Once an ancient settlement that saw the reigns of various kingdoms and empires; now a busy commercial district with booming industries and tourism destinations. Dindigul is a destination where you can get the best of every experience you love to enjoy. The area has great historical significance and a strategic location that has let empires ranging from Cheras, Cholas and Pandyas to the British use it to their advantage.
Today, Dindigul is a haven of flourishing industries. One of the traditional strongholds of the district is the Lock industry. Iron locks have been produced here under a cooperative manufacturing facility and sold around the world. Leather and handloom industries too have a firm base in Dindigul. The district is also home to something so delicious and famed across the world – the Dindigul Biriyani. Rich in a soothing flavour and soft meat, it’s a delicacy worth relishing for sure.
Dindigul is also a renowned pilgrimage tourism destination. The Palani Temple dedicated to Lord Muruga is a world-famous centre of pilgrimage and one of the 6 most important Muruga temples in the planet. There are also various other temples that add to the attraction of Dindigul as a temple town. Then there are hill stations – destinations of absolute beauty and joy. Kodaikanal, nicknamed the ‘Princess of Hill Stations’, is one of those that brings tourists from all parts of the globe.
Dindigul is indeed a district that offers travellers some of the finest sights and experiences that can be repeated only on their next trip to this land.
Dindigul Bus Stand
Madurai International Airport, about 82 km away
Dindigul Junction Station
October to March
Hills and valleys filled with the enigmatic hug of mist, lush mountain ranges that offer a warm welcome to visitors, enjoyment and experiences that proffer beautiful memories for a lifetime – Kodaikanal is a wonder in ways much more than one.
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