Kovilthottam Lighthouse

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Kovilthottam Lighthouse
Kovilthottam Lighthouse, Nov 2016.jpg
The lighthouse in 2016
Kovilthottam Lighthouse is located in Kerala
Kovilthottam Lighthouse
LocationKovilthottam, Kollam, India
Coordinates8°59′05″N 76°31′28″E / 8.984715°N 76.524523°E / 8.984715; 76.524523Coordinates: 8°59′05″N 76°31′28″E / 8.984715°N 76.524523°E / 8.984715; 76.524523
Year first constructed1953 (first)
Year first lit1962
Foundationreinforced concrete
Constructionmasonry tower
Tower shapesquare tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / patternblack tower with a horizontal white band, black lantern
Tower height18 metres (59 ft)[1]
Focal height20 metres (66 ft) above MSL
Original lens250 mm 4th order cut & polished drum optic inside 1.8 m diameter Lantern House (BBT)
Intensity500W halogen lamp (220/250 volt) AC
Range15 nautical miles (28 km; 17 mi)
CharacteristicFl W 5s.
Admiralty numberF0710
NGA number27512
ARLHS numberIND-096[2]

Kovilthottam Lighthouse is situated at Kovilthottam in Kollam district of Kerala. The 18-meter tall lighthouse tower is painted with black and white alternating bands.[3] The lighthouse has been provided to serve the Port of Neendakara situated at the entrance to Ashtamudi Backwaters.


Kovilthottam Lighthouse is situated at Kollam Metropolitan Area. It is about 20 km away from Kollam city centre.


Before the construction of Kovilthottam, there was a flag mast at this location. Later, a wooden tower was constructed here. A blinking DA gas light was installed on 14 February 1953. This temporary arrangement was replaced later in 1960–1961 after the completion of the masonry tower. The emergency source was replaced by 12V 100W Halogen lamp in a 200 mm optic outside the lantern on 14 February 1999.[4]

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  1. ^ "Indian Lighthouses – An overview" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 December 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Tangassery Point Light, Quilon/Kollam". World List of Lights (WLOL). Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Lighthouses in Kerala". Archived from the original on 19 March 2015. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Indian Lighthouses – An overview" (PDF). DGLL India. Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 December 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2015.

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