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panchayat town
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Tirunelveli
Population (2001)
 • Total 9,875
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Ilathur, also spelled Elathur, is a panchayat town in Tirunelveli district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is close to the town of Tenkasi and also 10 km from the Courtallam waterfalls. It has the Beautiful Shiva temple Madunathaswami Temple located on the banks of the big lake Kullam. The famous Lord Muruga temple (Thirumalai kovil) is near to Ilathur. It is also near the town of Shencottah.


As of 2001 India census,[1] The population of Ilathur is approximately 9875. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Ilathur has an average literacy rate of 46%, lower than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 58%, and female literacy is 35%. In Ilathur, 9% of the population is under 6 years of age.


The famous Madhunadeshwarar temple is located on the banks of a lovely lake. This temple's Shiva Linga is believed to have been created by the Saint Agasthya under an old Tarmarind tree which had a huge Bees nest and the linga over a period had honey dripping on it. Hence the name Madhunadeshwarar. The Tarmarind tree is still inside the temple. This temple was restored recently. It also has a famous shaneeshwara who can cure bad luck.


  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.