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"A little hamlet in Tamil Nadu"

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Dotted by luscious patches of greenery and beautiful waterfalls, Theni is a little hamlet on the Western Ghats. The topography of Theni mainly consists of hills and ranges. It has plenty of rivers and dams and is an abode to 27 forests hence filled with unparalleled greenery. 

The aroma filled tea estates in Theni are a paradise. The Kolukkamalai Tea estate is often deemed to be the world's highest organic tea estate. The Suruli Falls and the Kumbakarai Falls are the crown jewels of Theni.

There temples like Kamatchi Amman Temple, Vellappar Temple, and Balasubramanya Temple which are brimming with devotees from all around the country throughout the year. The vibrant local markets of Theni are shoppers' paradise. The local handloom products and agricultural products are the best buys at these markets.

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The Theni district was established in the year 1996 by the fortification of Madurai region. The region which now sees many tourists and farmers once used to be sparsely populated. It was due to the Mullaperiyar dam project in 1886 that many people started to look up to Theni as a potential agricultural hub. The dam project also helped to cultivate and irrigate the Cumbum Valley. The Cumbum Valley was habituated by many people from the surrounding arid regions. Throughout the years, many business activities apart from agriculture also experienced a boom in Theni.


Tamil Nadu is home to one of the oldest civilisations in India and so is Theni. Needless to say, Theni is a treasure trove of heritage and traditions. As many dynasties ruled the region, it carries a rich legacy. The rich culture here is almost 2000 years old. The culture has contributed a significant amount to the art and music scene of India. Hinduism is a major religion followed by Islam, Christianity, and Jainism. You are bound to have an enriching tour of the Tamilian culture and tradition when you visit Theni.


Owing to the rich heritage of the place; plenty of festivals are celebrated in Theni throughout the year.

Here are some of the most popular festivals of Theni:
  • The Sri Mavoothu Vellalar Chithrai Festival is celebrated at Andipatti in April. It is one of the world’s longest celebrated festivals and lasts for almost a month.
  • The Kamatchiamman Maha Sivarathiri Festival celebrated at Devadhanapatt in the month of March. The Maha Shivratri festival is celebrated in the glory of Lord Shiva.
  • The Gowmariamman Festival is celebrated at Veerapandi in the month of May. It is also known as the Temple Car festival and lasts for 8 days.
  • The Saneeswaran Adi Festival is celebrated at Kuchanur during the period of July to August. It is also known as the Aadi Monsoon festival and lasts for two and a half weeks.
  • The Paramasivam Temple Festival is celebrated at Bodinaickanur in the month of April.
  • The Velappar Festival is another popular festival celebrated in the month of May.


The population of Theni mostly consists of people from Tamil Nadu; hence Tamil is the primary spoken language in Theni. You can also come across some people speaking Kannada too. Many people in Theni are well versed by English which is beneficial for foreign tourists and tourists from other states in India.

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Shanmuganathi Dam
The view from the Kolukkumalai Peak

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What is the best time to visit Theni?

Unlike the many South Indian cities, Theni offers pleasant weather throughout the year. Winter season is the best time to visit Theni. Tourists also prefer the onset of the summer season as a time to visit Theni. The temperature during this period ranges from 18 degrees to 22 degrees. Although, December to February is the most favourable time to visit Theni, planning a trip during other seasons of the year is also not a bad idea.

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What is the local food in Theni?

If the delicious and authentic Tamil cuisine in Theni doesn’t excite the foodie in you, then nothing will. Among the many lip-smacking dishes, the dishes like fish curry, Chettinad, panchamrutham, Varkey, and coconut bunsthalapakatti biriyani are a must try. Here are some places you should not miss visiting for the love of food:
  • The mutton biryani in Singapore Mess AC.
  • The Bodi Iyer Hotel is famous for ghee sweets and milk savouries.
  • Your trip to Theni is not complete without having parotta at the street shops.
  • Everest is another favourite restaurant where you can enjoy the local delicacies at their best.
  • The Saraswathi Hotel is the perfect place to have devouring non-vegetarian dishes.

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What is the best way to reach Theni?

Theni is well-connected to the major cities of Tamil Nadu by all three means of transport. It can be easily reached from the South Indian cities like Puducherry, Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy, and Chennai.
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What are the things to do in Theni?

The top things to do in Theni are Suruli Falls, Meghamalai, Vaigai Dam, Chinna Suruli Falls, Shanmuganathi Dam, Kumbakkarai Falls. You can see all the places to visit in Theni here

What are the places near Theni?

The top places near to Theni are Munnar which is 48 km from Theni, Kodaikanal which is located 34 km from Theni, Idukki which is located 40 km from Theni, Kolukkumalai which is located 31 km from Theni, Thekkady which is located 49 km from Theni

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on Chinna Suruli Falls 8 months ago
How much of Trekking is involved to reach Chinna Suruli Falls from the closest point (nearest to the falls)to which a SUV can reach. Is it dangerous to visit in the afternoon and is safe for women fo (Read More)lk to visit the Chinna Suruli Falls?
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