Tirunelveli District is a pilgrimage site in Tamil Nadu, famous for ancient temples, historical villages, churches and mosques. The Venkatachalapathy Temple is one of the famous temples located in this region and is dedicated to Lord Venkatachalapathy. This temple is popular for its beautiful architecture.
The Swamy Nellaiappar Temple and Kanthimathi Ambal Temple, Sankarankoil 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.
The Agasthiyar Temple, Kumaraswamy Temple, Sri Sanjeevi Varada Anjaneya Swamy Temple, Aravindalochan Temple and Arulmigu Narumboonathar Swamy Temple are other renowned temples of this district.
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 macaque. The sanctuary is also inhabited by various reptiles and birds, such as king cobra, lizard, jungle fowl, partridge, emerald dove and egret. The Koonthankulam Bird Sanctuary is another popular attraction and a natural habitat for migratory birds like painted stork and flamingo.
The District Science Centre, built to impart knowledge of science and technology, is also situated within the district. It has a science park, a semi permanent gallery and three permanent galleries.
Venkatachalapuram, Dohnavur and Karungulam are few other important attractions of this place. The Kudankulam village is famous for the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant.
Tourists can also visit Courtallam, which is famous for various waterfalls like the Main Falls, Shenbaga Falls, Courtallam Falls, Five Falls and Honey Falls. Manjolai, a hill station, is another tourist attraction that is famous for its tea plantations and scenic beauty.
Tirunelveli District is also famous for tourist spots like Puliangudi, Deivacheyalpuram, Kootapuly, Manapad and the Manimuthar Dam. Papanasam is a village famous for the Papanasam Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It also has the Papanasam Dam, popularly known as the Thamirabarani River Dam, built during the British era.