Pettai, Tirunelveli

Mohamed Nainar Pallivasal
Pettai (Pudhu Pettai)
Pettai (Pudhu Pettai)
Coordinates: 08°43′18″N 77°39′35″E / 8.72167°N 77.65972°E / 8.72167; 77.65972Coordinates: 08°43′18″N 77°39′35″E / 8.72167°N 77.65972°E / 8.72167; 77.65972
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Tirunelveli
Elevation 54 m (177 ft)
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 627004, 627010
Vehicle registration TN72

Pettai (Pudhu Pettai) is an industrial sub urban area in Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu, India. It is located approximately seven kilometers west of downtown Tirunelveli along the Southern Railway line to Tenkasi.[1]


Pettai actually got its name from the Vandi Pettais (Godown with Cart Parking Facilities) built by virudhunagar and sivakasi nadars. These Vandi Pettais were dealing with few agriculture commodities such as coriander, chilli, etc. To understand this fact, still the street adjacent to Sivakasi Nadar Mall is called as Malli (Coriander) Maal Street.

Glorious Time

Similar to many towns, Pettai also had a glorious time when the Co-operative Spinning Mill was in operation. People from many towns across Tamilnadu have flocked here for the employment in this mill. Most of the them had settled here.

Industrial Estate

Pettai Industrial Estate is operated by SIDCO.[2] The major products manufactured here are PVC pipes, tanks, cooking utensils, nails, matresses, etc. TANSI is also operated inside this estate. Government ITI and MSME are also functioning here.

Educational Institutions

Though Pettai is situated near the Oxford of South India (Palayamkottai), it also has a numerous educational institutions which serve for a long period.

Apart from this, there are number of private schools serving for the Pettai Public.

Religious Places

Though Pettai can be termed as a diverse population, it has a majority of Muslim population. Following are the mosques in Pettai

Following are the notorious temples in Pettai

Below are the notorious churches


Pettai is famous for evening snacks such as Vadai, Murukku, etc. These eatables were famous because they were fried in the oils produced at traditional Oil Mills here. The place called chekkadi had a lots of chekku (traditional oil mill) operated all the time. It is also famous for Parotta Stalls. Earlier only Pettai Hotels have serves parottas during lunch alongwith Rice.

Famous Person

Quide Millath. On his remembrance, the government hospital in has been renamed. The Cheranmahadevi road flows within Pettai is also named after him as Quaid e Millath Road.

Shopping Hub

Pettai Bazaar is actually serving as a shopping hub for the nearby villages.


Pettai has a movie theatre called Meenakshi Theatre owned by Meenakshi Chettiar. This theatre is not in operation now.


At the 2001 census, Pettai had 1,060 inhabitants, with 534 males and 526 females.[5][6]


  1. "PEA/Pettai Railway Station Satellite Map". India Rail Info. Archived from the original on 23 April 2013.
  2. "TANSIDCO". Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  4. "MDT Hindu College Tirunelveli Tamilnadu India.". Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  5. "Primary Census Abstract - Census 2001". Directorate of Census Operations - Tamil Nadu.
  6. 2001 Census Village Code = 1603800, "2001 Census of India: List of Villages by Tehsil: Tamil Nadu" (PDF). Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. p. 288. Archived (PDF) from the original on 13 November 2011.

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