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King Town Of Thoothukudi District
Kovilpatti is located in Tamil Nadu
location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 9°10′N 77°52′E / 9.17°N 77.87°E / 9.17; 77.87Coordinates: 9°10′N 77°52′E / 9.17°N 77.87°E / 9.17; 77.87
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Thoothukudi, Tuticorin
 • Type Special grade Municipality
 • Body

Kovilpatti Special grade

 • Total 49 km2 (19 sq mi)
Area rank 23
Elevation 106 m (348 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 95,097
 • Rank 28
 • Density 1,900/km2 (5,000/sq mi)
 • Official Tamil
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
Vehicle registration TN 69, TN 96
Website municipality.tn.gov.in/kovilpatti

Kovilpatti, also known as Covilpatti,[1] is a special grade municipality in Thoothukudi District in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu (Pincode - 628501,628502,628503). It is the second largest town in Thoothukudi District. As of 2016, the population of town was 2,50,000. The town was around 49 km2. The town is famous for the Shri Shenbagavalli Poovananathar Kovil, where in the importance goes to Goddess Shenbagavalli over her counterpart, as in Madurai.[2]


Religious census
Religion Percent(%)

The town already existed before 1876. Kovilpatti was a water stop for steam engines after the introduction of the Southern Railways, and the establishment of textile mills like Loyal Textiles (1891) and Lakshmi Mills Ltd (1926) fueled the economic growth of the town. The Government Revenue divisional offices were sited there in 1911. The town was constituted as a Municipal Town in 1964 composed of Kovilpatti Village and Illuppaiyurani Village. In 1961, the area of the town was 2.64 km2 with a population of 33,305; in 1971, it extended to 7.25 km2 and the population reached 48,509. In 1991, it was 12.58 km2 with a population of 78,834.

In the 2011 census, Kovilpatti had a population of 95,057. The sex-ratio of 1,065 females to 1,000 males much exceeded the national average of 929.[3] A total of 8,325 residents were under the age of six, constituting 4,158 males and 4,167 females. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes accounted for 10.32% and .84% of the population respectively. The literacy rate of the city was 81.27%, compared to the national average of 72.99%.[3] The city had a total of 25099 households in 2011. There were a total of 41,006 workers, comprising 85 cultivators, 165 main agricultural labourers, 932 in household industries, 36,989 other workers, 2,835 marginal workers, 26 marginal cultivators, 26 marginal agricultural labourers, 262 marginal workers in household industries and 2,521 other marginal workers.[4]

In the religious census of 2011, Kovilpatti was 92.29% Hindus, 2.48% Muslims, 5.12% Christians, 0.01% Sikhs, 0.01% Buddhists and 0.08% followers of other religions.[5]


Kovilpatti is located at 9°10′N 77°52′E / 9.17°N 77.87°E / 9.17; 77.87.[1] It has an average elevation of 106 metres (347 feet). Located 100 km south of Madurai, 55 km north of Tirunelveli and 60 km north-west of Tuticorin, Kovilpatti is situated on National Highway No. 44 NH 44, which connects Srinagar in the north and Kanyakumari in the south. The town lies approximately 130 m above mean sea level. The climate of Kovilpatti town is hot and dry. Temperatures range between a maximum of 37 °C and a minimum of 22 °C. April to June are the hottest months and December and January are coldest with temperatures rising towards the end of February. Rainfall occurs mostly during the north-east monsoon in the months of October to December. However, the town receives little rainfall, averaging 840 mm compared to the district average. Annual rainfall has ranged from 964 mm to 228 mm during past decades.[6]


Kovilpatti constituency was part of Sivakasi Lok Sabha Constituency till 2008. As per order of the Delimitation Commission in respect of the delimitation of constituencies in the Tamil Nadu, the Kovilpatti constituency will be a segment of the new Thoothukkudi (Lok Sabha constituency) the memer of loksabha currently Jeyasingh Thiyagaraj Natterjee from aiadmk party and the state legislative member is kadambur raju ref>"Press Note, Delimitation Commission" (PDF). Assembly Constituencies in Tamil Nadu. Delimitation Commission. Retrieved 2009-03-12. </ref> Delimitation was made effective for all elections in the state of Tamil Nadu that is held on or after 19 February 2008.[7] With 5 terms from 1967 to 1990, S. Alagarsamy was the longest-serving member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly representing the Kovilpatti constituency.



