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  • General Information

    District: Dharmapuri, State: Tamil Nadu, India
    Area: 11 Sq. Km.
    Languages Spoken: Tamil, Kannada and Telugu
    Long Distance Code: +91-4342
    Best Time to Visit: November to February
  • Description

    Dharmapuri has been ruled by several southern dynasties such as the Hoysalas, Pandyas, Vijayanagar kings, Muslim Sultans of Bijapur and Golconda, and the Nayak rulers. But it was always a part of the prominent Salem area. The district of Dharmapuri was formed only in 1965. Famous for some light industries, Dharmapuri is an agriculture based district with main crops of millet and rice. Considerable deposits of saltpeter and salts of soda are mined in this region. Forest based industries constitute a major segment of the economic structure.
  • Location

    The district is situated in the interior of the southern Peninsula bounded on the east by the North Arcot and South Arcot districts, on the west by Bangalore and Mysore districts of Karnataka State, on the north by Karnataka State and the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, and on the south by Salem district. The town of Dharmapuri is the district headquarters of the district of Dharmapuri.
Hogenakkal WaterfallsThis is one of the wonderful waterfalls in Tamil Nadu. It is located at a distance of 48-km west of Dharmapuri. It is a part of the river Cauvery and is about 250 meters above sea level. The main attraction of the falls is its vertical drop from a height of 20 meters with a thundering sound. Surrounded by mountains, Hogenakkal offers a quite holiday in comfort.
KrishnagiriKrishnagiri is the second biggest town in Dharmapuri district and an historical place. An old fort called Syed Padsha Hill Fort is famous and attracts many tourists apart from the reservoir. The Dam site is a picnic spot.
AthiyamankottaiAthiyamankottai is located 8-km from Dharmapuri on the Dharmapuri Salem Highway. The Central Archaeological Department has taken over the site and is being protected by them. At the centre of the Fort site, is an old temple called "Chennakeswar temple" that is believed to have been constructed both by the King Krishnadevaraya and Hoysala Kings.\r\nPaintings depicting Ramayana and Mahabharata scenes are found inside the temple. All the paintings belong to the 13th century. The place acquires its name after the Tamil King "Athiyaman Neduman Anji" who ruled the Thagadur (the present Dharmapuri) area and Kottai meaning fort. The main villages of Athiyamankottai are located on the eastern side of the Salem-Bangalore Highway about one km from the Fort.