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Kattankudy is located in Sri Lanka
Coordinates: 7°40′49″N 81°43′34″E / 7.68028°N 81.72611°E / 7.68028; 81.72611
CountrySri Lanka
DS DivisionKattankudy
Postal Code30100
 • TypeUrban Council
 • Total47,603
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone)

Kattankudy (Tamil: காத்தான்குடி, Sinhalese: කාත්තාන්කුඩි also transliterated as "Kathankudy" is a township in Sri Lanka, located along its eastern coastline, about 339 km (211 mi) away from Capital - Colombo.

Kattankudy is one of the many Muslim dominated towns in Sri Lanka. It is said that Kattankudy is the most densely populated city in Sri Lanka with nearly 50,000 residents, calculated at 6,726 inhabitants per square kilometer in 2012. On 3 August 1990, the Muslims of the Kattankudy faced one of most gruesome massacres in Sri Lanka’s recent history by the Tamil Tiger Terrorists group, LTTE where 147 men and boys were gunned down inside a mosque.

Most of the people are engaged in business, industries and fisheries. The division of Kattankudy occupies the central part of the district. It covers land area of approximately 2.56 km2 (0.99 sq mi) and 1.33 km2 (0.51 sq mi) of inland waterways, the division account for 0.15% of the district's total land area.


North : Manmunai North Divisional secretariat.

East : Bay of Bengal (Sea).

South : Manmunaipattu Divisional Secretariat.

West : Batticaloa Lagoon.

GS Divisions and Population (2014)

GS Number Area Total Families Population
162 Kattankudy-6 922 3049
162A Kattankudy-6 South 921 3218
162B Kattankudy-6 West 622 2121
164 Kattankudy-4 376 1295
164A Kattankudy-5 631 2195
164B Kattankudy-5 South 303 982
164C Kattankudy-5 West 440 1532
165 Kattankudy-3 458 1387
165A Kattankudy-3 West 318 955
165B Kattankudy-3 East 421 1422
166 Kattankudy-2 671 2345
166A Kattankudy-2 North 777 2685
167 Kattankudy-1 353 1178
167A New Kattankudy North 1624 5429
167B New Kattankudy East 2016 7847
167C New Kattankudy South 1567 5485
167D New Kattankudy West 697 2429
167E Kattankudy-1 South 641 2052

Source: http://www.kattankudy.ds.gov.lk

Kattankudy Mosque Massacre

Kattankudy Mosque Massacre was the killing of over 147 Muslim men and boys in a Mosque in Kattankudy by LTTE cadres on 3 August 1990. It took place when around 30 Tamil rebels raided four mosques in the town of Kattankudy, where over 300 people were prostrating in Isha prayers. The attack is widely attributed to LTTE, who denied their involvement in the massacre, and have never retracted that denial. The initial report put the death toll at around 100, but as many of the injured who were rushed to hospital succumbed to their injuries, the final death toll rose to over 147. It was criticized that this was done by LTTE as a revenge of massacre done by muslim community on Tamil community at various places such as Thiray madu.

Tsunami 2004

When the 2004 tsunami hit, approximately 108 people died in Kattankudy and 93 persons are still listed as missing. Around 2,500 houses were damaged by the tsunami in Kattankudy.[citation needed]

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Coordinates: 7°40′52″N 81°43′34″E / 7.68111°N 81.72611°E / 7.68111; 81.72611