Tourist spots around Tirunelveli : On towards Papnasam and Courtallam

Courtallam Waterfalls

The Courtallam waterfall is situated 59 kms from Tirunelveli. It is called the `spa of the south` and it is located at an elevation of 170 metres, on the Western Ghats. This is also a health resort apart from being a tourist spot of Tamil Nadu. The waters of the Courtallam waterfall is said to have therapeutic value to cure physical ailments as the water flows through a herbal forest. During the months from June to September, when the weather is pleasant here, thousands of tourists from far and near visit this here.

There are total nine waterfalls here:

  • Main falls
  • Chitraruvi
  • Shenbagadevi falls
  • Thenaruvi (then-honey, aruvi-waterfalls)
  • Aindharuvi (five falls)
  • Orchard falls
  • Aindharuvi (five falls)
  • New falls
  • Tiger falls
  • Old Courtallam falls

Pabanasam Falls

It is located 95 Kms from Tiruchendur. There is a falls where Shiva and Parvathi appear befor the great saint "Agasthiya". Hence the falls is popularly called as Agasthiyar Falls.


Manimuthar Falls is a natural water falls flowing through out the year situated above the Manimuthar dam. Really it is an adventorous feeling, if people drive there by bike. The falls near by has a pond which has a depth of 90 feet. It is really a picturesqe place. It is just in 90kms from Tiruchendur.

Upper Kodaiyar and Manjolai

It is a calm hill station in the Western Ghats about 6000 ft. above the sea level. Manjolai is an adjacent town and a perfect summer resort. It is 35 kms from Tirunelveli. Oothu and Kuthiraivetti are excellent viewpoints of this hill station. Regular bus services are available from Manimutharu and Ambasamudram.

Pana Theertham

The river Thamirabarani originates and starts its course from here. It is situated just opposite to the upper dam. This place can be reached by crossing the dam by boat.

Kalakadu Wildlife Sanctuary

It is situated 47 kms from Tirunelveli.The flora and fauna of this sanctuary are very famous. Tiger, panther, jackal, wild dogs, cobra, python and several snakes and other reptiles, the lion-tailed monkey etc can be seen in the thick rest. The best season to visit here is between March and September.


It is situated in the Kalakadu mountain area. It is 68 kms from Tirunelveli. It is in the area of Kalakadu wildlife sanctuary. It is renowned for its natural scenery and healthy climate, which makes it a perfect picnic spot. A perennial waterfall also can be seen here. There is a rest house and a watch-tower. Valliyur is the nearest railway station from here. The visitors need to take prior permission of the Deputy Director of Wildlife, Ambasamudram, Mundanthurai and Kalakadu Wildlife Sanctuary to go there.

Temples around Tirunelveli

Krishnapuram temple

The Krishnapuram temple is situated about 13 kms from Tirunelveli city of Tamil Nadu. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, which is an important tourist destination. This temple is an important part of art and architecture of Tamil Nadu. The Krishnapuram temple is dedicated to Lord Venkatachalapathi. It is filled with sculptural beauties of excellent workmanship. This beautiful structure was built by Krishnappa Nayak (1563-73), a specialist of art.

Ayyanar Sunai

It is located 10 Kms from Tiruchendur. A natural water spring in the desert near Ayyanar Temple attracts local tourists


