Bodinayakanur, Theni District, Tamilnadu

Bodinayakanur also know as “The South Kashmir“. The City of Bodinayakanur is beautifully located in the foot hills of Western Ghats, Tamilnadu. It is a market place for cardamom, coffee, tea, pepper, and silkcotton.

The city is also called as “Cardamom City” because of the large quantity of cardamom trade in this area.

The people in this city speak Tamil language. But of late owing to immigrants from other states, there has been a discernible increase in the number of  languages spoken in this city. Today several languages such as Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and other Indian languages are being spoken in the city.

Agriculture is the main source of livelihood for the majority of the population. The weather is nice and moderate throughout the year. Bodinayakanur is also famous for its sweet and tasty water.

Bodinayakanur, also called Bodi is a small town located on the foothills of the Western Ghats, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu in India. This town is surrounded by the ranges of Western Ghats on three sides, offering spectacular views of the Ghats. Theni, the nearest market town is 16 kms from Bodi.

During the nineteenth century, Bodinayakanur was an important place in the Travancore province. There is a small palace built by the Rajah of Travancore. This palace has been built with the Jaipur Palace in mind.

Origin of the name:
The history behind the name of the place is interesting. Once a wild boar roamed the nearby lowland forest. It often intruded into the town and ruined the farms. So the Rajah of  Travancore had announced that the town will be named after the person, who kills the wild boar. So the town has been named as Bodayanayakkanur, after the person Bodayanayakkar, who killed the wild boar. Later it got transformed to Bodinayakanur.

Bodinayakanur is situated at the foot-hill of Western ghats in Theni district. is popularly known to be a Cardamom city. It is on the Madurai to Cochin National Highway 49 (India). It is accessible by the road and rail from Chennai and Madurai.

To reach Bodinayakanur:
By Air
The nearest airport is at Madurai about 94 kms away from Bodinayakanur. The distance of the airport from Madurai city Periyar bus-stand is about 7 Km.

By Rail
Two passenger trains run regularly between Madurai city and Bodinayakanur Railway Station.
Bodinayakanur Railway station – Phone No. : 280268

Computerized Reservation Centre service available at Theni which at 16 Kms from Bodinayakanur.

Theni Railway station – Phone No. : 252666

Madurai to Bodinayakanur: Departure 7.50 a.m. Arrival 10.30 a.m.
Bodinayakanur to Madurai: Departure 11.30 a.m. Arrival 1.30 p.m.

By Road
Regular bus services are available from all important cities of Tamil Nadu and Kerala states.

This town serves as a best vantage point for the nearby tourist places. Munnar is four hours away. Bodi Mettu, is an hours journey. Cumbum Mettu is four hours journey. Kurankani is 6 kms from here. The best time to visit Kurankani is during October, wherein the ground is fresh by the monsoon rain and the mountain is filled with butterflies. Thekkady, Kodaikanal, Suruli waterfalls, Veerabandi temple are the other places nearby. The Paramasivan Temple on the
top of the small hill, brings people together, during festival season. Anappillaiyar temple, on the banks of the Rettaiyaru stream and Theerthathoti, a famous Murugan Temple are the must see places near by.

Munnar is a town located in the southern state of Kerala in India. The name is most often used to refer to the whole tourist area, of which the town forms a part. The name Munnar is believed to be derived from the Malayalam words Muunu (three) and aaru (river), referring to the town’s strategic location at the confluence of the mountain streams of Muthirappuzha, Chanduvarai and Kundala. Situated at nearly 1,600 to 1,800 meters above sea level, the region is
surrounded by vast jungles and remains wet and cold during most of the year. Mattupetty Dam is a must see place and is very nearby.

Thekkady is the location of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, which is an important tourist attraction in this area, located about 50 km from Bodi. The sanctuary is famous for its dense evergreen, moist deciduous forests and savannah grass lands. It is home to herds of elephants, sambar, tigers, gaur, lion- tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs.

The Periyar Widlife sanctuary is spread across 777 km², of which 360 km² is thick evergreen forest. The Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary was declared a Tiger Reserve in 1978. The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaiperiyar Dam across the Periyar river adds to the charm of the park. The greatest attraction of Periyar are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake. Thekkady has immense possibilities for Adventure Tourism. The Forest Department offers many programs including Periyar Tiger trail, Nature walk, Bamboo rafting etc.

Suruli Falls:
Suruli Falls that drops 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. Suruli is 30 minutes drive (approx. 25km) from Bodi. The dense forests that surround it provide an awesome backdrop. 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 Tamil epic, Silappathikaram written by poet Ilango.

