Kadayanallur (Tamil: கடையநல்லூர்) is a second largest city and a Ist Grade Municipal town municipality in Tirunelveli District in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu of India.
The most important commodities such as Handloom clothes, matches also fiber and mud-pots are being manufactured in the town.
The name Kadayanallur comes from "Kadayaleeswara", the name of the presiding deity of Kadayaleeswarar kovil, a Hindu temple located in Kadayanallur. It is located in the foothills of the Western Ghats near the Courtallam Waterfalls and Tenkasi. It is famous for saral (drizzling), which occurs yearly from May to August. It is also known for its vast paddy and coconut fields. Most of the last generation of residents were farmers; however, many are now employed in various parts of India and in foreign countries such as the United States, Singapore, and the Persian Gulf.
The nearest airport is at Madurai, nearest international airport at Thiruvananthapuram then Kochin and a rail service (converted to broad gauge in 2004–2005), served by Southern Railway (India) is also available.
The Indian Postal Service Pincode is 627751. The Telecom Code (BSNL) is 04633.


  • 1 Geography
  • 2 Interesting Statistics
  • 3 Kadayanallur Muslims
  • 4 Mosques - Total 34
  • 5 Temples
  • 6 Demographics
  • 7 Schools and Colleges
  • 8 Politics
  • 9 Historical Events
  • 10 Kadayanallur Web Sites
  • 11 References
  • 12 External links


Kadayanallur is located at 9°05′N 77°21′E / 9.08°N 77.35°E. The town is located on the foot of the Western Ghat It has an average elevation of 191 m (627 ft). The city is surrounded by paddy fields, coconut farms and lot of ponds. A small river flows in the mid of the city. There are some rocky regions on the western end of the city called locally as 'parumbu'. Attakulam, Paloorani, Thamaraikulam, Annamalai peri and last and largest of those is periyakulam are the ponds found in this city.
The town is having an area of 52.25 km2. The town is situated about 16 km on the North of Tenkasi and 47 km on the south of Rajapalayam. The N.H. 208 Quilon - Thirumangalam passes through this town. The town is general is having a dry climate except during the monsoon periods.

Cloudy Mountain near Kadayanallur.

Grapes Cultivation.

Interesting Statistics

Kadayanallur is a Municipal Township in Tenkasi Taluk Tirunelveli Districk Tamil Nadu State India

Located in between Puliangudi and Tenkasi in the National Highway 208 Madurai to Kollam , Kerala

Located in between Tenkasi and SankaranNainarKoil in the Indian Railways between Madurai-to-Kollam line

District Capital Thirunelveli is approx 70 km. Madurai ( Madurai Domestic Airport IXM ) is approx 120 km

Tamil Nadu State capital Chennai is approx 500 km

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala State Capital) is approx 100 km

Nearest International Airport Thiruvananthapuram-TRV is accessible by 5 Hrs Drive.

Kutrrallam Falls a famous tourist attaraction is approx 15 km

Kerala state Border - Aryankavu is approx 25 km

Postal code 627751 Telephone code 4633

Polulation 77000 More than 75% Muslims

Household 21000.

Area 52 km2.

Number of Streets 216

Number of Wards 33

Kadayanallur is one of the 234 Tamil Nadu state Assembly Constituency

And it is part of Tenkasi Indian Parliamentary Constituency

From Thenkasi 15 km,

Kerala state Border(Aryankavu) 25 km,

Madurai 130 km,

Chennai 600 km.

Nearest International Airport Thiruvananthapuram-TRV is accessible by 3 Hrs ride

Chennai (Madras MAA ) is accessible by overnight ride by train or bus

Kadayanallur Muslims

Kadayanallur was one of many traditional Muslim weaving villages in Tirulnelveli, a district in the state of Tamil Nadu. Practically every household in Kadayanallur once worked a handloom, and the occupation was passed down from generation to generation. But in the 19th century, the weaving industry in South India was twice transformed because of the industrial revolution in Britain. In the early 19th century, India’s hand-spinning industry was destroyed by the import of machine-spun yarn from Britain and the establishment of local spinning mills. With a plentiful supply of cheap yarn, however, the handloom sector flourished until about 1860, when the East India Company imposed a handloom tax to suppress competition to the British textile industry. Many of the traditional weavers (nesavali) found themselves without income and were forced to migrate to places like Penang, Singapore. By one estimate, there are about 20,000 Kadayanallur Muslims in Penang itself today. Today, Kadayanallur itself is transformed into a township. A few households do still work in handloom, but most households depend on income from jobs in the Middle East. Citation of source : http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http://www.geocities.com/kadayanallur_muslims/kadayanallur_history.html%3F20051&date=2009-10-26+01:08:51 Mappilas of Tirunelveli District : Mappilla Muslims from the coastal state of Kerala – which borders Tamil Nadu – were forced by Portuguese brutal attacks on their villages in the 16th century to flee into the rural interior. There they began migrating to the villages near Tirulnelveli Tamil Nadu. Many of the present-day Tirulnelveli Muslims claim to be descended from the Kerala mapillais (“grooms”), follow Malabari religious teachers and social culture. In Present day Kadayanallur, majority of the polulation are Tamil Speaking Muslims. Refer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamil_Muslim Hence there are lots of Mosques ( Masjid in Arabic ; Pallivasal in Tamil ) are in the kadayanallur. Ooruni Masjid and Pudupalli Masjid are the oldest where as the Pettai Jumma Masjid (Pettai Pallivasal ) is the Biggest one with a self proclaimed Highest Minara of the South at around 80 Meter's.

