Infobox Indian Jurisdiction
native_name = Theni
type = hq
latd = 10.009
longd = 77.47
locator_position =
state_name = Tamil Nadu
district = Theni
area_total = 2889
area_telephone = 04546
altitude = 100
climate = Aw
precip = 658
temp_summer = 39.5
temp_winter = 25.8
distance_1 = 498
direction_1 = southwest
destination_1 = Chennai
distance_2 = 76
direction_2 = west
mode_2 = highway
destination_2 = Madurai
leader_title =
leader_name =
population_total = 1034724
population_as_of = 2001
postal_code =
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website =

Theni is a Business Center in Western Tamil Nadu of southern India. It is the headquarters of Theni District. It is known for the large scale trading of Cardamom, cotton, chilli and textiles. It hosts the Second largest weekly market in Tamil Nadu and the fourth largest in South India by turn over. It is well connected by Rail and Road to Madurai and by road to all the important cities in Tamil Nadu. The nearest Airport is at Madurai.

Theni District is the home to the towns including Theni, Kamatchipuram, Periyakulam, Bodinayakanur, Andipatti, Tevaram, Cumbum, Chinnamanur, Palani Chetti Patti and several small villages. Theni district is surrounded by thr Western Ghats. Its main occupation is Agriculture. The Vaigai River flows through this district. There is a dam constructed on this river. Other important rivers are Mullai, Suruliyaru, Varaganadi and Manjalaru.

Theni district is rich in flora and fauna. Many dams have been constructed on the rivers. The important dams are : Vaigai dam, Sothupparai dam, Manjalaru dam, Megalmalai dam etc.

Paddy, Sugar Cane, Maize, Corn are the main produce of the land. Other than agriculture, Theni city has Textiles Mills, Masala (chilly powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder etc.) producing factories. People do businesses based on the agricultural commodities.

Theni city is also famous for mouth watering cuisine. NAGAR and EVEREST are well known restarunts in and around the city. Both the dinning hotels have more than a decade of experience.

Some famous falls like Suruli falls, KUMBAKARAI FALLS, Megamalai Falls are here.

Theni is surrounded by many tourist attractions like Kodaikannal, Thekkady, Meghamalai and Munnar. One can stay in Theni and plan their trip for the tourist spots. Because of the scenic environment that Theni has, it is one of the most favoured Shooting spots of the Tamil Film Industry.


Theni hosts the well known educational institutes including the Theni Melapettai Hindu Nadar Uravinmurai group of Schools and Colleges and Theni Kamavar Sangam School. The Nadar Saraswathi Boys Higher Secondary School at the heart of the town, takes the credit of making to top 3 schools in Tamil Nadu in a survey conducted by Sun TV. It also has schools run by Government and other organisations.


Theni itself has the office of the (revenue) district collector. Periyakulam has the (judicial) district court, which was built and operated in the British period itself. As the town of Theni is expanding, several local plying buses are run for commuting in side the town.


pices Trade

Over the past few years theni has gained reputation as one of the best placesin Tamil Nadu for the trade of Spices. Aana Kadai a.k.a S.K.A shop and M.Muthuraj Maligai are among the few traders who has gained immense reputation in the spices and groceries trade.

pinning Mills

Spinning mills making yarns have grown in and around Theni provides jobs for many people around the area. Few among them are:
*LS Mills
*RL Mills
*Nisha Kishan Spinning mills


Theni assembly constituency is part of Periyakulam (Lok Sabha constituency). [cite web
url =
title = List of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies
accessdate = 2008-10-11
work = Tamil Nadu
publisher = Election Commission of India


External links

* [ Theni District]
* [ Statistical Hand Book]

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