Theni Sightseeing

Leisure Places

Vaigai Dam is built across the majestic River Vaigai near Andipatti the dam with a height of 111 feet can store 71 feet of water. It is 7 kms from Andipatti, 14 kms from Theni. This dam was opened in January1959. The Government of Tamil Nadu has constructed an Agricultural Research Station for researching the growing of a variety of crops.Vaigai Hydroelectric Power Plant was design capacity of 6 MWe.The first unit was commissioned in 1990.

Kumbakkarai Falls is an amazing feat of nature, Comparatively 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. There are two stages in kumbakkarai falls. At the first stage the water gathers in huge rocky recesses that are variously named after wild animals such as the tiger, elephant, snake, etc., before the water drops as the main fall.

Sothupparai Dam is located 12 kms from Periyakulam. This dam is built across the Varaha river. It is the second highest dam in tamilnadu.It is used for drinking and irrigation purpose for Dindugal and Viruthunagar district.

Meghamalai is popularly called as High Wavy Mountains, is a cool and misty mountain range situated in the Theni district.It is a place of natural beauty dotted with cardamom plantations and tea estates. The place is situated at an elevation of 1,500 m above sea level and it is rich in flora and fauna. This area, now mostly planted with tea, includes Cloudlands, Highwavys and Manalaar estates, the access to which is now largely restricted. It still includes large untouched remnants of evergreen forest. The rare great indian hornbills are found here. The Great Indian Hornbills are one of the largest hornbills and these are found on sea level up to 5,000 feet above ground. Great Indian Hornbills like to eat various types of berries.Six dams on the hill and originating place of Suruli falls near cumbum town are popular attractions. From Manalar dam, one can view the deep cumbum valley and the villages of theni district.The meghamalai falls is called as Clouds land fall which occurs on Suruli River originating in the Meghamalai Hills. The special feature of the falls is that water is flowing down 190 feet through twin falls round the year.

Suruli falls is located 56km from theni and 10km from cumbum in the theni district.The Suruli River supplying the falls originates from the meghamalai mountain range.Suruli Falls that drops from a height of 150 The rare great indian hornbills are found here. The Great Indian Hornbills are one of the largest hornbills and these are found on sea level up to 5,000 feet above ground. Great Indian Hornbills like to eat various types of berries.Six dams on the hill and originating place of Suruli falls near cumbum town are popular attractions. From Manalar dam, one can view the deep cumbum valley and the villages of theni district.The meghamalai falls is called as Clouds land fall which occurs on Suruli River originating in the Meghamalai Hills. The special feature of the falls is that water is flowing down 190 feet through twin falls round the year.

Velli Malai is a densely forested place replete with natural flora and fauna is located 65 kms from Theni in the Varushanadu hill ranges. Vellimalai is famous for the Lord Murugan Temple called as "Bala Subramaniya Swamy Koil" located atop of the hill Vellimalai. The famous festivals of the temple are "Sasti Sura Samkaram"- killing of Suran, the demon leader by Lord Bala Subramaniya Swamy and Vaikasi Visakam. From the top of the hill the major part of the green KanyaKumari District can be viewed.

Tiger falls is a dainty waterfall enroute to Munnar between Bodi and Bodimettu from Theni. Tiger Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in India, originating at a height of about 312 ft. The view of the waterfalls is breathtaking and mesmerizing.The waterfalls is located at the backdrop of scenic and dark green woody trees and the calm & cool atmosphere of this place.A small pond at the down hill collects the water from the falls and making it a gorgeous location for taking bath.

Places of Worship

The region was dense with Marudha and Mango trees.There is perennial spring pumping water from the ground under a mango tree south of the temple called Mavootru and the presiding deity Mavootru Velappar-Lord Muruga.This part of the place is also named Mavootru.This holy shrine is situated in the Varushanad hill ranges, 20 kms from Andipatti. Nestling among the hills, the temple is atop a peak, surrounded by natural vegetation. The legend is that the local tribals called Paliyars, while the Kandamanur Zamindar constructed the temple discovered the main vigraha of this temple. The temple has shrines in honour of Vinayaka and Saptakannikas.It is believed that the spring has curative powers and a bath and eating food cooked in the water of this spring will cure the most incurable of diseases .

Arulmigu Balasubramanya Temple is an important temple in Periyakulam Rajendra Chola is said to have constructed this nearly 2000 years ago. The local legend says that once king Rajendra Chola went hunting in Agamalai near the banks of the Varaha river. And there he saw a pig suckling its young ones. The king unknowingly killed the pig. Seeing the hunger of the young pigs, Lord Muruga fed the piglets. King Rajendra Chola saw this amazing sight, and constructed this temple in memory of this event. A visit to this temple is considered equal to to making a trip to Kasi or Varanasi. Since Brahmatheertha runs in this river it is believed that a bath in this river will cure any incurable disease.The idol of Lord Muruga has six faces seems and it seems to have been pierced the earth and risen up from under the earth. .

Veerapandi has the Gowmariamman Temple attracts many local pilgrims. Gowmariamman Temple is nearly 8 kms from Theni.The Pandya King Veerapandi built this 14th century temple. The king is said to have regained his vision by praying to Gowmariamman and Kanneeswara-mudaiyar. Close by the temple, the perennial Mullai river runs. Yearly Chithirai Thiruvizha of Gowmariamman temple is celebrated for 8 days in May month. In these days, millions of tourists and devotees arrive and celebrate the festival.This festival is most popular in southern Tamil Nadu .

The Temple is located at Kuchanur near Chinnamanur of Theni District on the bank of main channel of River Surabhi.The temple is situated 25 kms from Theni. Kuchanur is famous for the Saneeswarar temple who is the main diety worshipped in Kuchanur.The Chief deity Seneeswaran in the man God and its Genesis was on it own and not created. In all temples Saneeswaran in either of Navagrahah or he remain in separate sannithi. In this temple Lord Sani is present in splendid isolation bereft of the other planets. Here he is known as Kuchanuran. .