Dharmapuri District is bordered by Vellore
districts in the east, Salem District
in the south, Bangalore
districts of the state of Karnataka
in the west and Chittoor District
of the state of Andhra Pradesh
in the north. The main languages spoken are Tamil,
, Telegu and
. With an area of 9,622 sq km, Dharmapuri District has a population of over 2.6 million. The climate is generally warm and the temperature varies from 12o
C to 35o
C. It receives an annual rainfall of about 80 cm.
Apatite, copper ore, corundum, gold, iron ore, limestone, magnesite, nickel, quartz, vermiculite, black granite and grey granite are the major minerals found. Dharmapuri also has three spinning mills in public sectors along with a number of sago mills which are producing starch out of
Tapioca. Ashok Leyland, Lakshmi Automotive Looms, TVS Moped, Indian Tobacco, Premier Mills, AsianBearings and English Electricals are the major industries.
Theerthamalai is the major tourist spot in Dharmapuri District. Other tourist attractions include
Hogenakkal Falls, Adhiyamankottam, Subramanya Siva Memorial at
Papparapatti, Rajaji Memorial at
Thorapalli and Krishhnagiri Dam.