Thoothukudi district

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Thoothukudi district
Thoothukudi district
Location in Tamil Nadu
Coordinates: 8°48′10.8″N78°8′40.2″E / 8.803000°N 78.144500°E / 8.803000; 78.144500
CountryFlag of India.svg  India
State TamilNadu Logo.svg Tamil Nadu
Established20 October 1986
(37 years ago)
Founded by M. G. Ramachandran
Headquarters Thoothukudi
Talukas Thoothukudi, Thiruvaikundam, Kovilpatti, Ottapidaram, Ettayapuram, Vilathikulam, Kayathar, Tiruchendur, Sathankulam, Eral
  TypeDistrict Administration
  BodyThoothukudi District Collectorate
   District Collector G. Lakshmipathy, I.A.S.
   Superintendent of Police L. Balaji Saravanan, I.P.S.
  District Revenue OfficerC. Ajay Srinivasan, B.Tech.
  Additional Collector and Project Director (DRDA)Thakare Shubham Dnyandeorao, I.A.S.
  Total4,707 km2 (1,817 sq mi)
  Density372/km2 (960/sq mi)
  Official Tamil
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code0461
ISO 3166 code ISO 3166-2:IN-TN
Vehicle registration TN-69, TN-96, TN-92 [1]
Central location: 8°48′N78°8′E / 8.800°N 78.133°E / 8.800; 78.133

Thoothukudi District is one of the 38 districts of Tamil Nadu state in southern India. The district was formed by bifurcation of Tirunelveli district on 20 October 1986. Thoothukudi is the district headquarters and largest city of the district. The district is known for fishing as well as pearl cultivation, with an abundance of pearls being found in the seas offshore. Thoothukudi district has many historical sites such as Adichanallur and the ancient trade port of Korkai. [2]



Thoothukudi district is situated in the south-eastern corner of Tamil Nadu. It is bounded by the districts of Virudhunagar on the north, Ramanathapuram on the north-east, Tirunelveli on the west and south-west, Tenkasi on the north-west and Gulf of Mannar on the east and southeast. The total area of the district is 4,621 km2 (1,784 sq mi).

Water bodies

There are no large reservoirs in this district so the Papanasam and Manimuthar dams located in the Tirunelveli district in the Thamirabarani River's flow are the main sources of irrigation. Other than the Thamirabarani River, the river Vaipar in Vilathikulam taluk, the river Karumeni which traverses through Sathankulam, and Tiruchendur taluks, Palayakayal are all sources.


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
source: [3]
Religions in Thoothukudi district (2011) [4]
Other or not stated

According to 2011 census, Thoothukudi district had a population of 1,750,176 with a sex-ratio of 1,023 females for every 1,000 males, much above the national average of 929. [5] A total of 183,763 were under the age of six, constituting 93,605 males and 90,158 females. It has a large numbers of Nadars (Thiruchendur, Sathankulam, Thoothukudi, Eral), Appanad Maravars (Kovilpatti, Tiruvaikuntam, Ottapidaram, Kayatharu), Vellalars (Ettayapuram, Ottapidaram),Devendra Kula velalars(Thoothukudi, Kovilpatti, Vilathikulam, Ootaipidaram), Nayakars/Naidu (Kovilpatti and Vilathikulam) and Parathars (Thoothukudi and Tiruchendur). Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes accounted for 19.88% and 0.28% of the population, respectively, mostly in Ottapidaram and Puthiyamputhur. The average literacy of the district was 77.12%, compared to the national average of 72.99%. 50.10% of the population lived in urban areas. [5] The district had a total of 462,010 households. There were a total of 748,095 workers, comprising 44,633 cultivators, 161,418 main agricultural labourers, 17,872 in house hold industries, 433,524 other workers, 90,648 marginal workers, 3,882 marginal cultivators, 39,226 marginal agricultural labourers, 4,991 marginal workers in household industries and 42,549 other marginal workers. [5]

Languages of Thoothukudi district (2011) [6]

   Tamil (98.97%)
   Telugu (0.54%)
  Others (0.49%)

At the time of the 2011 census, 98.97% of the population spoke Tamil and 0.54% Telugu as their first language. [6]


Source: [7] [8]
Thoothukudi 213 Vilathikulam G. V. Markandayan Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam SPA
214 Thoothukkudi P. Geetha Jeevan Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam SPA
215 Tiruchendur Anitha Radhakrishnan Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam SPA
216 Srivaikuntam Oorvasi S. Amirtharaj Indian National Congress SPA
217 Ottapidaram (SC) M. C. Shunmugaiah Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam SPA
218 Kovilpatti Kadambur C. Raju All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam AIADMK

Administrative divisions

Thoothukudi District is divided into three revenue divisions and ten taluks. [9] There are forty-one revenue firkas and 480 revenue villages. [10]

TalukasNumber of

The district is divided into twelve revenue blocks for rural and urban development. The twelve revenue blocks are Thoothukudi, Tiruchendur, Udangudi, Sathankulam, Thiruvaikundam, Alwarthirunagari, Karunkulam, Ottapidaram, Kovilpatti, Kayathar, Vilathikulam, and Pudur. The district has one municipal corporation: Thoothukudi; three municipalities: Kayalpattinam, Kovilpatti and Tiruchendur; eighteen town panchayats: Alwarthirunagiri, Arumuganeri, Athur, Eral, Ettayapuram, Kadambur, Kalugumalai, Kanam, Kayatharu, Nazerath, Perungulam, Sathankulam, Sayapuram, Srivaikuntam, Thenthiruperai, Udangudi, V. Pudur and Vilathikulam [11] and 403 panchayat villages. [12]

