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Anthiyur is located in Tamil Nadu
Coordinates: 11°35′N 77°36′E / 11.58°N 77.60°E / 11.58; 77.60Coordinates: 11°35′N 77°36′E / 11.58°N 77.60°E / 11.58; 77.60
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
Region Erode
District Erode
Elevation 251 m (823 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 19,697
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 638501
Telephone code 91 (04256)
Vehicle registration TN-36
Lok Sabha constituency Tirupur
State Assembly constituency Anthiyur

Anthiyur, also spelt as Andhiyur or Andiyur is a Taluk in Erode district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It has upgraded as Taluk by Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha .Its famous for Betel leafs.


Andiyur is located at 11°35′N 77°36′E / 11.58°N 77.60°E / 11.58; 77.60.[1] It has an average elevation of 251 m (823 ft).


Anthiyur is a small town in Tamil Nadu, India in Erode district. It is a beautiful town surrounded by mountains. It is famous for the forest nearby. It is located somewhat in between Gobichettipalayam and Bhavani. The travel time to Gobi is 45 min (22 km); Bhavani, 30 min (19 km); and Erode 1 hour (30 km).

Anthiyur is famous for Betel leaves and Textile garments including lungi, towels etc. It also has one of biggest weekly market (Santhai) in Tamil Nadu which assembles every week Monday. One can get everything from groceries, vegetables, household things, clothes, cattle, food, meat etc.


The temperature is moderate throughout the year except during summer. Rainfall is moderate to high, uncertain and not well distributed. It is warm for most of the year. The city is not windy but the abundance of trees and vegetation surrounding the city makes its climate pleasant.


Anthiyur cuisine is predominantly South Indian with rice as its base. Most locals still retain their rural tradition, with many restaurants still serving food on a banana leaf. North Indian, Chinese and continental cuisines are also available. Mysorepa (a sweet made from lentil flour and halwa (a sweet made of different ingredients including milk, wheat, rice) are famous. Idli, dosa, vada-sambar and biryani are popular among the locals. Coffee shops and chat centres have been on the increase, and serve as meeting places for young people.


The people of Anthiyur are generally regarded as warm and hospitable. There are a significant numbers of people from other cultures including North Indians, Gurkas and Malayalis.

Tourism and Attractions[]

Tippu's fort[]

Almost destroyed.

Varattupallam dam[]

Varattupallam dam is located at 11°24′N 77°20′E / 11.40°N 77.33°E / 11.40; 77.33 This dam is located 12 km from Anthiyur, just below the mountains. During summer evenings elephants can be seen around the dam. Adjacent to this dam is a mountain road that ends at Mysore, in the state of Karnataka.

Kodiveri Dam/Anaicut[]

Kodiveri Dam is situated in Gobichettipalayam Taluk, about 15 km. west of Gobichettipalayam. It was constructed by the Maharaja of Mysore in the 17th century. Two channels arise from the dam, Arakkan Kottai Channel on the northern side of Bhavani River and Thadapalli Channel on the southern side. Lands north of Gobichettipalayam City are fertile due to the flow of the Thadapalli channel. Cultivation of sugarcane and paddy are predominant in this area. The lush green fields are also a pleasure to watch.

Bhavani Sagar Dam[]

Another important dam that has been constructed over the Bhavani River is the Bhavanisagar Dam. It is located about 40 km from Anthiyur. Buses ply from Anthiyur to Sathy every 1.5 hours interval and one needs to change bus again in Sathy to go to the dam. The dam was constructed in the beginning of the 20th century. There is a large park with various attractions. The dam and the park attract huge crowds.

Reserve Forests[]

The reserve forests of Anthiyur areas has abundant flora and fauna thrive in these forests which form a part of the rich biosphere of the Western Ghats. The wildlife includes Indian elephant, Bengal tiger, Indian leopard, black buck, spotted deer, peacock, porcupine and gaur. It is one of the largest elephant habitats in the country.

Transportation and Connectivity[]

ANTHIYUR Road ; The road was connecting coimbatore, sathyamangalam, anthiyur, ammapetti, mettur, dharmapuri, thirrupathur, vellore, sriperumpudhur, and chennai.


Anthiyur city is well connected by major roads passing through the center of the city. One connecting Anthiyur with Gobichettipalayam MDR, via: Athani (Tamil Nadu), another connecting Sathyamangalam via Athani (Tamil Nadu), another connecting Erode via Bhavani and another connecting Mysore via Burgur note the one near dharmapuri, which Jayalalith won. And this Road was connecting in many towns mettur, dharmapuri (via) ammapetti

The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) has a depot apart from a large central bus stand in Anthiyur. Originally called as Jeeva Transport Corporation (JTC), it came into being by bifurcation of the Cheran Transport Corporation (headquartered at Coimbatore). It was renamed as Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation, Erode Limited (Coimbatore Division-II) on 1 July 1997.


