Special grade municipality
Clockwise from the top
Kovilpatti Kadalamittai, City,Kovilpatti railway, Main City,Government College arts,Kovilpatti hockey stadium, Kathiresan malai temple, and Kovilpatti Lakshmi Mill
|• Type||Special grade Municipality|
|• Body||Kovilpatti Special grade Municipality|
|• Total||49 km2 (19 sq mi)|
|Elevation||106 m (348 ft)|
(2011)Metro Population Around 3,00,000
|• Density||1,900/km2 (5,000/sq mi)|
|• Official tamil||Tamil|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Vehicle registration||TN 69, TN 96|
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.
The town is spread around an area of 49 square kilometres (19 sq mi) and had a population of 95,097 in 2011 with the urban agglomeration having a population of around Three Lakhs.
Kovilpatti is located at  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. 07 NH 7, 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.
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. 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 0.84% of the population respectively. The literacy rate of the city was 81.27%, compared to the national average of 72.99%. 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.
Government and politics
Kovilpatti is one of the industrial cities in Tamil Nadu with almost all the Nationalized and Private banks having branches. 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 the leading producer of matches in the country and hence gets the name "Matchless city of Matches". It stands second in the firework industry in the country just after Sivakasi. Kovilpatti is famous for its unique candy kadalai mittai (Ground-nut candy) and is referred to as "Land of Homemade sweets and Savouries" . Manthithoppu Transgenders' Milk Producers' Cooperative Society (MTMPCS) - The first cooperative society in the country to be run by trans people was set up at Manthithoppu in Kovilpatti by the former Thoothukudi district Collector Mr.Sandeep Nanduri IAS.
The Sithirai festival of the Shenbagavalli Poovananathar temple is celebrated annually in mid-April.
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.
Kalugumalai is a massive dome of rock of 300 ft (91 m) height situated on the road connecting Kovilpatti and Sankarankoil, westerly. It is famous for a rock cut temple called "Vettuvankoil" and these arts also proudly called as "Southern Ellora". 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. The government of Tamil Nadu has listed this place as tourist place.[vague]
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.
"Kadalai mittai" i.e. (Peanut candy/Chikki) 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.It has got GI(Geographical Indication) tag from GOI in 2020
Similarly Kaisuthu muruku, Karuppatti Mithai and Karasevu are also notable food in the Kovilpatti region. Asiacandy is popular and famous for peanutcandy.
St. Bobgalie's Airport a small, unused airport which is rarely used as a helipad.
Kovilpatti Railway Station has three platforms with stoppings for all Major Express and passenger trains. In view of the doubling of tracks between Madurai and Thoothukudi/Nagercoil, the Railway station
Kovilpatti is connected by Road number NH 44. It has two bus stations, Arignar Anna bus stand & the new bus stand. Anna bus stand is within the town, new bus stand is in highway number NH 44.
- Lakshmi Ammal polytechnic college
- National Engineering College
- Unnamalai Institute of Technology
Arts and Science Colleges
- Unnamalai Arts and Science college
- G. Venkataswamy Naidu College of Arts and Science(Autonomous)
- K.R. College of Arts and Science
- S.S. Duraisamy Nadar Mariammal College
- Punitha Ohm College of Education
- Govt Arts & Science College
Oscar Institute Of Science And Management
Annai Theresa Paramedical College
- Edustar International School CBSE
- Lakshmi Mills Higher Secondary School
- Kamaraj matriculation higher secondary school
- Shrikarra Vidhya Mandhir CBSE
- VOC government boys Higher Secondary School
- Kammavar Girls Higher Secondary School
- Ravilla KRA Vidhyashram higher secondary school matriculation and CBSE
- St Paul's Matric Higher Secondary School
- Nadar Higher Secondary School
- Everest Mariappa Nadar Higher Secondary School
- Viswakarma High school
- A.V Higher Secondary School
- Lakshmi Srinivasa vidhyalya matriculation higher secondary school
- St.Joseph's higher secondary school
- Government Girls Higher Secondary School
- CKT Matriculation Higher Secondary School
- John Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School
- Seventhday Adventist Matriculation Higher Secondary School
- Counion Matriculation Higher Secondary School
- Parvathi Higher Secondary School
- St,Andrew’s High School
- Nadar Middle School
And Many More...
SDAT Astroturf Hockey Stadium International Field Hockey Stadium- Kovilpatti 628501
Kovilpatti Veterinary Research Centre Government of Tamil Nadu, Department of Animal Care Veterinary Hospital, Kovilpatti-628501
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Kovilpatti
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