Vaigai Dam:
The main tourist spot Vaigai Dam is built across the River Vaigai, near Aundipatti, 32 Kms away from Bodinayakanur. Its height is of 106 feet, length of 11,675 feet and storage of water is 71 feet. The dam is unique for the lighting in the evening of Saturdays and Sundays and garden around it. The children park, Zoo and Play field are other attractions for children.

Theertha thotti:
Lord Subramanya is the main deity worshipped at Theertha Thotti. It is located 7 kms from Bodinayakanur, on the Madurai – Cochin national highway, between Theni and Bodinayakanur. In front of the temple, there is a natural spring.

Following are the famous temples in Bodinayakanur.

  • Paramasivan Temple ( Situated on small hill in west side of town)(It’s called south thiruvannamalai) – Bodinayakanur
  • Shri Thottarayar Onnamal Temple, Melachokkanatha puram – An Vaishnava temple built by Alli Kula Anuppa Gownders.
  • Perumal Kovil – Bodinayakanur
  • Sri Kondarangi Mallaya Swami thiru Kovil, Old Bus stand – Bodinayakanur
  • Sri Periya Sowdamman Kovil, South Raja Street – Bodinayakanur
  • sri ramalinga sowdamman kovil in j.k patty – Bodinayakanur
  • Sri Subramanian Temple – Bodinayakanur
  • Sri Saalai Kali Amman Temple – Bodinayakanur
  • Orsuluvar Kula Srimathu Kamatchiamman, Sangili Karuppan, Veeruchinnammal Thirukkoil, 15w, Venkatachalapathy Koil Lane, J.K.Patty – Bodinayakanur
  • sri veera alazhamman kovil in Thirumalapuram.
  • Sri Muthumariamman Temple in SS Puram
  • Kottai Karuppasamy & Sengaleeswari Amman Kovil in Ammakulam, Archakar M.Chockalingam
  • karupa samy kovil thirumalapuram
  • Anbupiryal amman temple, East Raja Street.

Schools & Colleges:

  • Municipal 7th ward High School, Paramasivan koil street
  • Municipal 15thWardAnnaMidSchool, Karuppasamy koil street
  • Municipal 10thward Girlsmidschool, Main Bazzar
  • Municipal 1stward Elemtary School, Subburaj Nagar
  • Z.K.M. Higher Secondary School, Periyandavar koil road
  • Z.K.M. Elementary School, Main Bazzar
  • Sowdamiba Middle School, Karuppanan street
  • Sowndeeswari Middle School, Head Post Office opposit
  • Nadar Hight Secondary School, Thirumalapuram
  • Nadar Elementary School, Bazzarstreet,Thirumalapuram
  • Pankajam Girls Hig Sec school, Kulalar Palayam
  • Pankajam Middle School, Kulalar Palayam
  • Pitchandi Middle School, Theradi Street
  • Puthar Middle School, Puthar street
  • Moovendar Middle School, Karuppasamy koil street
  • SanmugarArulnery Ele. School, Gurukkal street
  • Ayravisa Elementary school, Church street
  • Sri Ganesh Primary School, Santhaipettai street
  • Kathiriya Primary School, Pudur
  • Annai Indira Primary School, Pudu Colony
  • Kamaraj Vidayalayam, Subburaj Nagar
  • Govt. Kallar Primary School(E), Jameen thoppu street
  • Govt. Kallar Primary School(W), Bodimettu pathai


  • Alankar Hotel, Kamarajar Bazar, Bodinayakanur, Phone:04546-220348
  • Krishna Hotel, Thendral Nagar, Phone:04546-220497
  • Tirupati Hotel, Kamarajar Bazar, Bodinayakanur, Phone:04546-220269


  • Government Hospital, Bodinayakanur
  • Kumaran Nursing Home, Thendral Nagar, Bodinayakanur
  • Santhi Clinic, P.H.Road, Bodinayakanur
  • National Clinic, North Raja Street, Bodinayakanur
  • Mohan Nursing Home, Kamarajar Bazar, Bodinayakanur


  • Ponnu Cinema, Kamaraja Bazzar
  • Meenatchi Theature, Periyandavar koil road
  • Jeevan Theatre, Subban chetty street
  • Vetri Theature, Periyandavar koil road
  • Central Cinema, Periyandavar High road

State Bank of India, P.H.Road, Bodinayakanur
Indian Bank, Kamarajar Bazar, Bodinayakanur
Canara Bank, Kamarajar Bazar, Bodinayakanur

Courtesy: | Thanks to: Murugan Bose, Manivannan Natarajan, Karthikeyan Thilagar, Suresh Sivasubramaniam, Senthilram Pandiyaraj, Hema Manivannan

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