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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 ca...