(Last Updated on : 10/05/2014)
Oddanchatram is located in Dindigul district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is a municipality situated at the base of the Western Ghats of Mountain Range. The town is positioned on the highway linking Dindigul-Palani and Madurai-Coimbatore. The Oddanchatram assembly constituency is a division of Dindigul Lok Sabha constituency. One MLA is elected to the legislative assembly of the State by Oddanchatram.
Demography of Oddanchatram
According to the India census 2001, Oddanchatram has a population of 24,135. The males constitute 50% and females constitute 50% of the population. The town has an average literacy rate of 69%. Is it higher than the national average of 59.5%. The male literacy rate is 76%, and female literacy rate is 62%. 10% of the population is under 6 years of age in Oddanchatram.
Economics of Oddanchatram
The main source of income for the residents of Oddanchatram is agriculture. The town is known for supply of vegetables. Huge amounts of vegetables are supplied to different parts of the country from here. The town is also known for producing milk products like buttermilk and ghee. Transportation of goods by rail and road is a booming economic sector here. Oddanchatram. The town is surrounded by several small villages like Raya Gouden Pudur, P N Valsu, Renganathapuram, Salaipudur, Puduchatram, Palakkanuthu, Thangachiammapatty, Ambilikkai, Periyakottai, Sriramapuram, Athikombai, Kallimandayam, Thummichampatti pudur, Odaipatti, C.K Valasu, Viruppachi, Kulipatty, K.Keeranur, Poruloor and others.
Educational Institutions in Oddanchatram
Oddanchatram has established several schools and colleges to cater to the educational needs of the children residing here. Some of the famous schools here are K.R. Govt. Higher Secondary School, R.C Loyola School, Christian Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Govt. Girls Higher Secondary School, Santhinikethan Hr Sec School, B.F. Hindu Vidyalaya, JRC-higher secondary school, Sri Krishna Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Aksahaiya Academy Matriculation Higher Secondary School and others. Apart from this there are few colleges here like Christian Polytechnic College, Shakthi College, Christian Engg College and Rev. Jacob Memorial Christian Arts and Science College.
Oddanchatram is well connected with all modes of transport. Train services have been functional in Oddanchatram since independence. The Madurai-Coimbatore runs through the town. Tourists can also avail the buses plying from different places for the town.