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Shenkottai is a city and a Municipality in the Tirunelveli district, of Tamilnadu, India. River Chittar originates from the Western Ghats and flowing through the city in the Easterly direction and the Western Ghats is the major geographical feature of this region. Spread over an area of 2.68 Sq. Kilometers with a population of over 26,838, the economy of the town revolves around the cultivation of rice. The name Sengottai means Red Fort in Tamil. There is fort like structure on the entrance of this town. Sengottai is also spells as Shencottah, Shenkottai, Chengottai, Chenkottai, Sengottai, Senkottai) is. Sengottai is roughly 5 Kilometers from the courtallam waterfall. The Harihara and Kuntaaru rivers flow through the Town. The nearest airport is Madurai Airport and Tuticorin Airport, and the nearest international airport is Trivandrum Airport.
Before state reorganization sengottai was a part of the Travancore Kingdom. In December 1851, the boundary between tirunelveli and Travancore on the sengottai side was clearly defined as proposed by General Cullen as early as 1846, and finally sanctioned by the Madras Government. sengottai Municipality was constituted in 1921. The States Reorganisation Act, 1956 came into effect from the 1st November 1956 and consequently the Tamil speaking area of sengottai taluk of Quilon district were added to Madras State. sengottai was revised from III grade to II grade as per G.O. No.85 dated 22.5.98.
sengottai is located at 8° 58′ 24″ N, 77° 14′ 47″ E 8.973333, 77.246389
Sengottai is surrounded by mountains on two sides, and as a result possesses fertile soil. Spread over an area of 2.68 km2. The flow of Courtallam Waterfall is highly seasonal is the normal rainy season lasts from July through September. Its famous for saral. Starting in November up until January, the weather becomes colder. Old name was Ayikudi
- Municipal Chairman: Mohana krishnan
- Vice Chairman: A. Ganeshan
- Chairman: Sattanathan P
- Vice Chairman: Robert Charles V
During the Tamil month of Maargazhi (corresponding to December through January), people in Sengottai sing bhajan before sunrise and draw special rangoli outside their houses every day. Hot curd rice as "Prasadam" is served early in the morning after the bhajans in the Temples during the month of Margazhi. During the Month of January, Tamil month Thai Chariot festival is celebrated grandly. In that occasion Swamy Lord Siva, kulasekaranathar and Lord parvathi, Dharmasavathini and Lord Ganesha and murugan will come in separate wooden chariot respectively. In that festival approximately 25000 people will come together to pull the chariot. The car will run through four ratha veedhis and it will halt at its location.
The "Thai poosam" festival will prolong for 10 days. Every vinayagar pooja celebration is very popular. Around 30 vinayagar idols will be used.
"Soora Samharam" during KANDHA SHASTI is another festival celebrated in Sengottai.
Some Highlights: (a) "Velli Chapparam"; "Vettum Kuthirai" on 7th & 8th day of Azhagiyamanavaala Perumal Kovil Uthsavam. (b) "Gokulashtami Uthsavam" for 10 days @ Sri Navaneetha Krishnaswamy temple. (c) Festivals called KODAI & CHERAPPU @ Sri Nithyakalyani Amman Temple. (d) "Rishaba Vaaganam" on 4th day of Dharmasamwardhini Amman Temple.
Sengottai is connected by road to most places in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. The nearest airport is in Madurai, roughly four hours by road and three hours by train. There is a railway station and railway line between Sengottai and Tenkasi. Trivandrum International Airport is four hours by road. This road passes through the beautiful Western Ghats. Trains available at Sengottai include:
- Sengottai - Madurai Passenger
- Sengottai - Tirunelveli Passenger
- Sengottai - Chennai Egmore Pothigai Express.
- Punalur - Sengottai Passenger.
Transport Corporation of Tamil Nadu, Tirunelveli & Madurai Branch Depots and Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation Express Service Depot serve Sengottai.They operate the buses to sengottai continuously even at the night also.
