Virudhunagar District (Tamil : விருதுநகர் மாவட்டம்) is an administrative district of Tamil Nadu state in southern India. Virudhunagar is the district headquarters. Virudhunagar district was formed by the separation of Old Ramanathapuram District on 1987 into Ramanathapuram District, Sivagangai District and the west part as Virudhunagar District. Virudhunagar District was formerly called Karmavirer Kamarajar District. As of 2011, Virudhunagar district had a population of 19,42,288 with a sex-ratio of 1,007 females for every 1,000 males.
Virudhunagar District Demographics
According to 2011 census, Virudhunagar district had a population of 19,42,288, up from 17,51,301 in 2001, or about an 11% increase. The sex-ratio was 1,007 females for every 1,000 males, much above the national average of 929, but down from 1,012 in 2001. A total of 1,97,134 were under the age of six, constituting 100,827 males and 96,307 females. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes accounted for 20.59% and .12% of the population respectively. The average literacy of the district was 72.02%, compared to the national average of 72.99%. The district had a total of 537,748 households. There were a total of 9,50,158 workers, comprising 52,361 cultivators, 1,68,174 main agricultural labourers, 30,292 in house hold industries, 6,03,239 other workers, 96,092 marginal workers, 4,792 marginal cultivators, 40,528 marginal agricultural labourers, 5,006 marginal workers in household industries and 45,766 other marginal workers.
Virudhunagar District Location
The district is bounded by Sivagangai district and Madurai district on the north, Tirunelveli district and Tuticorin District to the south and Ramanathapuram District on east and Kerala state to the west and Theni district to the northwest.
Virudhunagar District Administration
The district is divided into two revenue divisions
- Sivakasi Division
- Aruppukottai Division
The district comprises nine taluks:
- Aruppukkottai Taluk
- Kariapatti Taluk
- Rajapalayam Taluk
- Sattur Taluk
- Sivakasi Taluk
- Srivilliputhur Taluk
- Tiruchuli Taluk
- Vembakottai Taluk
- Virudhunagar Taluk
Totally there are 600 revenue villages in this district.
This district has nine Town Panchayats
The Parliamentary Constituency number of Virudhunagar District is 34.
Virudhunagar District Economy
Virudhunagar district is leading in the country in the match industry, fireworks and printing, mostly concentrated in and around Sivakasi. Virudhunagar is the main market for oil, chicory, coffee seeds, dry chillies and pulses. There are two trade centres (Godowns) in the District one in Virudhunagar and another in Rajapalayam. Ginning factories, spinning mills, power loom and hand loom industries are also present in the district at Rajapalayam the second big weaving town in the state after Coimbatore. One of the cement plants of Madras Cements Ltd is located in RR Nagar near Viudhunagar another one located at Alankulam of Sivakasi Taluk.
Rivers of Virudhunagar District
- Arjuna River
- Vaippar River
- Kowsika River
- Gundar River
Virudhunagar District Places of interest
- Srivilliputhur Andal Temple
- Irukkankudi Mariamman Temple
- Ayyanar Falls
- Shenbagathoppu Grizzled Squirrel Wildlife Sanctuary