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Kallidaikurichi

Kallidaikurichi is a town on the right bank of the Thamiraparani river in Ambasamudram Taluk of Tirunelveli District in Tamil Nadu, a southern state of India. Like any Indian rural town, this town too is steeped in tradition and rich in heritage, struggling to hold on to its past glories. Here the modern co-exist peacefully with the bullock-carts and rickshaws of yesterday years

Kallidaikurichi, endowed with a rich heritage, is dotted with many ancient Hindu shrines in each street in each gramam of the village. These are of ancient temple architecture style having high-rise gopurams (ornamental gateways of temples) with intricate sculptures, heralding the past glory of this region. Muthuswami Dikshitar, the Great carnatic composer, whose songs abound with geographic and iconographic references, sings of the curative properties of the river Thamiraparani. To him, the Goddess at Tirunelveli, is Hima-saila-sutaa (daughter of the mountain snow). The local language is Tamil. Adivaraha Perumal temple represents the principal deity of the present day Kallidaikurichi.

This town in the south Tamil Nadu is located about 70 km north of Kanyakumari (Cape Comerin). Tirunelveli and Palayamkottai are two towns (twin towns) nearby, about 35 km away. Indian Railways serves Kallidaikurichi and it is easily reachable by road from Tirunelveli and Nagarcoil. Nearby Airports are the Madurai Domestic Airport in Tamil Nadu - about 250 km away and Trivandrum International Airport in Kerala - about 145 km away.

Rice is the main crop here. Other crops are groundnut (peanuts), chilies (red pepper) and cotton, though these are seen less frequently nowadays. Kallidaikurichi and appalam are almost synonymous. Appalam making is a major cottage industry here. It is nationally known for its quality and taste and is sent almost all over India.

Like most parts of Tamil Nadu, the climate here too is rather hot, except during the rainy season of the November/December months. During summer strong gusty winds are a frequent occurrence. Utilizing this energy is the large wind energy farm at Aralvaimozhi, about 40 km from here, with over 2500 of windmills generating electricity.