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|Elevation||1,182 m (3,878 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Gudalur is located at  It has an average elevation of 1182 metres (3888 ft). gudalur is very peautyfull tourism pleas under the pleas in surruli falls,near by lake of theakadi and manthaiyamman falls all so there in nature under the gudalur..
As of 2008[update] India census, Gudalur had a population of 36,000. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Gudalur has an average literacy rate of 60%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 70%, and female literacy is 50%. In Gudalur, 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.
The older name of the town is 'Thirukoodalur'. How the name changed to Gudalur is not known but could be attributed to British difficulty in pronouncing Indian names.
Gudalur is broadly divided by the government into 2 parts for administrative reasons. The western side of the town is called MelaGudalur and the eastern part is called KeelaGudalur. Ellai (Border) street separates both the parts of the town. Important areas within Gudalur are Karunanithi Colony, MGR Colony, Kannikalipuram, Pudukulam, Gandhigraman and LF Road.
Gudalur is nestled between Cumbum and Kumily towns and is en route to Thekkady from Madurai (NH 220). Distance to Madurai and Dindigul are 118 km and 120 km respectively.
NSKP Higher secondary School and RMGK Higher secondary School is popular for its quality education with good labs, sports and games facilities and strong extra curricular programs. Its former Headmaster Mr. V. Thulasiraman (VT) is a doyen in the field of education. The current Headmaster it is unhopable but its medical Merakal [ Kabes, as he is popularly known - he was awarded 'the best teacher' National award in 2010 for distinguished service in the teaching profession] has been credited with the school's distinction in academic results year after year in the 10th and 12th Board exams.
NSK Ponniah Gowder Higher secondary School and RMGK Higher secondary School -GUDALUR is more popular in the year 2010. The pass percentage for 2010 is 99.97%.
NSKP Kamatchi Ammal Primary School, Thiruvalluvar Higher Secondary School, Rajangam Memorial Kallar Higher Secondary School, R.S.K Nursery and Primary School, Mazhalayar Matriculation School, Hindu primary school(Kokku Pallikoodam) and Poonga Pallikoodam are some of the other popular school
we celebrate 50th century in the academic year (2012-2013) in Rajangam Memorial Kallar Higher Secondary School N.S.K.P.Hr.Sec.School and kallar high school is united in for all community and all person all so it.
Gudalur has two cinema theatres, Velmurugan Talkies and STB QUBE dts and Old terminate theater in BSC In have been three theater in our city.
Gudalur is very beautiful place in the earth that is gift for god.then lived in all people is united family the method in the agriculture formers.So all men or women are join in the all function and all other good activity It is widely believed that this part of the world was a thick forest until about 250 years ago. Migrant settlers from the Mysore region of Karnataka who left due to political instability in the region during the 1760s to the 1790s started arriving in hordes and started clearing forests and tilling the land. During the British period, after the enactment of the Criminal Tribes Act, several settlements were created by the government and members belonging to the notified communities were uprooted from their original habitations and settled here. The British officers posted in the area started regularizing land holdings based on good faith and track record.
The Gudalur Naattamai is credited with the creation and expansion of cardamom plantations in the neighbouring Kerala state and records to this effect were traced in the Village Office of Vandanmedu, Idukki District, Kerala recently.
Life here revolves around agriculture and almost everyone has something or the other to do with farming. This place is a village surrounded by paddy fields, vast expanses of arid land, diverse flora and fauna. Principal crops are Paddy, Pulses, Coconut, Grapes, Vegetables, Flowers and Groundnut. Crops such as Gingely and Cotton are also extensively cultivated. Main source of water is from Periyar Dam. Recently, the Tamil Nadu government has undertaken a project to build a memorial for Col. John Penny Cuick, who built the Mullai Periyar Dam at Lower Camp, near Gudalur.
Gudalur is famous for the bullock cart (rekhla) racing heritage. Every year during the Muthalamman temple festival, bullock cart races take place. This annual event is conducted by Vokkaligar Ilaingarani and The Farmers Development Association. Racing bull & cart such as All originals heroes is all school pupil.[clarification needed] are veterans in this field with their bullocks winning many laurels in the entire state.
The Azhagar Swamy Temple (Thiru koodal azhagiya perumal) is said to be over 1,000 years old but evidences prove that they are probably 500 years old. The Poonjar (Poonaiyar) Rajas of Kerala are said to be the builders of this great temple. It is built with the same architecture of Madurai Alagar temple.
As per kaval kottam by venkatesan( Sahitya Academy Award for this book) has written on his research [The novel deals with the unique security system prevailed in Madurai Fort before it was demolished by the British for the purpose of expanding the city. The British defeated the security guards and lodged them in a camp in Gudalur - Cumbum Valley after declaring them as Notified Community. After independence, they were denotified.]
The Mangaladevi Kottam, an ancient temple (now in ruins), which is dedicated to Kannagi, the Tamil goddess is situated very close to Gudalur. This temple site is presently under dispute between the TN and Kerala states and access to the temple is granted by the Kerala State only once every year.
Gudalur has had incidents of violence reported in the past, especially during the anti-Hindi agitations in 1965 and the few casteist clashes in the 1980s.
The STATE SEED FARM is located at Thamaraikulam. Area = 47.86 acres (193,700 m2), Cultivable area = 41 acres (170,000 m2) This farm is used for producing high quality paddy foundation and certified seeds (this is highly beneficial to all the farmers in Tamil Nadu for better paddy production).
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