The etymological significance of Kumbakonam is quite significant. Legend says that it is a locale where Kumbha , which signifies pot in English was place . It is that pot where at the time of famous deluge Lord Brahma placed the seed of creation there. Therefore it is the very place from where first instance of life had originated.
Geographical location of Kumbakonam is equally important. It rises approximately at 10.97° N 79.38° E. It also rises to a height of 24 meters or 78 feet above the mean sea level. . Kumbakonam lies 96 km east of Tiruchirappalli, 273 km south of Chennai, and also near about 40 km north-east of Thanjavur. Two important rivers namely the Kaveri River on the north and Arasalar River on the south form the boundaries of Kumbakonam. No discussion about Kumbakonam can be continued fro a long time without catching hold of its demographical updates. Thus quite a handful of demographers have organized surveys here so that they could succeed in depicting certain demographical aspects of Kumbakonam. Due mentioning may be made of the Census report that has been brought out in the year 2001.
According to this report the total population of Kumbakonam has been enumerated to be 140,021. Most naturally the status of males and females of Kumbakonam have been integrated in this report. Interestingly it is known that the percentage of male and female populace is in equal proportion. In other words male populace constitutes 50 %, while the population of females is also the same. Not only that information about children who are residing in Kumbakonam also can be deduced. Thus children who are below six years of age constitute 10 % of the total population.
Experts have rightly accepted that knowledge about the literacy condition of Kumbakonam helps one to understand its growth and development. In other words literacy condition acts as a yardstick of gauging Kumbakonam's progress. Thus 78 % is the average literacy rate of Kumbakonam constitutes 78 %, which is even higher than that of India. 59.5 % is India's average literacy rate. This high literacy rate establishes the fact that development has occurred in Kumbakonam. Out of it , male literacy is as high as 86 % and points out the propensity of males of Kumbakonam towards education. Female literacy rate also is no less in significant and thus comprises of 70 %. Children who fall into the age group of less than six years comprises of 10 % of the population.
Myriads of tourists find Kumbakonam an ideal place to visit since it is the locale of a number of temples, which have been built with due care and attention. Temples like Kumbeswarar , Sarangapani temples are the landmarks of Kumbakonam . Few other temples include of Sri Abhimugheswarar, Kasi Vishwanathar, Nageswaran, and Ramaswamy. Most admirable temple of Kumbakonam is the one that has been dedicated to Brahma. In fact such temples are scarcely been found. Apart from theses major temple few more insignificant temples also have been constructed in Kumbakonam. Apart from these series of temple there are few more places that have drawn the admiration of tourists to a great extent. The Mahamaham tank is also a premieer attraction of tourists.
Festivals also are part and parcel of the people of Kumbakonam. Mahamaham festival, which is feted once in every twelve years, is a real time of celebration and merrymaking .
To facilitate accessibility Kimbakonam is well connected via roads , airports and also rails. Airport at Tiruchirapalli is situtes at a distance of 95 km away from Kumbakonam. Kumbakonam Railway Station also lies in close proximity. Also if one wishes one can even reach places like Thanjavur, Chennai and Madurai by roadways.