Theni Tourist Places in Tamil Nadu India

          Famously known as the “Second Manchester of south India” Theni district is located at the foot of western ghats, an ideal location of natural beauty landscape and been spotted as a district from 1997 with an area of 3243.62 sq kms. It is bounded by Dindigul district on the north, East by Madurai district, south by virudhunagar district and on the west you have kerala states as its boundaries. As the district headquarters theni is renowned as a trade center for cotton, chilli, textile etc. with all its quality.

About Theni

Theni district is situated in the southern part of Tamil Nadu. Theni is also one of the places for the choicest tourist destinations. This district attracts lot of tourists by captivating dams, waterfalls and countless pilgrim centers. These unique places warm the soul and the hospitality of the local people make the destinations as a delightful one for the visitors. 

Theni district is the main route for the tourist bound form Madurai to Kochi in the way of Bodinayakanur, Munnar and Madurai to Thekkadi wild life Sanctuary.

Places to Visit in Theni

Vaigai Dam (14km)

          It is a popular picnic spot lies to the east of Theni district famously known as the “Little Brindavan” is a unique Dam with garden enthroned the area is a fantastic view, located by the majestic river vaigai in the Andipatti region.


          It is a place of perennial water source and the main attraction here is the vellappar Temple.


         You have kamatchi Amman Temple as the main shrine for serenity.

Periyakulam (16 km)

          This is one of the oldest town of Tamilnadu over 2000 year old temple is popularly still exists here, the next important spot is sothupparai dam which is built across the varaha river. Mangoes of this town are very popular throughout the state.

Kumbakkari falls

           Kumbakkarai falls is about 8km from Theni. This falls is an amazing feat of nature. It is also one of the destinations which are attracted by the tourists. It is a less known falls but comparatively offers a breathtaking view. These falls are situated at the foothills of Kodaikanal. They are located about 8km from Periyakulam.This is marvelous location for the tourist, which gives a breath taking view as the waters gush though the wild rugged rocks. These waters are full of good minerals and herbs, which is good enough to health is an experience here.

The water of this falls is full of the goodness of minerals and herbs that grow on the mountains. We can take bath here.

Veerapandi (8 km)

          This is another oldest village nearby Theni district. It does exist from the pandyan king veerapandi reign. This temple is a 14th century temple dedicated to goddessGowmarriamman.

Kuchanur (25 km)

          In this temple lord sani is present in splendid isolation bereft of the other planets known as kuchanooram.

Theertha thotti

          This is a popular pilgrim center located as a natural spring on the roads of madurai- Kochi national highway via theni – Bodinayakkanur. Lord subramanya Temple is here for the pilgrims to devote.

Suruli Falls

          Here, you have a temple for lord Kartikeya near the falls. Which is famously known as suruli Velappar Temple. The fall is exquisitely located amidst the dense forests, which gives a feel, jungle living to the tourist. The suruli falls; falls from a height of 150 feet is the attraction here. Kailasanathar Temple cave is also located here. Moreover a Dargah named after Abu barker masthan, a Muslim mystic who lived during 1630s is another important place of worship in suruli.

The Suruli Falls is about 8km from Cumbam. It falls from the height of about 150 feet. It gathers into a pool and flows for a short distance and again it plummets into a depth of 40 feet.

It offers a spectacular sight of nature’s raw and wild beauty. It gives an adventurous view. The dense forest provides awe some backdrop through its surrounding.

Facilities are available to take bath in this falls. The special feature of this falls is that it falls “around the year.” Bathing here gives a new freshness to our body because of its pure water which contains lot of minerals.

Meghamalai Information

          This is a place of nature flourish as the clouds pass by will never forgets to kiss the tip lips of these mountains, a rest a while spot to these busy clouds indeed. This meghamalai is famous for its tea estates and cardamom plantations and it is situated at an elevation of 1500 meters above sea level.

Velli Malai (6.5 km)

          Another natural landscape with nature filled beauty, a thick-forested location full of flora and fauna.


          It’s a place located near the foothills of Western Ghats. This town is famous for cardamom, mango and coffee market in trade, the nearest hill resort is Bodi Mettu situated by 26km from here.

Tiger falls

          Tiger galls is a dainty fall on the route to munnar.

Sothupparai Dam

This dam is about 12km from periyakulam. Sothupparai dam is built across the Varaha River. It is a wonderful embracing picnic spot. The wide expansion of this stored water is an impressive sight. 


Veerapandi is about 8km from Theni. The famous temple Gowmariamman is located here and attracts lot of people through its pilgrims. The Pandyan king Veerapandi built this temple during the 14th century. It is a legend, that the king is said to have regained his vision by praying this Goddess. She is called as Gowmariamman and Kanneeswara-Mudaiyar. The perennial river which is called as mullai it runs close to the temple.

How to get there in Theni

By Air

         Nearest airport is Madurai

By Rail

         Bodi connects rail to Madurai

By Road

          A good network of roads to all major cities and towns.