  1. Ravilla K.R.A Vidhyashram Matric Hr.Sec.School-PH:04632-222561,223651
  2. Parvathi High School, Illuppaiurani,
  3. Viswakarma High school
  4. St Joseph Higher Secondary school, R.C.CHURCH BULIDING
  5. V.O.C.government Higher Secondary school
  6. Government girls Higher Secondary school
  7. Nadar Higher Secondary school
  8. E.V.A. Vallimuthu High School
  9. Lakshmi mill Higher Secondary school
  10. Kammavar Higher Secondary school
  11. St. Paul's Matriculation Higher Secondary School
  12. SDA Higher Secondary school
  13. AVS Higher secondary school
  14. Shyamala CBSE school
  15. Punitha Ohm convent matriculation school
  16. Johnbosco Matric School and Edustar International School
  17. C.K.T Matriculation Higher Secondary School
  18. U.P Matriculation School
  19. Kamaraj Matriculation Higher Secondary School
  20. Edustar International school CBSE
  21. Highland international school
  22. Counian matriculation higher secondary school
  23. Everest mariappa nadar School
  24. Sri Kanna Mariculation Higher Secondary School
  25. Kiddies Kingdom Nursery School, Krishna Nagar. Phone:76676 03318


  1. Lakshmi Ammal polytechnic college

Engineering College[edit]

  1. National Engineering College
  2. Unnamalai Institute of Technology

Arts & Science College[edit]

  1. GVN Arts and Science College
  2. KR College of Arts and Science
  3. S.S. Duraisamy Nadar Mariammal College
  4. Punitha Ohm College of Education [8]
  5. Govt. Arts & Science College
VOC Higher secondary school


Kovilpatti is one of the industrial cities in Tamil Nadu. The town started its industrial development earlier than 1891. The introduction of the Southern Railway, the establishment of Loyal Textiles (1891), Lakshmi Mills (1926), establishment of Government Revenue Divisional Offices (1911), induced the industrial growth of the town. Kovilpatti is famous for match factories, like rose matches,cycle brand,eagle box. textile mills and fireworks industry. Kovilpatti and its neighboring towns are candy paradise and most shops sell eatables like dark brown spiral candy, bright yellow wavy sev, Ellu mittai, cocoa mittai, cheeni mittai, karupatti mittai and yeni padi mittai . Kovilpatti is famous for its unique candy kadalai mittai (Ground-nut candy) and is referred as land of homemade sweets and savouries.[9]


Kattabomman memorial

The Shenbagavalli-Poovananathar temple has a legend that Sage Agasthya came to South to balance the earth level when it sank at north during the wedding of Lord Shiva with Mother Parvathi is popular. On his way to Pothigai hills, the sage destroyed two demons Vilvalan and Vadhabi and also relieved himself of the Brahmmahati dosha that afflicted him due to killing of the demons. He also created the Agasthya spring as requested by the sages of Ponmalai hills. One Vamanan belonging to Shivakuzhu was born as the king of Vembakkottai in the name of Shenbagan as ordered by Nandhi, the bull vehicle of Lord Shiva. He built the temple as advised by the Lord. As the temple is built by king Shenbagan, Mother is named Shenbagavalli. Later, the temple was renovated by Ullamudayan belonging the 10th century.

Kathiresan temple is built on a hill Kathiresan hills at west side of the city. City view from the hill is quite interesting and may enjoy fresh air.

