|Coordinates: 7°40′52″N 81°43′34″E / 7.68111°N 81.72611°E|
|• Type||Urban Council|
|Time zone||Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone (UTC+5:30)|
Kattankudy (Tamil: காத்தான்குடி Kaththankudi; Sinhalese: කාත්තාන්කුඩි Kaththankudiye) Is a township in Sri Lanka located along its eastern coastline, about 339 kilometres away from the capital city, Colombo. The township has an estimated population of 50 000, predominantly Muslims.
The Batticaloa district is divided into 14 Administrative divisions. They are Manmunai North, Manmunai Pattu, and Porativu Pattu, Manmunai West, Eravur Pattu, Karalai Pattu, Koralai Pattu West, Kattankudy, Manmunai South, & Eruvil Pattu, Manmunai South West, Eravur Town, Koralai Pattu Central, Koralai Pattu North
Most of the people are engaged in business, industries and fisheries. The division of Kattankudy Occupies the central part of the district .It covers land area of Approximately 2.56 Square Km and of Inland water 1.33 Square Km the division account for 0.15%of the district Total Land area.
The township got it name derived from the term Qahthani referring to Arabs who originate from the southern region of the Arabian Peninsula. Many Qahthani men got married to women in this township, and thus got the township its name, Kattankudy.
North : Manmunai North Divisional secretariat.
East : Bay of Bengal (Sea).
South : Manmunaipattu Divisional Secretariat.
West : Batticaloa Lagoon.
GS Divisions and Population (2014)
|GS Number||Area||Total Families||Population|
|167A||New Kattankudy North||1624||5429|
|167B||New Kattankudy East||2016||7847|
|167C||New Kattankudy South||1567||5485|
|167D||New Kattankudy West||697||2429|
Kattankudy Mosque Massacre
Kattankudy Mosque Massacre was the killing of over 147 Muslim men and boys in a Mosque in Kattankudy by LTTE cadres on August 3, 1990. It took place when around 30 Tamil rebels raided four mosques in the town of Kattankudy, where over 300 people were prostrating in Isha prayers.
The attack is widely attributed to LTTE, who denied their involvement in the massacre, and have never retracted that denial.
Initial report put the death toll at around 100, but as many of the injured who were rushed to hospital succumbed to their injuries, the final death toll rose to over 147.
Tsunami hit Kattankudy on 26 December, Around 108 people died in Kattankudy and 93 persons are still enlisted as missing. Around 2500 houses were damaged by the tsunami in Kattankudy