Tam: திண்டுக்கல் tiṇṭukkal

‘Pillow Rock’  [Tintukkal] City/District, Tamil Nadu

From: Tam: tiṇṭu ‘pillow’, ‘semicircular cushion’; and kal, ‘rock’.

Dindigul Fort (270m high and 2.75km round) was built on a wedge-shaped rock in 1605. 

It was under Nayak rule for more than a century until Chanda Sahib, a Nawab under the Mughals, seized control. It swapped hands a few times. 

Tipu Sultan proclaimed himself King of Dindigul in 1788, but lost it to the British four years later.

In the past Dindigul was a tobacco manufacturing centre (it made Winston Churchill’s favourite cigars) but in recent times it has specialised in locks, safes and textiles.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Tamil Nadu place names.


Dindigul Fort (1913)           A.D.G. Shelley