Tuticorin Tourism

Tuticorin Tourism

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Tuticorin Info

  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • Famous for/as: Heritage

The port city of Tuticorin or Thoothukudi is the Municipal Corporation and the headquarters of Tuticorin District of Tamil Nadu. Tuticorin is well-known as a centre for sea trading and pearl fishing for over a century. 

Tuticorin lies along the south-eastern coast of Tamil Nadu by the Gulf of Mannar. Surrounded by the Tirunelveli District on its north, Virudhunagar and Ramanathapuram on the east and by Tirunelveli district on the west and south-west, Tuticorin is located at a distance of about 600 km from Chennai and 190 km from Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum).

The port city of Tuticorin is famous for pearl diving, fishing and shipbuilding. Popularly referred to as ‘Pearl town’, the commercial port town of Tuticorin serves the whole of southern Tamil Nadu that includes inland cities such as Coimbatore, Madurai and Tirunelveli. 

History of Tuticorin

Tuticorin or Thoothukudi was known by the name ‘Thirumanthiranager’ in the ancient times. As per folklore, Hanuman camped at this place during his journey to Lanka in search for Sita. Since he was the Thoothan (messenger) of Rama, the place came to be known as ‘Thoothuvankudi’ which was later shortened to Thoothukudi.

The word ‘Thoothukudi’ may also have come from two Tamil words – ‘Thoorthu’ (land reclaimed from sea) and ‘Kudi’ (settlement). Thoothukudi got the name ‘Tuticorin’ when it came under the rule of the Portuguese. Today, Tuticorin is also referred to as ‘Pearl City’ and ‘Muthu Nagar’.     

Tuticorin is situated in the close vicinity of the East -West International sea route, about 124 M (nautical metres) away. This unique location has in fact helped this place to become a major sea port of India since the 6th Century AD.  It was the principal sea port of the Pandya Kingdom in the 16th century when it was taken over by the Portuguese in 1548. 

Tuticorin became a flourishing Portuguese colony within decades. The Dutch captured Tuticorin from the Portuguese in the year 1658 and the British seized it in 1825. The British built a light house in Tuticorin in 1842 which brought developmental changes in the harbour. Tuticorin rose to become a Municipality in the year 1866. Roche Victoria was the first Chairman of the Tuticorin Municipality. 

In the 20th century, Tuticorin became a prominent centre for the Indian Independence Movement. Subramanya Bharathy, Kattabomman and V.O. Chidambaram Pillai were the freedom fighters from Tuticorin who fought for Independence.  Post-Independence, Tuticorin achieved the status of Corporation in the year 2008.

Things to do in Tuticorin

Today, the port city of Tuticorin is well known for its Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI). Other popular attractions of Tuticorin are Thoothukudi Tiruchendur, Manapad Kalugumalai, Ottapidaram Ettayapuram, Panchalankurichi Nava Thiruppathi, Korkai Athichanallur and Vanchi Maniyachi. Tourists can also opt for one of the many Tuticorin holiday packages to explore the sights and sounds of the city. 

The Tiruchendur Temple is the prime attraction of Tuticorin.  Other famous attractions at Tuticorin are Kalugumalai and Korkai. Kalugumalai is famous for its ancient rock cut Jain cave temple and Vettuvan Kovil, where as Korkai is a popular picnic destination that has Korkai Tank and Vettrivelamman temple. 

Travelling to Tuticorin

Tuticorin is well connected to Chennai and other cities in Tamil Nadu and neighbouring states. It is connected by road and rail. To reach Tuticorin, travellers can board buses that ply between cities like Madurai, Trichy, Vellore and Tiruchendur to the destination. Tuticorin has a railway station regular trains are available from the destination to Mysore, Tirunelveli, Tiruchendur, Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai. The best time to visit Tuticorin is from November to January.

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Hotel options in Tuticorin range from budget hotels to resorts, bed & breakfast places, guesthouses and lodges. 

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Tuticorin Traveller Reviews

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Raja Madhusudan
  • Raja Madhusudan
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 5 Reviews

"It is small district town..."

  • Posted May 2, 2013
It is small district town with major Power plants, Port trust and Indutries such as SPIC and Sterlite. Ofcourse you have beach though small but less dirts in the shore. Can go for a fresh air in the evening. Otherwise hot and humid.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Beach-Churches best. Shopping no experince.

Activities & things to do: Nothing much.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Air connection from Bangalore via Chennai-Spicejet-be ready for delayed flights-some times more than 2 hours. Bus is tedious.
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Ramesh S
  • Ramesh S
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews

"Tuticorin stay"

  • Posted Apr 10, 2013
A nice place.Though nothing significant is there in The city itself ,plenty of sightseeing can be done keeping Tuticorin as a base.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Pick up Macroons at Ganesh Bakery.
Good food available at Capsi restaurant near Airport.

Activities & things to do: Can cover -- Tiruchendur Murugan Temple
Rameswaram, Kanyakumari, Agastiar falls Manimuttaru Falls near tirunelveli

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: By Train Airport Bus from Madurai Chennai
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  • mssthirdeye
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 32 Reviews


  • Posted Mar 21, 2013
The SHIVA temple on WGC road is famous one here, its built around 500 years back, and has huge carvings and pillars all around it. The city is famous for SALT.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Hotels are available in plenty with both veg and non veg food. hotel gowrishankar, broadway and sangeetha are good for veg food, sanchi is good for burgers and pizzas and cakes,
chitra lodge is good for staying

Activities & things to do: Visit the temple and the dutch church and if permission available visit the port

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: CAN BE REACHED BY AIR (airport 16kms) but do arrange for pick up beforehand,
Tuticorin is on the seaside and hence will be really hot anytime of the year.
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Stephen Samuel raj
  • Stephen Samuel raj
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • Posted Feb 2, 2013
Tuticorin is famous for Shipping Industry being one among the Major Ports in India. Therefore many other Industries like Vedanta /VV Titanium / TAG / Spic and also many Thermal Power Plant projects functions well in Tuticorin. Hence, Tuticorin is becoming one of the major Business Center in India as well as in Tamil nadu. Also note many entrepreneurs / Business community lives in Tuticorin led Biz prospects lead upward in Tuticorin.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Famouns for ' Oil Barotta ' and ' Macroon'sweets. Famous Churches in Tuticorin and also tallest Church in NAZARETH. And also famous temple in Tiruchendur alike wise suits to Travellers.

Activities & things to do: Commercial Center

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Having Airport / Train / Bus Facility to Tuticorin
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