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|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Vehicle registration||TN 74|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Kanyakumari|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Nagercoil|
Kottar (Tamil: கோட்டாறு) is a locality and a thriving bazaar area of Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu state, India; though a part of Nagercoil today, it is the original town around which the city of Nagercoil, near the southernmost tip of Peninsular India, grew. It was an ancient trade center of both Pandyans and Cheras at various times. The name Kottar was derived from the Tamil word kottam+aaru (river). The trade centre was established at the banks of the Bakruli River. The primary occupation in the area is irrigation and farming, pottery is a sub-occupation.
Kottar was predominately occupied by Kuravars, Paravars, Chavalakara Padayatchis and Chettis. Romans visited Kottar to trade during 11th century as recorded in various articles and ancient history. India’s architectural masterminds gather for the forum spending in researching and evolving the artifacts in and around Kottar.
Tourist attractions around Kottar include Suchindrum Temple, KanyaKumari, Vattakottai (Circular Fort) and Sanguthorai Beach. An ancient tradition and legacy of Kottar has been a platform for the spiritual development in Tamil Nadu. Rich in culture and brave nature of the people supplemented in eradicating the slave market which was considered a key calamity in India instituted during foreign invasions.
Rustic games like Sadugudu or Kabadi (two groups of people competing in capturing opponent’s territory in return attacking and making the fighter to lose the consistent flow of breath to stop him from chanting), Kannampoochi (a very mundane and ancient version of hide and seek), Paandi (throwing the dice and reaching to that spot with one leg folded, by then mutually agreed to own the land resembles the colony captivation act of Americans during 16th Century), Seven dice (In the early ages during British rule in India, this game was invented indirectly to showcase the anti-British rule by destructing seven layered dices formed in the centre of the play court) .
Most prominently, there were community of people named as “Aasan” are celebrated as demigod who were believed to have supernatural powers and gained them with the influence of science and meditation. It was said that Aasans were invited by many influential persons around the World to learn the craft of healing and resurrection. Aaroodam (Prophecy), a profession which was conceded to the heir of the Families traditionally had been acclaimed and believed that they have the will to study the destiny of a Human.
Renowned Locations: Marunthuvazh malai (Translated as Mountain of Medicines); a significant place 8 km away from Kottar. A mount surrounded by therapeutic plantations plays a remarkable role in Epic Ramayana. Kanyakumari · Kalikesam · Mathur Hanging Trough · Mukkadal · Muttom · Olakaruvi · Padmanabhapuram Palace · Pechiparai Reservoir · Sothavilai Beach · Thiruparrapu · Udayagiri · Vattakottai Fort · Vattakottai · Vattaparai Falls
Notable Shrines: Devi Kanya Kumari Temple · St. Xavier's Church · Kumara coil · Marunthuvazh Malai · Mondaicaud Bhagavathi Temple · Nagaraja Temple · Pancha pathi Peer Mohammed Dargah · Sivalayams · Sri Adikesavaperumal Temple. Marungoor Murugan Temple · Swamithope pathi · Thanumalayan temple · Thirunadhikkara · Thiruppathisaram · Thirucharanathumalai,Uchni mahali amman kovil in kottar, vanigar amman koil, yelagaram perumal koil.
Streets: Panaivilai street,East car street, Kambolam Street....
- Carmel Higher Secondary School
- S.L.B. Government Higher Secondary School
- St. Josephs Convent Higher Secondary School
- D.V.D. Higher Secondary School
- St.Teresa's Anglo Indian Matriculation School
- Sri Narayana Guru Matriculation Higher Secondary School
- Kumari Matriculation School
- Yezhagaram government higher secondary school
- Sri Krishnammal Matric Hr Sec School
- S.S.Pavalar Government Higher Secondary School
- Nearest Airport: Trivandrum. Distance: 79 km
- Nearest Railway Station: Kottar. Distance:1 km
- Nearest " gopalakrishnan and gkar": Kottar bustand. Distance:few meters