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Places to Visit near Tirunelveli Tamilnadu

Places to Visit near Tirunelveli Tamilnadu:

The district in southern Tamil Nadu has it’s a headquarters in Tirunelveli.  The history of this ancient town goes back to 2000 years.

Tirunelveli’s prominence was second only to Madurai during the pandya period.  In fact, Tirunelveli was the pandya capital for some time.  The town is situated on the banks of the river Tambraparni, on the Madurai-kanyakumari route.  The district is known for pattamadai coria mats, palm leaf utility articles and palm sugar.

Listed below is the place of interest that needs to be visited while exploring Tirunelveli destination.

PLACES OF INTEREST:

KANTHIMATHI NELLAIYAPPAR TEMPLE

This twin temple in Tirunelveli is dedicated to Parvathi (Kanthimathi) and Siva (Nellaiyappar).  There is a beautiful golden lily tank and a thousand pillared hall.  Also note-worthy are the musical pillars and several beautiful sculptures in stone and mortar.

There are also certain places that can be included while you plan for an excursion or vacation. Listed below are such places.

EXCURSIONS:

ABISHEKAPATTI (8 KM)

A well-known cattle-breeding farm is maintained here by the government.

AMBASAMUDRAM (35 KM)

The ancient name for this town is Elangakudi.  The temple of Throna Murugan is situated on a hill.

GANGAIKONDAN (20 KM)

This town was established by the great king Rajendra Cholan I.

ILANJI (59 KM)

King Adiveera Rama Pandiyan built a famous temple for Lord Murugan which was sung by Saint Arunagirinathar.

KADAIYAM (51 KM)

This is the birthplace of Parimel Azhagar who is the author of prose for Tirukkural.  Smt.Chellammal, wife of the great poet Bharathiyar was also born here.

KALAKKADU (43 KM)

A well-established wildlife sanctuary is situated here.

KRISHNAPURAM (13 KM)

The presiding deity in this temple dedicted to lord Vishnu is Thiruvenkatanathan.  There are some beautiful life-size sculptures in this temple, noteworthy for their intricate workmanship.

KUTTALAM (COURTALLAM) (56 KM)

Popularly known as the ‘Spa of the South’, Kuttalam is one of the major tourist attractions of the State.  Situated at an elevation of about 167 m on the Western Ghats, the nine falls of Kuttalam are said to possess curative properties.  The waters run through forests of herbs before their descent and thus have a soothing effect on young and old alike.  Apart from the falls there is a temple here which is dedicated to Lord Siva.  The presiding deity is Thirukuttralanathar.  The temple has several inscriptions relating to Chola and Pandya kings.  About a furlong away from here, there is yet another small temple called Chitra Sabha (hall of pictures) which is supposed to be one of the five sabhas where Lord Nataraja performed the Cosmic Dance.

MANIMUTHAR (47 KM)

Surrounded by beautiful gardens, this is yet another dam site with a very pleasant climate.

MELAGARAM (57 KM)

This is the birthplace of Thirikooda Rasappa Kavirayar who wrote the famous Kuttrala Kuravanchi.

MUNDANTHURAI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY (45 KM)

Covering an area of 516 sq km, this sanctuary houses the common langur, bonnet macaque, Nilgiri langur, lion-tailed macaque, sambhar, sloth bear, leopard, tiger and chital.  The best time to visit this sanctuary is between September and December.

MUNDRADAIPPU (21 KM)

This place has a bird sanctuary.

NANGUNERI (33 KM)

The headquarters of the Jeet Mut is situated here.

PALAYANKOTTAI (2 KM)

This is known as the Oxford of South India.  The Fort here was built by the Nayak Kings.

PAPANASAM (53 KM)

This dam site is an ideal picnic spot.

PATTAMADAI (30 KM)

Famous for its beautiful coria mats, Pattamadai lies on the way between Tirunelveli and Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary.

RADHAPURAM (62 KM)

Bishop Caldwell, a foreign scholar lived here and worked for the development of Tamil Literarture.

REDIYAPATTI (9 KM)

This is the birthplace of Krishnapillai, author of ‘Rakshanya Yaathreegam’.

SANKARAN KOVIL (51 KM)

The Arulmigu Sankaranarayanan temple here is famous.  Twice a year, the sun’s rays fall on the pedestal in this temple.

SENGOTTAI (63 KM)

This is the birthplace of the famous freedom fighter Sri Vanchinathan and also the renowed stage artiste Sri S.G. Kittappa.

SEPPARAI (6 KM)

The beautiful temple of Azhagiya Koothar is located here.

TALAIYUTTU (12 KM)

India Cements Factory is situated here.

TENKASI (55 KM)

Tenkasi means Kashi (Varanasi) of the South.  The temple is dedicated to Lord Siva.  The 400 year old flagstaff of this temple is noted for its sculptural beauty.

TIRUKKURUNGUDI (53 KM)

The Vaishnavite saint, Thirumangai Azhwar spent his last days here.

TIRUMALAI (76 KM)

The Tirumalai Murugan temple sung in praise by Saint Arunagirinather is situated here.

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