About Us

About City

Theni town is located nearly 450 kms south from Chennai, the state head quarters. Theni town is the District head quarters of Theni District. Theni-Allinagaram town lies 18 km south west of Periyakulam town and 75 km west of Madurai city on the Rameswaram – Cochin National Highway Extension No.49. It is situated on the bank of river Theni admist a stylus setting with in Western Ghats, which separate Theni District from Kerala state, forming a back drop. It is situated between 10° 37’ north latitude and 77° 20’ on east longitude. Being a first grade municipality with an area of 22.23 sq. km. The town has a population of 85498 as per the 2001 census. Now, Theni District has been constituted as a separate District, bifurcating the erst while Madurai District. The Theni River, an irrigation channel, Meerusamudram tank and Valkaradu (a small hillock) are the important physical features of the town. The Theni River flows along the southern boundary of the town. The two tanks namely Meerusamudram tank and Chinnakulam are situated on the western side of Periyakulam road. Another physical feature is the Madurai – Bodinayakkanur meter gauge railway line, which runs parallel to the Madurai – Theni road, bifurcating the developed area of the town. The lands which lies in between railway line and Theni river, are mostly of wet lands which restrict the development of the town in the southern direction. While Meerusamudram tank and Chinnakulam arrest the physical development of the town along western side, the small hillock valkaradu restricts the expansion of the town along the north and eastern sides. Hence, the town is likely to expand along both sides of Periyakulam and Madurai roads only. Madurai road has been elevated as NH 49 (Extension) (Rameswaram to Cochin) passing through this town is an important feature of the town.

Growth of Theni-Allinagaram :

Theni is known as the ‘Second Manchester of South India’ which indicates the vital role of cotton trade. It is also known for its second big weekly shandy in Tamilnadu, functioning on Sundays and Thursdays. It is business centre for cotton, chilli, textiles, oil, food grains etc. It is mainly a commercial town. Many textile industries are located in and around Theni, which provides employment opportunity for the people. 

Key Events of Theni-Allinagaram Growth




Constituted as Third Grade municipality


Classified as Second Grade Municipality


Upgraded to First Grade  Municipality


Constituted as separate Theni District


Upgraded to Selection Grade Municipality

General Information :



22.23 sq. km










30° c

24.5° c



39° c

26.0° c

Rain fall


770 mm



Throughout the year

Languages spoken


Tamil and English

Transportation Linkages:

The town is well connected, by the N.H.49, (Rameswaram – Cochin with Madurai city, and a Major District road with Periyakulam, Bodinakayanur and Cumbum town.