At least 8 persons were killed and many injured when the tourist bus they were travelling in fell into a gorge in this hilly district on Saturday, police said.
Among the deceased were four women and a minor, they said.
The victims hailed from Kadayam in Tenkasi district and they were returning home when the incident happened.
The bus fell into the gorge after the driver of the vehicle lost control and locals, members of the police and fire and rescue services rushed to the aid of the victims and rescued the injured.
Most of the injured persons have been sent to nearby Coimbatore for medical treatment.
CM Stalin has announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 8 lakh each for the kin of dead and Rs 1 lakh each for seriously injured while Rs 50,000 for moderately injured.