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Sivakasi

About Sivakasi

Sivakasi is located at 9.45°N 77.8167°E [13] and has an average elevation of 101 metres (331 feet). The town is located in Virudhunagar district of the South Indian state, Tamil Nadu, at a distance of 74 km from Madurai. Sivakasi is located to the east of Western Ghats and to the west of Sattur.

The topography is almost plain, with no major geological formation. There are no notable mineral resources available in and around the town. The soil types are black and red that are conducive to cotton, chillies, and millets. These crops are predominant because of poor groundwater supply and soil type. Sivakasi experiences hot and dry weather throughout the year. The temperature ranges from a maximum of 39 °C (102 °F) to a minimum of 23 °C (73 °F). Like the rest of the state, April to June are the hottest months and December to January are the coldest. Sivakasi receives scanty rainfall with an average of 812 mm annually, which is lesser than the state average of 1,008 mm. The Southwest monsoon, with an onset in June and lasting up to August, brings scanty rainfall. The bulk of the rainfall is received during the North East monsoon in the months of October, November and December.The average humidity of the town is 76.2% and varies between 65.6% to 79.2%. The municipality covers an area of 6.8 km2.

Economy

Sivakasi is known for its firecracker, matchbox and printing industries. The industries in Sivakasi employ over 7,00,000 people. 

Firecrackers & Matchbox Manufacturing

The town is the nodal center for firecracker manufacturing at the national level. The Annual fireworks manufacturing is valued at Rs 3,000 crore. Approximately 70% of the firecrackers and matches produced in India are from Sivakasi. The hot and dry climate of the town is conducive to the firecracker and matchbox making industries.

Last Modified : 7/1/2021



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