Until 1985 Sivakasi was a part of Ramanathapuram District.
When Ramanathapuram District was trifurcated Sivakasi
became a part of Virudhunagar District.
It is 70Kms south of Madurai.
Sivakasi is a black soil plains region. The soils are of
poor productivity and are mainly black loamy soil
(locally known as (Karisal). Cotton, pulses, oilseeds
and millets, which do not require much irrigation,
are the main crops grown.
The climate of the Sivakasi is semi-arid tropical
monsoon type. It has a high mean temperature and a
low degree of humidity. The temperatures range from
20° C to 37° C. April, May and June are the hottest
months of the year.
Sivakasi receives scanty rainfall with an annual
average of 812 mm.
The South West monsoon which sets in June and lasts
till August brings scanty rain. The bulk of the rainfall
is received during the North East monsoon in the months
of October, November and December.
Vembakottai Reservoir supplies the drinking water to Sivakasi