Dindigul at a Glance

Air : The nearest airport is in Tiruchirapalli and Madurai. It takes 2 hours to reach Dindigul from Tiruchi and 1 hour to reach Dindigul from Madurai.

Rail : Major railway station is Dindigul and Kodaikanal its connected to all souther parts of Tamilnadu.

Road :
from Nilakottai on can reach Dindigul. NH 7 also runs through Nilakottai.

Area : 6,058 sq.km
Population : 19,23,014 (Census 2001)
Rainfall : 902.1 mm (Annual)
Climate : Max : 381C Min : 7.1C
STD Code : 0451
398 Km from Chennai


dindigul glance

The History of Dindigul revolves around the Dindigul fort, as this was a position of great strategic importance with commanding views to passes into Madurai from the north side especially Coimbatore. Dindigul and the fort figured prominently in the military operations of the Marathas in the 17th and 18th centuries, and of Hyder Ali in 1755.

It was captured by the British thrice in 1767, 1783 and 1790. It was restored to Hyder Ali under treaty after the first two captures ceded to the East India Company after the capture in 1799. The town has a sizeable population of both Muslims and Christians owing to the place being under the Army of Hyder Ali and the British subsequently.

Dindigul has the network of inter-district roads connecting Coimbatore, Erode, Tiruchi, Karur, Madurai and Sivaganga Districts. Nilakkottai town is famous for Brass Vessels, Jewellery and also famous for the growing and marketing of flowers and Grapes. Ottanchatram is a noted market centre for vegetables. It is also famous for the export of butter, manufactured in the nearby villages using cream separators. Batlagundu is an important market centre for tomato.

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