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|Nickname(s): Sugarcane City|
|• Type||Selection Grade Municipality|
|• Body||Kallakurichi Municipal Council|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
According to 2011 census, Kallakkurichi had a population of 52,507 with a sex-ratio of 984 females for every 1,000 males, much above the national average of 929. A total of 5,541 were under the age of six, constituting 2,914 males and 2,627 females. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes accounted for 15.49% and .27% of the population respectively. The average literacy of the town was 77.08%, compared to the national average of 72.99%. The town had a total of 12801 households. There were a total of 19,013 workers, comprising 471 cultivators, 840 main agricultural labourers, 537 in house hold industries, 14,673 other workers, 2,492 marginal workers, 33 marginal cultivators, 414 marginal agricultural labourers, 102 marginal workers in household industries and 1,943 other marginal workers. As per the religious census of 2011, Kallakkurichi had 83.87% Hindus, 13.4% Muslims, 1.72% Christians, 0.04% Sikhs, 0.02% Buddhists, 0.17% Jains, 0.71% following other religions and 0.08% following no religion or did not indicate any religious preference.
Prior to 1960, Kallakurichi was considered a village. That year, Kallakurichi became Town Panchayat, then was subsequently upgraded to Special Grade Town Panchayat. On 20 October 2004, it was further upgraded to Third Grade Municipality. Later, on 8 September 2010, this municipality was upgraded to First Grade Municipality. The area of this municipality is 11.69 km2 divided into 21 wards.
The climate is moderate, with the maximum temperature being 38 °C and the minimum at 21 °C. The town gets its rainfall from the northeast monsoon during the winter months and the southwest monsoon during the summer months. The average annual rainfall is 1,070 mm.
The town is well connected by roads, with frequent buses from Salem, Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Viluppuram, Chennai, Bangalore, Erode, Cuddalore, Chidambaram, Pondy, Thiruvannamalai, Tindivanam, Vellore, Hosur, Trichy, Perambalur, Thuraiyur, Namakkal and other surrounding towns. Kallakurichi is on National Highway 68, which is a four-lane dual carriage road network connecting Chennai and Viluppuram with Salem, Coimbatore, Erode, Tirupur, Palagat and Cochin. It is also located on two state highways - SH-6 (Kallakurichi to Thiruvannamalai, Vellore and Tirupathi) and SH-204(Kallakurichi to Veppur, Trichy road).
Kallakurichi is nearer to Kalvarayan Hills. Proximity of clouds fall near the peak of Vellimalai hilltop is a popular tourist spot for locals during the monsoon season. Vellimalai is a pristine unexplored location.
Kallakurichi is an emerging agricultural town in Villupuram district. There are over 100 Rice processing units or mordern rice (mills) both small and big in this town. Textiles, Jewellery and agricultural feeds are major businesses. Rasi Seeds (P) LTD, has a seed processing plant in Thatchur, a suburban area of Kallakurichi. The town has two government co-operative sugar mills and one private sugar mill is there, and some solvent extraction plants. There are many poultry farms in and around Kallakurichi.
Kallakurichi is an educational center of Western Villupuram District, having many schools and colleges in and around the locality.
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