Thoothukudi is headquarters of the Thoothukudi District and it is famed for pearl fishing, production of salt, fishing and other related business. Thoothukudi is in the extreme south of Tamil Nadu, was called Tuticorin earlier. The added attraction to this port city is because it has a natural harbour. Besides all this, it has importance because from this place, the freedom fighter V.O.Chidambaram Pillai set sail his ship to protest against British supremacy over India. There are stretches of sunny and sandy beaches that are restful and calm. There are several towns around Thoothukudi that have historical and religious significance. They are Thiruchendur, Manapad, Kazhugumalai, Ottapaitapitram, Panchalankuruchi, Ettayapuram, Kayalpattinam, Navathiruppathi, Kulasekarapattinam, Puliyampatti, Deviaseyalpuram and Korkai. The town has a centre for folk art and handicraft.
By Air - Thiruvananthapuram airport is 230 kms away and Madurai is 130 kms away.
By Bus - Well-laid road connect the city with all major cities and towns in the state.