Districts of tamil nadu

The state of Tamil Nadu, in south eastern India is divided into 32 districts, including the two newly created districts of Ariyalur and Tiruppur.

History of Tamil Nadu districts

After Indian independence in August 1947, the former British province of Madras Presidency became Madras State, renamed Tamil Nadu in 1969. The three princely states of Sandur, Banganapalle, and Pudukkottai were merged into Bellary, Kurnool, and Tiruchirapalli Districts, respectively. In 1953 the eleven northern districts of Madras State became the new state of Andhra state, and Bellary District was divided between Andhra Pradesh and Mysore State (present-day Karnataka). Tamil Nadu acquired its present boundaries on 1 November 1956, when Dakshina Kannada and Malabar districts were ceded to Mysore and Kerala states, respectively, and Kanyakumari District of erstwhile Travancore-Cochin state was ceded to Madras State.

In 1956, Madras State was made up of 13 districts: Chengalpattu, Coimbatore, Kanyakumari, Madras, Madurai, The Nilgiris, North Arcot, Ramanathapuram, Salem, South Arcot, Thanjavur, Tiruchirappalli, and Tirunelveli.

  • 1966: Dharmapuri District split from Salem.
  • 1996: Names of districts changed:
    • Kamarajar became Virudhunagar;
    • Madras became Chennai;
    • Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar became Sivaganga;
    • Periyar became Erode;
    • Tirunelveli-Kattabomman became Tirunelveli;
    • Tiruvannamalai-Sambuvarayar became Tiruvannamalai;
    • Chidambaranar became Tuticorin, later Thoothukudi;
    • North Arcot Ambedkar became Vellore.
    • Anna District became Dindigul;
  • 14 January 1974: Pudukkottai formed from parts of Tiruchirappalli and Thanjavur.
  • 31 August 1979: Periyar District (present-day Erode) split from Coimbatore.
  • 8 March 1985: Kamarajar (present-day Virudhunagar) and Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar (present-day Sivaganga) districts split from Ramanathapuram.
  • 15 September 1985: Dindigul District split from Madurai.
  • 1986: Tirunelveli District split into Chidambaranar (present-day Thoothukudi) and Nellai-Kattabomman (later Tirunelveli-Kattabomman, present-day Tirunelveli) districts.
  • 30 September 1989: North Arcot district split into Tiruvannamalai-Sambuvarayar (present-day Tiruvannamalai) and North Arcot Ambedkar (present-day Vellore) districts.
  • 14 September 1993: South Arcot District split into Cuddalore and Villupuram districts.
  • 1 November 1995: Karur and Perambalur districts split from Tiruchirappalli District.
  • 1 January 1997: Namakkal district split from Salem district.
  • Tirupur District split from Coimbatore and Erode Districts from Feb 2009.

Present districts of Tamil Nadu

More can be found on the sites of the individual districts which are linked from the site of the Tamil Nadu Government [1]. The serial numbers correspond to the numbers in the 2009 map.

