The Land of Tamirabarani
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Situated in the far south of Tamilnadu the Tirunelveli district is famous for its ancient temples, enchanting forests, waterfalls, and the elegantly flowing river Tamirabarani - the lifeline of the region. In this district we have the Pothigai Hills, the abode of sage Agasthiyar who is said to have developed the Tamil language. A number of renowned Tamil scholars, journalists and writers have their origins in Tirunelveli district. The green paddy fields fed by Tamirabarani and the tall palm groves add a picturesque dimension to the landscape of this district.

The district headquarter town of Tirunelveli is blessed with the river Tamirabarani and the legendary Nellaiappar - Kanthimathi temple, the holy landmark of the city. Another holy landmark is the beautiful Cathedral built in 1826 by Rev. Rhenius. Once the capital of the Pandiya Kings, Tirunelveli, has a 2000-year-old history and a rich tradition. Though the weather here can be quite hot (reading upto 420 C in the summer) it is quite pleasant in winter. Tirunelveli is well known for korai (reed) mats woven in a small village, Pathamadai, 30 kms. away from Tirunelveli town. Tirunelveli is also popular for useful articles made of palm leaves and the delicious sweet ?Halwa?.

Shopping in Tirunelveli

Handicrafts Shopping : Poompuhar, a unitof Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation Limited is located very close to Aravind Eye Hospital. The shop offers bronze icons, brass lamps, carvings on stone, sandalwood and wood, paintings, kalamkari, Thanjavur art plates and so on. Textile Shopping: RMKV and Pothys are the famous textile shops in Tirunelveli.

Eating Out in Tirunelveli

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  • Sri Janakiram Hotel: located very close to Aravind Eye Hospital, it has a roof top vegetarian restaurant and offers a wide range of traditional South Indian and North Indian Vegetarian Food.
  • Hotel Nellai Saravana Bhavan: Offers a wide range of traditional South Indian Food.
  • Hotel Aryaas: Offers both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food
  • Arasan Bakery & Restaurant Limited is a well known shop which offers a wide range of bakery items, pastries and good quality Ice creams at reasonable costs.

Traval to Tirunelveli

By air: The airports nearest Tirunelveli are Madurai (170km) and Tuticorin (52km).

By Train: Railway connections are available from all major cities.

By Road: Tirunelveli is linked by a good network of roads including a national highway.

Restaurants to Visit in Tirunelveli

  • Hotel King Chik : Multi cusine restaurant specialising in chicken preparations
  • Hotel Apple tree : Located very close to our hospital. Hotel with good ambiance, good rooms. The family restaurant serves good food.
  • Hot Tandoor Restaurant : Non-vegitarian Indian Restaurant.
  • Aryaas : Located at Madurai Road. It is a famous Multi cuisine Restaurant which offers both Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian dishes.
  • Janakiram : Roof top garden restaurant serving tasty and delicious food of all vegetarian varieties
  • Barani : It is a Multi cuisine restaurant for vegetarian food.
  • RR Inn : 24 hours residency, and a multi cuisine with a roof top specialty Garden restaurant including a breakfast serving delicious food of all varieties located at Madurai Road
  • Nainaar : Ideal hotel to taste multi cuisine food.
  • Hotel Bharathi : Multi cuisine restaurant offering varieties of vegetarian food.
  • Vinjai : Located near Town Victory Memorial and is famous for its Tasty Idlis.
  • Achees : Serves tasty Non vegetarian dishes.
  • Vairamaligai : Situated in Vannarpettai. Good Parking facilities for cars, Nattukozhi items are served.
  • Lakshmi Gayathri : Located opposite to over bridge Vannarpettai. Vegetarian diets are served.
  • Saravana Bavan : Opposite to Palayamkottai Bus station. Different varieties of Vegetarian foods are served
  • Mathuram : Provides tasty tasty homely vegetarian food items.

