District profile


Theni is one of the south-western districts of Tamil Nadu state. It is bounded on the north by Dindigul district on the east by Madurai district, on the south by portions of Virudunagar district and Idukki district of Kerala state, and on the west by Idukki (Kerala). Theni district is surrounded by Western Ghats. It’s mainly occupation is Agriculture. Mullai River flows through this district. Theni District is home to Theni, Bodinayakanur, Cumbum, Kudalore, Chinnamanur, and several other small villages.

Educational District & Blocks

  • Theni
  • Aundipatti
  • Myladumparai
  • Periyakulam
  • Uthamapalayam
  • Cumbum
  • Bodi
  • Chinnamanur

About DIET

In 1986, Govt. of India established DIETs in selected districts all over India as a part of National Educational Policy 1986. The ultimate aim of this centrally sponsored scheme is to ensure the quality in primary education. In Theni District DIET located at Uthamapalayam is functioning to bring about the improvement in Primary Education and to make various researches on its competency and vigilance in the district.

The DIET Uthamapalayam came in to existence during the third phase, i.e. in 1999-2000. DIET Uthamapalayam 18 kms away from Theni city. The DIET comprises 7 branches for providing services to both Pre-service and In-service sector of Education. There are 19 academic staff members including the Principal.

More about Theni district

Theni district holds Nature's beauty with the Spicy Green Ornaments, Historical Temples and famous water falls. Theni District Warmly welcomes through out the year and feasting the eyes of its visitors. Theni district is in the Southern part of Tamil Nadu. This district is surrounded by the Western Ghats, with it green stretches of cultivated lands and tea gardens. Silk cotton, soft towels, coffee seeds, cardamom, mango, are the main produce of the district. Theni district is the main route for the tourist bound from Madurai to Kochi via Bodinayakanur and Munnar and Madurai to Thekkadi wildlife sanctuary. Theni District has been formed after bifurcation from erstwhile Madurai District as per G.O.Ms.No.679 Revenue Department Dated:25.07.96. Consequent on the bifurcation, one new Revenue Division with headquarters at Uthamapalayam and two new Taluks at Theni and Bodinaickanur were also created with effect from 01.01.97. Dr.K.Satyagopal IAS was the first collector for Theni District.

Theni Municipal town was only a firka headquarters till 31.12.96. Consequent on the formation of the new District, Theni Municipal Town has been upgraded as the Taluk and District head quarters from 01.01.97. It is mainly a commercial town. It is also known for its big weekly shandy on every Sunday. Vaigai dam and Kumbakarai falls in Periyakulam Taluk, Suruli falls in Uthamapalayam Taluk are the main places of attraction for tourists.

Gowmariamman Temple at Veerapandi Village (Theni Taluk) and saneeswara Bahavan Temple at Kuchanur Village (Uthamapalayam Taluk) are important and famous Hindu temples of this area. Kannagi temple which witnesses a single day festivity during Chitra Pournami day is in the interstate border.

District map of Theni

Taluks in Theni district