Best Things To Do In Tirunelveli, India

things to do in tirunelveli india

A big city in the midst of numerous small towns, Tirunelveli has its own bounty of beautiful sights, waterfalls, and temples. This beautiful city is located on the banks of the River Tamiraparani and is the capital of Pandya Kings. The early Pandya named this city Thenpandiyanadu and after independence Britishers named it Tirunelveli. It was also known as Tinnelvelly. Tirunelveli came under the colonial British Empire in India and was also under the rule of the Nawab of the Carnatic, and a part of the princely Carnatic State. It was known as Venuvana because of the presence of bamboo in the temple. With plenty to explore, here is a list of the best things to do in Tirunelveli.

1. Courtallam Waterfalls

New Courtallam Water Falls
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Since Tirunelveli has many beautiful places, the 60 feet (18 meter) Courtallam falls often gets lost in the long list. This amazing waterfall is located on the western Ghats on the River Chhitar. Because of the countless health resorts in Courtallam, it has earned the title of the “Spa of South India”. There are a total of nine falls here, of which Peraruvi, Puli Aruvi, and Aintharuvi are the best to visit. This place is famous for its pleasant climate and abundant natural beauty. The waterfalls are best in the rainy season as you can find heavy flow in all of the places during this time. However during this season, the falls get crowded and less clean.

Courtallam Waterfalls

Address: Coutrallam, Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu

2. Krishnapuram Temple - Thiruvenkatanathan

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Krishnapuram Temple is located 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) away from Tirunelveli and it is another beautiful place to visit. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. You can find many life-sized sculptures and a beautiful statue of Lord Vishnu in this temple.

Krishnapuram Temple

Address: Krishnapuram, Tirunelveli, India

3. Venkatachalapathy Temple

Venkatachalapathy Temple is located in the temple village of Krishnapuram and it is one of the major temples in the city. The temple was originally built in 1898. It is believed that one Shri Ranga Lyengar of Veeravanallur saw the idol in a pond here around 100 years ago. According to the Jeer, the eldest son in Shri Ranga Lyengar’s family was the main priest of the temple and has been handling the administrative work for the last three generations. You can see that the temple is always adorned with bright colors and it is one of the temples dedicated to Venkatachalapathy.

Venkatachalapathy Temple

Address: Krishnapuram, Tirunelveli, India

Contact: +97 89016371

4. Nellaiappar Temple

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The most beautiful example of human excellence is Nellaiappar Temple. In ancient Puranas, it is written that this temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva. Nellaiappar Temple was built by Muluthukanda Rama Pandiyan. The twin temples of Kanthimathi and Nellaiappar were linked in 1,647 AD. There is a big hall inside with 1,000 pillars, each of them beautifully carved and decorated. If you are a music lover, then you can enjoy the musical pillar here, as when you strike it at various places, it will create musical notes.

Nellaiappar Temple

Address: Tirunelveli Town, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu 627006, India

5. Sankaranarayanan Koil (Sankarankovil)

Sankaranarayanan Koil (Sankarankovil) The Sankaranarayanan koil is a temple dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Shiva and...

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Sankaranarayanan Koil is also known as Sankaran Narayan Temple. The temple was built in the 11th century by the Pandya King and was dedicated to Hindu deity, Lord Shiva. The temple’s architecture is beautifully built so that the rays of the sun fall on the icon of Lord Sankaranarayana in the month of March and September. If you are poisoned by lizards, scorpions and snakes then you should visit this temple, they will provide a silver piece embossed with the image of the poisoned creature.

Sankaranarayanan Koil

Website: Sankaranarayanan Koil

6. Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve

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Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve is the place in India which has the longest rainy season. It is the second largest forest in Tamilnadu. The entire place is surrounded by forest from the North, south, and west. On the East side, it is surrounded by villages. It covers around a 895 square km (221,159 acre) area. This forest is a place with a wide range of flora and fauna species. Tigers are the kings of the wonderful Mundanthurai Forest, so take your camera and be ready to capture amazing wild things.

Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve

Website: Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve

7. Ulagamman Temple

Tenkasi Kashi Vishwanathar temple
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Ulagamman Temple is situated at Tenkasi or South Kasi. Ulagamman Temple was built by the Pandya Kings in Dravidian style. The temple was built 180 feet (55 m) tall and it’s a masterpiece of aesthetic beauty. It is believed that worshipping in this temple is equal to worshipping to the Lord Kashi. This temple has three deities: Amman, Shiva, and Murugan. You can visit this temple between 6am to 11am and 4pm to 8pm.

Ulagamman Temple

Address: Tenkasi, Tamil Nadu 627811, India

8. Vettuvan Koil

Kalugumalai Vettuvan Koil
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An unfinished temple constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, if you are a person who is fascinated by ancient caves and excavations, then Vettuvan Koil is your place. As per the legend, a rivalry between a father and son resulted in the son finishing the sculpture at lower hills, and the father was too slow to respond. Vettuvan Koil is administered and maintained by the Department of Archaeology of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

Vettuvan Koil

Address: Kovilpatti | Tuticorin, Tirunelveli, India

9. Mela Tiruvenkatanathapuram Temple

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Mela Tiruvenkatanathapuram Temple is located a few kilometers away from the main city. The temple is one of the most visited places in the area. It is dedicated to one of the Hindu Lords, Lord Vishnu. You can reach this temple by climbing a long flight of stairs, as it is shaped as an elevated plane.

Mela Tiruvenkatanathapuram Temple

Address: Melathiruvengadanathapuram, Tamil Nadu 627604, India

10. Kappal Matha Church

Uvari Kappal Matha Church
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The church is also known as Selva Matha Church and is located at Uvari. The temple’s architectural shape is a beautiful airplane shape and it is dedicated to St. Mary. The original church was damaged and reconstructed in 1974. You can see the beautiful sea and waves of the sea near this church, which gives the impression that the uniquely shaped Kappal Matha Church is sailing on the sea. People usually gather on 18th September to celebrate church festival here.

Kappal Matha Church

Address: Antony St, Uvari, Tamil Nadu 627651, India

Some last tips to end this beautiful journey...

Generally, the best months to visit Tirunelveli are October, February, and March. Even though Tirunelveli is a devotees place for worship, it also has beauty in other interesting places. There might be other interesting and amazing places available to visit and explore, but you should never forget to visit the above listed places if you are in Tirunelveli. You can find many industries here like agricultural trading, tourism, banking, agricultural machinery and educational services. Another most interesting thing about Tirunelveli is its name. The name is derived from three Tamil words, which means “Sacred Paddy Hedge”. But don’t take our word for it, come and see what makes this place so sacred for yourself!

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