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Ponnai is a town in Katpadi taluk in the Vellore district in Tamil Nadu state, India.
Nearby towns are served by rail and air. Nearby villages include Madandakuppam, Gollapalli, Paramasathu, and Keeraisathu. There are several local temples and shrines. Nearby train station Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh.
Ponnai is a village in Tamil Nadu. The entrance of Ponnai is greeted by a river that must be crossed via a bridge to enter Ponnai. It is surrounded by temples. One of the famous places to visit near Ponnai is Vallimalai; according to Vallimalai, it is a place where Valli, the daughter of Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi was born (i.e. via the sweat drop from Lakshmi that fell on the grass at this place, and later on consumed by a deer, thereafter Valli was born via the deer). Raised up by the chief of the tribe, Valli grew up to be a beautiful damsel. Narada Muni recounted about Valli with Muruga, thereby Muruga went to woo the damsel Valli. After several vain attempts and finally with Ganesha's help, Valli and Muruga are united. They elope from Vallimalai and settle down at Thirutthani which is 38 km from Ponnai. There are schools in Ponnai, one such school is Phoenix nursery and primary school which caters to the poor children. Teachers in this school are well educated and the medium of instruction is English. There are other schools. Another important place to visit near Ponnai is Thengal Ashram The weather is a bit hot around these places, the best time of the year to visit would be from October to January, buses frequent these places on a daily basis and this place is 38 km from Vellore where the famous CMC hospital is situated, people in and around Ponnai are very friendly.
Swarna Vinayaka Temple is around 3 km from Ponnai main bus stand.The village name is called oddaneri, from ponnai bus stand auto's are available.
The Katpadi assembly constituency is part of the Arakkonam (Lok Sabha constituency).