About Theni
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In 1997 Theni District was formed after separation from the Madurai District. Subsequently the Theni municipal town was upgraded as Taluk and district head quarters. It is mainly a commercial town and is known for its big weekly Shandy held every Sunday.

Aravind Eye Hospital, Theni

Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai conducted eye screening camps around Theni region in the earlier days. A medical team travelled from Madurai to Theni to conduct eye camps and brought patients back to Madurai for eye surgery. After a 7 day stay in Madurai, the patients were taken back to Theni. During this period, Dr.P. Namperumalsamy, the present chairman of Aravind Eye Care System visited Theni during the weekends to screen patients. Due to positive community support of the eye camps and their continued growth, Aravind - Madurai treated a permanent facility in Theni.

Theni Taluk is a small town with a population of 112,000. Aravind Eye Hospital, Theni serves the Theni District, within a radius of 50km and covering a population of 1.1 million. Besides this primary service area the hospital also covers the neighbouring areas in Kottayam and Idukki districts of Kerala state with a population of 3.1 million thus serving a total population of 4.3 million.

Places of Interest Around Theni
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Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary at Thekkadi is 155kms from Madurai. Situated in Kerala, the forest of this beautiful sanctuary slopes down to a manmade lake. The motor boat ride allows one to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Elephant, gaur, sambhar, bear, even tigers and leopards come down to drink from the lake.


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The fascinating city of Cochin has a plethora of things to see including churches, winding streets crammed with 500 year old Portuguese homes, Chinese fishing nets, a Jewish community whose roots go back to the diaspora, a 16th century synagogue and a palace built by the Portuguese. The best way to get there is by hiring a taxi, which may cost you around Rs.3000 (US$70).

Backwaters Trip

Kerala is a labyrinth of lazily meandering backwaters. Sprinkled with traditional houseboats, country crafts, rural lifestyles and tranquility, it is an intricate network of innumerable lagoons, lakes, canals, estuaries and the deltas of forty-four rivers that drain into the Arabian Sea. Kerala thrives along these backwaters. That snake across the state, bestowing paddy fields with good harvests, and provide whole villages with drinking water.


It is an enchanting hill station located 2,130m above sea level on the Western Ghats. It is an ideal place for trekking.


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Rolling mountain scenery, craggy peaks, manicured tea estates and crisp mountain air form the quaint hill station Munnar. It is the commercial centre of some of the worlds highest tea growing estates. A 3.5 hour drive from Theni, it is a perfect getaway for a weekend.


130 kms from Madurai, Megamalai lies 1500 m above sea level. One has to climb up from the Chinnamanur side. There are many cardomon estates and tea plantations in the hills. Wild animals like sambhar, elephant, tiger, cheetah, gaur and spotted deer are found amidst thick vegetation.