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|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Vehicle registration||TN-75, TN-74|
|Lok Sabha constituency||Kanniyakumari|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Padmanabhapuram|
Thuckalay or Thakkalai (தக்கலை) is a town in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu, India. Thuckalay comes under the Padmanabhapuram Municipality, and is the administrative headquarters of Kalkulam Taluk. The Revenue Divisional Office is located in Mettukadai.
The nearest railway station is located in Eraniel, which is approximately 5 km from Thuckalay. The nearest Airport is Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (TVM), which is (51 km) from Thuckalay.
Thuckalay is one of the major towns, among Kuzhithurai, Marthandam, and Nagercoil which are on the national highway that connects Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala and Kanyakumari.
Thuckalay is (17 km) from Nagercoil. Nagercoil is the headquarters for Kanyakumari District. And (34 km) from Kanyakumari also known as Cape Comorin.
Thuckalay bus stand is the commercial centre of Thuckalay where restaurants, bakeries, and retail stores are located. Mettukadai, Manali, Old Bus Stand, Kumaracoil,
Thuckalay bus terminal has government run buses, and private mini buses connecting to all the places in Kanyakumari District. It also has buses connecting Thiruvananthapuram, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Ooty, Trichy, and Chennai.
The Private Omnibuses stop either at the Sub Collectorate office near Mettukadai, or opposite to Police station in front of L.V. Press. There are daily private omni buses to Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore, and Hyderabad.
Thuckalay is famous for Noorul Islam Centre for Higher Education, Padmanabhapuram Palace, and Peer Mohamed Oliyullah Dargha.
Thuckalay is a hub for travelers around the region as it is in the National Highway and connects all over the district, Tamil Nadu state, Kerala state, and other southern states.
Thuckalay is a part of Padmanabhapuram, which was once the capital of the historic Indian state of Travancore.
The Thuckalay Government Higher Secondary School is the largest Government Educational institution in the region. There are also institutions such as the Amala Convent, which is run by a local church and an international school. The Salvation Army Nursery and primary school and Tucker Girls Hostel, which is run by an International Christian Charity Organisation "The Salvation Army".
CSI Church, The Salvation Army Church, St. Eliyas Church,Horeb Panavilai CSI Church and Full Gospel Pentecostal Church.
Sivan Temple,Nagaraja Temple, Perumal Temple, Mutharamman temple Devi Temple and other community temples
Masjid Makkai Palayam, Peer Mohammad Appa Dargha,APMA Jumma Masjid.
Kanyakumari district's headquarters hospital is located near Mettukada. There are also privately run hospitals and clinics.
The Padmanabhapuram Palace is located 1 km from Thuckalay. The palace is built in the Travancore architectural style, containing 17th and 18th century murals and underground passages.
The Dutch commander Eustachius De Lannoy was buried in the nearby Udayagiri Fort, situated near the Padmanabhapuram palace. It is built of massive granite blocks around an isolated hillock, 260 feet (79 m) high enclosing an area of almost 90 acres (360,000 m2). The original fort was said to have been destroyed by Raja Raja Chola. The fort was rebuilt in 1741-1744 during the reign of Marthanda Varma, under the supervision of De Lannoy, a Belgian General who served as the chief of Travancore Army for 37 years. He died on 1 June 1777 at the age of 62 and was buried within the fort. His tomb is marked out by a stone cross with inscriptions in both Latin and Tamil.
There is a shrine "Peer Mohamed Oliyullah Dargha" at Thuckalay named in honour of the philosopher and Tamil poet Peer Mohamed Appa, born in Tenkasi in the Tirunelveli District. After spending some time in spiritual pursuits in Peermedu of Kerala State, he came to live at Thuckalay. He was an intimate of the Kings of the Chera dynasty, and it is said that he laid the foundation stone for the Padmanabhapuram Granite Fort.
His birthday is celebrated every year on a grand scale on the full moon day in the Arabic month of Rajab. Both the people of Kerala and Tamil Nadu attend the celebrations on large numbers irrespective of their caste, creed and religion. The Tamil Nadu government declared a one-day local holiday for the function.
Located 3 km away from Thuckalay, Kumarakovil is the site of the Murugan temple dedicated to the Hindu god Murugan where daily rituals and regular festivals take place.
Padmanabhapuram is a town and a municipality near Thuckalay in Kanyakumari district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. As of 2011, the town had a population of 21,342.
There are two forts named Udayagiri Fort in South India.
Marthandam is a major trade centre in Kuzhithuraii municipality across National Highway in the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu, India. Earlier days it was known by the name Thoduvetty, it was a portion of Kanyakumari district which was added to the state of Tamil Nadu on 1 November 1956.
Eraniel is a panchayat town in Kanyakumari district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is of major commercial and political importance in the history of South India, as it was the seasonal capital of the affluent Venad and later Travancore kingdoms until the seventeenth century, when Padmanabhapuram and Thiruvananthapuram rose to prominence. Currently it is known for its archaeological importance for the ruins of the dilapidated Eraniel Palace.
Padmanabhapuram Palace, also known as Kalkulam Palace, is a Travancore era palace located in Padmanabhapuram in the Kanyakumari district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The palace is owned, controlled and maintained by the government of the neighbouring state of Kerala.
