|Elevation||143 m (469 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
Tenkasi (Tamil: தென்காசி) is one of the municipalities in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu, India. It is located in the foothills of the Western Ghats near the Courtallam Waterfalls.Tenkasi is famous for its saaral (சாரல் drizzling). Every year from May–August, people and tourists enjoy the saaral in Tenkasi.The main tourist attraction of Tenkasi is Courtallam, with exotic waterfalls and healing spas.Tenkasi is at the footsteps of Thirikooda Malai (Thiri koodal in Tamil means the convergence of three mountains) - a picturesque place.
Tenkasi is located at  It has an average elevation of 143 metres (469 ft).
Tenkasi has two bus terminus and a railway station. Daily trains include the Pothigai Express (from Chennai to Shencottah) and two passenger trains, one from Madurai to Shencottah and the other runs between Tirunelveli and Shencottah. The broad gauge conversion work is completed on the Shencottah Tiruchendur stretch ( Via Tenkasi Junction, Ambasamudram, Tirunelveli) last year (2012). Shencottah - Punalur - Kollam gauge conversion work is in progress and is expected to be completed by 2014. Long distance buses are available from Tenkasi bus terminus to Chennai, Bengaluru, Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram, Coimbatore and many other places.
As of the census of India 2001, Tenkasi had a population of 63,432 comprising 31,266 males and 32,166 females, making the sex ratio (number of females per thousand males) of the town to 1,029. A total of 7,242 people were under six years of age and the child sex ratio (number of females per thousand males under six years of age) stood at 982. The town had an average literacy of 82.34%, higher than the national average of 59.5%. A total of 8,377 comprising 14.91% of the population belonged to Scheduled Castes (SC) and 498 comprising 0.89% of the population belonged to Scheduled tribes (ST). There were are total of 14,711 households in the town. As of 2001, Tenkasi had a total of 22,345 main workers: 387 cultivators, 1,881 agricultural labourers, 4,911 in house hold industries and 15,166 other workers. There was a total of 3,300 marginal workers: 10 marginal cultivators, 1,013 marginal agricultural labourers, 1,182 marginal workers in household industries and 1,095 other marginal workers. the kml jewellers is one of the good jewel shop in tenkasi
Tenkasi assembly constituency is part of Tenkasi (Lok Sabha constituency).
Legislative career : 2011 Assembly elections
- Current MLA of the Tenkasi constituency is famous Actor and politician R. Sarathkumar.
- Current ADMK minister P. Chendur Pandian's native place is Shencottah,which is very near to Tenkasi.
- Former law minister ADMK Mr.E.Subbiah's native village Ayiraperi is located very near to Tenkasi.He has been elected as a MLA from Ambasamudram constituency.
Tenkasi is a place where most of the people are agriculturists and their commercial activity is much related to agriculture and some others in the field of saw mills.Tenkasi is the gateway of Tamil Nadu to southern townships of Kerala. Buses to Pathanamthitta, Kollam and Thiruvananthapuram are operated from here.Tourism is also a main boost to the economic activity of Tenkasi. Tenkasi Rajagopuram and Courtallam are the main destinations for the tourists. There are many cottage industries in Tenkasi. Gingelly oil mills, coconut oil mills, fiber mills, and handloom industry are also located here.Besides other branded oil manufacturers in Tenkasi,STS Oil mill are one of main oil manufacturers in Tenkasi, founded by Mr.A.Rengan in the year 2003. They are covering 60% of Gingelly oil demand in Tenkasi.
Pavanasa puram is under control of the Tenkasi municipality area. This is a very small village in the surrounding of Anai kulam . There are very few houses in Pavanasapuram. Pavanasapuram is also known as Ibrahim's puram.
Tenkasi (South Kasi) is famous for its Ulagamman Temple and its Shiva Temple. The Ulagamman temple was built by Parakrama Pandian, but was shattered by lightning. In the 1990s, the temple was restored with much financial assistance of Sivanthi Adithan and others, and it was given a fresh coat of paint again in 2006 by the same philanthropists. However, the first few feet from the ground has not been painted as that part appears to have survived the lightning. The gopuram or the entry gateway remains among the highest in southern Tamil Nadu.And it is the second highest gopuram in Tamil nadu. The main deity here is Kasi Viswanathar (Shiva). This temple has three Sannidhis [a unique aspect] - Sivan, Amman and Murugan Sannidhis. This temple has beautiful sculptures and also has musical stone pillars, that emit notes of different pitch when tapped with fingers. The entrance is really grand, with heavy steps. One could view the majestic Temple Gopuram even while entering the town. The Gopuram of the temple welcomes pilgrims with a pleasant cool breeze straight from the nearby Thirikooda Malai.
Tenkasi has the other magnificent Kulasekaranathar Temple, which has been in a closed state for ages. There is also a temple pond in middle of the town, adjoining the Kannimaramman Temple. There are a row of houses along the Kannimariamman Temple, famous among them being the Justice and Advocate villas.
Anggalap Parameshwari Temple is in Malayan Street and it is famous for 10 days festival, with Sivarathiri and Alaghu. Esakki Amman Kovil is also located in Malayan street, sri pagavathi amman kovil kalangatha kandi. It is a famous temple One more old temple in tenkasi Chidambareswarar Temple
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Tenkasi
- "Primary census abstract 2001". Directorate of Census Operations – Tamil Nadu. 2001. Retrieved 2012-12-29.
- "List of Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies". Tamil Nadu. Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2008-10-13.
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