Dindugal district was carved out of Madurai district and is bound by Erode, Coimbatore, Karur and Trichy districts on the North, by Sivaganga, Tiruchi District on the East, by Madurai district on the South and by Theni and Coimbatore Districts and Kerala State on the West. It is spread over on area of 6266.64 Sq. Km. It comprises of 3 Revenue Divisions, 8 Taluks and 14 Panchayat Unions, According to 2001 Census, its population is 19,23,014
Educationally, Dindigul is a well developed and popular city. It has got many High and Higher Secondary Schools to its credit. St.Marry’s Higher Secondary School, a well disciplined Institution is one of the oldest institutions in this city.
This district has the credit of having two Universities, viz, Mother Theresa University for Women at Kodaikanal and Gandhigram Rural Deemed University at Gandhigram.
There are a number of Engineering Colleges, Arts & Science Colleges, Polytechnics, ITIs are available through-out the district.
Dindigul city is an important wholesale market for Onion and Groundnut.
The district has the well connected network of inter-district roads connecting Coimbatore, Erode, Tiruchi, Karur, Madurai and Sivaganga District.
This district has one of the “Six Celebrated Hill Abodes of “Lord Muruga” in Palani Hills, where the famous Dhandayuthapani Temple is situated on the hilly rock at a height of about 450 metres. You can see loads of pilgrims visiting this shrine during the festival days of Thaipoosam, Adi-kiruthigai, Panguni Uthiram, Sura-samharam, Vaikasi-visagam and monthly Karthigai".
Besides this Temple, there is one more Murugan temple at Thirumalaikeni, 25 Km. away from Dindigul town which is becoming a growing pilgrim Centre. Abirami Amman temple in Dindigul town and Raja Kaliamman Temple at Thethupatti 20 km away from Dindigul are the other important Temples which attract thousand of pilgrims.
Kodaikanal, a popular Summer Resort, located at an altitude of 2133 meters in the Western Ghats is the “Princess of Hill Stations”. A notable feature of this Hillock is “Kurinji” flowers which blooms only once in 12 years . The next bloossoms are expected in the year 2018.
Peranai and Sirumalai are the two fine picnic spots of this district. There are Nine dams namely, Palar Porundalar, Varathamanathi, Kuthiraiaru in Palani Block, Parappalar and Nanganchiar in Oddanchatram Block, Maruthanathi, Kamarajar Sagar in Athoor Block, Mavoor in Nilakottai Block, Kudaganar in Vedasandur Block augment irrigation facilities to agricultural fields in this district.
Nilakkottai town is famous for Brass Vessels and Jewelry. Nilakottai Taluk is famous for the growing and marketing of flowers and Grapes. Oddanchatram is a noted market Centre for vegetables. Vatlagundu is an important market Centre for Tomato. Pattiveeranpatti in Vatlagundu Block is famous for Cardamom and Coffee curing factories.