Thiruchendur Tourism

Thiruchendur Tourism

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Thiruchendur Info

  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • District: Thoothukudi

Thiruchendur or Tiruchendur is a small coastal town in the Toothukudi District of Tamil Nadu.  Known also as Thirucheer Alaiwai, Thiruchendur is a popular pilgrimage destination situated in the Gulf of Mannar.

Thiruchendur town, located about 45 km from Tuticorin, is surrounded by ‘Theri’ (coastal) forests or arid forests. The red coloured soil of Thiruchendur dry land forests is believed to be due to a bloodshed caused by the execution of a thief, as per the ordinance of Karkkuuvel Ayyanar, a local god. These dry land forests are also noted for its rich vegetation of tropical plants and palm trees and cashew plantations. 

History of Thiruchendur

As per ancient texts, Thiruchendur was a famous pilgrimage site that goes back to the pre- Christian era. It is believed that Lord Murugan killed the demon Surapadman at this place. This town is considered to be one of the six holy abodes or ‘Aarupadai Veedu’ of Lord Murugan, the others being Thiruparamkundram, Palani, Swamimalai, Thiruthani and Pazhamudhircholai. 

Thiruchendur, which means ‘sacred and prosperous town of victory’, is the second sacred abode of Lord Murugan.  Thiruchendur Murugan Kovil of Thiruchendur is also the only shrine of Lord Murugan which is located on a seashore, the others being situated on hilltops or forests. 

Brahmothsavam, Vasanthothsavam, Visaka Visakam, Skandha Sashti, Aavanipperunthirunaal and Maasipperunthirunaal are the most celebrated festivals of Thiruchendur. The Swing Festival or Oonjal Sevai in which Lord Murugan swings with his consort is also popular among the pilgrims.

Thiruchendur was earlier known by the name Kapadapuram. It was later changed to Tiruchen-Chendiloor which in course of time became Thiruchendur. The town witnessed the rule of many dynasties like the Cheras, Pandyas, etc.  In the year 1649, Thiruchendur was attacked by the Dutch, in their attempt to capture Toothukudi from the Portuguese. 

The Portuguese, together with the forces of the Nayaks of Madurai, defeated the Dutch and they were forced to leave Thiruchendur. The Dutch took away the Panchaloka idol of Arumuga Perumal with them but were forced to leave the idol in the sea. Later, the idol was recovered by Vadamaliyappa Pillai and Athitha Nadan and it was re-consecrated in the temple in 1653.  

Things to do in Thiruchendur

At Thiruchendur, pilgrimage attraction such as Valli's Cave or Dattatreya's Cave, which is situated towards the northern seashore from the Muruga Kovil is popular. Pilgrims can also sign up for Thiruchendur holiday packages to plan their holiday to Thiruchendur better. 

Travelling to Thiruchendur

Thiruchendur is easily accessible as it is well connected by road. The nearest airport to reach Thiruchendur is Tuticorin Airport, which is about 40 km away. Thiruchendur is connected with Tirunelveli Junction (60 km) by rail, which in turn is connected with major towns and cities of India. The best time to visit Thiruchendur is from October to March.

Accommodation options in Thiruchendur

There are several budget hotel options in Thiruchendur for tourists. Pilgrims are advised to book hotels in advance during peak season as the town is thronged by pilgrims between October and March. 

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Thiruchendur Traveller Reviews

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Bijo Benjamin

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  • Bijo Benjamin
  • Lives in Tuticorin
  • 2 Reviews
  •  125 readers

"Welcome fantastic hotel""

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 25, 2017
Great staff that know the true value of customer service special mention for reception and the restaurant first class service, the evening menu was varied and the food exceptional the coffee creme brulee was divine. The bedroom was spacious and very comfortable. We heard absolutely no street noise despite being facing onto a busy road. The bar was also quite nice.
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Vincy Mary

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  • Vincy Mary
  • Lives in Tiruchendur
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  300 readers

"Comforatable stay"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 2, 2016
The property is well maintained and provided good value for money. The complementary breakfast had a decent spread. The best part of the stay was the staff who were pleasant and welcoming. However the hotel is located on the mainroad away from the city center, but the amenities and staff more than make up for any inconveniance. The restaurant south indian and chines food very healthy and tasty Really pleasant I staying HOTEL UDHAYAM INTERNATONAL is the best hotel for south india.
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Satish Nagarajarao

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  • Satish Nagarajarao
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 3 Reviews
  •  525 readers

"Crouped temple administration"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Nov 18, 2016
The trip was absolutely okay excepted for the corrupted temple administration. We went for special darshan but there was no counter opened but clouts were in operation who collected Rs 250/head and took to the special darshan without any receipt. It is absolutely worse than a auto driver who does not put meter. As autos are allowed to ply in a such manner, perhaps this is also allowed to get away. As there is nexus betwwen auto drivers and police /RTO, there should be nexus between temple administration and so called clouts. I feel that not a temple to visit again
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Sanjaykhan Sanjay