SL.NO. District Area (sq.km) Population (2011 Census) Number of taluks Names of taluks District Map
1. Ariyalur 1949.31 7,52,481 3
2. Chennai 181 46,81,087 5
3. Coimbatore 572 34,72,578 8 Mettupalayam, Coimbatore-North, Coimbatore-South, Pollachi, Annur, Kinathukadavu, Valparai.[1]
4. Cuddalore 617 26,00,880 6 Cuddalore, Panruti, Chidambaram, Kattumannarkoil, Vriddachalam, Titakudi, neyveli, nellikupam
5. Dharmapuri 297 15,02,900 5 Dharmapuri, Palacode, Pennagaram, Harur and Pappireddipatti
6. Dindigul 317 21,61,367 8 Dindigul, Kodaikanal, Natham taluk, Athoor taluk, Nilakottai taluk, Oddanchathiram taluk, Palani taluk, Vedasandhur taluk, Kodaikanal taluk.[2]
7. Erode 369 22,59,608 5 Bhavani taluk, Erode taluk, Gobichettipalayam taluk, Perundurai taluk, Sathyamangalam, Anthiyur taluk
8. Kanchipuram 668 39,90,897 8 Chengalpattu, Cheyyur, Tambaram, Madurantakam, Sriperumbudur, Kanchipuram, Thirukazhukundram, Uthiramerur, Thiruporur
9. Kanniyakumari 995 18,63,174 4 Agastheeswaram, Kalkulam, Vilavancode, Thovalai
10. Karur 323 10,76,588 4 Aravakurichi, Karur, Krishnarayapuram, Kulithalai
11. Krishnagiri - 18,83,731 5 Krishnagiri, Hosur, Pochampalli, Uthangarai, Denkanikottai
12. Madurai 747 30,41,038 7 Madurai North, Madurai South, Melur, Tirumangalam, Periyur, Usilampatti, Vadipatti
13. Nagapattinam 616 16,14,069 8 Kilvelur, Kuthalam, Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam, Sirkazhi, Tharangambadi, Thirukkuvalai, Vedaranyam
14. Namakkal 439 17,21,179 4 Namakkal, Velur, Tiruchengode, Rasipuram
15. Nilgiris 422 7,35,071 6
16. Perambalur 1752 5,64,511 3 Kunnam taluk, Perambalur taluk, Veppanthattai taluk, Alathur taluk
17. Pudukkottai 314 16,18,725 9 Pudukkottai, Gandarvakottai, Ilupur, Kulatur, Tirumayam, Alangudi, Arangthangi, Avudaiyarkoil, Manamelkudi
18. Ramanathapuram 284 13,37,560 7 Ramanathapuram, Tiruvadanai, Rameswaram, Paramakudi, Mudukulathur, Kamuthi, Kadaladi, kilakarai
19. Salem 575 34,80,008 9 Attur, Edappadi, Gangavalli, Mettur, Omalur, Salem, Sankagiri, Valapady, Yercaud
20. Sivaganga 279 13,41,250 6 Sivaganga, Karaikkudi, Devakkotai, Maanamadurai, Ilayankudi, Thirupathur
21. Thanjavur 638 24,02,781 8 Kumbakonam, Orathanadu, Papanasam, Pattukkottai, Peravurani, Thanjavur, Thiruvaiyaru, Thiruvidaimarudur[3]
22. Theni 381 12,43,684 5 Theni, Periyakulam, Andipatti, Bodinayakkanur, Uthamapalayam
23. Thoothukudi 340 17,38,376 8 Tuticorin, Thiruchendur, Sathankulam, Srivaikundam, Ottapidaram, Kovilpatti, Ettayapuram, Vilathikulam
24. Thiruvarur 492 12,68,094 7 Kudavasal, Mannargudi, Nannilam, Needamangalam, Thiruthiraipoondi, Tiruvarur, Valangaiman
25. Tirunelveli 400 30,72,880 11 Alangulam, Ambasamudram, Nanguneri, Palayamkottai, Tenkasi, Shenkottai, Radhapuram, Sankarankoil, Sivagiri, Tirunelveli, Veerakeralamputhur
26. Tiruchirappalli 536 27,13,858 8 Manapparai, Srirangam, Tiruchirapalli, Lalgudi, Manachanallu, Thuraiyur, Musiri, Thottiyam
27. Thiruvallur 776 37,25,697 8 Ambattur, Gummidipoondi, Pallipattu, Ponneri, Poonamallee, Tiruvallur, Uthukkottai
28. Tiruppur - 24,71,222 7 Tiruppur, Avinashi, Palladam, Dharapuram, Kangeyam, Udumalaipettai, Madathukulam
29. Tiruvannamalai 353 24,68,965 10 Thiruvannamalai, kizh-Pennathur, kalasapakkam, Javadi Hills, polur, Chengam, Thandarampattu, Arani, Vandavasi, Cheyyar.
30. Vellore 573 39,28,106 9 Vellore, Arcot, Ambur, Vaniyambadi,Natrampalli,Anaicut, Tiruppattur, Walajapet, Katpadi, Arakkanom, Gudiyatham.
31. Villupuram 412 34,63,284 8 Kallakurichi, Sankarapuram, Chinnasalem, Ulundurpettai, Tirukoilur, Gingee, Vanur taluk, Villupuram, Tindivanam
32. Virudhunagar 409 19,43,309 8 Aruppukkottai, Kariapatti, Rajapalayam, Sattur taluk, Sivakasi, Srivilliputhur, Tiruchuli, Virudhunagar

See also

  • List of Developmental administrative units of Tamil Nadu state
  • List of Revenue Divisions of Tamil Nadu
  • List of Taluks of Tamil Nadu

References

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