Tourist places in Theni

Theni District is one among 32 districts in Tamil Nadu state in South India. The city of Theni is the district headquarters. The district is separated into two natural divisions: The hilly areas constituted by parts of the three taluks Periyakulam, Uthamapalayam and Andipatti with thick vegetation and permanent streams from the hills on the western side and Cumbum valley which lies in Uthamapalayam taluk. According to Indian Census 2011, Theni district had a population of 12, 45,899 with a gender-ratio of 991 females for every 1,000 males. It is captivates many tourists in domestic as well as global. The following are the most popular tourist places in theni.

Vaigai Dam and park

It is built across the majestic River Vaigai near Andipatti, and the dam with a height of 111 feet can store 71 feet of water. It is 7 Kms from Andipatti, 14 Kms from Theni and 70 Kms from Madurai. This dam was opened in the year January1959. The dam is unique for the sylvan gardens envelop it with tranquillity and quiet that are soothing. The garden deserves the name “Little Brindavan.” It is a popular picnic spot for the local population, particularly school children. Here, there is a separate play area in this dam.


Mavoothu has the Vellappar Temple, it is a famous attraction. This sacred shrine is located in the Varushanad hill ranges, which is 20 Kms away from Andipatti. Nestling among the hills, the temple is atop a peak, bounded by natural vegetation.


This is a main shrine in Devadanapatti is Kamatchi Amman Temple. It is located on the banks of the Manjal River. This temple is situated 3 Kms away from Devadanapatti in Theni District. In this temple, the doors to the sanctum sanctorum are never opened, and all the pujas are offered only to the portals.


It is an important town in Theni District. It is located 16 Kms away from Theni and situated in the foothills of Kodaikanal. This town is famous for mangoes. Here, Mango is the largest harvest and is second only to Salem. The fruit is exported to foreign countries. Here, the nearest Airport is Madurai which is 80 Kms away from this place.

Arulmigu Balasubramanya Temple

It is a significant temple in Periyakulam. Rajendra Chola is said to have constructed this nearly 2000 years ago.

Kumbakkarai Falls

It is an astonishing feat of nature, and is yet another of Tamil Nadu’s tourist attractions. Reasonably less known, these falls offer a breathtaking view. Situated at the foothills of the Kodaikanal hills, the falls are located 8 Kms from Periyakulam. The water from these falls is full of the goodness of minerals and herbs that grow on the mountains.

Sothupparai Dam

It is situated 12 Kms away from Periyakulam. This dam is built across the Varaha River. It is a attractive picnic spot, and the broad expanse of stored water is an impressive sight.


It has the Gowmariamman Temple situated here and attracts many pilgrims. The Pandya King Veerapandi built this 14th century temple. The king is said to have regained his dream by praying to Gowmariamman and Kanneeswara-mudaiyar. Close by the temple, the perennial Mullai River runs its course. This temple is nearly 8 Kms away from Theni.


It is a famous for the Saturn or Saneeswarar temple who is the main deity worshipped in Kuchanur. Here, Lord Sani is present in spleen did loneliness bereft of the other planets. In this temple he is known as Kuchanooran. This temple is located 25 Kms away from Theni. It is close to Chinnamanur, and situated amidst paddy fields.


It was formerly known as Harikesarinallur and it is described in the great Tamil literature Tolkappiam. This municipal town is a business hub for the nearby villages.

Theertha Thotti

It is a natural spring and it is situated on the Madurai-Kochi National Highway between Theni and Bodinayakanur. Here, the Subramaniya temple here is a popular pilgrim centre.

Suruli Falls

Suruli falls flows from a height of 150 feet gathers into a pool, flows for a short distance and again plummets to a depth of 40 feet, offering a spectacular sight of nature’s raw and wild beauty. The opaque forests that surround it give an awesome backdrop. Amenities are available to bathe in the waters of these falls. The special feature of the fall is that it is “a round the year” fall. However, the best season to visit is June–October, when the water column is heaviest. The beauty of this fall finds mention in the great Tamil epic, Silapathikaram written by poet Ilangovadigal.

Kailasanathar Temple Cave

It is located near the Suruli Falls. There are 18 caves in and around the Suruli falls. This temple is located 800 meters above the fall and has a spring, the water is assumed to have medicinal powers and energy.


It is a picturesque place dotted with tea estates and cardamom plantations. Located at an altitude of 1500 meters above sea level, the place is rich in flora and fauna.

Velli Malai

It is a densely forested place replete with natural flora and fauna is situated 65 Kms away from Theni in the Varushanad hill ranges.

Chinna Suruli

It is also known the Cloudland Falls and is located 54 Kms away from Theni near the Kombaithozhu Village. These falls originate in the Meghamalai. This is also one of the very famous tourist spot in Theni district.


It is situated at the foothills of the Western Ghats. This town is famous for cardamom, mango and coffee market.


It is a hill resort located at an elevation of 4500 feet and is a beautiful picnic spot. It is situated 26 Kms away from Bodinayakanur.

Tiger Falls

It is an elegant waterfall enrooted to Munnar between Bodi and Bodimettu from Theni.