Tirunelveli

Tirunelveli, also known as Nellai and historically as Tinnevelly, is a major city in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Tirunelveli is an ancient city, and is more than 2000 years old. The city is located on the west bank of the Thamirabarani River; its twin Palayankottai is on the east bank. Tirunelveli is believed to be an ancient settlement of great importance. It has been ruled at different times by the Early Pandyas, the Medieval and Later Cholas, the later Pandyas, the Ma'bar, the Vijayanagar Empire, Carnatic kingdom and the British.

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Agasthiyar Falls
58.7 kms from Tirunelveli city limits
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Agasthiyar falls the most famous waterfalls is located close to Papanasam at a distance of 58. 7 kms from Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu. It is well known for its religious importance and the scenic view that it provides.

Agasthiyar falls place has religious beliefs associated with it. According to the legend, Sage Agasthiya got a view of Lord Shiva and goddess Parvathi in their Marriage attire. There is a small temple of Agasthiyar close to the falls. Devotees take a dip in the falls before visiting the Agasthiyar Temple. It provides a picturesque view. It is also known as Papanasam Fal...

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The Venkatachalapthy Temple, situated at 10 kms from Tirunelveli, is a historic Hindu temple and one of the remainders of Nayak architecture in the region. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the temple is built in Dravidian style and covers an area of 1. 8 acres.

The Venkatachalapthy Temple is located in the village of Krishnapuram which was originally named as Thiruvenkatapuram but was changed during the times of Krishnappa Nayak. The temple shrines are enclosed in a granite wall. The gateway tower of the temple standing tall at 110 ft is a five storied structure called Rajagopuram. The pi...

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Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is located in the outskirts of Cheranmahadevi amidst paddy fields on the bank of Thamirabarani River. The temple is believed to be built by Pandiyas in the 12th century AD. It contains late Chola and Pandiya inscriptions. Out of the 108 divya desams, it lies in the 17th place and is also called as Sapthamirtha Kshetram. It is located at a distance of 22 kms from Tirunelveli city.

The temple complex is big and houses two shrines. The smaller shrine is dedicated to Bala Krishnan and is a very attractive sculpture. The bigger tem...

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Chithira Sabai Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the dancing form of Shiva, 'Nataraja', situated in the village of Courtallam. It is one of the five Sabhas(Pancha Sabha) where Lord Shiva is believed to perform his famous 'Thandava'(Fierce Dance). It is just beside the entrance of the Main Falls of Courtallam, 66 kms away from the city center of Tirunelveli.

Chithira Sabai Temple is a magnificent structure with mesmerizing pictures and paintings all around. There is a beautiful painting of Lord Nataraja here which appears as Tirupura Thandava Murthi. There are also paintings of ...

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District Science Centre, Tirunelveli
6.2 kms from Tirunelveli city limits
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The District Science Centre located around 6. 2 kms from Tirunelveli is an establishment under National Council of Science Museums, governed under the Ministry of Culture, Indian government. The centre has been credited with fulfilling visitor's curiosity since it opened its door to the public in 1987 with a gallery on 'Treasures of Ocean' and a Science Park.

The centre has four galleries designated as 'Fun Science Gallery', 'Famous Science Gallery', 'Electronics Gallery' and 'New Wings of Electronics Gallery'. The museum has many more features to enthral the visitors involving a P...

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Established in 1992, Government Archaeological Museum has an interesting collection of archaeological, historical, zoological, botanical samples and artefacts found the surrounding regions. A gigantic Tyrannosaurus Rex made of fibreglass is a must-see at the museum. It is located around 2 Km from the city centre.

On entering the museum, visitors are welcomed by introducing gallery which contains photographs of Tenkasi, Kasiviswanathar temple, Krishnapuram temple, cave temples mural paintings of Sankarankovil, Courtallem water falls and photo graphs depicting various handicrafts pra...

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Holy Trinity Cathedral, Palayamkottai
Within Tirunelveli city limits
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Holy Trinity Cathedral is the cathedral church of Tirunelveli Diocese under Church of South India. It is located 3 km from Thirunelveli at Palayamkottai.

