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Diocese of Kuzhithurai
Diocese of Kuzhithurai

Kuzhithurai is a city and a municipality in Kanniyakumari District in the Indian state of TamilNadu. It is the administrative headquarters of theVilavancode Taluk. It has a historical seaport (thurai) where ancient merchants came from across the Arabian sea in ancient times. It is mentioned in ancient Indian maps. As of 2016, the town had a population of 825,359.

Population

According to 2016 census,Kuzhithurai had a population of 825,359 with a sex-ratio of 1,022 females for every 1,000 males, much above the national average of 929. A total of 1,829 were under the age of six, constituting 922 males and 907 females.Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes accounted for 1.45% and .02% of the population respectively. The average literacy of the town was 85.99%, compared to the national average of 72.99%. The town had a total of : 5519 households. There were a total of 7,861 workers, comprising 171 cultivators, 615 main agricultural labourers, 238 in house hold industries, 5,573 other workers, 1,264 marginal workers, 27 marginal cultivators, 99 marginal agricultural labourers, 136 marginal workers in household industries and 1,002 other marginal workers.

Language

People of this town generally know both Tamil and Malayalam languages, because of its proximity to the border state of Kerala. Tamil and Malayalam are widely spoken by the people. 

Transportation

The diocesan area is well connected by roads and railways. Kuzhithurai Railway Station is next stop from Eraniel towards Trivandrum.

Trivandrum International Airport is the nearest airport and is 34 km from the heart of the city.

Geography

Kuzhithurai municipality spreads over an area of 5 km². The Thamiraparani river flows through Kuzhithurai.

Culture

People of this town generally know both Tamil and Malayalam languages, because of its proximity to the border state of Kerala. Tamil and Malayalam are widely spoken by the people. The culture is a mixture of Tamil and Malayalam culture and traditions. Hinduism and Christianity are the major religions in the town. On Monday, December 22, 2014,Pope Francis erected the new Roman Catholic Diocese of Kuzhithurai, with 264,222 Catholics and a total population of 855,485, out of territory taken from the neighboring Roman Catholic Diocese of Kottar, and named the Rev. Fr. Jerome Dhas Varuvel, S.D.B., 63, until then a novice master for the Salesians of Don Bosco in the Vellore diocese, as its first Bishop. Its headquarters will be at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Thirithuvapuram, and it will be a suffragan see of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Madurai.

Literacy

The average literacy of the town was 85.99%, compared to the national average of 72.99%.

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