Fast Food and Pastory Shops in Tirunelveli

  • Arasan Bakery : Variety of cakes and Biscuits and Sweets. Having Branches at Palaymkottai, Tuticorin and Nagercoil.
  • Iruttukadai Halwa : Famous all over world with sales hour restricted from 5.00 PM to 9.00 PM. We can see long Que of people purchasing Halwa. Not easily perishable per KG Halwa cost Rs.140/- and is located opposite to famous Nellaiappar Kovil.
  • Shanthi Sweets : Located behind the Junction Bus-station. 24 hours shop selling Halwa and Mixture, etc., People rush to purchase hot Halwa available.
  • Lakshmivilas : A 24 hours shop selling Halwa and savories
  • Aryaas Sweets, Palayamkottai : Aryaas, the King of Hotels run this sweet stall. Just opposite to Nehru Stadium.
  • Chennai Sweets : Offers All varieties of pastries and snack items like Pizza, Burger, Sweets, Chips etc.
Sightseeing in and Around Tirunelveli
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There are many places for short tours and pilgrimage near Tirunelveli. Notable among them are:

Swami Nellaiyappar Temple

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Swamy Nellaiappar Gandhimathiamman Temple dedicated to Siva (Nellaiyappar) and Parvati (Kanthimathi) is situated in the heart of the city and built by the Pandyas. The main deity is a Suyambu Lingam or a Shiva Lingam which erupted from underneath the earth. The temple is worth seeing for its beautiful sculptures, musical pillars, valuable jewels, a golden lily tank and a thousand pillared mandapa. It is one of the five sacred places in Saiva religion.

District Science Centre

The District Science Centre is unique Institution popularising Science. Inculcating the spirit of enquiry, fostering creative talents and infusing scientific temper in life are its objectives. This autonomous body is a unit of the National Council of Science Museums. This is one among the 124 such centres in the country.

Manjolai Estates

It is 57 kms away from Tirunelveli and is at an elevation of 1162 sq. metre. There are many tea plantations in and around this place. Manjolai is noteworthy for the climate, scenery and calm atmosphere. Just above Manjolai, there are places like Kakkachi and Nalumukka which are real gifts of the nature. On the way to Manjolai from Manimuthar there is a very beautiful place called Dasan Pool with plenty of fresh water, greens and fine climate.

Koothankulam Bird Sanctuary

It is situated in tiny village in Nanguneri Taluk of Tirunelveli District and is emerging as a new favourite haunt of the migratory birds. It is just 38 Kms. away from Tirunelveli. Migratory birds start coming by December end and fly away to their northern homes by June or July. About 35 species of birds visit this calm but congenial village for breeding.


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60 kms away from Tirunelveli town, at the foot of the Pothigai Hills lies the curative Courtallam. It is the summer resort of thousands of middle class people who could not afford a Ooty or Kodaikanal.

Courtallam is a cluster of 9 waterfalls, both big and small. These lush waterfalls, as well as the cool breeze from the Pothigai Hills, are said to possess medicinal properties. At the entrance of the Main falls, there is an ancient Siva Temple known as Tirukkutralanathar Temple.

Not far from this temple there is a Hall of Pictures called Chitra Sabha which is dedicated to ``Lord Nataraja. This is one of the five sabhas where the Lord performed the cosmic dance.


42 kms away from Tirunelveli town, on the western slopes of the Pothigai Hills, there is a holy place called Papanasam. Here there is a waterfall named after the great sage Agasthiyar. And there is also a temple dedicated to him.


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48 kms away from Tirunelveli is Tiruchendur, one of the six abodes of Lord Muruga. Situated on the shore of the Bay of Bengal sea, the temple draws a perennial stream of devotees. Kandha Sashti festival which culminates in the killing (Sura Samharam) of a demon is celebrated in the month of November every year.


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85 kms away, Kanyakumari lies at the southern most tip of India where the Arabian sea, the Indian Ocean and the Sea of the Bay of Bengal meet. The temple of Kanyakumari, Gandhi Memorial, Rock memorial of Vivekananda and the gigantic statue of the timeless poetTiruvalluvar are worth seeing, as well as the spectacular sun rise and sunset over the ocean.


About 13 kms away from Tirunelveli is Krishnapuram. The temple here is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Breathtakingly beautiful life-like sculptures carved with great intricacy adorn the temple.

Kalakkadu Wild Life Sanctuary

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This Sanctuary located 47 kms away is a naturalist delight. Tigers, panthers, Jackals and wild dogs can be seen roaming in this hilly forest. Lion-tailed macaques can be spotted here.


Srivaikuntam, 27 kms away from Tirunelveli, is one of the Nava Tirupathis. It is famous for the temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Its lofty tower and the Tiruvenkata Mudaliyar mandapam rich with sculptures of yazhis, elephants and warriors are worth seeing.

Mundanthurai wild life sanctuary

Situated 55 kms away from Tirunelveli, this sanctuary spans an area of 567sq. km. This sanctuary is a Project Tiger reserve area, so one might well be rewarded with a glimpse of this magnificent beast. Trekking is allowed, with prior permission from the forest department.