The city of waterfalls

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Tirunelveli Tourism

A jewel located amidst a number of small towns is the big city of Tirunelveli on the western banks of Thamirabarani River. It is perfect amalgamation of scenic beauty, majestic waterfalls, pious temples to begin with. It is most definitely not your regular temple town, it is an ideal tourist destination and a complete package when it comes to catering people’s vacation needs. The numerous mesmerising waterfalls in this city are hard to miss.
The city is a flourishing economy of Tamil Nadu as well as one of the largest cities in the state. But despite its commercial significance, it is a religion oriented place whose people are extremely close to their roots. There are several marvellous temples and spiritual spots waiting to be explored amid the natural beauty surrounding this place. The city is famous for grand Nellaiappar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Savour the irresistible Iruttukadai halwa which is an origin of this place is available even today. Apart from all this, make sure to try the delicious local cuisine while here.

Things to do in Tirunelveli


43 kilometres from city centre

Papanasam is Tirunelveli’s favourite picnic spot and it is a village closeby. Papanasam...

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2.Kanthimathi and Nellaiappar

8 kilometres from city centre

Seek the blessings of the almighty at the world renowned twin temples of Kanthimathi an...

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3.Holy Trinity Cathedral and Palayamkottai

4 kilometres from city centre

It is believed that St. Xavier stayed here when he visited India. The Holy Trinity Chur...

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4.Courtallam Waterfalls

62 kilometres from city centre

The Courtallam Waterfalls is the hidden treasure found in Tirunelveli. Among the many s...

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5.Agasthiyar falls

43 kilometres from city centre

Probably the most significant tourist spot of Tirunelveli is the Agasthiyar falls. Ther...

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6.Kappal Matha Church

51 kilometres from city centre

This unique boat shaped church is located at a distance of 70km from the city. It is si...

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7.Kalakkadu Wildlife Sanctuary

49 kilometres from city centre

One of the best places to visit in Tirunelveli is the Kalakkadu Wildlife Sanctuary. It ...

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8.Vettuvan Koil

49 kilometres from city centre

These ancient caves and excavations are an exotic historic destination for all the hist...

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Tamil Nadu tourism
Tamil Nadu tourism
Tamil Nadu tourism
Tamil Nadu tourism
Tamil Nadu tourism


This city has seen many empires rise and fall and has been ruled by many dynasties. Researchers have seen the oldest mention of this city in the Ashokan scriptures. It was an important part of the Pandyan and Chola empires as well. The Nawabs of Arcot have also exercised their power over this city. The Nellaiappar Temple is the regal shrine of the Pandya and Chola dynasties.
During the British rule, this place was known as Tinnevelly which translates to
“sacred paddy hedge” in Tamil. Nowadays, It is also called Nellai.

How to reach

Being a large agrarian city, there are a number of people who visit the city. It is well connected to rest of the cities in the state. It is well connected to the rest of the country via trains and road. The nearest airport is 50 kms away from the city.

How to Reach by Flight

Tirunelveli is not connected to the country via an airport of its own but it is easily accessible from the Tuticorin Airport which is 50 km away from the city. Taxis and cab services are available which take tourists to their desired destination in Tirunelveli. Hence, it is no hassle in case a person wants to travel by air to reach the city.

How to Reach by Train

The train system of Tirunelveli connects it to the rest of the country. The station is called Tirunelveli Junction Railway Station. There are several trains which originate from here bound for major cities India. There are many trains coming from all corners of the country which halt here. There are autos and cabs available right outside the station to help people reach their desired destination.

How to Reach by Bus

Bus is a great cheaper option to reach the city. There are various state operated buses as well as private operators which connect the city to the rest of the state and country. The fare of the bus depends upon where you’re travelling from.

How to Reach by Road

Travelling by road to Tirunelveli is great options as the city is well connected to the rest of the country via an extensive network of highways. NH 7 connects to the nearby areas. The highways are well maintained and smooth.

How to travel within

Being a major city of Tamil Nadu, Tirunelveli does not have any problems when it comes to intra city commuting. Taxis and rickshaws are very easy to find. Put your bargaining skills to use while negotiating the fare of the ride with auto rickshaw drivers. The intra city bus services are very efficient. Buses are run by the Tirunelveli Municipal corporation and bus stands are spread out all over the city.


The culture of this place represents the true South Indian culture and lifestyle. People are very close to their roots and have immense faith in Lord Shiva. The tourists can relish some of the best delicacies of Tamil Nadu here. Being a large city their are a lot of options available here but South Indian food is the most famous here. The people of this place have a sweet tooth and some Indian deserts here are very popular.

Tirunelveli Itinerary

Day 1 -  Reach the city, check in to your hotel and have a hearty breakfast. Visit the Nellaiappar Temple. Then, visit the Kalakkadu Wildlife Sanctuary and Vettuvan Koil
Day 2 - Visit the Papanasam Falls and Courtallam Waterfalls. In the evening, check out the local market and street food.

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