Public transport plied as usual and private and government schools / colleges functioned normally. Banks and other offices worked.
The bandh was in force in Tirupur, where knitwear factories were shut. The day's closure would lead to a loss of Rs 50 crore in production, according to reports.
No public transport was operated from Erode and Sathyamangalam to Karnataka.
Buses bound for Kerala were terminated at Kumuli and those going towards Kerala from Kanykumari were stopped at Kaliyakavilai in Kanyakumari.
Buses going to Andhra Pradesh via Krishnagiri and Dharmapuri were called for the day.
Since the bandh is in progress in Puducherry, Tamilnadu state transport buses coming from Cuddalore to Chennai, are being re-routed through Villupuram to avoid the Union Territory.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi is leading a protest rally in New Delhi.
In Odisha capital Bhubaneswar, protesters held up trains and blocked roads in protest, while in Andhra Pradesh, Left parties took blocked roads in Vijayawada.
Many private schools in Puducherry had declared a holiday in view of the strike. Theatres had cancelled morning and afternoon shows in the Union Territory.