When Kovilpatti wants to celebrate its numerous festivals and feasts, it does not need to procure fireworks—an important means of celebration—from anywhere else. Known for being one of the largest producers of matches and fireworks, Kovilpatti in the Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu is a canvas of temples, festivals and the famous kadalai mittai.
Having once been ruled over by prominent dynasties such as the Pallavas, the Cholas, the Delhi Sultanate and the Vijayanagar Empire, the city of Kovilpatti has only increased in both size and importance over the years post-independence. It became an agricultural and industrial hub for the state, and with its many temples, fort ruins and legends associated with it, Kovilpatti gradually began to attract tourists from across the state and the country as well.
If ancient monuments characterize age in the north, the age of a city in the south of the country is depicted by its traditional temples. Kovilpatti is no exception. The Kathiresan Temple built on its namesake hills lures visitors with its spiritual aura, architectural detailing and the views its offers from the hilltop.
The Shenbagavalli Temple, another renowned place of worship in Kovilpatti, is known for the massive deity of Goddess Poovana Nathar Swamy, also known as Shenbagavalli. The ancient Vettrivellamman Temple in the Korkai district of Kovilpatti is also worth a visit.
There are two noteworthy rock-cut temples in this city, namely Kalugamalai and Vettuvankoil. Both temples are extremely beautiful and believed to be sacred, hence attract many visitors throughout the year.
The fort of famous freedom fighter Kattabomman, a man the locals are extremely proud of, is also located in Kovilpatti. Though the fort is practically in ruins, with the all surrounding structures having been demolished by the British, it is still worth a trip.
Kovilpatti is filled with little villages, each with its own unique quality. Take some time and explore the interiors of the region to really get a taste of what life here is all about.
Local buses run by the government or by private players are your best bet when it comes to local transport in Kovilpatti. However, you could aslo hire a private taxi or car and explore the city along with the other areas of the region.
On a daily basis there are approximately 24 flights that operate at Madurai Airport.SpiceJet, Air India and SriLankan Airlines are the most popular airline brands that fly frequently to this airport.
Besides flying you can also reach Kovilpatti through train.Kovilpattiis one of the most popular train stations in Kovilpatti.On an average about 82 trains pass through Kovilpatti on a daily basis.Kadambur to Kovilpatti, Nagercoil to Kovilpatti, Vadakkuvalliyur to Kovilpattiare some of the most popular routes to Kovilpatti with 37, 33, 33 trains weekly respectively.
By road Kovilpatti is surrounded by Sankarankoil, Srivilliputhur, Rajapalayam which are 21.9 km, 27.87 km, 27.91 km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan their short weekend break.