Chennimalai is the house of the famous Murugan temple situated on top of a hill at about 600 meters above sea level and this hill is noted for its natural flora and fauna. In Devanagiri this hill is called ‘Siragiri’ and ‘Chenniyangiri’ but in Tamil it is called ‘Chennimalai’ because it has rare medicinal herbs in its lush green forest. The Lord of Chennimalai is enshrined both on the hilltop and in the city.
Demography of Chennimalai
Chennimalai has 15,526 inhabitants according to 2001 census. Males constitute 51% of the population while females constitute 49% .75% of the population is literate which is higher than the national average of 59.5% .8% of the population is under six years of age 83% and 67% of the male and female population are literate.
Textile Industry of Chennimalai
The people here are very talented in producing handmade fabrics but the problem is unemployment. Chennimalai handloom products are well known for their high quality and long life. It is the home for various handloom co-operative societies. Chennimalai stands No.1 rank in handmade bed-sheets, handicrafts, lungies and handmade curtains. Garments from here travels to all parts of Tamil Nadu and even North India.
The Chennimalai hill is also called ‘Pushpagiri’ and ‘Siragiri’. The hill is home to hundreds of peacocks, monkeys, rabbits, snakes and other reptiles. Recently there were instances of people sighting spotted deers around Chennimalai.
Flora includes trees like Neem, Banyan, Tamarind and variety of shrubs. Mountains of Kodaikanal, Satyamangalam and Anthiyur are clearly visible from the top of the hill. It takes 15 minutes drive to reach the hill temple by road and it gives a thrilling experience while travelling through the lush green forest and the steep slopes on the side.
Festivals of Chennimalai
The car festival that comes in the Tamil month of 'Thai' attracts lakhs of devotees flooding the temple of Lord Muruga. The car starts from East Raja Street, then through South Raja Street, West Raja Street and North Raja Street again reaches East Raja Street. The town remains flooded by devotees for almost a week and lots of temporary shops occupy the road sides.
Other important festivals are Chitra Pournami, Kanda sashti, Agni Nakshathram, Panguni Thaer, Chennimalai Mariamman festival, Ekkattampalayam Mariamman festival, Murungathozhuvu Mariamman festival, etc. During the second day of Pongal ‘Poo Parikkum Thiruvizha’ is celebrated as a part of Pongal celebrations and can see people going to the hills for plucking holy flowers, having food in the hills sharing with friends and relatives and performing ‘Kummi’ songs and dance which is unique to Kongu tradition and culture.
Agriculture of Chennimalai
The principal crops of Chennimalai region are rice, coconut, turmeric, sugarcane, tapioca, sorghum, maize, sunflower, tobacco and vegetable crops. The weekly market attracts thousands of people for buying vegetables and fruits directly from the farmers.
Transportation of Chennimalai
This Panchayat town is situated between Erode and Coimbatore. Chennimalai is located at a distance of 26 km from Erode and is well connected by road. The nearest railway station is Ingoor and the nearest airport is the Coimbatore Airport.