Tourist Places in Tirunelveli:
Established in 1740 by the British, the city of Tirunelveli is also known as Nellai. It lies on the banks of the river Thamirabarani. The city of Tirunelveli dates back to almost 2000 years and finds mention in the chronicles dating back to the Pandyas, Cholas, Ma’bar, Vijayanagar Empire, Madurai Nayaks, Carnatic Empire, Chanda sahib and the British. The city is an important industrial and educational hub and also houses some significant historical monuments and shrines. Tourist places in Tirunelveli surround these historical places.
- Kalakkadu Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most biologically diverse hotspots in the country. The sanctuary is home to the tiger, nilgiri langur, lion tailed macaque, gaur, sloth bear, panther, flying squirrel, pangolin, elephant and numerous varieties of plants and trees.
- Papanasam village is a picturesque little town with a temple devoted to Lord Papavinaseswarar or Lord Shiva. The town has the Papanasam dam and some very spectacular sights for a day out with family and friends.
- Kanthimathi and Nellaiappar are twin temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The temple dates back to several centuries. The temple complex has intricately carved figures and carvings. The golden lily tank, golden chariot, hall with 100 pillars, musical pillars are architectural splendors to behold.
- Vettuvan Koil lies amidst ruins now, but built in the 8th and 9th century, the temple was carved out of rocks. The temple carvings and architecture reflect the southern temple style. The temple has sculptures of Vishnu, Brahma, Dakshinamoorthy and Uma Maheshwar.
- Other places include Banatheertham, Agasthiyar, papanasam, courtallam waterfalls, Krishnapuram temple, Holy Trinity cathedral and Palayamkottai, and others.
Winter is the ideal time to visit the city of Tirunelveli as the temperatures hover around 25 degrees and it is pleasant to walk through the many temples and monuments with ease. Apart from the historical structures, the tourist places in Tirunelveli also encompass wildlife sanctuaries, waterfalls, dams and others.