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  • Sanjaykhan Sanjay
  • Lives in Coimbatore
  • 7 Reviews
  •  1989 readers


  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Oct 20, 2016
Hotel was booked solid, but we got our reservation in just in time. The catch was we (2rooms) were just below the gym. Thankfully they were able to switch us to new rooms as guests checked out. The breakfast was better than I remembered, with fresh berries and even granola. The staff was friendly and helpful throughout the stay. Thank you!
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Karthik balraj

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  • Karthik balraj
  • Lives in Vellore
  • 5 Reviews
  •  395 readers

"Divine darshan"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Sep 28, 2016
This is the religious place famous tamil god lord muruga's temple. Famous festivals are shasti which held for two weeks final day a dramatic programe held in the out side the temple on beach more than 2lakh people attend the function every year. There are lots of veg hotels near by temple which run;s by brahmins food is good, you have non veg option especially sea foods.
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Ramkumar Ram

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  • Ramkumar Ram
  • Lives in Tiruchendur
  • 3 Reviews
  •  848 readers

"Overall my trip experience"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 24, 2016
I have been two or three times visiting experience in Tiruchendur temple visit in every year. They had a full crowds and have a proud of Lord Murugan's one house out of six. Every year they celebrate Soorasumharam and AAni festival. Apart from that the temple is always had a busy schedule. Only drawback is cleanliness, I had enjoyment over there but some sort of bad feelings in that cleaning management. Sea is the better place to satisfy your thoughts. At the evening time seashore will give a refreshment from your stressed life.
Plan well and enjoy your trip over there.
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Sethu Raja

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  • Sethu Raja
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 4 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  1948 readers

"Very good experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 2, 2016
Very good atmosphere. Wonderful trip, friendly people, food facilities, room facilities available in Thiruchendur. Moreover I have visited this holy place with my family. We are blessed by this holy place. Rooms availability in Tiruchendur is all categories.
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Manthiramoorthi Sankaranarayanan

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  • 4 Reviews
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"A place to relax our body and mind"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 9, 2016
Tiruchendur is an ideal picnic spot to pray Lord Murugan with peace of mind to rejuvenate your mind and soul. A place that have decent lodges for accommodation with homely food. It got a nice and safe beach that will make you behave like a child when you play with waves!!!
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Arun gandhi chidambaram

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  • Arun gandhi chidambaram
  • 2 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
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"Beware of the pujari's who help you for darshan"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 16, 2016
Abode of lord Muruga. Divine darshan. Nothing to say much on the temple.

But beware of those numerous pujari's who come and offer help to you for darshan. They are thieves in broad daylight.

One Mr. Raja Iyer, the moment we entered the temple surrounded us and started telling us that there is a huge rush and the temple will be closed for two hours from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm and if you want to have a peaceful visit, please take a Rs. 250 ticket and give me Rs. 250 and I will facilitate a quick hassle free darshan. Since I had my elderly parents with me, I took his advise as I am there for the first time.

When I proceeded to the ticket counter to take Rs. 250 ticket, Mr. Raja Iyer told me to take of my shirt (men have to visit Muruga taking off their shirt in this temple) and meanwhile he will get the tickets for us.

I handed him a Rs. 1000 note and watched him proceed to the ticket counter. While I was watching, he pocketed the Rs. 1000 and did not pay anything to the counter guy. It is a whole bunch of arrangement between these people, these Iyers and the government staff there. It is a racket. He swiftly took us crossing all barriers and made us sit in front of the sanctum sanctorum offered poojas and prasad and vanished before we could clear the crowd and reach out to him.

He stole away Rs. 200 from beyond the bargain and Rs. 750 from Lord Muruga himself. I felt bad for taking his offer.

Next day early morning at 4, I again with my parents decided to go for a Viswaroopa darshan. Again there were priests and Iyers offering to help out. But this time I did not even turn to their side. Waited in the Rs. 100 queue and had one real peaceful Viswaroopa darshan. It was still crowded at 5 in the morning but yet the experience was totally different from the one hand in the evening a day before.

These Iyers and priests are acting like thieves in broad daylight. They will run away with your money and you will also start feeling guilty by their methods of over running the queue. You cannot buy grace and blessings using money.
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Subramanian Sr

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  • Subramanian Sr
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 2 Reviews
  •  772 readers

"A nice seashore"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted May 5, 2016
Excellent place with full of Divinity. Nice seashore. Temple authorities need to streamline the systems for Darsham not effective PR office to guide devotees. Certainly tourism can be promoted if govt takes interest. Vegetarian meals and snacks are good in iyer hotel close to Temple. Summer heat is extreme. Connected by road is ideal since only train connecting to Tirunelveli.
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