Tirunelveli Tourism

Tirunelveli Tourism

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J h anzer raja
  • J h anzer raja
  • 4 Reviews

"My home!!"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
This is my home town and I always love to visit here over and again. I read on the internet about the Tirunelveli 'Iruttu kadai' halwa and made an exclusive trip to that store at evening 5 PM. (They open only at 5 in the evening and in a....... More
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D muthu raman
  • D muthu raman
  • 2 Reviews

"Famous for "Halwa""

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 4 months ago
Tirunelveli is famous for the sweet halwa. It is a very hot place. But the river Tamirabharani runs here giving water to the city and near by villages all over the year. Tirunelveli is a combined with another town Palayamkottai. Earlier it was....... More
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K muthu kumar
  • K muthu kumar
  • 4 Reviews

"3 seas meet"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 months ago
My overall experience of this trip was excellent. I went from Tirunelvei to Nagercoil and Kanyakumari, which is worth to be seen by everyone. The 3 sea meets in one place with different color of water was so amazing. The Statue of....... More
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V r balu
  • V r balu
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 6 Reviews

"Good place to transit"

  • 2.5/7
  • Posted 5 months ago
The place is more of a transit place where one can stay and visit surrounding places on a day or two. The most significant thing in Tirunelveli is the Halwa (sweet dish). Majority of the stores sell this and is one of the must buy if visiting....... More
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Arun raj
  • Arun raj
  • 4 Reviews

"Nice place to see.."

  • 7/7
  • Posted 5 months ago
Overall experience was very good, since i went for a friend's marriage with my family I couldn't visit all the places. Definitely i will visit Tirunelveli again. I would say if u visit Tirunelveli don't forget to visit Nellaiyappan Kovil,....... More
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Tirunelveli Info

  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • Famous for/as: Heritage

Formally known as Nellai, Tirunelveli is a city in Tamil Nadu. It is the sixth largest city of Tamil Nadu and is the head quarters of the Tirunelveli District. Bordered by Kerala in the west and the Indian Ocean in the south-east, this district lies 612 km south-west of Chennai and 140 km east of Thiruvananthapuram. 

Being close to the southern most tip of India, Tirunelveli is also known for its varied geographical features. It consists of five types of geographical terrain Kurinji (mountains), Mullai (forests), Marudham (paddy fields), Neithal (coastal) and Palai (deserts) and is situated in the west bank of River Tamiraparani. 

History of Tirunelveli

Tirunelveli is an ancient city which was formed on 1st September 1790 by the East India Company. But much before that, the history of this place dates back to the 900 BC when the Pandayas ruled this region. The past of Tirunelveli was also researched by one of the Christian missionaries, Robert Caldwell (1814-1891), who was known to have contributed a lot to the Tamil language.

The city was formally named by the Arcot Nawabs and the Nayaks as 'Nellai Cheemai'. The Nayaks, in 1781, granted the local administration and revenue of Tirunelveli to the British and they governed it until India achieved independence in 1947.  

People & Culture of Tirunelveli

Tirunelveli has a rich cultural and architectural heritage which is evident from the various temples, mosques and cathedrals located here. Some of the prominent religious structures are Nellaiappar Temple, Holy Trinity Cathedral and the Mela Tiruvenkatanathapuram Temple. 

Things to do in Tirunelveli

The Swamy Nellaiappar Temple and Kanthimathi Ambal Temple, Sankaranainar Kovil Temple and Sivasailam Temple are also prominent religious attractions in this region. Another important pilgrimage site is the beautiful sea facing Kappal Matha Church that is devoted to St. Mary and is in the form of a ship. A major attraction of this district is the Mundanthurai-Kalakad Wildlife Sanctuary that is home to jungle cat, striped hyena, common langur, tiger and lion-tailed macaqueTirunelveli holiday packages can be bought to explore the destination better. 

Travelling to Tirunelveli

The nearest airport to Tirunelveli is located in Tuticorin which is 32 km away from the centre of the town. Being a railway junction, Tirunelveli is well connected to all the major cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata by rail. To reach Tirunelveli, tourists can also travel by road as National Highway 7 goes right through Tirunelveli.

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