The cluster of 9 Sacred Srivaishnava Temples located near Tiruchendur are known as Navathirupathis. They are 1)Srivaikuntam, 2)Thenthirupperai, 3)Thiru Puliankudi, 4)Thiru Kurugoor, 5)Thiru Kulanthai, 6)Thiru Koloor, 7)Twin Tirupati-1, 8)Twin Tirupati-2, Nava Kailasam 1. Papanasam - Suryan (Sun) - Mela Kailasam State : Tamil Nadu District : Thirunelveli Situation: 45 kms from thirunelveli. 2. Cheran Mahadevi - Thingal (Moon) - Mela Kailasam Situation: 20 kms from thirunelveli. 3. Kodaganallur - Chevvai(Mars) - Mela Kailasam Situation: On the way from thirunelvEli to cheran maha dhevi. 1-km south of Nadukkallur 4. Kunnathur - Rahu - Keezh kailasam Situation: 7-km from thirunelveli. Near melath thiruvenkadanathapuram. 5. Murappanadu - Guru (Jupitor) - Keezh kailasam Situation: 17-km from Thirunelveli. On the route to go to Thuthukkudi 6. Thiruvaikundam - Sani (Saturn) - Keezh kailasam Situation: 30km from Thirunelveli. On the route to Thiruchenthur 7. Thenthirupperai - Budan (Mercury) - Keezh kailasam Situation: 38km from thirunelveli. On the route to Tiruchendur. Near Azhvarthirunagari. 8. Raajapathy - Kethu - Keezh kailasam Situation: On the route to Thiruchendur from Thirunelveli. Near then Thirupperai9. Saendha Poomangalam - Sukran (Venus) - Keezh kailasam Situation: On the route to punnakkAyal from Thirunelveli. 3-km from AththUr.

Thiruchendur Murugan Temple

It is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Muruga and one of the Arupadaiveedu (six major abodes) of Lord Muruga. It is located in the small town of Thiruchendur in the district of Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, India. It is 55 km south-east of Tirunelveli, 40 km from Tuticorin and 75 km north-east of Kanyakumari. It is easily accessible either by bus or car. Frequent train services are available to Tiruchendur from the nearest railway junction, Tirunelveli Junction.


The Mutharamman temple is located 20 Kms from Tiruchendur (Thoothukudi Dist) is known for the popular Dasara festival where folk dance artists from all over the state participate in the festival. More than 1500000 devotees gather together and celebrate Navarathiri in this village. This coastal village used to be a port in its earlier days. This place has other two famous temples including Katchiappar temple and Cheranmadevi

It is situated 18 kms from Tirunelveli on the Tiruchendur M.G railway line. Eight beautiful shrines can be seen here. The Milagupillayar shrine is the most famous and unique among them. There is a peculiar phenomenon here. When the water level in the village channel drops, pepper paste is plastered over the idol and the water overflows strangely.


It is situated 60 kms from Tirunelveli. This is a famous Siva temple, located at the bottom of the Western Ghats and also very near to the origin of river Thamirabarani. The Chitthirai Vishu festival is celebrated every year here in the month of April. Another festival Adi Amavasai is celebrated in July. It is also a good picnic spot.


Kadaym is located in Ambasamudram Taluka, on the shores of the Jambunathi River and Ramanathi River. These rivers are the tributaries of the Thamirabarani River. It is popular for its lime orchards, thazhambu flowers and a cottage industry of rose water. According to legend, Goddess Kalyani Amman, the presiding deity of this place, pulled out her bracelet, kadagam, and threw it far away in anger. Therefore, this place is called as Kadayam, earlier known as Kadagam. The local people decided to reside at the place where the kadagam fell.


Tenkasi means Dakshina Kasi and Varanasi of the south. This temple is dedicated to Viswanatha. The Pandya king Paranthaga Pandiyan after returning from the Benaras constructed this temple. It is situated 53 kms from Tirunelveli and 7 kms from Courtallam. Many beautiful sculptures can be seen in this temple besides a flag staff 400 years old.


This place is situated 16 kms from Tenkasi. A rock-cut temple here with Ganesa, Vishnu and dancing Shiva can be seen here.Here, Shiva is seen in a different dance pose i, e, in chatura pose with his right hand thrown in a `Mirgasirsha` attitude. A dwarf near his feet plays the `Chandala Vallaki` instrument. The murals in the ceiling of the temple are badly damaged.

Thirumalaiappan Pozhil

This is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Muruga atop of a hill rock. It is 15 kms from Courtallam.

