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Kuzhithurai is a city and a municipality in Kanniyakumari District in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is the administrative headquarters of the Vilavancode Taluk. It has a historical seaport (thurai) where ancient merchants came from across the Arabian sea in ancient times. It is mentioned in ancient Indian maps. As of 2011, the town had a population of 21,307.
According to 2011 census, Kuzhithurai had a population of 21,307 with a sex-ratio of 1,022 females for every 1,000 males, much above the national average of 929. A total of 1,829 were under the age of six, constituting 922 males and 907 females. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes accounted for 1.45% and .02% of the population respectively. The average literacy of the town was 85.99%, compared to the national average of 72.99%. The town had a total of : 5519 households. There were a total of 7,861 workers, comprising 171 cultivators, 615 main agricultural labourers, 238 in house hold industries, 5,573 other workers, 1,264 marginal workers, 27 marginal cultivators, 99 marginal agricultural labourers, 136 marginal workers in household industries and 1,002 other marginal workers.
Kuzhithurai municipality spreads over an area of 5 km². The Thamiraparani river flows through Kuzhithurai.
AIRPORT : Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport and is 34 km from the heart of the city.
RAILWAY : Kuzhithurai Railway Station is next stop from Eraniel towards Trivandrum.
This town is famous for the annual Vavu Bali (Shradham for the ancestors held during the Mahalaya Amasavi) ceremony that is held here during July/Aug (malayalam Month Karkidakam). Along with the religious ceremony during this time, a great exhibition -Valubali Mela/Exhibition -was started by Shri. T.C Kesava Pillai, MLC from Kuzhithurai in 1900s. Today this is continued by the Kuzhithurai Town Municipality.
The RINGEL TAUBE MEMORIAL C.S.I. DISTRICT CHURCH – KUZHITHURAI was started in Kuzhithurai (Current Place) by 1916. The church was coming under the control of Church of South India.
Government Higher Secondary School Vilavancode
The Government Higher Secondary School Vilavancode is situated at Kuzhithurai junction. It was founded by HRH Sir Sree Chithira Thirunal, Maharajah of Travancore GCSI, GCIE (November 7, 1912–July 19, 1991) who was the last ruling Maharaja of the princely state of Travancore. Its other name is Malayalam palli in older days. Before 10 years Tamil, Malayalam along with English are used as a medium of teaching in here.
Sree Devi Kumari Women's College, Kuzhithurai,
Nesamony Memorial Christian College, Marthandam (from 1964 to present) run by the Kanyakumari Diocese of the Church of South India
Annai Velankanni College, Tholayavattam and Annammal Nursing college
People of this town generally know both Tamil and Malayalam languages, because of its proximity to the border state of Kerala. Tamil and Malayalam are widely spoken by the people. The culture is a mixture of Tamil and Malayalam culture and traditions. Hinduism and Christianity are the major religions in the town. On Monday, December 22, 2014, Pope Francis erected the new Roman Catholic Diocese of Kuzhithurai, with 264,222 Catholics and a total population of 855,485, out of territory taken from the neighboring Roman Catholic Diocese of Kottar, and named the Rev. Fr. Jerome Dhas Varuvel, S.D.B., 63, until then a novice master for the Salesians of Don Bosco in the Vellore diocese, as its first Bishop. Its headquarters will be at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Thirithuvapuram, and it will be a suffragan see of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madurai.
- "Census Info 2011 Final population totals". Office of The Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
- "Census Info 2011 Final population totals - Kuzhithurai". Office of The Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014.