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Among the diverse castes living in Vanavasi, Devanga Chettiar and Senguntha Mudaliyar are in majority. Generally, people are very affectionate and cultured. There are many temples which are very old that are found in Vanavasi: the China Mariyamman Temple, Throwpathiyamman Temple, Muthukumarasamy Temple, Subramaniyasamy Temple, Sowdeswari Amman Temple, Omkaliamman Temple, Perumal Temple, Anjaneyar Temple ,Pathrakaliyamman Temple and Muniyappan temples, all of which are very famous temples in India. Several festivals are celebrated in Vanavasi throughout the year. Every six years, the Throwpathiyamman Festival is celebrated. Every five years, the festival of Sowdeswari Amman is celebrated in this town. In April, 2013 they celebrated the Sowdeswari Amman Thodappa festival. Each year, a festival is celebrated at the Muniyappan Temple during the first week of September. During the Tamil month 'Aippasi', the Mariyamman Festival is held.the festivals here are very grandly celebrated.the people here are very pious about gods.
There are two government schools in Vanavasi. One is a public elementary school and the other is the Government Higher Secondary School, where many engineers, doctors, and lawyers have studied. There are other non-governmental schools as well; like the Sakthi Matriculation School and Esha Elementary. Another educational institution present in the town is the local library.
Vanavasi is a panchayat town made popular by its temples and its handloom silk sarees, the most famous ones in the Salem District. Power looms, which are involved in synthetic saree manufacturing, are also widely used in Vanavasi. A weekly market is organized every Thursday in this town. In regards to services, Vanavasi has a branch of the ICICI bank and a CUB ATM. In the entertainment area, the Murugan Theatre offers movie entertainment for those living there and in the surrounding areas.
From Vanavasi to Mettur the distance is 19.8 km; to Tharamangalam the distance is 11 km; to Jalakandapuram the distance is 6 km; to Salem the distance is 36 km and to Nangavalli the distance is 1 km. Many places in Vanavasi are very attractive. Coconut trees and mango trees are found abundantly. There is lush vegetation everywhere and the Koppukondraya Mountain adds more beauty to the village. A famous Perumal temple is found in the middle of the mountain. People of the village love to go to the mountain during festival days, as all the festivals of the village are celebrated with great enthusiasm.