Revenue Divisions and Taluks

Thoothukudi Revenue Division: Thoothukudi, Srivaikundam

Tiruchendur Revenue Division: Tiruchendur, Sathankulam, Eral

Kovilpatti Revenue Division: Kovilpatti, Ettayapuram, Vilathikulam, Ottapidaram, Kayathar

Municipal Corporation

  1. Thoothukudi


  1. Kovilpatti
  2. Tiruchendur
  3. Kayalpattinam

Town Panchayats

  1. Arumuganeri
  2. Athur
  3. Eral
  4. Ettayapuram
  5. Kalugumalai
  6. Nazareth
  7. Sathankulam
  8. Sawyerpuram
  9. Srivaikuntam
  10. Udangudi
  11. Vilathikulam
  12. Alwarthirunagari
  13. Kadambur
  14. Kayathar
  15. Pudur (V)
  16. Kanam
  17. Perungulam
  18. Thenthiruperai

Proposed Municipalities

  1. Arumuganeri
  2. Nazareth
  3. Sathankulam

Proposed Town Panchayats

  1. Ottapidaram
  2. Karungulam

Panchayat Unions / Blocks

  1. Alwarthirunagiri
  2. Karunkulam
  3. Kayathar
  4. Kovilpatti
  5. Ottapidaram
  6. Pudur (V)
  7. Sathankulam
  8. Srivaikuntam
  9. Thoothukudi
  10. Thiruchendur
  11. Udangudi
  12. Vilathikulam


Parliamentary Lok Sabha Constituency

No.Constituency NumberConstituency NameReserved for (SC/ST/None)Elected RepresentativePolitical Party
136 Thoothukkudi None Kanimozhi Karunanidhi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam

Tamil Nadu Assembly Constituencies

No.Constituency NumberConstituency NameReserved for (SC/ST/None)Elected RepresentativePolitical Party
1213 Vilathikulam None G. V. Markandayan Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
2214 Thoothukkudi None P. Geetha Jeevan Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
3215 Tiruchendur None Anitha R. Radhakrishnan Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
4216 Srivaikuntam None Oorvasi S. Amirtharaj Indian National Congress
5217 Ottapidaram SC M. C. Shunmugaiah Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
6218 Kovilpatti None Kadambur C. Raju All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam


The V. O. Chidambaranar Port Trust contributes majorly to the economy of the district besides providing employment. Thoothukudi hosts industries such as SPIC, Thoothukudi alkaline chemicals, DCW zirconium plant and numerous salt packing companies. Many coal based power plants are at various stages of commissioning. Kovilpatti consists of many small sized industry especially match stick industries.


Paddy is the most cultivated crop in most of the villages like Uzhakkudi, Vallanadu, Aarumugamangalam, Palayakayal, Thiruvaikundam, Sattankulam and Tiruchendur taluks. Cumbu, Cholam, Kuthiraivali and other pulses are raised in the dry tracts of Kovilpatti, Vilathikulam, Nagalapuram Ottapidaram, and Thoothukudi taluks. Cotton is cultivated in Kovilpatti, Ottapidaram and Thoothukudi Taluks. Groundnut cultivation is undertaken in Kovilpatti, Tiruchendur, and Sattankulam taluks. Groundnut cake is being used as manure and cattle feed. Nagalapuram makes its economy to be solely dependent agriculture. Sugarcane and Plantain (Banana) are cultivated on a large scale along the stretch of Uzhakkudi. Banana and Beetel cultivation is more prominent in villages like Aarumugamanagalam and Yeral. Also vegetables like tomato, chillies, brinjal, lady's finger, beans are cultivated in village of Uzhakkudi. Summers are made use to cultivate cotton on a smaller scale. Main business of this area is dry chilly, cholam, cumbu, wood charcoal, etc. With 35% share, the district is the top producer of Cumbu in Tamil Nadu. [13] Palmyrah trees are grown mostly in Tiruchendur, Srivaikundam, Sattankulam and Vilathikulam taluks. Jaggery is produced from palmyrah juice; the production of jaggery is the main occupation of the people of Tiruchendur and Sattankulam taluks. Banana and other vegetables are raised in Srivaikundam and Tiruchendur taluks.

Salt production

The district constitutes 70 percent of the total salt production of Tamil Nadu and 30 percent of that of India. Tamil Nadu is the second largest producer of Salt in India next to Gujarat.


National Highway 45B, 7A and State Highways SH-32,33,40,44,75,76,77,93,176 connect to other parts of the State. Government buses connect the district with other parts of state. Thoothukudi and Kovilpatti railway station are the major stations of Indian Railways. V.O. Chidambaranar Port Authority in the district was declared as the tenth major seaport in India also provides container services. Tuticorin Airport is situated at Vaigaikulam and currently has flights to and from Chennai and Bengaluru.


The Government of India is to set up a new Rocket launch pad near Kulasekaranpattinam in Thoothukudi district. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has begun work on its second Rocket launching pad or Spaceport, which will be Kulasekaranpattinam, Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu. Like the Sriharikota spaceport in the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Thoothukudi was selected as a spaceport due to its nearness to the equator. "A rocket launch site should be on the east coast and near the equator. And Thoothukudi district satisfies that condition", a former ISRO official stated. [14]


There are numerous educational institutions, colleges, schools providing education. The Agricultural College and Research Institute, Killikulam was established in 1984 – 85 as the third constituent College of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University. These include: [15]

Notable people

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