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Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Kanyakumari
 • Total Around 6,000
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 629302
Nearest city Nagercoil
Lok Sabha constituency Kanyakumari

Thovalai is a small village located in Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu, India. The area is well known in India for its production of flowers, especially Jasmine.[1]Up to 1957, Thovalai Taluk wherein Thovalai is situated formed part of the Travancore Kingdom and subsequently the Travancore-Cochin State. It was when the States were divided on linguistic basis that Thovalai, Kalkulam, Vilavancode, and Agastheeswaram Taluks of erstwhile Thiruvananthapuram District of the then Travancore- Cochin State were included in the then Madras State (later renamed as Tamil Nadu) as Kanyakumari District.

Flower Industry[edit]

Thovalai and the area surrounding it is involved in the fresh flower industry, growing flowers for sale to other areas of India as well as for export.

The variety of white Jasmine flower (called locally 'Pichchi Vellai' or 'Pichchip poo') is a rarity with a unique scent. It is somewhat similar to 'Jaathi Malligai' which is grown elsewhere.

The village people are quite active throughout the day with the flower business. Especially, the ladies at home are employed in this work and earn a substantial income. This increases the economy of the whole family and also the confidence level of the women.

The Government of India is planning to set up a floriculture research station with a cold storage facility at Thovalai for the benefit of farmers raising flower crops in and around the Kanyakumari district.[1] exporting flowers to other countries through Thiruvananthapuram.


The Subramania Temple is in the village.

There is a government higher secondary school situated in center place with more than 5 acres (20,000 m2) of ground.

CSI Institute of Technology, established in 1995, which is one of the oldest Engineering Colleges in Kanyakumari district, is located in Thovalai.

There is also a railway station where the passenger trains stop. Frequent road transportations are also there, as the village located in the highway running between Nagercoil and Tirunelveli.

Famous Functions[edit]

In thovalai a small hill grown in the middle of the village where famous subramanaian temple is available. In which pushbabishekam is the common festival happen during the end of may and all varieties of flowers which will be filled inside the idol place. After one week of diwali, surasamharam a festival happens throughout Tamil Nadu is also happen here.


  1. ^ a b, The Hindu, Tamil Nadu, Floriculture research station for Thovalai , Retrieved February 13, 2011.

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