Kovilthottam Lighthouse

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Kovilthottam Lighthouse
Kovilthottam Lighthouse, Nov 2016.jpg
Kovilthottam Lighthouse
Kovilthottam Lighthouse is located in Kerala
Kovilthottam Lighthouse
Location Kovilthottam, Kollam, India
Coordinates 8°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 constructed 1953 (first)
Year first lit 1962
Foundation reinforced concrete
Construction masonry tower
Tower shape square tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / pattern black tower with a horizontal white band, black lantern
Height 18 metres (59 ft)[1]
Focal height 20 metres (66 ft) above MSL
Original lens 250 mm 4th order cut & polished drum optic inside 1.8 m diameter Lantern House (BBT)
Intensity 500W halogen lamp (220/250 volt) AC
Range 15 nautical miles (28 km; 17 mi)
Characteristic Fl W 5s.
Admiralty number F0710
NGA number 27512
ARLHS number IND-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]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Indian Lighthouses - An overview" (PDF). 
  2. ^ "Tangassery Point Light, Quilon/Kollam". World List of Lights (WLOL). Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Lighthouses in Kerala
  4. ^ "Indian Lighthouses - An overview" (PDF). DGLL India. Retrieved 2 April 2015.