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Kanadukathan is located in Tamil Nadu
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 10°10′00″N 78°47′28″E / 10.16667°N 78.79111°E / 10.16667; 78.79111Coordinates: 10°10′00″N 78°47′28″E / 10.16667°N 78.79111°E / 10.16667; 78.79111
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Sivaganga
Population (2001)
 • Total 4,814
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)

Kanadukathan is a Town Panchayat in the Sivaganga district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.


In 2001, Kanadukathan had a population of 4,795 people. Of these, 10% were under 6 years of age. The town is evenly split between males and females. Kanadukathan has a literacy rate of 74%, higher than the national average of 63.4%. According to the Indian census, the male literacy rate is 80% and the female literacy rate is 67%.


Kanadukathan is most famous for its Chettinad cuisine and for the architecture of its houses, whose main entrances are shaped to resemble those of temples.

Famous temples[edit]

  • Chettiar Oorni Vinayagar Temple
  • Ponnazhagi Amman Temple
  • Maatta Oorni Vinayagar Temple [Chidambara vinayagar]
  • Chettinad Siva Temple
  • Ayyanar Temple
  • Vairava Vinayagar Temple
  • Paramanur Kali Temple
  • Anjaneyar Temple
  • Sundaramoorthy Vinayagar Temple
  • Nagamuthu Mariamman Temple
  • Varadaraja Perumal Temple
  • Sri Padhmavathi Thayar & Vengatesha Perumal Temple


  • Festival of the Goddess of Beauty (Tamil: பொன்னழகி அம்மன் திருவிழா) is a 10-day festival held in May every year.
  • Hari Poojai is held in May every year.
  • Sivarathiri is held in March. During Shivaratri, people take kavadi from Pazhaiyur (old Kanadukathan) to the Solai Andavar Temple (approximately 4 km).

Schools / Colleges[edit]

  • M.ct.M.Chidambaram Chettiyar Higher Secondary School [ISO 9001 Certified]
  • M.ct.M.Chidambaram Chettiyar Elementary School
  • CV.CT.V.Meenakshi Achi Matriculation School
  • Annamalai Polytechnic College

Places of interest[edit]

  • Pillayarpatti Kovil—religious site 1,600 years old[1] Hindu Temple (16 km)
  • Kundrakudi Murugan Kovil—religious site (Hill Temple), Hindu Temple (14 km)
  • Thirumayan Fort — historical site (10 km)
  • Chettinad Palace — It was designed by Dr Annamali Chettiyar with European influence in its architecture.[2]
  • Island Bungalow — heritage site (2 KM)

Connection with major cities[edit]

  • By train: Chettinad station is located on the Trichy – Rameswhwaram line. The following expresses stop at this station.
  • The Chennai – Rameshwaram express (16701)
  • Rameshwaram – Chennai express (16702)
  • Trichy- Rameshwaram, Trichy-Karaikudi, Trichy-Manamadurai and Manamadurioai-Mannargudi Passenger Trains
Requests have been made to operate a daily overnight train between Coimbatore and Rameswaram via Kanadukathan(CTND).


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The Hindu

The Hindu
Sun, 08 Mar 2015 06:18:45 -0700

From 1968 onwards, he did this for thirty years while headquartered in the U.S. Then he began to turn more and more to the village of his birth, Kanadukathan. Today, it is a heritage destination of Tamil Nadu Tourism, but the first influx of visitors ...

New York Times

New York Times
Sat, 01 Nov 2014 16:37:30 -0700

3, 1925, in Kanadukathan, a town in southern India. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Presidency College in Chennai, which was then known as Madras. He went on to earn a master's degree in international relations from the London School ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:26:15 -0800

He embodied Faith, in himself, humanity and Destiny. Kanadukathan Alagappan carved a niche for himself as the father of the temple movement in North America, as newspapers of that country hailed him, paying rich tribute when he passed away on October ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:34:55 -0700

Opulence and grandeur. Rather big words. Yet some superlatives seem inadequate when you present yourself before a Nattukottai Chettiar's house. Each house is big—the word that immediately comes to mind when you walk and sweat through the narrow ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Sun, 09 Nov 2014 04:45:00 -0800

In another curious coincidence, Kottaiyur is neighboured by Pallathur and Pallathur is neighboured by Kanadukathan and from the first of the latter two villages was A.M.M. Murugappa Chettiar and from the second M. Subbiah Chettiar who together were the ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:07:30 -0700

They also get orders from Hotels and resorts from nearby Kanadukathan and Karaikudi, or from big cities like Chennai and Bangalore and many foreign tourists. A chunk of the orders come through South Indian Producers Association, in which the group has ...

India Today

India Today
Tue, 15 Oct 2013 08:49:31 -0700

The mansion of Annamalai Chettiar, the raja of ChettinadA dry dust-laden wind blows desultorily across Kanadukathan, a sleepy village in the heart of the Pasumpon Muthiramalinga Thevar district near Tiruchirapally in the heart of Tamil Nadu. It was ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Sun, 06 Oct 2013 01:03:40 -0700

Inaugurating a branch of Indian Bank at his birthplace Kanadukathan in Sivaganga district on Saturday, he said the CDR of Indian Bank in Tamil Nadu was 92 per cent while it was only around 40 to 45 per cent in the northern States, where people did not ...

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