Holy Trinity Cathedral is a small, elegant and beautiful church in the district of Tirunelveli in the Tamil Nadu state. This cathedral was constructed in the year 1826 by Rev Rhenius and was opened to the public for worship on the 26th of June 1826. The construction of this cathedral took one hundred and seventy five days and the expenditure incurred was around rupees two thousand at that time. This small church with an oblong edi...

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Kalakkad Wildlife Sanctuary
68 kms from Tirunelveli city limits
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Kalakkad Wildlife Sanctuary is a well-known wildlife sanctuary and tiger reserve center situated in the Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari districts of Tamil Nadu. It is now known as the Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, being annexed with the Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary in 1988. It is one of the most important places in India for its rich biodiversity and its countless ecological services. It is located at a distance of 68 kilometers from the city center of Tirunelveli.

Kalakkad Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1962. in 1988, The Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary which was also...

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Kappal Matha Church
71 kms from Tirunelveli city limits
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One of the most unique churches that Tamil Nadu houses has to be the Kappal Matha Church which is located on the Uvari shore in the Tirunelveli district. The Kappal Matha Church is located a distance of 71 kms away from the main city of Tirunelveli.

The beautiful Kappal Matha Church is also known as the Selva Matha Church and is located at Uvari, a coastal village on the shores of the Bay of Bengal. The church is dedicated to the holy Mother Mary and is a very well-constructed and beautiful piece of architecture that was built unusually in the shape of an aero plane placed over a s...

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Keezha Thiruvenkatanathapuram is about 10 kms from Tirunelveli. The village is located on a hillock and the temple is located at an elevated plane surface. It is 40 kms from Tirunelveli.

Keezha Thiruvenkatanathapuram temple is situated at the bank of the river 'Thamirabharani'. This is an ancient temple. It was built by the king 'Verapandian' in the 12th century. To the northern side of this temple lies 'Kubera vassal' through which devotees enter. This is followed by 'Maha mandapam, Artha mandapam and karpagraha'. Over the 'karpagraha' lies the double tier flight. The bamboo tree ...

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Koonthakulam Bird Sanctuary
27.3 kms from Tirunelveli city limits
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Koonthakulam Bird Sanctuary is a 1. 2933 km square protected area declared as a sanctuary in 1994. It adjoins the tiny sleepy village of Koonthankulam in Nanguneri Taluk of Tirunelveli district. It is composed of Koonthankulam and Kadankulam irrigation tanks, conveniently linked by tar road. It is located at a distance of 27. 3 kms from Tirunelveli city.

Koonthakulam Bird Sanctuary is actively protected and managed by the village community. The local people take a keen interest in protecting the sanctuary. Birds coming to the villagers' backyards are protected vehemently and regard...

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Anjaneyar Devastanam in Krishnapuram village in the Tirunelveli district is dedicated to the Hindu god Hanuman. It is located 10 kms from Tirunelveli. Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is a storehouse of Nayak architecture.

The figure of Hanuman is symbolic of great valor, strength and undying loyalty. The temple is located on a beautiful scenic background and with paddy fields all around it. The temple occupies an area of 1. 8 acres (0. 73 ha) and is surrounded by a granite walls. The temple had originally three precincts, the outer one of which was de...

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Krishnapuram Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, is located approximately 10 kms away from the main city of Tirunelveli.

Krishnapuram Temple temple has a history which dates back to the 16th century as it was sculpted out of the ideas of Krishnappa Nayak who was the ruler of the Madurai Nayak Dynasty and these facts have been enscripted on the scriptures the temple possesses. During the rule of Krishnappa Nayak, the name of the village in which the temple was built was changed from Thiruvenkatapuram to Krishnapuram.

It is firmly believed that the temple had received a num...

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Manimuthar Waterfalls
45 kms from Tirunelveli city limits
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Manimuthar Waterfalls is located at a distance of 45 kms from Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. This beautiful waterfall is created by the Manimuthar River. With a height of 25 feet, it attracts the attention of many visitors.

