Welcome to Tindivanam, a vibrant town located in the Viluppuram district of Tamil Nadu, India. Known as the second largest town in the district, Tindivanam is a bustling hub of culture, history, and commerce. With important roads running through the town connecting north to south and west to east, Tindivanam is a crucial stop for travelers and locals alike. Let’s explore this fascinating destination together.
Tindivanam has a rich history that dates back to the 11th century, with inscriptions found in Ennairam documenting Hindu shastras. Earlier known as Tinthrivanam or the Jungle of Tamarind, the town was named after the shivan temple located there. The town was constituted as a Municipality in 1949 and has been upgraded multiple times since then. The Chola temple of Narasimma swamy koil built by Rajaraja Chola 1 (985 –1010) and has reached 1,000 years.
As mentioned earlier, Tindivanam was initially known as Tinthrivanam, meaning ‘Jungle of Tamarind’ in Tamil.
Tindivanam is located at 12.25°N 79.65°E / 12.25; 79.65. It has an average elevation of 58 metres (190 feet). The town is located 120 km (75 mi) southwest from Chennai and 35 km (22 mi) northwest from Pondicherry. Tindivanam is divided into 234 Revenue Villages under Tindivanam Taluk and lies in the stretch of NH-45, about 123 km (76 mi) from Chennai, capital city of Tamil Nadu.
According to the 2011 census, Tindivanam had a population of 72,796, with a sex ratio of 1,003 females for every 1,000 males. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes accounted for 16.59% and 0.49% of the population respectively. The average literacy of the town was 78.19%.
Tindivanam has a tropical climate with much less rainfall in winter than in summer. The Köppen-Geiger climate classification is Aw. The average annual temperature is 28.4 °C in Tindivanam. In a year, the average rainfall is 1,045 mm (41.1 in). Precipitation is the lowest in March, with an average of 5 mm (0.20 in). With an average of 220 mm (8.7 in), the most precipitation falls in October. May is the hottest month of the year with an average temperature of 32.3 °C, while January has the lowest average temperature of 24.5 °C.
Tindivanam is connected to major cities and to the rest of the state by road and rail. National Highway 32 (India) connects Chennai and Tuticorn via Tindivanam, Puducherry, Cuddalore and Nagapattinam. National Highway 77 (India) connects Tindivanam and Uthangarai via Tiruvannamalai and joins National Highway 48 (India) at Krishnagiri. National Highway 132 (India) connects Tindivanam and Viluppuram. Tindivanam railway station is a railway station serving Tindivanam and is a station on the South line of the Chennai Suburban Railway. The nearest airport is Pondicherry Airport at Pondicherry, approximately 40 km (25 mi) from Tindivanam.
Tindivanam has several temples worth visiting, including the Shri Lakshmi Narasimmar temple, Thiruvakkarai, and the Shri Maragathambigai Sametha Thindrinishvarar temple, Tindivanam.
Enga Ooru Tindivanam Flyover:
The Enga Ooru Tindivanam flyover is the state’s second railways flyover and was built under the former union Minister Tindivanam G.Venkatraman. The flyover was inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanithi in 2000 and has significantly improved traffic flow in the town.
National Fossil Wood Park:
The National Fossil Wood Park, Tiruvakkarai is a notified National Geo-heritage Monument located in the Villupuram District. The park was established in 1940 and contains petrified wood fossils approximately 20 million years old, scattered throughout the park.
Tindivanam is a destination that offers a blend of history, spirituality, and natural beauty. With its unique culture and warm hospitality, Tindivanam is a must-visit for any traveler looking to explore the authentic side of India.