About Dharmapuri

Dharmapuri is a town and the district headquarters of the Dharmapuri district in the North western end of Tamil Nadu. Dharmapuri was ruled by powerful kings of Pallavas, Cholas, Hoysalas and Pandyas. It is greatly influenced by the King of Vijayanagara dynasty, King Krishna Deva Raya. During the rule of King Adhiyaman, Dharmapuri was known as Thahadoor.

Geography and Climate of Dharmapuri

The climate of Dharmapuri is tropical. Most part of year the weather stays warm and sunny. The hottest months of the year are March thru June. The maximum temperatures during summer months go up to 38° C. The winters are mild and the weather stays cool during the months of December thru February. The minimum temperatures go as low as 12° C.  Geographically it is located 11 47’N and 12 33’N latitude and 77 02’E and 78 40’E longitude.

Dharmapuri district was formed on 2nd October 1965. It is bordered by Villupuram and Tiruvannamalai districts on the east side and on the south it is bound by Salem district. Krishnagiri district lies on its north and River Kaveri flows on its West side.

Economy of Dharmapuri

About DharmapuriDharmapuri economy depends mainly on agriculture. 70% of the town's population is involved in agricultural activities. This town lies in one of the most drought prone areas of Tamil Nadu. On average, this area gets annual rainfall of 895.56 mm. The soil in this area is black and lacks nutrients like nitrogen and phosphate. Most of the farmers in the town cultivate Mango plantations. Dharmapuri is one of the major producers of mangoes in Tamil Nadu. The tropical forests in this region have throne plants and short shrubs.

Transportation of Dharmapuri

Dharmapuri TransportDharmapuri is very well connected to the other towns and cities of the state via road and railways. It is connected by roads via National Highways NH-7. Dharmapuri town has two bus stands; one for the rural and urban routes and another one connecting all the major cities of the state.

Dharmapuri railway station comes under South Western Railways. Trains between Dharmapuri and Bangalore have been introduced in the 2011 budget.

The nearest airport for Dharmapuri is Salem airport that is at a distance of around 45 kms. Nearest international airport is Bangalore International Airport.

Tourism in Dharmapuri

Dharmapuri offers lot of attractions to the tourists. From waterfalls to temples, Dharmapuri is a popular weekend getaway mostly for the people from Chennai and Coimbatore.

Tourism in DharmapuriHogenakkal Fall

Also known as Indian Niagara, this falls lies on the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border. This spot is famous for film shootings.

Theerthamalai Temple

This temple was built on the top of a hill. The rulers of Chola and Vijayanagara dynasty contribute towards the development of this temple of Lord Shiva.

Kottai Kovil

This temple of Lord Shiva is known for its paintings and sculptures. Located on the northern side of town, this temple is popular for the hanging pillar.


Located at around 7 kms from Dharmapuri, this fort was built by King Krishnadeva Raya. Today, this protected monument is in ruins showing the ancient heritage in what is left of the fort.

Subramanya Siva Memorial Papparapatti

This memorial is dedicated to the great revolutionist Subramanya Swamy who was born in September 1884. He was the first prisoner in the Presidency of Madras and is the author of many books that relate his views and experiences.

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