Thirunelveli Sightseeing

Leisure Places

It is situated 33 kms south of Thirunelveli in Nanguneri Taluk. Kunthakulam is a small and natural scenic village. This is the largest reserve for breeding water birds in South India.This village is covered with natural forest and ponds. More than 43 species of resident and migratory water birds visit here every year.During the season January to April each year more than 10 thousand birds from various countries migrate here.

Shengaltheri is located in the Kalakadu mountain area in Thirunelveli district. It is 20 kms from Kalakadu village, and 68 kms from Thirunelveli. This area comes under Kalakadu Wild Life sanctuary. This place is a very important picnic spot and also popular for its natural beauty and salubrious climate, perennial waterfalls that adds to the attraction.

Kutrallam the " Spa of the south" is situated at an elevation of about 170 mt high, on the western Ghats in Thirunelveli district.Many seasonal and few perennial rivers such as the Chittar River, the Manimuthar River, the Pachaiyar River and the Tambaraparani River originate in this region.The South West Monsoon brings in the cold breeze with mild temperature.The waterfall has medicinal properties since the water runs through forests of herbs and the water has therapeutic qualities to cure physical ailments. Courtallam has nine waterfalls. They are Peraruvi , Chitraruvi, Shenbagadevi falls, Thenaruvi, Aintharuvi, Pazhathotta Aruvi, Pazhaya Courtalla Aruvi, Puli Aruvi and another one in the Government Horticulture Park.The three major waterfalls reachable by road are the Main Falls, Five Falls, and Old Courtallam Falls. Other waterfalls like Shenbaga Devi Falls and Honey Falls are reachable only by trekking on the mountain.

Ovari is a village situated on the banks of the Bay of Bengal. The village is popular for a wind monitoring station.A village divided in to two main parts The nadar ovari and the Bharathar ovari. It is situated between tiruchendur and kaniyakumari on the coatal road in tirunelveli district. The nadarovari is famous for its unique temple named Swayambulingaswamy Temple. It has its Lord shiva as its deity and the bharatharovari is famous for a catholic church.

Places of Worship

Srivaikuntanathan Perumal Temple or Srivaikuntam temple is one of the Nava Tirupathi nine Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in Tiruchendur – Tirunelveli route in the banks of Thamiraparani river. It has a lofty gopuram. The Thiruvengada Mudaliyar Mandapam is rich with sclptures of yalis, elephants and warriors. So is the ekadesi Mandapam. Srivaikundam is one of the azhwar nava tirupathis visited and sung by the great saint-poet, Nammazhwar.

Nellaiappar Temple is one of the famous Shiva Temples situated in the heart of Tirunelveli town, this twin temple is dedicated to Parvathi and Siva. One of the famous temples in Tamil Nadu steeped in tradition and history and also known for its musical pillars and other brilliant sculptural splendours, this is one of the largest temples in South India. Siva is said to have been worshipped by Agastya in a bamboo grove and by Rama after having killed Mareecha.Rare jewels, the golden lily tank, musical pillars, the hall of thousand pillars and an abundance of sculptures in stone and mortar are worth seeing here.

Kalugumalai is a panchayat town in Kovilpatti Taluk.The village may have got its present name from the hill Kalugumalai.Earlier it was known as Araimalai or Thirumalai.The Jain temples here are among the oldest in the country and have some excellent bas-relief sculptures. The rock-cut cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.Kalugasalamoorthy temple also located in kazhugumalai, the main deity of this temple is Murugan. The main deity hall and entrance hall is excavated inside the foot hills of kalugumalai in the south western corner of the hill and with external structural additions. The temple has many aesthetic sculptures.The temple dates to 18th century.

Tenkasi literally means the Varanasi of the South. There is a beautiful Shiva temple here, which has a flagstaff that is 400 years old.This temple has a magnificent nine storeys tower that stands 180 feet tall and is visible from kilometres away. The Kasi Viswanathar temple was constructed by the king Parakkirama Pandian in 1455 AD. As he wanted to visit Kasi and couldn't visit as it was ruled by Muslim rulers at that time, he ultimately built a temple for Kasi Viswanathar in his own city. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva in the name of Kasi Viswanathar. The presiding goddess is Ulagammai. The temple didn't have tower for many years and it was built towards the end of 20th century AD.

Sri Agasthiyar Lopamudra Temple situated at Kalyana Theertham above the Agasthiyar Falls, Papanasam, Tirunelveli. It is believed that sage Agasthiyar was instrumental in spreading the Vedic religion in southern India. Agastya is also recognized as one of Seven Great Sages. Sage Agasthiyar has also contributed immensely to the four Vedas. Agasthiyar is also the leader of all Siddhas. He is also called Kurumuni. His contributions are manily in the fields of siddha Medicine and Astrology. He is said to have lived for over 5000 years. This temple adjoining the falls named Agasthiyar falls is located half way to the Panatheertham, which is at a distance of 4 kms from Papanasam Shiva Temple. One can reach these Agasthiyar Falls and the Temple by trekking a distance of 3 kms.

Sankarankovil is a second largest municipality in the Tirunelveli district and it is 56 km away from Thirunelveli City.Sankarankovil is home to the famous Sankara Narayanar temple.In older times the city was called as Sankaranayinar kovil.Once upon a time a Devan called Manikkeerivan was cursed by Goddess Parvathi. Because of which he had to come to earth and work as gardener in a beautiful garden. One day while he was clearing a snake pit, the snake tail was also cut. He found a Sivalingam next to the snake. He went and informed about this to his king Ukira Pandiyan. The king considered it to be the god's wish to stay there and constructed the temple and a city around.The Puthu Maan in the temple is taken as a holy sand which could cure lot of disease by all devotees. It was built by Ukira Pandiyan AC 900.It houses the deity by the name Sankara Narayanan, which is half Lord Shiva and the other half Lord Vishnu.

Thirumalaikoil is a shrine dedicated to Lord Thirumalai Kumaraswamy at Panpoli near Tenkasi in Tirunelveli district. It was built by Thiruvarutchelvar Sivakami Ammaiyar.Thiruvarutselvar Sivakami Ammaiyar a devotee of Lord Thirumalaikumaraswamy was born in Neduvayal Achanputhur near Panpozhil into a wealthy and benevolent family around 1784 and died at the age of 70 in 1854. Poets Arunagirinather and Achanputhur Subbaiah have written many poems on the saint. It is a hilltop shrine with 625 steps of pathway to reach the temple. The hill is adjacent to Western Ghats and Kavira Hills. It is 15 km from the Lord Kasivishwanathar temple in Tenkasi, Kurtallam Falls, Ezhanji Kumarakoil, and Ayikudi Balasubramanya Swami Temple.