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Kazhugumalai - Overview

Kazhugumalai overviewAbout 80km inland from the Thoothukudi port, Kazhugumalai is the archaeological importance, with centuries old Jain rock carvings that are attractions for both tourists and scholars.

The Thoothukudi coastline nearby defines the rural milieu in a marine eco-system home to several forms of folk art, palm and banana based products and traditional fishing practices two distinct farming systems are practiced: agro farming, supported by the Tamiraparani river system and coastal farming dominated by coconuts and palmyra.

Visitors can experience the fragile eco-system of coral, the reefs being only a 50 minute boat-ride from the coast. Also at hand are artificial reefs and reef restorations.

During the pongal festival, the area is a virtual treat. Farmstead stays can be arranged while long “Silambattam” canes showcase traditional fighting skills.

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Name: Kazhugumalai

HQ and District: Tuticorin

State: Tamilnadu

Area: 87.64sq.km

Altitude: 100 meters(approximately)

Temperature: Summer - 34.8C Winter - 21.6C

Rainfall: 199cms Average

Best months to visit: December to April

Direction from District and State Head quarters: Kazhugumalai is approximately 590 km from Chennai, drive via Trichy.

Distance in Km from District and State Head quarters: Kazhugumalai is 80 km from Thoothukudi and 550 km from chennai.