Ettayapuram is situated about 15 km east of Kovilpatti. It is notable as a cotton growing centre. It is also famous as the birthplace of Nationalist poet and freedom fighter, Subramanya Bharathi. Points of interest are the ruins of Ettayapuram Jamin palace, the Manimandapam of Bharathiyar, the birth house of Bharathiyar, and the memorial of Sri Muthusamy Deikshidar.

Panchalankuruchi is situated three kilometres north of Ottapidaram. The famous freedom fighter Kattabomman's fort was located here. At present only the fort remains; the rest of the settlement was destroyed by the British at the end of the war in 1799. In 1975, the government of Tamil Nadu constructed a fort in Panchalankurich in memory of the freedom fighter.

Kalugumalai is a massive dome of rock of 300 feet height situated on the road connecting Kovilpatti and Sankarankoil. It is famous for a rock cut temple called "Vettuvankoil". Another rock cut temple is dedicated to lord Subramaniya Swamy is located at the foot of the rock. The remains of "Samana Palli" or Jain school can be seen atop the hill along the Vettuvan Koil.

Sankarankoil is situated west of Kovilpatti. It is the site of temple of Sankara Narayanar and Gomathiamman and attracts pilgrims and devotees from the surrounding districts. The Adithapasu festival attracts large crowds every year during July or August.[10]


Kovilpatti is well connected by Road(NH 44) and Train. Kovilpatti Railway Station has two platforms with stoppings for Major Express and all passenger trains. St. Bobgalie's Airport a small, unused airport which is rarely used as a helipad. There is no news for AAI for any future plans for this airport. This Port might not be available after days or might be converted to an Airforce base for dump and exercises in Future. It has two bus stations, Arizhnar Anna bus stand & the new bus stand. Anna bus stand is within the town, new bus stand is in highway (NH44).


Cinema theatre is the main form of entertainment for the people in kovilpatti. There are 3 popular theatres and one YouTube channel namely "vetree channel" exhibits the news and important events celebrating in and around Kovilpatti.

1. Sathyabama Theatre 2. Shanmuga Theatre 3. Lakshmi Theatre

YouTube channel:

  vetree channel

Other than theatre, there are some small parks for kids. 1. Ram Hanuman park, Near new busstand 2. Rajaji park, near to old busstand


"Kadalai mittai" i.e (Peanut candy) is the signature dish of the town. It attracts people from all part of the world. Large quantities get exported to Southeast Asia, Europe and the US.

Similarly kaaisuthu muruku is also famous in the Kovilpatti region.


There are only few notable restaurants in Kovilpatti.

Non-Veg 1. A1 Hotel 2. Periyasamy Hotel 3. Aarthi Hotel

Veg 1. Amma mess 2. Paarvathi Hotel 3. Metro Hotel

Bakery 1. Jegajothi Bakery 2. Arun Bakery 3. Ganesh Bakery 4. Amutha Sweets

Marriage Halls[edit]

1. Aarthi Mahal A/C (largest & Modern in the town ) 2. Nandhini Mahal 3. Raj Mahal 4. vels Mahal 5. Kamarajar Kalyana Mandapam 6. Sathyabama Kalyana Mandapam

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Kovilpatti
  2. ^ http://www.kovilpattipoovanathaswamytemple.tnhrce.in
  3. ^ a b "Census Info 2011 Final population totals". Office of The Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2013. Retrieved 26 Jan 2014. 
  4. ^ "Census Info 2011 Final population totals - Kovilpatti". Office of The Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2013. Retrieved 26 Jan 2014. 
  5. ^ "Population By Religious Community - Tamil Nadu" (XLS). Office of The Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "About City". Kovilpatti Municipality. 2011. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  7. ^ "Press Note - Schedule for General Elections, 2009" (PDF). Press Information Burueau, Government of India. Retrieved 2009-03-12. 
  8. ^ "Educational Institutions". Kovilpatti Municipality. 2011. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 
  9. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/features/magazine/in-search-of-kovilpatti-kadalai-mittai/article4316161.ece
  10. ^ "Places of visit". Kovilpatti Municipality. 2011. Retrieved 2013-08-08. 

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