TNSTC ticket booking office working hour from 7am to 9pm
These two depots operate buses from Sengottai to various cities of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Kerala. The main cities are Tirunelveli,Chennai, Tirupur, Coimbatore, Trichy, Madurai, Tiruchendur, Tuticorin, Srivilliputtur and Papanasam in Tamil Nadu and Thiruvananthapuram UD, Pathanamthitta, Kottarakkara, Kottayam, Guruvayur, Punalur, and Quilon (Kollam) in Kerala and Pondicherry in Puducherry. Sengottai
- S.M.S.S. Boys Govt Higher Secondary School(shencottah)
- S.R.M. Girls Higher Secondary School(shencottah)
- Crescent Nursery and Primary School
- Ariyanallur Primary School
- Vanchinathan Primary School(shencottah)
- Catchchery Compound middle School
- A.G Primary School(shencottah)
- A.G Matriculation and Higher Secondary School(shencottah)
- M M Middle School
- Meloor Govt High School
- Tiruveni Vithyalaya Primary School
- kanupulimethu primary school
- Government library which is near to s.m.s.s.govt boys school works from 8am to 8pm
Bank's and ATM's
- Canara Bank and ATM
- State Bank of Travancore and ATM
- Tamil Nadu Mercantile Bank and ATM
- Indian Overseas Bank and ATM
- Tirunelveli Co-operative Central Bank
- ICICI Bank ATM
- Federal Bank ATM
- axis bank ATM
- Kundaru Dam & Kannupulimedu Dam (5 km from Shencottah )
- Paalaruvi Falls (15 km from Shencottai)
- Manalar and Kumbaratty Falls in Kerala (31km from Shencottai)
- Courtallam waterfalls (5 km from Shencottai)
- Five falls (7 km from shengottai)
- Thenmalai dam (23 km from Shencottai)
- Adavi Nainar dam (8 km from Shencottai)
- Thirumalaikovil Hills step(7 km from Sengottai)
There are two movie theatres in Shenkottai; both of which have been upgraded to QUBE with DTS sound system: Ananth theatre and Kaleeswari theatre.
- Sri Navaneetha Krishna Swamy Temple in Veerakeralavarmapuram Street (also known as River st)
- Chekkadi Vinayagar Temple (near Dharmasamwardhani Amman Temple)
- Senaithalaivar sangam Kaliamman Amman Temple (Kali), Vadaku Theru, Melaa Bazzar
- Kulasekekara Ganapathi Temple (Near to Bombay store- Sengottai)
- Kulasekaranathar(Lord Siva),Dharmasamvardhini (Amman) Temple
- Azhagiya Manavala Perumal Temple
- Nithyakalyani amman Temple (Elathur Road)
- Muppudathi Amman Temple
- Vandimalachi Amman Temple
- Sri Selva Vinayagar Temple (Vallam Road)
- Appa Madaswamy Temple (Near SRM Girls School)
- Punamallaisoodumperumal temple (Opposite to Government Hospital),
- Anjanayar temple (Near by Police Station),
- Sathguru Sri Malayalam swami temple (Near Forest Office check post)
- Saiva Pillaiyaar Kovil
- Sithi vinayakar temple(Near SRM Higher Secondary School)).
- Sri Rama Bhajani Madam,Siva Madam in Amman Sannathi street.
- Arumugasamy odukam, Near Kundar river bridge
- Arulmighu Muthu Alaghiamman Temple, Melur.
- senai vinayager temple melur
Temples nearby this Town
- A famous Murugan temple called Thirumalai Kovil has 605 steps, and is situated at Panpoli which is about 5 kilometres from Shenkottai. This beautiful temple is dedicated to Lord Muruga on the ranges of the Western ghats
- Famous Ayyappa temples Aryankavu, Achankovil, and Kulathupuzha is nearby to Shenkottai.
- Murugan temple (Thiru IlanjiKumaran Temple, Ilanji) is on the way to Courtallam from henkottai.
- Madhunadheswarar Temple in Elathur. (This Shiva temple was built by the saint Agasthiyar under the holy tamarind tree. The idol was kept under a bee hive. So, honey dripped on the Shivalingam and hence the name Madhunadheshwarar temple. Location: 4 km from Shenkottai).
- Sadasiva Murthy Temple at Puliyarai (7 km from Shenkottai -Famous for Lord Guru Dhakshinamoorthy)
- Chitra Sabha (5 km from Sengottai) Chitra Sabha (Hall of Pictures) dedicated to Lord Nataraja and decorated with paintings of rural deities and devotees, puranic stories and religious events. The Sabha is one of the five Sabhas, where Lord Nataraja is said to have performed the cosmic dance.
- Kutralanathar Temple, Courtallam (5 km from Shenkottai)
- Ayikudi Balasubramanya Swami Temple (12 km from Shenkottai)
- Nallurumadan temble near kathiravan colony
- Velmalai Balasubramaniaswamy temple in kanakkupillaivalasai (Location: 4 km from Shenkottai).
- R C Church.[Kuzhanthai Therasammal]
- Church of South India.
- Assemblies of God Church, various places.
Vanchinathan (1886 – June 17, 1911), popularly known as Vanchi, was an Indian Tamil independence activist. He is best remembered for having shot dead Ashe, the Collector of Thirunelveli and having later committed suicide in order to evade arrest.
Subbayya Sivasankaranarayana (1901–1950) was an Indian mathematician, well known for his work in number theory. He worked on Waring's problem, in particular on the determination of exact values for the function g(n). He also published in diophantine approximation.
- "Isaiyulaga Mannan" S.G.Kittappa
Shencottah Ganagathara Kittappa (1906–1933) was a Tamil classical singer and stage actor who was active in the pre-cinema days of the 1920s. He was the husband of singer and film actor K. B. Sundarambal.
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