(Last Updated on : 10/05/2014)
Vickramasingapuram also known as V.K. Puram is located in Tirunelveli District
in the Indian state
of Tamil Nadu
. It is a municipal town that is under the Ambasamudram Taluk. It is positioned 8.67°N 77.33°E and has an elevation of almost 200 metres. Vickramasingapuram is located on the banks of Thamirabarani River
. The capital of the District, Tirunelveli is almost 46 kms away. The Agasthiar Falls also known as kuttralam is located close to the town and is positioned at the southern most tip of the Western Ghats mountain range
. It is known by the name Podhigai Hill.
Demography of Vickramasingapuram
According to Indian census report of 2001Vikramasingapuram had a population of 48,101. The males constitute 49% and the females constitute 51% of the population. The town has an average literacy rate of 79%. It is higher than the national average of 59.5%. The male literacy rate is 85%, and female literacy rate is 73%. 9% of the population is under 6 years of age in Vikramasingapuram.
Economy of Vickramasingapuram
Vickramasingapuram is enclosed by lush green paddy fields. Until 1940's the main source of income for the people residing here was agriculture. Presently, companies like Maas Business Solutions and Madura coats provide employment to many people.
Educational Institutions in Vickramasingapuram
There are many schools and colleges established in Vickramasingapuram to provide education to the children residing here. Some of the recognised schools located here are PLWA Higher Secondary School, St. Mary's Higher Secondary School, Cambridge Matriculation School, Sacred Heart High School, St. Theresa's High School, Amali Girls Higher Secondary School and others. Apart from this there are few primary schools here like St. Mary's Primary School established in the year 1919, PLWA Primary School, St. Joseph's Primary school, TDTA Primary schools and others. The town has also provisions for colleges like Sri Paramakalyani College, Thiruvalluvar Arts and Science College, Scad College of Engineering and Technology and Ambai Arts College.
Tourist Places in Vickramasingapuram
Vickramasingapuram, an important tourist spot is known for the enchanting Manjolai Hills located at an elevation ranging between 1000 to 1500 metres. The hills are located with the Western Ghats Mountain Range. The Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve
is situated close to it. Perched atop the Manimuthar Water Falls and the Manimuthar Dam, Manjolai Hills concentrates mainly upon tea plantation. Over the time small settlements have developed around the hills. The Upper Kodaiyar Dam located nearby serves as an interesting site for the tourists. The Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation Ltd operates the Tea Plantations as well as the Manjolai Estates. The Manjolai area comprises of 3 Tea Estates, the Manimutharu Estate, Manjolai Estate and Oothu Estate.
Besides the Manjolai Hills, there are several other tourist locations in Vickramasingapuram to attract the attention of the tourists. The Papanasam River located at a distance of 2 kilometres from Vickramasingapuram, the Papanasam (Lower) Dam,
Papanasam (Upper) Karaiyar Dam, Manimutthaar Dam and the Servalar Dam situated here are worth visiting. The Karaiyar Dam located at a distance of 49 km from Tirunelveli serves as a beautiful picnic spot. Apart from this the captivating Agasthiar falls and the Baana Theertham falls further enhance the beauty of the Vickramasingapuram. The Agasthiar falls is almost 100 m in height over a rock. The fall is enveloped by thick forests and through it the Thamirabarani River
descends into the plains. The Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve developed as a National Tiger Reserve since 1988 is another prominent place to visit here. The reserve houses cats, dhole
, jackals, striped hyena, panthers, civets, jungle and other animals. It is believed by the Hindus that by bathing in the water here all sins are washed away. The Papavinaswehwara temple is located in the vicinity of the waterfall.