Tam: காத்தான்குடி kāttāṉkuṭi – Sin: කාත්තාන්කුඩි kāttānkuḍi
‘Moorish or Vedda settlement’ EP, Sri Lanka
From Tam: kudy, ‘clan or community settlement’.
Kudy normally indicates a group of settlers of the same caste, tribe or religion.
Kattankudy has traditionally been one of the largest Muslim-majority towns in Sri Lanka and the suggestion is that kattan is, in fact, qahtan, a lineage of Muslims from the Southern Arabian Peninsula, especially Yemen.
The alternative refers to a Vedda founder called Kattan.
In 1990 Kattankudy was the site of a massacre of 147 Muslim men and boys in a Mosque by 30 armed attackers. The government blamed the LTTE who denied any involvement.
Following the 2004 tsunami over 200 lost their lives and 2,500 homes were destroyed.
For related place names see Sri Lanka Place names.