Thiruchendur Tourism
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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. 

Best time to visit Thiruchendur in the next six months

  • July
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  • October
  • October
  • December
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Thiruchendur Traveller Reviews

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Manthiramoorthi Sankaranarayanan

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"A place to relax our body and mind" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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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"Beware of the pujari's who help you for darshan"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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"A nice seashore"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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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P mano haran

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"Avoid visit during festival"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 27, 2016
Lord Muruga is powerful god and you can visit during all over the year and avoid during festival time for the date of festivals you can visit the website of temple. Darshan can be done with help of archakas they will help you and they will charge a fee for that, but talk to them before hand what they will charge otherwise you will be trouble.
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Murali krishnan

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  • Murali krishnan
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Memorable Visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 20, 2016
A Hindu holy place. A very nice beach side temple. The only Murugan temple not situated on hillocks or hills (out of the 6 prominent Murugan Temples). A great experience even for leisure travel as the beach beside the temple is great. A clean beach. Has a good number of very good lodges to suit all budgets. Food is basically south Indian - and you do not get dinner - only tiffin items at night. You can also visit Vana Tirupathi and the Nava Tirupathi temples near by (with in a 25 - 30 kms. En-route to Tirunalvelli. Other major holiday destinations around are - Kanyakumari, Rameshwarm, Madurai.
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Sendil

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"It was an awesome temple visit"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Nov 28, 2015
One of the best and important place to visit for Hindus. Lord Muruga one of the seven important destination every person must visit. Soorasumharam is a best to watch in the temple. Beach need to be maintained and facilities near the beach has to planned. Hotels quality need to be improved.
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Dinesh

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"Stuck in between the fest"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 7, 2015
I came Thiruchendur for lord muruga darisanam. Unknowingly I came in festival time, too much of crowd, some lakhs of peoples, Many men's were in lady make-up. No places to stand in beach but anthe murugan arulale I got good darisanam. Very very bad things is many children's & ladies were sitting on any outdoor place, its very dirty.
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Rengaraj Raj

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"Loveable place-Thiruchendur"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 6, 2015
It is a good and awesome religious place for holiday trip. Temple was located at the sea shore of bay of Bengal. Temple is full of peacocks it was dancing and singing walking with peoples. Nice place to visit for both religious and holiday trip with family.
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Hari krishnan

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"Very great feeling at temple"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 2, 2015
Tiruchendur murugan temple is one of the best religious places. You will feel emotional when you see the main deity. The sea adjacent to the temple is very interesting place to spend time in the evening. The Mani Iyers restaurant near temple is the right destination for those who love south Indian food.
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Krishna Ganesh

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"Good destination and best for religious trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 23, 2015
We can visit during week days so that there won't be more crowd to worship god. We spent one day it was really good. Near by we can visit other temples also. Food is little bit costly but the quality was good. Overall, the visit was good. We can purchase more handicrafts near temple. Here chilakalapudi is famous.
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