Kazhugumalai temple

Kazhugumalai temple is situated 76 kms from Tirunelveli and 24 kms from Sankaran Koil in the state of Tamil Nadu. Here, the shrine is created from a huge rock. The unique feature of this temple is that rather than rising from the foundations, it was chiselled from the top. The local people call this temple by the name `Vettuvar Koil`. In the Kazhugumalai temple, Lord Dakshinamurthi is seen in unique pose playing a mirudangam (drum), which cannot be seen anywhere. The `Vishabarana` aspect of Lord Siva holding a Naga is portrayed here. The cobra is shown squirming out of His hold and it looks so lifelike. Jain figures like Tirthankaras, Yakshas and Yakshinis are displayed in a nearby big rock.

Sankaran koil temple

It is situated 56 kms north of Tirunelveli. This Sankara Narayanan temple is very famous here. This temple is a representation of fusion of two faiths Saivism and Vaishnavism as it contains an image combining both the aspects. All the symbols of Siva, deer, cobra, moon etc can be seen bearing on the right half and the left half has all the symbols of Vishnu like Chakra, conch etc. The `Prakarams` of the temple are adorned with many excellent paintings. During the June-July month,the Goddess Gomathi`s penance called `Adi Thapasu Vizha` and the car festival is celebrated in this temple.Sankarankoil is well connected by road and rail to many important places in the state.


It is located in the Western Ghats about 52 kms south of Tirunelveli. It is one of the 108 divine Vishnu shrines. It is also known as Vamana Kshetram. The temple covers an area of over 18 acres. It is dedicated to Azhagiya Nambi and several sculptures can be seen here. The best of them are those of the images of Varuna, Dakshinamurthi, Vamana, and Gajendra Moksha.


It is a village on the shores of the Bay of Bengal on the way to Tiruchendur. It is 72 kms from Tirunelveli. This place is famous for Swayambulingaswamy Siva temple. Every year, three important festivals are held here. Bharatha Uvari is a Roman Catholic Centre where one can see an ancient church as well as a modern church.


Valliyur is a town in the Tirunelveli District, surrounded by villages, fields and forests. This town is famous for temples such as the Vanamamalai Perumal Temple and Murugan Temple. The Subramanyar Temple is a popular rock-cut sanctum, dedicated to Lord Murugan and his wife Valli. It is believed that this temple was discovered by a Pandya king. Other attractions of this sacred place are the Valliyur Kulam, Kalyana Mandapams and various churches.


Nanguneri is a taluk headquarters and is popular for the Totadrinathar Temple, also known as the Totadri Mutt. It is managed by the Vanamamalai Mutt and Thothathri Nathan is the presiding deity of this temple. An oil well, called the Ennai Kinaru, is located within the premises of this temple. This place is enclosed by dense forests, hamlets and the Western Ghats. This region is counted among the divya sheathram. The major attractions are the festivals of Panguni and Chaitra, celebrated from March through April and April through May.

Kanyakumari Temple

A Shakti Peetha (place of worship where the pieces of Goddess Durga's body fell during the Tandav), this temple is dedicated to Parvati, a virgin incarnation of Goddess Durga who wanted to marry Lord Shiva. Devi Kanya Kumari or Kumari Amman is the principal temple deity. According to legends, Shiva did not turn up on the wedding day as promised and the feast remained incomplete with grains turning to stones. The temple has the black stone image of the virgin deity with a diamond nose ring glittering in the dark chambers.


13-km from Kanyakumari, Suchindram is a small village that you must definitely go to understand the rich cultural heritage of India. The major spotlight of the place is the famous Sthanumalayan Temple, which is notably marked for its artistic treasures. The main deity in the form of a shivlinga is in three parts; the top represents Lord Shiva, the middle Lord Vishnu, and the base Lord Brahma. "Sthanu" is a name of Shiva, "Mal" of Vishnu, and "Ayan" of Brahma; thus the name "Sthanumalaya". This temple is greatly known for its unique musical columns and it has a 6 meter tall statue of Lord Hanuman. It is one of the best places to go in order to understand the rich religious and cultural heritage of India.


