Sirkazhi, also spelled Sirkali and Siyali, is a major municipal town in Mayiladuthurai district in Tamil Nadu, India. It is located 13 km (8.1 mi) from the coast of the Bay of Bengal, and 250 km (160 mi) from the state capital, Chennai.
Sirkazhi has a long history dating back to the Sangam era. The town is mentioned in several ancient Tamil texts, including the Sangam literature. The town was once a major trading center and was also a major military base.
Sirkazhi is located on the banks of the Kollidam River. The town is located in a hilly region with an average elevation of 5.18 m (17.0 ft) above sea level.
According to the 2011 Indian census, Sirkazhi had a population of 34,927 people. The majority of the population is Hindu, with a small minority of Muslims and Christians. The town is multilingual, with Tamil being the official language and the most widely spoken language. Telugu, Kannada, and Urdu are also spoken by significant minorities.
Sirkazhi’s economy is based on agriculture, tourism, and manufacturing. The town is known for its rice, sugarcane, and banana crops. Sirkazhi is also a popular tourist destination due to its natural beauty and its temples. The town is also home to a number of small-scale industries, including textile mills, food processing plants, and engineering firms.
Sirkazhi has a number of schools and colleges. The town is home to the Sirkazhi Government Arts College, which is affiliated with the University of Madras.
Sirkazhi has a rich culture and heritage. The town is home to a number of temples, festivals, and traditions. The town is also known for its handicrafts, which include pottery, weaving, and wood carving.
Sirkazhi is a popular tourist destination due to its natural beauty and its temples. The town is home to a number of waterfalls, including the Sirkazhi Falls, the Ariyamangalam Falls, and the Kottakudi Falls. Sirkazhi is also home to a number of temples, including the Sirkazhi Murugan Temple, the Sirkazhi Shiva Temple, and the Sirkazhi Amman Temple.
Sirkazhi is well-connected by road and rail. The town is situated on the National Highway NH7, which connects Chennai to Kanyakumari. Sirkazhi also has a railway station on the Chennai-Tuticorin line.