Set against the backdrop of majestic hills, Dindigul in Tamil Nadu has a stately air to it. The magnificent fortresses and marvelous temples that dominate its landscape only add to its regal appeal
The mesmerizing waterfalls, lush farm fields, and swaying coconut palms somehow manage to imbibe it with a homely feel as fell, without taking away from its royal airs. With a history dating back to the 7th century, Dindigul is endowed with a prosperous royal heritage that is showcased through its ancient monuments. During the reign of Hyder Ali, and then Tipu Sultan, the cultural life of the city flourished, with exquisite architecture and brilliant arts. Today the city is an emerging trade center for agricultural products, especially rice. The cityscape is dominated by the monumental Dindigul Fort, built during the 17th century. The magnificent fortress of the Nayak kings is a reminder of the city’s glorious past and royal legacy. Dindigul is also known for its numerous places of worship, including temples, mosques and churches. The age-old Begambur Big Mosque is an important shrine. Built during the reign of Hyder Ali, it is also a place of historic significance. Some of the important Hindu shrines in the city include the Sri Kottai Mariamman Kovil and the Kasi Vishwanathan Temple, among others. The St. Joseph Church, a 19th century Roman Catholic structure is also worth a visit.The natural beauty and charm of Dindigul is undeniable. Surrounded by lush green mountains, the city is blessed with numerous mesmerizing views. The Athoor Kamarajar Lake, located within the city, is worth visiting for its tranquil setting and scenic appeal. Dindigul is also popular for its production of durable metal locks and brass utensils, which can be bought at the local market. You can also shop for ethnic jewelry and the traditional Sungudi sarees, which are another specialty of the region.Local bus services are fairly efficient and offer an economical way of getting around the city. Privately owned mini-buses also operate on major routes within Dindigul and are quite comfortable. Auto-rickshaws, which can be easily hailed on the streets, offer greater comfort and convenience. The most comfortable way of getting around in Dindigul is by a private taxi or car. A number of car rental services are also available in the town and can be booked over the phone.Make sure to visit the temples early in the day, as most temples in Dindigul are closed around mid-day.Non-Tamil speaking travelers may face communication problems, as English and Hindi are not widely spoken here
Dindigul is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Madurai at a distance of 59kms.
Airports: Madurai Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Dindigul from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Dindigul Jn