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The Pollachi

Azhiyar dam and Western Ghats near Pollachi
Azhiyar dam and Western Ghats near Pollachi
Coconut Capital,Jaggery Capital
The Pollachi is located in Tamil Nadu
The Pollachi
The Pollachi
Location in India
Coordinates: 10°39′32″N 77°00′29″E / 10.659°N 77.008°E / 10.659; 77.008Coordinates: 10°39′32″N 77°00′29″E / 10.659°N 77.008°E / 10.659; 77.008
StateTamil Nadu
RegionKongu Nadu
Named forIts Nature
 • TypeSpecial Grade Municipality
 • BodyPollachi Municipality
898 m (2,946 ft)
 • Total70,180
 • Official/SpokenTamil
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code+91-4259
Vehicle registrationTN 41

The Pollachi is a green town and a taluk headquarters in Coimbatore district, Tamil Nadu state, India. Located about 38 km to the south of Coimbatore and 64 km to the south of Tiruppur. It is the second largest town in the district after Coimbatore. Pollachi is a popular Marketplace for jaggery, vegetables,chill climate ever in the plains, cattle.[2] As of 2011, the town had a population of 70,180.Pollachi is one of the biggest Markets in Asia and the cattle market of Pollachi is considered as the largest in southern India. Pollachi is often known as 'Coconut Capital' of Tamil Nadu, where coconut exports and coir mills flourish Pollachi is the oldest capital of King mudi konda cholan, it is called at that time as 'Mudi konda chola nallur',It is also known as Porulaatchi,pullachy and known for its natural chill climate. Pollachi is one of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Constituencies. Pollachi Parliamentary Constituency is one of the 39 Parliamentary constituencies in Tamil Nadu.


Pollachi was known as Porul Aatchi in Tamil which means "gifted with wealth" and later became Pollachi. It was also known as Mudi Konda Chola Nallur during the period of the Cholas.[3]


Pollachi is located at 10°39′43″N 77°00′23″E / 10.662°N 77.00650°E / 10.662; 77.00650.[4] It has an average elevation of 293 metres (961 ft). Aliyar river passes about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) away from the town and the town receives rainfall from Southwest monsoon due to the presence of Palghat gap.


According to the 2011 census, Pollachi had a population of 135,333 with a sex-ratio of 1,012 females for every 1,000 males, much above the national average of 929.[5] A total of 7,732 were under the age of six, constituting 3,952 males and 3,780 females. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes accounted for 10.57% and 0.29% of the population respectively. The average literacy of the city was 82.15%, compared to the national average of 72.99%.[5] The city had a total of 24,755 households. There were a total of 36,972 workers, comprising 219 cultivators, 488 main agricultural laborers, 1,018 in household industries, 32,720 other workers, 2,527 marginal workers, 25 marginal cultivators, 45 marginal agricultural laborers, 124 marginal workers in household industries and 2,333 other marginal workers.[1]


Paddy fields in Pollachi

The economy of the town is predominantly dependent on agriculture. Coconut, jaggery, vegetables and cattle contribute to the agricultural output. There are also coir producing units with raw materials sourced from local farms.[6][7] Vanilla is also cultivated in certain locations.[8] Pollachi is also a popular movie shooting location for the Tamil film industry owing to its scenic Pollachi is known for its traditional foods, culture, people and their kindness.[9][10]


Pollachi has schools which follow different curriculam such as CBSE, ICSE and state board. Proximity to the educational hub of Coimbatore aids in higher education. Dr. Mahalingam college of engineering and technology is one of the reputed engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu, which is located in Pollachi.


Pollachi junction connects Tamil Nadu and Kerala


Pollachi is linked by National Highway 209, State Highway 19, SH 78 and SH 78A.[11] The central bus stand caters for bus transport which is used by Government-run TNSTC and private operators. State Express Transport Corporation (Tamil Nadu) operates long distance buses.There is also a local bus stand and a private Omni bus terminal


Pollachi Railway Junction connects with Palakkad to the west, Coimbatore to the north and Dindigul to the east. Metre to broad gauge conversion on Dindigul line was completed in January 2015.[12][13] In 2017, the track between Pollachi and Podanur was converted from metre to broad gauge at a cost of 340 crore (US$49 million).[14]


Coimbatore International Airport is the nearest airport, located about 56 km from Pollachi.

Places of interest[edit]

Holiday Resorts in Pollachi town are most prescribed weekend spots for visitors and tourists. Pollachi has 4 lakes and River of Aliyar.

Road to Valparai in the Western Ghats
  • Anamalai Wildlife Sanctuary is situated at an average altitude of 1,400 feet (430 m) in the Western Ghats near Pollachi.
  • Valparai is a hill station about 65 kilometres (40 mi) from Pollachi and is situated at an altitude of 3,500 feet (1,100 m).
  • Topslip is a popular picnic spot located at an altitude of about 800 feet (240 m) in the Anamalai mountain range which is about 37 kilometres (23 mi) from Pollachi.
  • Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the valley between the Anaimalai Hills of Tamil Nadu and the Nelliampathi range of Kerala. The area is hilly and rocky, drained by several rivers and is thickly forested with some marsh lands and scattered patches of grass.[15]
  • Azhiyar Dam is located on the foothills of Anamalai in the Western Ghats and Solaiyar Dam is 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Valparai and is one of the largest rock dams in India.[16].
  • Parambikulam-Aliyar multipurpose project involves a series of dams interconnected by tunnels and canals at various elevations to harness the various rivers flowing through the area.
Ambarampalayam Dargah.

Ambarampalayam Dargah, also known as Chandsha Vali Allah Dargah - It accommodates the tomb of Chand Shah Waliullah, the 18th generation descendant of Islamic prophet, Muhammad, is located at a distance of 5 km from Pollachi, on the banks of River Aliyar. Devotees come here from the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, with a belief that offering prayers at this place will relieve them from evil spirits . Dargah that is believed to be built during the visit of Tipu Sultan.



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  13. ^ "BroadGauge Conversion". The Hindu. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
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  16. ^ "About Parambikulam Park". Government of Kerala. Retrieved 31 January 2016.

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