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Orathanad (or Mukthambalpuram) is a town in Thanjavur district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is recognised as a Town Panchayat. It is located at a distance of 33 km from Thanjavur and 35 km from Pattukkottai. The town is surrounded by vast agricultural lands.

Geography and climate

Orathanadu has an average elevation of 2 m (6.6 ft) and lies on the south bank of the Kaveri River, 223 miles (359 km) south of Chennai. On November 27, 2008 Orathanadu broke the 65-year-old record for the highest rainfall in 24 hours in Tamil Nadu, registering 660 millimetres (26 in) and exceeding the 570 millimetres (22 in) registered by Cuddalore on May 18, 1943. However, Orathanadu lost the rainfall record to Kethi in the Nilgiris district after the town recorded 82 centimetres (32 in) of rain in 24 hours during early November, 2009. .


As of 2011 census, Orathanad had a population of 10,247. The total population constitute, 4,887 males and 5,360 females —a sex ratio of 1097 females per 1000 males. 1,078 children are in the age group of 0–6 years, of which 511 are boys and 567 are girls. The average literacy rate stands at 76.54% with 7,018 literates.

Educational Institution

Orathanad has two major educational institutions. One is Tamil Nadu Veterinary College And Research Institute and the another one is Government college of education.

Famous Places Nearby

Brihadisvara Temple, Thanjavur Thanjavur Maratha Palace
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