Thoothukudi District

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Thoothukudi District, also known as Tuticorin District, is a district of Tamil Nadu state in southern India. Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) is the district headquarters. It had a population of 1,572,273 as of 2001. It is 42.28% urbanised. This is one of the Ayyavazhi populated districts of Tamil Nadu.

Thoothukudi District is situated in the extreme south-eastern corner of Tamil Nadu. It is bounded on the north by the districts of Tirunelveli, Virudhunagar, and Ramanathapuram, on the east and south-east by Gulf of Mannar and on the west and south-west by Tirunelveli District. Total area of this district is 4621 square kilometres and the administrative headquarters is an urban agglomeration and also one of the taluk headquarters within the district.

Thoothukudi is in South India about 540 km south west of Madras(Chennai) and is geographically located in the Gulf of Mannar.

The district of Mannar, south and southwest by the district of Tirunelveli, west and northwest by the district of Virudhunagar and north by the district of Ramanathapuram. The total area of this district is 4621 km. The administrative headquarters is an urban agglomeration and also one of the taluk headquarters within the district. The district of Thoothukudi was carved out as a separate district in the year 1986 as a result of bifurcation of Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu State.

Revenue divisions

1. Thoothukudi
2. Tiruchendur
3. Kovilpatti

Taluks comprised in the revenue division

1. Thoothukudi

  • 1. Thoothukudi
  • 2. Srivaikundam

2. Tiruchendur

  • 1. Tiruchendur
  • 2. Sathangulam

3. Kovilpatti

  • 1. Kovilpatti
  • 2. Ettayapuram
  • 3. Vilathikulam
  • 4. Ottapidaram

Thoothukudi has a host of industries including power, chemicals, fisheries. The Industries in Thoothukudi are: 1. One Sipcot Estate , SIDCO Industrial Area & Co_operative Industrial Estate, maximium factories are situated. 2. Tuticorin Thermal Power Station (TTPS). 3. SPIC fertilizer plant 4. TAC fertilizer plant 5. Darangadara Chemicals (DCW), Arumuganeri. 6. Heavy water plant. (A unit of BARC). 7. NFC (Nuclear Fuel Complex) - Titanium & Zirconium sponge plant. 8. Transworld Garnet Industries. 9. AVM JumboBags (SIPCOT). 10. Sterlite Copper Industries. 11. Ramesh Flowers. 12. Nila Sea Foods. 13. St. John Freight Systems Limited. Kilburn Chemicals, 14. Madura Coats 15. Export of Senna leaves (medicinal value). 16. Salt industry. 17. Tamilnad Merchantile Bank. (Headquarters). 18. Windmills at Mullakkadu. 19. Tuticorin Port Trust.

The availability of skilled labour, major port, electricity generating plant, container facility has made Tuticorin a major destination for industry and business. Sethudamudram project, the airport at Vagaikulam, Koodankulam Nuclear Power plant, improved road and rail infrastructure and Nanguneri SEZ is expected to make Tuticorin a hot destination for business investment.

Tuticorin has been a centre for maritime trade and pearl fishery for more than a century. The natural harbour with a rich hinterland, activated the development of the Port, initially with wooden piers and iron screw pile pier and connections to the railways. Tuticorin was declared as a minor anchorage port in 1868. Since then there have been various developments over the years.

Tuticorin became the citadel of the freedom struggle in the early 20th century. In 1906, one of the greatest freedom fighters of India, Mr. V.O. Chidambaram Pillai, launched the first swadeshi ship "S.S. Gaelia" in British India.DD

Independence, the minor Port of Tuticorin witnessed a flourishing trade and handled a variety of cargo meant for the neighbouring countries of Sri Lanka, Maldives etc. and the coastal regions of India.

To cope with the increasing trade through Tuticorin, the Government of India sanctioned the construction of an all-weather Port at Tuticorin. On July 11,1974, the newly constructed Tuticorin Port was declared as the 10th major port 1st April 1979, the erstwhile Tuticorin minor Port and the newly constructed Tuticorin major Port were merged and the Tuticorin Port Trust was constituted under the Major Port Trusts Act, 1963.

  • Latitude : 845N

  • Longitude : 7813 E

  • Climate : Tropical Climate. Tidal Range is about 1 Metre and temperature ranges from maximum of 35 C to a minimum of 20 C.

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