Location in Tamil Nadu, India

Coordinates: 9°56′31″N 78°49′36″E / 9.94194°N 78.82667°E / 9.94194; 78.82667Coordinates: 9°56′31″N 78°49′36″E / 9.94194°N 78.82667°E / 9.94194; 78.82667
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Sivaganga
  Type First Grade Municipality
  Body Devakottai Municipality
  Total 12.42 km2 (4.80 sq mi)
Elevation 52 m (171 ft)
Population (2011)
  Total 51,865
  Density 4,200/km2 (11,000/sq mi)
  Official Tamil
PIN 630302
Telephone code 914561
Nearest city Karaikudi , Madurai , Tiruchirappalli
Sex ratio 19910:20587 /
Literacy 80%
Lok Sabha constituency Sivaganga
Vidhan Sabha constituency karaikudi

Devakottai (Tamil:தேவகோட்டை) is a first-grade municipality in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. Located in the Sivaganga district, the town is situated close to Karaikudi, near Rameswaram National Highway Road (NH-210). It is one of the major towns comes under the Chettinad area with rich heritage of houses built with limestone called "Karai Veedu".

As of 2011, the town had a population of 51,865.[1]


The name "Devakottai" is derived from the Tamil word "Devi Kottai", meaning the fort of a Goddess.

Devakottai was an active town in the Indian Independence Movement. The municipal court of Devakottai was burned to the ground during the Quit India Movement. This leads to the town becoming one of the historical landmarks of Tamil Nadu with typical building structures and monuments.

Devakottai is now under the Karaikudi constituency following the reformation of constituencies. However, for parliamentary elections, it comes under the Sivaganga constituency.


Religious census
Religion Percent(%)

According to the 2011 census, Devakottai had a population of 51,865 with a sex-ratio of 982 females for every 1,000 males, far greater than the national average of 929.[1] A total of 5,209 people were under the age of six, constituting 2,676 males and 2,533 females. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes accounted for 8.5% and .16% of the population respectively. The average literacy of the town was 80.95%, compared to the national average of 72.99%.[1] In total, the town had 13192 households. In particular, there were a total of 18,696 workers, comprising 865 cultivators, 415 main agricultural laborers, 219 in house hold industries, 14,056 other workers, 3,141 marginal workers, 53 marginal cultivators, 1,011 marginal agricultural laborers, 58 marginal workers in household industries and 2,019 other marginal workers.[2] As per the religious census of 2011, Devakottai had 82.85% Hindus, 9.92% Muslims, 7.% Christians, 0.02% Sikhs, 0.01% Jains and 0.2% following other religions.[3]


Devakottai is situated on Tiruchirappalli-Rameswaram National Highway Road (NH-210). The nearest airport is in Madurai, about 92 km away. The nearest railway station is 'Devakottai Road' which comes under the city limit of Karaikudi, about 10 km from Devakottai, from where frequent bus services are available for Devakottai. Regular bus services are available to all important cities of Tamil Nadu.


The Kandar Sasti Vizha, a festival for the rich culture of Devakottai, has been conducted by Kandar Sasti Vizha Kazhagam for the past 68 years (as of the year 2013) at the Nagara Sivan Kovil, at Devakottai.

Notable people


  1. 1 2 3 "Census Info 2011 Final population totals". Office of The Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  2. "Census Info 2011 Final population totals - Devakottai". Office of The Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014.
  3. "Population By Religious Community - Tamil Nadu" (XLS). Office of The Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2015.

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