Courtallam

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Courtallam

Kuttralam
Kuttalam
Town
Main waterfalls
Main waterfalls
Courtallam is located in Tamil Nadu
Courtallam
Courtallam
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 8°56′03″N 77°16′40″E / 8.9342°N 77.2778°E / 8.9342; 77.2778Coordinates: 8°56′03″N 77°16′40″E / 8.9342°N 77.2778°E / 8.9342; 77.2778
Country India
StateTamil Nadu
DistrictTenkasi
TalukTenkasi
Government
 • TypeSpecial Grade Town Panchayat Raj
 • BodyCourtallam Sirappu Nilai Peruratchi
Elevation
167.64 m (550.00 ft)
Population
 (2001)
 • Total2,368
Languages
 • OfficialTamil
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code04633
Vehicle registrationTN 76
Sex ratio1:1 /

Courtallam is a panchayat town situated at a mean elevation of 160 m (520 ft) on the Western Ghats in Tenkasi district of Tamil Nadu bordering to Kollam district, Kerala. Rivers such as the Chittar River, the Manimuthar River, the Pachaiyar River and the Thamirabarani originate in this region.

Demographics[edit]

As of 2001 India census,[1] Courtallam had a population of 2368. Males constitute 41% of the population and females 59%. Courtallam has an average literacy rate of 75%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 78% and, female literacy is 74%. 7% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Location[edit]

Nestled in the Western Ghats, Courtallam has scenic surroundings. The hillocks which dominate the scenery disappear into the blue mist of Agasthiarmalai, the mountain bearing the name of a sage who made immense contributions to Tamil literature and is believed to have lived in the area.[2] The closest town to Courtallam is Tenkasi at 5 km (3.1 mi). The closest airports are Tuticorin Airport and Trivandrum International Airport. The nearest railway stations is at Tenkasi, 5 km (3.1 mi) away.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Courtallam, Tamil Nadu
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29.0
(84.2)
30.5
(86.9)
32.1
(89.8)
32.4
(90.3)
32.5
(90.5)
30.7
(87.3)
29.9
(85.8)
30.0
(86.0)
30.6
(87.1)
29.9
(85.8)
28.6
(83.5)
28.5
(83.3)
30.4
(86.7)
Average low °C (°F) 20.9
(69.6)
21.5
(70.7)
23.0
(73.4)
24.1
(75.4)
24.7
(76.5)
23.8
(74.8)
23.4
(74.1)
23.4
(74.1)
23.2
(73.8)
22.9
(73.2)
22.1
(71.8)
21.2
(70.2)
22.8
(73.1)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 41
(1.6)
36
(1.4)
66
(2.6)
107
(4.2)
95
(3.7)
152
(6.0)
138
(5.4)
71
(2.8)
76
(3.0)
224
(8.8)
216
(8.5)
97
(3.8)
1,319
(51.8)
Source: Climate-Data.org[3]


Religious[edit]

  • Courtallam is not just waterfalls; its temples too attract visitors. The most important among these is the Chitra Sabha, one of the five sabhas with Nataraja, Shiva in the dancing posture as the main deity. The paintings at the Chitra Sabha were renovated about 100 years ago. The others are the Rathna Sabha at Thiruvalangadu, the Kanaka Sabha at Chidambaram, and the Velli Sabha at Madurai and the Thamira Sabha at Tirunelveli). The temple at the foot of the hill is conch-shaped which has special significance in Hindu tradition.
  • The Tamil poet Thirukudarasappa Kavirayar sang about the beauty of this place in his "Kutraala Kuravanji" standing on its highest point at 1565m.
  • The temple at the foot of the hill is conch-shaped which has special significance in Hindu tradition.[2][4]

In popular culture[edit]

Owing to its scenic beauty, Courtallam has featured in many films.

References[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 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.
  2. ^ a b The cascades of Courtallam Frontline Magazine, pg 60, 15-28 September 1990
  3. ^ "CLIMATE: COURTALLAM, Tamil Nadu", Climate-Data.org. Web: [1].
  4. ^ Thiru Courtallanathar Thirukovil Archived 9 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine Sri Courtralanathaswami Temple
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