana to the Goddess Gnanambikai. There will be a procession of Goddess Abirami on a flower Pallak during the months of Adi Fridays.

ThadiKombu

 Thadikombu is about 5km from Dindicul city. This temple is dedicated to Lord Alagar. Parapalar Dam, Palar porundalar, Maruthanathi Dam and Varathamanathi Dam are well worth a visit.

St. Joesph’s Church

         This is a Roman catholic church constructed during the reign of Britisher’s in the years 1866 to 1872. Now it still stands over 100 years of service to the Christians of the place.

About Dindigal Tour Information

         You have Thirumalaikeni (35 km) and the Thethupathi (20km) both these places are important spots of temples and family shrines of the local people.

Kodaikannal Information

Kodaikkanal is a famous tourist destination in summer. This is a spot of prime in south India. Located at an attitude of 2133 meters in the western ghats known as the ‘princess of hill stations’. An amazing flower named ‘Kurinji’ which blossoms once in 12 years is a notable nature’s law. The next blooming will be in the year 2018. Kodaikannal is a great hill resort which attracts International tourist and localites with its charm in climate, vegetables, fruits and with pleasant enchanting environment, stopping by the woods on a snowy evening gives a class to live this life at Kodaikannal. It is an ideal hill resort to step in. Kodaikannal is proud to have observatory with the state- of- the- art infrastructure in India for the study of metrology, solar physics and allied subjects.

Palani Hill Temple

          Palani Hill temple has the deity of Lord Muruga in the Tamil Land. This is another deity privileged spot near Dindgul. It is one of the six abodes of Muruga. The third padai Veedu; Palani is an ancient temple.  The deity of Palani is known as Dandayudhapani Swami, The lord having the staff in his hand. It is also called as Thiru Arinankudi. The deity at the sanctum sanctorum is made out of an amalagam of nine minerals popularly called Navabashna.  This place is situated at an elevation of 1500feet above the sea level. Rope cars and winches are the provisions to visit this temple over the top of the hill. Sages devotees creates a rush hour throughout the day by tonsuring their heads in order to exhibit their prayers, ’panchaamirtam’is famous from this temple.

The god gets abhishegam by materials like milk, sandal paste and medicinal properties are being poured over Lord Palaniandavar’s idol.  They have cured many diseases when taken by the patients. It is the main specialty of Palani. 

The Lord is in the form of standing position with a baton in his hand. He has the look of a person who has renounced all worldly pomp.  He worn a lion cloth besides the baton. Lord is the messenger of the great precept Renounce all to reach me. The icon is unique in the whole world.  This statue was made by Siddha Bhogar by combining nine poisonous substances.   The word “Murugan" Signifies beauty and Lord Murugan of Kurinji land is the god of Beauty and youth.  Palani has been mentioned in the Tamil Sangam Literature as podhini which has now become Palani. According to historians this place has been mentioned is Thirumurukatruppadai. It was the southern end of Kongu Nadu. The edicts refer to this place as Vaiyapuri Naidu.  It was ruled by the king “Vaiyapuri Kopperumbaegan”. 

Lot of Siddhas are said to be lived in this region.

Direction: Towards West pragaram around the hill (Giriveethi): 2.4km.

Palani Panchamirtham

Palani Panchamirtham is the oldest form of jam or fruit mix. It will be preserved very well even for months.  The secret likes as much in the art of preparing it as in the quality of the fruit that is used as the basic ingredients.  It is the small sized Viruppachi Plantains which account for it. The reasons being that they have very little water content. Incidentally, Viruppacchi is the name of a village in the Palani hills.  Where this particular variety of plantain is grown and marketed crushed plantains a part, panchamirtham consists of Kandasari sugar from Kangeyam area, dates, kismis, sugar candy, cardamom and ghee in proper proportions.

Ingredients of Palani Panchamirtham

Plantains 100 numbers; Kandasari sugar 10kgs, dates 1kg, sugar candy 500gms, cardamom 25gm, kismiss 500gm, ghee 250gms.

Preparation of Palani Panchamirtham

The plantain is crushed fully.  Sugar is then mixed with it.  Seedless dates, sugar candy and Kismis are added in the third stage.  The last items to go into the preparation are cardamom and ghee.

Chinnalapatti

 Chinnalapatti is about 11km from Dindugul District.  A great place for artistic silk and sungudi sarees manufacture. Nearby you have Sirumalai a hill resort famous for Bananas and peranai and some of the other beautiful picnic spots in Dindigul District.

Nadupathi

 Nadupathi is about 35 km from Dindigal District. Here Anjaneyar temple is built by the side of the river, therefore the state of Anjaneya is always wet and found to be in the water which has a special feature in the epic of Hinduism. Nilakottai, is famous for brass vessels, jewellery, flowers and fruits. These are the added advantages to Dindgul for its growth process.

Nadupatti Anjaneyar Temple

Anjaneyar Temple is located in Nilakottai Taluk.  It is about 35km from Dindigal.  This can be reached from Madurai also.  It is near the riverside most of the time the statue will be in water.

Periya Nayagi Amman Temple

Periya Nayagi Temple is the most famous Temple in Palani.  This is one of the sub temples of Dhandayuthapani Swamy devastanam. The architecture of this temple is unique in Nayak style.  It has amman at the centre and other dieties in the same row.  There are lot of sculptures with excellent art work.  The main Mandapam is constructed with lot of tall stone pillars carved with huge idols of Lord Muruga in many forms.  The main Raja gopuram is not built, only the foundations is visible.  Many of the small gopurams are found in this temple.  Which was built by Dhandayuthapani Swamy devastanam at a later period.

Bi-Voltine seed farm at Sirumalaipudur

This farm is situated about 28 kilometer away from Dindgul District at the height of about 1800mts. M.S.L. The climatical condition in the hilly area is suitable for Bi-Voltine race seed rearing seed cocoons produced in this farm are being utilized for production multi Bi-Voltine cross breed layings in the cross breed grain age Dindigul city. It is about 2 lakhs in numbers. Bi-Voltine race seed cocoons have been produced every year in this farm.

Cross Breed Grainage

This grainage was established in 1981 for the welfare of Dindigal, Theni, Madurai and Virudhunagar district Seri culturists.  This unit produces 2.00 lakhs of disease free laying’s every year.

 Govt. Cocoon Market Dindigul District

This Cocoon market was established in 1979. This unit plays vital role in procurement of cocoons which are produced by Seri culturists of this district every year 10,000kgs of Cocoons have been transacted in this market.  This cocoons are supplied to private realer for reeling purpose.

Model mulberry plantation C.K.Pudur

This unit cater the need of farmers in and around Palani by providing Technical guidance about Mori culture and silkworm rearing every year this farm is producing cross breed cocoons about 250kgs.

How to reach Dindigul District

Transport: Airport Madurai is about 125km, Coimbatore 110km.

Railway: Palaini Railway station and Dindigul Railway Station is about 60km.

Road: Palani has a well-connected Roadways with all important town.

Regular bus services are available from Palani to Theni, Madurai, Kodaikanal, Dindigul, Thiruchirappalli, Kumuli, Bangalore, Coimbatore and Chennai.