Kanyakumari district is one of the 38 districts in Tamil Nadu state and mainland India. It stands second in terms of population density among the districts of Tamil Nadu and the second most urbanized, next only to Chennai district. It is also the richest district in Tamil Nadu in terms of per capita income, and also tops the state in Human Development Index (HDI), literacy and education. The district's headquarters is Nagercoil.
Colachel is a coastal town in the far south of India, located within the administrative jurisdiction of Kanyakumari District. It is a natural harbor on the Malabar coast, located 20 km north-west of Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of India. As of 2011, the town had a population of 47,007.
Manavalakurichi is a panchayat town in Kanniyakumari district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is hardly 60 km from Thiruvananthapuram, the capital city of Kerala. Tamil and Malayalam are the common languages of people living here.
Devasahayam Pillai, is a beatified Indian layman of the Catholic Church. Born into a Hindu family in the 18th century, he converted to Catholicism and is considered a martyr of the Christian faith. Pillai was an official in the court of the King of Travancore, Maharaja Marthanda Varma, when he came under the influence of Dutch naval commander, Captain Eustachius De Lannoy, who instructed him in the Catholic faith. He is believed to have been killed by the Travancore state for upholding his Christian faith.
Thiruvithamcode, திருவிதாங்கோடு is a small panchayat town located in the Kanyakumari district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Kanyakumari district in Tamil Nadu was carved out of Travancore-Cochin State in the 1956 State re-organization comprising its four southern taluks of Thovala, Agastheeswaram, Kalkulam and Vilavancode. Thiruvithamcode is about 20 km from Nagercoil and 2 km from Thuckalay.
Eustachius Benedictus de Lannoy was a skilled military strategist and commander of the Travancore Army, under Maharaja Marthanda Varma.
Kalkulam is a small village located in Kalkulam taluk, Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu, India. The taluk was among several in Thiruvananthapuram district that with the passage of the States Reorganisation Act of 1956 were transferred from Thiruvananthapuram district, Travancore-Cochin State to the newly created Kanyakumari district of Madras State.
Peer Mohamed Oliyullah Dargha is named after the Sufi philosopher, and Tamil poet Peer Mohamed Appa, who was born in Tenkasi of Tirunelveli District. After spending some time in Peermedu of Kerala State he came to Thuckalay and stayed permanently. It is one of the most renowned Sufi pilgrim centers in Kanyakumari, the southernmost district of Tamil Nadu.
Parvathipuram is a municipality located amid the town of Nagercoil along the Southern coast of India in Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu. It is located on NH 66 about five KM from Nagercoil central and 60 km from Thiruvananthapuram. It is called the gateway of Nagercoil. and it belongs to Aloor Panchayat.
A. Nesamony, sometimes known as Marshal Nesamony, was a political leader from Kanyakumari district in Tamil Nadu, India. He was the second son of Kesavan Appavu Nadar, born on 12 June 1895 at Nesarpuram, Palliyadi in Vilavancode Taluk, Kanyakumari district. He graduated from Maharaja's College in Thiruvananthapuram, and studied at law college in Thiruvananthapuram. He began practising in 1921. He was among those involved with the merger of four Taluks from Southern Travancore to Tamil Nadu. Marshal Nesamony is affectionately called as Kumari Thanthai. B. Jeyamohan has written a short story - வணங்கான் inspired from his life.
Kumarakoil or Kumarakovil is a small village in Kanyakumari district. Here is the famous Subrahmanya (Muruga) Temple by the name of Velimalai Kumaraswamy Temple. The temple was built on a hill named 'Velimalai'. The name "Veli" was named from the Malayalam word "veli" means marriage.It is the place where marriage of Murugan and Valli was done. Koravans used to come to the temple for marriage of Valli, since Valli Devi belongs to Koravan community. Lord Muruga and his consort Goddess Valli are the main deities. It is believed that they married here. It is built on a rocky terrain about 200 feet in height.
Eraniel Railway station in Eraniel is the most important railway station of Kallkkulam taluk of Kanyakumari district in the Tamil Nadu state of India. The station has two platforms and falls on the Kanyakumari—Thiruvananthapuram line in the Thiruvananthapuram division of the Southern Railway zone. All daily trains passing through the station halts in Eraniel station. The famous Mandaikadu Bagavathi Amman Temple, Colachel Port, I.R.E Industries in Manavalakurichi and Padmanabhapuram Palace are situated nearby the Station. The station also is the nearest railhead for two municipalities - Padmanabapuram, Colachel and for 25 villages.
Muttom road Eraniel is a place near Eraniel in Kanyakumari district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India.
Periyanayagi Shrine is a Roman Catholic church located at Thiruvithamcode in Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu in India. The church is also called the Church of the Ascension of our Lord or the Ascension Jesus Church and is believed to have been established by St Francis Xavier. The shrine of Periyanayagi Annai at Thiruvithamcode is rich with its own historical significance and importance. The fact that many saints have sanctified this soil by their visit to this place also adds more importance to this place. Thiruvithamcode was previously part of the Kingdom of Travancore.