Tirunelveli Tourism
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Tirunelveli Tourism

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  • 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.

Accommodation options in Tirunelveli

Guesthouses, lodges, hostels and budget hotels are the hotel options in Tirunelveli

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Mageshwaran Subbiah

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"The place to visit in life time" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Even if all the south Tamil Nadu rivers dry, the one and only River never left her life until now. Famous Halwa (sweet ) from "Iruttu Kadai" near to Tirunelveli Town Nellaiappar Temple. Famous pilgrim around Tirunelveli are "Nava Tirupati". The Mountain near to Tirunelveli "Maan Cholai" Esate with greenery scene wherever you see in that area. Famous religious places are Tenkasi Kasi Viswanathan temple, Tenkasi Palli Vasal and Tirunelvlei Town Church (Oochi Gopuram).
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Dhurairaj Subramanian

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  • Lives in Tirora
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"Best place to enjoy the sweets"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Sep 29, 2014
Its a Historic place in south India. Lot of temples and heritage places are there. The famous sweet" Tirunelveli Irutukadai Halwa" is just amazing. Beware of some fake sweet stalls, Please go to the authentic Irutukadai Halwa stall. You can taste delicious south India foods.
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Sunil

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"A good and a small town"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Sep 19, 2014
Tirunelveli is a decent town in Tamil Nadu. It has all the comforts of a city including public transportation, shopping and dining facilities etc. We went there on a business trip and the hotel accommodation was very decent. You have a lot of options in accommodation, dining, shopping etc. The weather was pleasant. We had gone to MS University on the outskirts of the town. In fact, we took an auto down there and on the return journey, we travelled by the local bus to the town.
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Makesh

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"Place famous for its sweet"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Aug 26, 2014
Our experience in Tirunelveli has always been good. It is well connected by rail from all the important cities in Tamil Nadu. There are several religious and tourist spots close to Tirunelveli. Place was good we enjoyed very much. 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.
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Ravi Ramanan

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"A religious as well as adventurous place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jul 15, 2014
Our experience in Tirunelveli has always been good. It is well connected by rail from all the important cities in Tamilnadu. There are several religious and tourist spots close to Tirunelveli. For a religious visit, you can go to temples in Tirunelveli, Tiruchendur, cluster of temples forming the Nava Tirupathi, Nava Graha, Tenkasi and Kuttraalam. For the purpose of tourism, you can go to Kutralam waterfalls around 50 km away from Tirunelveli. It houses good hotels and good transport facilities.
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J h anzer raja

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"My home!!"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Dec 31, 2013
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 few hours the hot hot halwa is all sold out). The one store at the Junction bus stand with a big board in Tamil reading "Iruttu Kadai" is not an original one. Someone has opened up this store to confuse public. The original one is Opposite Nellaippar Temple in the Town.
If you plan to buy it for your relatives back home, buy it after you finish tasting your round of hot halwa, standing on the road right there. It is a big hassle to hold the packages and enjoy this hot halwa.
Kutrallam is a must visit place for the people who love and appreciate the wonders of Nature. Made sure to pay a visit here.
Kanyakumari is a tourist attraction for everyone who visits Tirunelveli.
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D muthu raman

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"Famous for "Halwa""

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted Dec 17, 2013
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 a separate town. These two towns are separated by Thamirabharani river. Tirunelveli's main attraction is Swamy Nellaiappar temple. The areas surrounding the temple are called as Town. This area is buildings are mostly old and shows the nativity of the town. Palayamkottai is well known for its education standards. It consists of so many schools and colleges run by Christian missionaries. This town is having new type buildings. Most of the branded showrooms spread across this area and Vannarpet area. From August to January you can enjoy the climate here.
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K muthu kumar

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"3 seas meet"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Dec 2, 2013
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 Thiruvalluvar is unbelievable.
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V r balu

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"Good place to transit"

  • 2.5/7
  • Posted Nov 28, 2013
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 Thirunelveli.
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"Nice place to see.."

  • 7/7
  • Posted Nov 20, 2013
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, it is a beautiful temple.
If you are a food lover try to have foods from the street hotels it will be good especially the ''kothu porotta''. for shopping purpose you can find Pothys, RmKV, Chennai silks very near by.
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