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6289.143008 sq. km. sq.kms
District Head Quarters
History And Geography

Dindigul District, which was under the rule of the famous Muslim Monarch, Tipu Sultan, has a glorious past. In the past, Dindigul used to fringe the three great realm of South India namely Pandyas, the Cheras and the Cholas. It was under the rule of the famous ruler, Tipu Sultan. The famous Naik King Muthukrishnappa Naicker constructed the historical Rock Fort of this district. The historical Rock Fort of this district was constructed by the famous Naik King Muthukrishnappa Naicker. Dindigul District was carved out of the composite Madurai District on 15th of September, 1985. Dindigul District had the names of Dindigul Anna, Quaid-e-Milleth and Mannar Thirumalai. Dindigul District receives an average rainfall of 700 mm and the average temperature is relatively high varying from 26 degree Celsius to 38 degree Celsius. The main rivers of the district are Kodaganaru, Palar, Kuthiraiyar, Porandalar, Amravati, Manjalar, Varadhamanathi and Maruthanathi.


There are several places of interest in Dindigul District. Palani hills with the famous temple of Lord Muruga Dhandayuthapani Temple, Begampur Mosque, Sirumalai Hill resort, Parapalar Dam, Varathamanathi dam, Mariamman temple and Nadupatti Anjaneyar temple are places of tourist interest in the district. The famous Kodaikanal Hill Station is also located in Dindigul District. An attraction of this hill station is the Kurinji flowers that bloom once in twelve years. The reserved forest area of the district consists of 84, 565 hectares, which is rich in flora and fauna like Seehakai, Nellikai, Bluegum and Pine and Gaur, Nilgiri langur, panther, barking deer respectively. Peranai and Sirumalai are the two fine picnic spots of this district. There are nine dams namely Palar Porundalar, Varathamanathi, Kuthiraiaru in Palani Block, Parappalar and Nanganchiar in Oddanchatram Block, Maruthanathi, Kamarajar Sagar in Athoor Block, Mavoor in Nilakottai Block, Kudaganar in Vedasandur Block supplement irrigation facilities to agricultural fields in this district. Nilakkottai town is famous for Brass Vessels and Jewellery. Nilakottai Taluk is famous for the growing and marketing of flowers and Grapes.