Coordinates: 7°40′52″N 81°43′34″E / 7.68111°N 81.72611°E / 7.68111; 81.72611
Country Sri Lanka
Province Eastern
District Batticaloa
DS Division Kattankudy
Postal Code 30100
  Type Urban Council
Population (2014)
  Total 47,603
Demonym(s) Qahtan
Time zone Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone (UTC+5:30)
Website kattankudy.uc.gov.lk

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
162 Kattankudy-6 922 3049
162A Kattankudy-6 South 921 3218
162B Kattankudy-6 West 622 2121
164 Kattankudy-4 376 1295
164A Kattankudy-5 631 2195
164B Kattankudy-5 South 303 982
164C Kattankudy-5 West 440 1532
165 Kattankudy-3 458 1387
165A Kattankudy-3 West 318 955
165B Kattankudy-3 East 421 1422
166 Kattankudy-2 671 2345
166A Kattankudy-2 North 777 2685
167 Kattankudy-1 353 1178
167A New Kattankudy North 1624 5429
167B New Kattankudy East 2016 7847
167C New Kattankudy South 1567 5485
167D New Kattankudy West 697 2429
167E Kattankudy-1 South 641 2052

Source: http://www.kattankudy.ds.gov.lk

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 2004

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

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Coordinates: 7°40′52″N 81°43′34″E / 7.68111°N 81.72611°E / 7.68111; 81.72611

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