Manimuthur waterfall cascades into the pond which is 90 feet deep. The water rushing down the rocks is a beautiful sight to watch. This place provides an enriching experience to its visitors. It provides a picturesque view and is a great place to experience nature in its true sense. Visitors also take bath in this waterfall. Visitors are advised to be caref...

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Mekkara Dam
78 kms from Tirunelveli city limits
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Mekkara Dam is a popular dam destination situated in the eastern side of Western Ghats near the village of Panpoli in Tirunelveli district. This perfect picnic spot for families and friends is one of the major attractions of the area. It is 78 kms away from the city center of Tirunelveli.

Mekkara Dam is the backbone of the various irrigation networks that serve the districts of Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, and Virudhunagar. This dam with a peaceful and calming atmosphere surrounding it is 670 meters long and is one of the longest ones in Tamil Nadu state. The water from this dam is used...

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The Narumbunatha Temple in Thirupudaimaruthur is one of the most popular temples located in Tamil Nadu. It is known for the presence of the deity Lord Shiva in an unusual manner wherein the idol, a Swayambamurthi, is gracefully leaning slightly to a side and there are scars of a sickle cut on the forehead and a hit of deer on the chest. The distance between Tirunelveli to the Narumbunatha Temple in Thirupudaimaruthur is approximately 43. 3 kms. It will take about 1 hour to reach the temple from the main city in Tirunelveli by car or any form of public transport.

Situated on the rig...

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Swami Nellaiappar Temple is a prominent shrine in the temple town of Tirunelveli with Lord Shiva as the presiding deity. The temple's legacy speaks of the rich culture and tradition of the various Dravidian dynasties including Cholas, Pallavas, Cheras and Nayaks.

The temple stands on the northern banks of River Thamirabarani which is around 9. 1 kms from Tirunelveli. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are depicted as Nellaiappar and Kanthimathi Amman respectively. The temple complex is spread over an area of fourteen and a half acres and its shrines are surrounded by rectangular walls ...

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Old Courtallam Falls
66 kms from Tirunelveli city limits
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Old Courtallam Falls, known locally as 'Pazhaya Courtallaruvi', is one of the three popular waterfalls in the village of Courtallam. This magnificent natural wonder comes in between the more famous waterfalls of Main Courtallam and Tiger Falls. It is situated just beside the road that connects Tirunelveli with Thenkasi. Courtallam which is well known as a Pilgrim center and a tourist destination is 66 kms away from the Tirunelveli city center.

Pazhaya Courtallaruvi is a beautiful waterfall formed by a stream flowing through two rocks dropping into a valley from a height of 200 feet...

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Papanasam Shiva Temple
55.8 kms from Tirunelveli city limits
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The Papanasam Shiva Temple is located at Papanasam village which is near Tirunelveli. The deity presiding in this temple is Lord Papavineseswarar, also known as Lord Shiva who is known as the redeemer of the sins. There are thousands of pilgrims that visit this temple each year with the belief that the temple's power washes away their sins. The Papanasam Shiva Temple is located about 55. 8 kms away from the main city in Tirunelveli. It takes about 1 hour 30 minutes to reach by a car till the temple located in the Papanasam village. The temple is also very close to the Papanasam falls.
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Kailasanathar Temple in Srivaikuntam, a village in Thoothukudi district in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. It is located 30 kms from Tirunelveli.

Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple has three precincts. Shiva is worshipped as Kailasanathar and his consort Parvati as Sivakami. The temple is the sixth temple in the series of Nava Kailasams where the presiding deity of all the nine temples is Kailasanathar and associated with a planetary deity. The temple is associated with the planet Saturn.

A granite w...

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Sri Kasi Viswanatha Temple, Tenkasi
60 kms from Tirunelveli city limits

Viswanatha Temple of Tenkasi City is in Tirunelveli district in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is believed to have been built by Pandyan ruler Parakkirama Pandian during the 13th century, with later additions from Madurai Nayaks. Shiva is worshipped as Kasi Viswanathar and his consort Parvathi as Ulagamman. It is located at distance of 60 kms from Tirunelveli ciry.

As per Hindu legend, the Pandya king Parakkirama Pandian wanted to construct a temple for Hindu god Sh...