Mosques - Total 34

1-Darul Ulum Bilal Masjid - Erasaliya Puram St

2-Puthu palli - New street

3-Oorani women's mosque

4-Pettai jumma masjid

5-Rahmanipuram mosque -1st street-main road

6-Mohideen (Pakir lebbai) palli-1st street main road

7-Pattani palli - 7th street

8-A-1 palli - 3rd street

9-Masjid Taqwa - 5th street-kilakachi palli

10-Masjid salam - malambattai

11-Ansari palli-7th street

12-Makkah mosque

13-Masjidul maryam

14-Masjidul aqsa

15-Theppathu palli

16-Seena Palli

17-Masjid Mubarak-Bazaar

18-Riyaluz salihath women's -bazaar

19-Madinah palli- kanankulam

20-Iqbal nagar palli

21-Jamiul Anwar allimoopan street

22-Nainamohammed juma palli(pasnatheru palli)

23-Siraj mosque-pasanaththeru

24-Pasnath theru women's mosque

25-jamath palli-ayyapuram st

26-Peryar bilal masjid

27-Pacha oli mosque(viswa vizhai)

28-patcha oli palli-opp to EB

29-kanmania puram palli

30-Krishna puram Mosqueque

31-Mavadikkal Mosque

32-Ooruni Pallivasal

33-Madina nagar palli vasal

34-masjid taqwa

The famous temples of this city are:

Arulmigu Kadaikalisvarar Temple,

Arulmigu kariayamanicka Perumal Koil @ Kzeezha Gramam,

Arulmigu Arunachaleshwara Sametha Abithakusanayagi Ambal @ Kzheezha Grammam,

Shenbaga Vinayagar Temple - Main bazaar,

Kadayalesswarar Sametha Karumbalmozhi Thayar Temple - MKDNL,

vadaguva selvi amman kovil -paruthivelai st, KDNL,

Kariyamanicka perumal temple - MKDNL,

Thamaraikulam Sudalaimadasamy temple - MKDNL ,

Abaya kastha Anjaneyar temple - Krishnapuram,

sri Muthumariamman temple - MKDNL,

Muppudathi Amman Temple- Daily Market,

Mutharamman Temple - MKPuram,

Sri Kaliamman Temple - Mavadickal,

Sri Gangai Amman Temple - Mavadickal

Sri Vadakkuvaselvi Amman Temple -MKPuram,

Sri Muppudathiamman Temple - Krishnapuram,

Gopala krishna Swami Temple - Krishnapuram,

Sri Mutharamman Temple - MKPuram,

sree KARUPPASAMY TEMPLE - Nathankalam, KADAYANALLUR. sri karayadi madasamy temple, mkpuram


As of 2001 India census, Kadayanallur had a population of 75,604. Males constitute 49% of the population and females 51%. In Kadayanallur, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.

Schools and Colleges

Joy Nursery Primary School,

Govt.Boys Hr Sec School,

Govt. Girls Hr Sec School,

Darussalam Hr Sec school

Hidayathul Islam Hr Sec school

Masood Thaika Hr sec school

Sri Ulaga Hr sec school

Pudhur Hr Sec school

Pettai Muslim Hr sec school

Sankara Middle school

Ratna Middle school

Melapalayam Hindu school

King universe Mat. school

Fathima College of Pharmacy www.fcp.in

Al-Ameen agricultural college

Everest Institutes Faizul Anwar Arabic College

Riyalus saliheen Arabic College for women hindu thuvaka palli primary school,mavadickal


Kadayanallur assembly constituency is part of Tenkasi (Lok Sabha constituency).
At Present Mr.Peter Alphonse is the MLA From this Constituency

Historical Events


1966 - Upgraded as IIIrd Grade Municipality from Kadayanallur Panchayat Board

1973 - Karuppanathi Drinking water supply scheme commenced

1975 - Constitution of LPA

1985 - Spread of Cholrea

1987 - Upgraded to Grade II Municipality

1999 - Commissioning of Tamirabarani combined water supply scheme

2008 - Upgraded to Grade I Municipality

2009 - Spreading of Virus Fever

2010 - Commissioning of Karuppanathi combined water supply scheme

cost invested Rs 21 crore/-

2011 - Municipal chairman changed(New Mr.Kaliraj) due to old chairmans(Late Mr.Ibrahim) dead.

Kadayanallur Web Sites

1)kadayanallur.org *http://kadayanallur.org

2)Kadayanallur.net *http://www.kadayanallur.net


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