Puthalam is a Panchayat town in the Kanniyakumari district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
It lies between the Manakudy estuary and the Indian Ocean. The estuary is famous for its biodiversity and migrating birds. The wildlife department has recently introduced mangrove plantations. Puthalam is also known for its salt pans, which have existed since the British colonial rule. The recent tsunami has devastated the surrounding fishing villages. It has a 200 year old Christian church constructed by Ringel Taube, a German missionary. There is also a 200 year old higher secondary school, L.M.P.C. Higher Secondary School.