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Kudal is a census town in Sindhudurg district, Maharashtra, India. It is situated on Karli River in southwest Maharashtara. Kudal is the fourth largest town in Sindhudurg after Sawantwadi,Malvan and Kankavli. As of 2011, the population is 16,015. Kudal supports one MIDC area. Kudal railway station is located on the Konkan Railway route and connects the town with Mumbai on the north and Mangalore on the south. It is a major stop for the Konkan Railway with many trains having a halt. The Deccan Odyssey train also stops in Kudal. National Highway 66 passes through Kudal. Apart from that, it also has two bus stations, a new one and old one. The old one is situated in market while the new one is just adjacent to the NH-66. Kudal is situated in centre of the Sindhudurg district and also considered as one of the fastest growing towns in the region.
|• Type||Nagar panchayat|
|Elevation||18 m (59 ft)|
|• Rank||4th in Sindhudurg|
|• Mostly Used||Malvani|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|ISO 3166 code||IN-MH|
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The town is considered as one of the most antique settlements of the Konkan Region. It is also a famous market for Alphonso Mango, which is exported to different cities in the world. The town is also renowned for the annual fair (Jatra), which is organized at the Kudaleshwar temple. There are a number of attractions that lure a large number of people every year from all across the country. Some of the prominent attractions in the town include the Rangana Garh Fort, Shree Devi Laxmi Mandir, Deo Dongar Machhindranath Mandir, Shree Dev Bhairav Temple, Sateri devi mandir, The Shree Maruti Mandir, Shree Devi Bhavani Mandir, Ghodebao,College of Horticulture Mulde - Dr. Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth in Mulde.
Kudal is located at almost 16.9 km far from its district headquarters Oros and is just 474 km away from the capital city of the state, Mumbai by road (Mumbai-Goa highway NH-17 old numbering). It has an average elevation of 20 metres (65 feet). The climate is mostly coastal and humid. Annual temperature rises from 22 to 40 degree Celsius. Kudal gets very heavy rainfall of 1100mm per year.
As of 2011[update] India census, Kudal city had a population of 16015 people. Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Kudal has an average literacy rate of 78%, which is higher than the national average of 59.5%. Male literacy is 81%, and female literacy is 75%. In Kudal, 12% of the population is under 6 years of age.
Kudal lies in NH-77 and from where coastal hamlets of Malvan and Tarkarli are accessible.
Kudal Railway station offers a convenient access point to visit beach getaways of Malvan and Tarkarli (both 35 km).
Nearest Airport - Dabolim (103 km), Belgaum (116 km), Hubli (192 km),Sindhudurg Airport(23.9 km).
Kudal is connected by Day train with Mumbai. Kudal is connected by Overnight train with Mumbai, Cochin (Ernakulam), Ahmedabad, New Delhi. Kudal is connected by Day bus with Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad. Kudal is connected by Overnight Bus with Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad.
- "Census of India 2011: Data from the 2011 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 16 June 2004. Retrieved 1 November 2008.