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Silver City
A pyramidal temple tower with sky in the background
The temple tower of Pataleeswarar Temple in Cuddalore
Cuddalore is located in Tamil Nadu
Location in Tamil Nadu
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Cuddalore
 • Type Special grade Municipality
 • Body Municipal Council
1 m (3 ft)
 • Total 173,676
 • Official Tamil
Time zone UTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code 04142
Vehicle registration TN-31

Cuddalore is a large industrial city in the Tamil Nadu state of southern India. It is the headquarters of Cuddalore District. Located south of Pondicherry on the Bay of Bengal, Cuddalore has a large number of industries which employ a great deal of the city's population. However, one industrial pocket -SIPCOT - has also secured it a place in the dubious club of Global Toxic Hotspots owing to the area's high levels of pollution.

The word Cuddalore literally means "Sea Town" in Tamil. Cuddalore is known for its picturesque beaches, particularly Silver Beach, and is an emerging tourism hub.

The 2004 tsunami and its aftermath

Tsunami waves that followed the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake near Sumatra hit the eastern coast of India on December 26 2004 by 08:32 in the morning. Cuddalore was heavily affected by the waves.

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