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Agastheeswaram is located in Tamil Nadu
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 8°6′0″N 77°31′15″E / 8.10000°N 77.52083°E / 8.10000; 77.52083Coordinates: 8°6′0″N 77°31′15″E / 8.10000°N 77.52083°E / 8.10000; 77.52083
Country India
StateTamil Nadu
 • Total8,978
 • OfficialTamil
 • SpokenTamil
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
629 001

Agastheeswaram is a panchayat town in Kanniyakumari district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.


Agasteeswaram is named after Sage Agastya who had visited this place to teach Ramayana. Most of the people from this village are well educated when compared with other districts in Tamil Nadu. Vivekanandha college is located in Agasteeswararam. Before 1956, it was a part of Kerala state.

Agasteeswaram Nadar[edit]

Below are the words extracted from the Travancore state manual about the Agastisvaram Nadan rich chieftain who enjoyed special benefits from the Trovancore Rajah, that family belonged to the sub-caste Nadan an endogamous group among the Nadars.

The Travancore state manual says "This is also the headquarters of the Shanar tribe, where their Nadan or chieftain resides, who was formerly allowed the privileges of having a fort, of riding in a palanquin and of retaining a hundred armed attendants."

Ref: The Travancore state manual, Volume 2 Page 57


Kottaram is one of the Panchayat town in the Agastheeswaram Taluk. It is situated 6 km from Kanyakumari. People of different religions like Hindus, Christians and Muslims live here. CSI, Catholic, AG, IPC and many other independent Christian churches can be found here. This town does not have a mosque, but it has many Hindu temples.

CSI District Church Kottaram
A idol of Agastya muni at Shri Datta Temple Near Vattakottai Fort, Kanyakumari District


As of 2001 India census,[1] Agastheeswaram had a population of 8978. Males constitute 49% of the population and females 51%. Agastheeswaram has an average literacy rate of 84%, higher than the national average of 59.5%; with 50% of the males and 50% of females literate. 10% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Famous People from Agastheeswaram[edit]


  1. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
  2. ^ T. Ramakrishnan (27 June 2018). "தமிழகத்தின் முதல் பெண் வில்லுப்பாட்டுக் கலைஞர்!". Dinamani (in Tamil). Retrieved 11 November 2018.