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Ashtanga Vimana Rajagopalaswamy Kulasekara Perumal is located in Mannarkovil, a village near Ambasamudram, Tirunelveli district, India. The temple is about 5 km west of Ambasamudram off the Tenkasi – Courtallam Highway and about 40 kms west of Tirunelveli.

At the Rajagopalaswamy Kulasekara Perumal koil, one finds several inscriptions relating to significant contributions made by rulers dating back to the Chozha and Chera period. Mana Vallabha Pandyan is believed to have constructed the temple and big walls surrounding the 2. 5acre temple. The place was earlier called Thirumangai Na...

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The shore temple of Arulmigu Sri Subramanya Swami at Tiruchendur has a unique significance as the culmination of the concept of Muruga. With its lofty tower of about 140 feet, it has a holy past dating back to 2,000 years, if not earlierIt is located at a distance of 60 kms from Tirunelveli.

As one of the foremost spiritual centres, the temple has been an attraction for Hindus for ages. In the Tirumurugatrupadai, a classic of the third century AD, six chosen spots in The Tamil soil were referred to by Nakkirar as of more than ordinary sanctity fo the worshipo of Lord Muruga, among ...

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Srivaikuntanathan Perumal Temple (also called Srivaikuntam temple and Kallapiran temple) in Srivaikuntam, a town in Thoothukudi district in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. This is also one among Nava Tirupathi (1st - Dedicated to Surya Bhagavan). This is also one among 108 Divya Desham. It is located at a distance of 23 kms from city center of Tirunelveli.

In the Srivaikuntanathan Perumal Temple, Lord Vaikuntanathan facing east in standing posture with Adisesha who serves as an umberlla. This is a big temple and to reach the main sanctum ...

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Arumilgu Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu India is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is located at a distance of 8 kms from Tirunelveli.

Arumilgu Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple is an ancient and reputed Vishnu temple. It lies on the banks of the perennial river Thamarabarani. This area is also known as Veeraraghavapuram, which is the hoary name of this place. It has been named after Veeraraghavan, the main and preciding deity (Moolavar), in Sri Varadharaja Temple. Sri Varadharaja perumal is the Usthava Moorthy.

According to the history...

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Blackbuck antelopes are a common sight across the Northern Plains and grasslands of India. But these beautiful and fast animals make a rare appearance down south at Vallanadu Blackbuck Sanctuary, located around 16 kms from Tirunelveli. The Sanctuary has a naturalised blackbuck population. Set amongst the backdrop of Vallanad range of hills, the sanctuary covers an area of 1,641 hectares.

The forest type at Vallanadu Blackbuck Sanctuary is dry deciduous in nature and covers the South Deccan Plateau region. Visitors can spot an array of trees including Jackfruit, Betel Nut Palm, Jamu...

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VCRI Parasite Museum, Tirunelveli
7 kms from Tirunelveli city limits
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An exclusive Museum for Parasites was created by the Department of Veterinary Parasitology, Veterinary College and Research Institute, Tirunelveli. The VCRI Parasite Museum is around 7 Kms from the city centre.

VCRI Museum Consists of 19 Lifecycle models, 24 blow up charts and Reference Charts for students, leading Scientist / Parasitologist photographs. More than 400 permanent mounted Microscopic slides/ catalogue were prepared with Trematodes, Cestodes, Nematodes, Insects, Arachinids, Protozoan parasites of veterinary importance, Zoonotic and Medically important human parasites....

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Vettuvan Koil Temple
68.6 kms from Tirunelveli city limits
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Vettuvan Koil Temple, the unfinished temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is situated at a distance of 68. 6 kms from Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu.

Vettuvan Koil Temple is believed to have been built in the 8th century by the Pandyas in the Pandyan Architecture and rock-cut architecture. The Meaning of Vettuvan Koil is twofold, one it means the 'heaven of sculptors' and the other means the temple of the slayer. Only the top portion of the temple is completed. The sculptures of Uma Maheshwara, Dakshinamoorthy, Vishnu, and Brahma can be seen at the top. It also includes Kalugumalai Jain Beds an...

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