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Tirunelveli Travel Guide

Tirunelveli is the municipality district in the Indian state of Tamilnadu. Local people call it Nellai. Tinnevelly is the name of the city during British rule. Its twin Palayamkottai is the Oxford of South India holding many schools and colleges. Here is an antique town found more than 2000 years ago. The pride of Tamilnadu Veerapandiya ruled the city before the British. Roadways and railways are the most accessible modes of transport here.

It is also the education hub of southern India. It is the sixth-largest municipal corporation next to significant districts. Venu, bamboo in English forest, covered the whole region and called in Venuvanam. During the Pandya reign, they named the place Thenpandya Nadu or Thenpandya Seemai. It was their secondary capital. The polygars celebrated the city as Nellai Cheemai, where Cheemai means ‘a developed foreign town.’ The city got the name from three different Tamil words:thiru, nel, veli, which means “Sacred paddy hedge”. Later before few years, Tenkasi separated from this city. Let us see some specialities of a tourist visit. Thambirani holds Thirunelveli in the west bank and Palayamkottai in the east bank.

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Best Tourists Places In Tirunelveli

  • Nellaiappar Temple
  • Kalakkadu Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Papanasam
  • Vettuvan Koil
  • District Science Centre

Nellaiappar Temple

The temple before seven hundred years ago. It holds the Golden lily tank, which has a thousand pillars. In this, each post carved beautifully and well decorated. The unique feature is that these are musical pillars and creates various musical notes when you tap them at different places. The temple holds the gigantic Golden chariot, which is the third-largest in the country. The formation of the temple has associated with the separate history in Tamil religion. Records reveal that lord shiva came in the form of a hedge and roof to save the paddy crop of his devotee. People say that the deity appeared under the bamboo tree located in the temple. Here the presiding god is Lord Shiva in the form of Nellaiappar. There is another temple for his consort, Parvati as Kanthimathiamman. It serves the tourists with the astonishing beauty of architecture. Building the skills of the temple create excitement for its visitors.

Kalakkadu Wildlife Sanctuary

Here is an excellent treat for adventure lovers. It is one of the national parks that give accommodation for Tiger. It also houses the lion-tailed macaque, bonnet macaque, Nilgiri langur, sambar, Nilgiri tahr, sloth bear, gaur, elephant, panther, pangolin and wild dog. The place offers trekking and safari ride to enjoy the wealth of mother nature. It has its location under the foothills., the cool breeze welcomes us every time. The dense forest around the sanctuary adds an extra beauty to its look. We can get a closer view of wild animals that we see in the discovery channel. It constitutes numerous plant species. The deep mountain under the fog covered clouds offers a statuesque view.


Papanasam is a beautiful natural ambient village in Tirunelveli. The meaning of the city is putting an end to all sins—the mountains in the place house more than a hundred eight rare herbs. No one could not find these species around the world. You can spend your leisure time here loving the essence of the location. A dense forest in the hill range covers the village, exposing it as a recreational site for its tourists. It constitutes Papavinaseswarar temple, where Lord Shiva is the presiding god. This place houses waterfalls, in which the waters of the area redeems the wrongdoings through its mystical powers. This fall is the twin sister of Banateertham falls. The immense beauty and religious significance make it familiar. The water holds unique herbal and medicinal properties gives the replenishing feel. Besides, this place has awful amenities like Agasthiyar falls and a dam.

Vettuvan Koil

Here is the place of numerous ancient sculptures. It houses the ancient caves of Tamil history. It is also known as the sculptor’s paradise. People who have an idea of visiting the most ancient places can tour this palace as it answers them. Built between the eighth and ninth century, it is the unfinished temple carves out of rocks. It reflects the artistic skills of people during the Pandya era. They completed only the top portion of the temple, sculpting Uma Maheswarar, Dakshinamorrthy, Vishnu and Brahma. Amidst the green valley, this towering place was located amidst green valley.

District Science Centre

It is one of the great treats for science lovers. It is part of the National council of science Museums and among the science centres in India. It houses the gallery on the “treasures from the ocean” and a science park. . The motive for the formation of the science centre is to popularise science and technology. It also helps to foster the spirit of scientific thoughts in student minds. The Mirror Magic corner is the speciality of this place. Besides tourist, this is the educational site that makes the value to trip. There are four different galleries in the centre. It holds a well-equipped planetarium and a sky observatory to enjoy the view of heavenly bodies through a telescope. It becomes one of the most famous centres in the NCSM network with the constant support of the local community.Apart from all the places, more temples give meaning to Tamil architecture. Krishnapuram Temple, Mela and Keezh Tiruvenkatanathan temple, Sivasailam temple, Suyambulingaswamy Temple and more temples around the shades of Tirunelveli. Other than the .holy place, there are more entertaining tourist spots in the city. But don’t forget to buy the Pattamadai mat and the Iruttu Kadai Halwa because they are the most familiar in the town.