Uthukottai is a border town and panchayat town in Tamil Nadu, next to Andhra Pradesh, located on the banks of the Arani river. The town features a channel which helps to direct water from the Krishna river for local irrigation.
The name Uthukottai is a portmanteau of two Tamil words—Uthu, or "water coming from earth," and Kottai, which signifies the Muslim Zamindars Kottai located there.
The village of Surutapalli, where a famous Shiva temple is located, is nearby. This is the only place in the world where the lord Shiva is depicted in a sleeping posture with his wife, the goddess Parvati.
Uthukottai is located between Chennai and Tirupathi.
In the 2001 India census, Uthukkottai had a population of 10,639. Males constituted 50% of the population and females 50%. Uthukkottai had an average literacy rate of 68%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy was 76%, and female literacy was 59%. In 2001 in Uthukkottai, 12% of the population was under 6 years of age.
In the 2011 census, Uthukkottai recorded 12,623 inhabitants. Uthukottai has 5 schools. Of them, three are matriculation schools and two are government school. Uthukottai is easily connected by MTC bus. In fact, it is the shortest route to reach tirupathi. Town has now extended beyond the Tamil Nadu border line and has its presence in Andhra Pradesh's Surutapalli.