The nearest Railway station is Erode Junction (32 km), which is a major railway station from where trains ply to all over the country. A railway line has been proposed for Mysore (via Gobichettipalayam, Chamarajnagar). The railway line was proposed during the British rule in 1922 and survey was made 4 times but it failed to materialize.

The Palani-Chamrajnagar railway line scheme was proposed in 1915. But till date, nothing had been done on the Erode-Gobichettipalayam-Sathyamangalam railway line work. For introduction of the scheme it required a minimum Rs. 500 crore and the amount may be sanctioned immediately.


The nearest airport is Salem Airport (65 km). But Coimbatore International Airport (100 km) has more connectivity, with regular (Air timings) flights from/to New Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Kozhikode, Chennai, Cochin, Hyderabad,Thiruvananthapuram, Jammu, Pune, New Delhi, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Bahrain, Jeddah, Kuwait, Muscat, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Colombo, Dubai, Doha, Singapore, etc.


There are a lot of famous temples in and around Anthiyur, including:

Bhadrakalliamman temple[]

This is one of the oldest temples in Tamil Nadu. Every year, in April during the festival more than 100,000 people gather at this temple. This festival has been celebrated for 2 weeks every year where a 'Fire Walking Ceremony' (Kundam) is held during January every year. The annual Temple Car festival is celebrated with grandeur. The temple is about 1500 years old. This temple attracts a large gathering from the surrounding places all the time. The people of this locality usually ask the Goddess for permission via a special ceremony, before starting any job. People believe that this is one of the most powerful temples in India...

Gurunathaswamy Temple[]

This is one of the oldest temples in Tamil Nadu. Lord Sri Kamatchi, Sri Perumal and Sri Gurunatha swami are the three lords staying in the temple. The temple is located in Pudupalayam near Anthiyur. A festival which is celebrated every year during August 15 is very famous. The cattle market during this festival is well-known all over India. People sell horses, cows, and goats during this festival and more than 500,000 people gather at this temple. Some of the horses are sold for more than 150,000 Rs. People even come from northern part of India to sell and buy cattle. The year (2013)festival Will be celebrated on,August 07 (Wednesday)to August 11(Sunday),.

Sri Gurunatha Swamy painting-From Mohan's Painting
Gurunathaswamy temple festival from Pudupalayam in Anthiyur

Angaalamman Temple[]

This is one of the oldest temple. The Goddess Angaalaparameshwari also called as Angam Alum Parameshwari. "Angam" means Soul. "Alum" means who controls. "Parameshwari" is the name of the Goddess. It is said that she "Angaalamman" controls the Lord Shiva. The festival is conducted once in 5 years during Shiv Rathri for a period of 1 week which attracts a large mass of people '"The again one angaalamman temple in sellampalayam ... the powerful god in world... Every year march frist week conducted function....."

Kali Amman Temple in Poonachi[]

This is one of the oldest temples in Tamil Nadu. Every year, in April during the festival more than 1,000 people gather at this temple. People believe that this is one of the most powerful temples in India so that people use to walk on fire, It won't hurt the people and it's 60 feet (18 m) long. The kilakku mary amman and mekku mary amman are also very famous in poonachi

Malai Karuppasamy Temple[]

This temple is located in near forest area and has good scenic view and walkable distance to some small waterfalls formed when rain water flows from mountain to plains. Buses/Mini buses operated from Anthiyur Bus stand to this place daily. very powerful god

Vellakaradu Murugan Temple[]

This Temple Located in Reddypalayam. It was located 18km from Anthiyur. This temple famous for "Lord Murugan" which was located in small mountain in reddypalayam around 100feet above sea level.


Anthiyur stands as a major education hub of the state. There are few colleges in this area, but the proximity to Gobichettipalayam and Erode solves this problem.


  • IDEAL Higher secondary school
  • Adharsh Vidhyalaya Higher secondary school
  • Government Higher Secondary School for Boys
  • Government Higher Secondary School for Girls
  • Vivekanandha Vidhayalaya Higher Secondary School
  • Vivekananda Vidhayalaya Matric High School
  • Mangalam Higher Secondary School (CBSE)


Anthiyur has Canara Bank and South Indian Bank branches alone for long time and recently opening of Karur Vysa Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, State Bank of India , Axis Bank and Corporation Bank shows Anthiyur is growing.


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