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Kayalpattinam, Korkai
Nickname(s): Kayal
Kayalpatnam is located in Tamil Nadu
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 8°33′59″N 78°6′59″E / 8.56639°N 78.11639°E / 8.56639; 78.11639Coordinates: 8°33′59″N 78°6′59″E / 8.56639°N 78.11639°E / 8.56639; 78.11639
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Thoothukudi(formerly V.O.C.)
 • Body Kayalpattinam Municipality
 • Total 12.5 km2 (4.8 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 40,588
 • Density 3,200/km2 (8,400/sq mi)
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 628204
Telephone code 04639
Vehicle registration TN 92 (Thiruchendur RTO)
Nearest city Thoothukudi
Sex ratio 1000:1177 /
Literacy 92.71%
Lok Sabha constituency Thoothukudi
Formerly with Tiruchendur
Vidhan Sabha constituency Tiruchendur
Civic agency Kayalpattinum Municipality
Climate Humid (Köppen)


Kayalpatnam (also known as Kayal Patnam, Kayalpattinam or Korkai) is a town in the Tuticorin district of Tamil Nadu, India. The place is located at 8.57°N 78.12°E.


Also known as Kayal, it is referred to in Marco Polo's travel diaries dating to 1250 AD. Korkai or Kayal was an ancient port dating to the 1st centuries of the common era and was contemporaneous to the existence of Kollam, another Pandyan port. Kollam served the Pandyas on the west coast while Korkai/Kayal served them on the east coast connecting them to Ceylon and the pearl fisheries in the Gulf of Mannar facing the Tirunelveli Coast. The ancient port had trade connections with Egypt, Rome and Greece

Kayalpatnam has one of the oldest Mosques (also known as Masjid). Noted photographer Benoy Behl has made a film on Islamic Architecture of India, and he visited this Kayalpatnam Mosque.[1]


Kayalpatnam has population of 40,588 of which 19,492 are males while 21,096 are females as per report released by Census India 2011.[2]

Population of Children with age of 0-6 is 4995 which is 12.31% of total population of Kayalpatnam. Female Sex Ratio is of 1082 against state average of 996. Moreover, Child Sex Ratio in Kayalpatnam is around 960 compared to Tamil Nadu state average of 943. The literacy rate of Kayalpatnam town is 92.71% higher than state average of 80.09%. In Kayalpatnam, Male literacy is around 95.00% while female literacy rate is 90.63%.

For a town of this size, KayalPatnam has multiple sports clubs. There's a United Sports Club that conducts an All India Football Tournament every year.[3] There's a Red Star Society that is famous for Badminton tournaments.

Local Government[edit]

Kayalpatnam Municipality has total administration over 9,417 houses which it supplies basic amenities like water and sewerage. It is also authorized to build roads within Municipality limits and impose taxes on properties coming under its jurisdiction.

Religious faith[edit]

Although Kayalpatnam is predominantly populated with Muslim community (more than 90% of the population), people of multiple faith live here peacefully. Muslims, Hindus, and Christians live together peacefully, engage in trade and set an example of community living.


  1. ^ Indian Diplomacy (2011-07-12), A World of Beauty and Grace: Islamic Architecture of India, retrieved 2017-04-13 
  2. ^ Kayalpattinam Population Census 2011 Census 2011.
  3. ^ "Kayal on the Web". www.kayalpatnam.com. Retrieved 2017-04-11.