The Huge Hill at Dindigul resembles like a pillow. Thus, the city is know as Dindigul, a portmanteau from the Indian 'Thindu' for pillow, and 'kal' for rock. Also commonly known as the "City of Locks and Tannery", it is a fast growing tier-4 city.
Dindigul has an average elevation of 268 metres (879 feet). It is 130 km from Coimbatore. 100 km from Tiruchirapalli.
It is bounded on the north by Erode and Karur districts, on the east by Tiruchirappalli District, on the southeast and south by Madurai District, on the southeast by Theni District, and on the west by the state of Kerala and Tiruppur District.
The Palani and Kodaikanal taluks are famous tourist regions in South India. These taluks are cooler compared to other regions of Tamil Nadu.