Kovilthottam Lighthouse

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Kovilthottam Lighthouse
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Kovilthottam Lighthouse
Kovilthottam Lighthouse is located in Kerala
Kovilthottam Lighthouse
Kerala
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.

Location[edit]

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

History[edit]

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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References[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.