Cuddalore is a fast-growing industrial city in Tamil Nadu, Southern India. 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. Cuddalore is known for its picturesque beaches, particularly Silver Beach. Cuddalore was the Capital of the English Possessions on the Coromandal Coast from 1748 to 1752.
Earlier the name Cuddalore was spelt as Koodalur (meaning: confluence in Tamil). It is the place of confluence of three rivers, namely, Pennaiyar River, Kedilam and Paravanar. Since the British regime, it has been called as Cuddalore.