Swamithoppe is a town that is situated in Kanyakumari. It is a small village that attracts many visitors every year. Its main strength and popularity arises from the fact that this small village was the place where the Ayyavazhi religion was founded in the 19th century. In fact many followers of this religion today still pilgrimage over there in order to fulfill their religious requirements. You can see the temple where Ayya Valkundar lived and you can visit the historical well of Muttirikkinaru in which all castes were allowed to use water in the 19th century. It also includes the Swamithope Pathi (headquarters of Ayyavazhi), a famous temple in Tamilnadu, situated 10 km to the northwest. It is not structurally massive temple, but is known for its non-idolatry system of worship.

Mosque around Tirunelveli

We have mosque inside our campus area. Five times prayer conducted and friday jumma also conducted by Imaam.

Arasan Masjid

Madurai Rd, Tirunelveli Junction Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu 627001

Jumma Mosque

37, Middle Street, Kailasapuram, Tirunelveli- 627001 Phone: (0462) 2330897 Landmark: Opp to Aravind Eye Hospital

Pottalpudur Dargha

This is an oldest dargha built around 1674 it is a centre of attraction for the viewers. This dargha not only attracts the Muslims it attracts the other religions in equal numbers. This dargha is built as a Hindu Temple pattern. In the holy land if their prayers are answered they vow to offer to the dargha in numbers during Kanthuri festival with great deep respect. In this dargha lebbais reacts like priests similar as Hindus and all other formalities are also same as them. Holy ashes are got from tamarind bark, ghee and flowers called nerchai are given to the people as devotee. Ph: 04634-240566.

Athankarai Pallivasal

From Tirunelveli 46km. There are two Domes, one for Syed Ali Fatima and other for Sheik mohammed. These two are consider as holy sufi saints. It is like a common place because all religious people visit and get their vow granted.

Churches around Tirunelveli


It is located 18 Kms. from Tiruchendur. It is on the sea-shore at the Bay of Bengal. An ancient Roman Catholic Church is here where the Cross is said to have been brought from Jerusalem, This Church is also associated with St. Xavier, the famous missionary from West. Since there are other small Churches here in this place, it is called as "Chinna Jerusalem" (Small Jerusalem).

Kappal Matha Church, Uvari

A small church for St. Mary which was under the control of pastors of Goa mission existed here. In course of time, in 1903, this church was converted into a school. On important occasions as per the wishes of the people, festivals were conducted and prayers were offered to her. There was a custom among the young maidens to go to the nunnery in the night and sleep there. On one such occasion they saw a bright light surrounding this Selvamatha statue even though nobody lit a candle. Many people of Uvari witnessed this light which was there for over an hour.

St. Xavier Church

About 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from Kanyakumari in Kottar, the stark white spires of St. Xavier Church stand sentinel over this little coastal town. It was built around 1600 by St. Francis Xavier during one of his trips to Kanyakumari district from Goa. During his stay in Kottar, Saint Xavier used to worship Mother Mary in a small temple. He even averted the invasion of the Padagas on the people of Venad which was appreciated greatly by the ruling king. And as a token of appreciation, the king allotted him a piece of land in Kottar to get a Catholic church constructed. The site already had a church in 1544 where the St. Xavier Church now stands.

Trinity Cathedral

From Tirunelveli just 2Km. The allocated place is named as Murugankurichi. The Holy Trinity Cathedral a small, elegant and beautiful Church was built in 1826 by Rev Rhenius and opened to public for worship on 26 June 1826. It took only 175 days for its construction which cost about Rs.2000/- This small church with an oblong edifice measuring 64 ft. by 30 ft still serves as a nucleus for this massive Cathedral which developed in later years.

Our Lady of Snows Basilica, Beach Road, Tutocorin Town

Tuticorin is famous for Our Lady of Snows Shrine Basilica festival which takes place during August every year. To show their love and gratitude, devotees presented a golden car which is used to carry the miraculous statue of Our Lady of Snows around the town during her feast day. The Golden Car first appeared in procession on 2nd February 1806 and since then on 5th August of every year. A big star rests over the royal crown on the top of the car, signifying the name of Our Lady as the Star of the Sea (Stella Maris). The statue is one of three works of religious art originally brought by explorer Ferdinand Magellan to the Philippines, the others being the Santo Niño de Cebu and the Manapad altar crucifix.