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The buildings and monuments in Tirunelveli are astonishing. The famous Nellaiappar Temple in particular is a kaleidoscopic feast, an explosion of colour and detail that’s supported by musical pillars. Needless to say, it should be on your itinerary. Tour a nearby tea plantation, enjoy the cooling cascade of one of the area’s many waterfalls, or nibble on halwa (a local sweet) while you take in a Tamil film at the Central Theatre.
Popular Places in Tirunelveli:
1. Nellaiappar Temple:
Swami Nellaiappar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the deity Shiva, located in Tirunelveli, a city in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Shiva is worshipped as Nellaiappar (also called Venuvananathar) represented by the lingam and his consort Parvati is depicted as Kanthimathi Amman. The temple is located on the northern banks of Thamirabarani River inTirunelveli distric.The temple complex covers an area of Fourteen and a half acres and all its shrines are enclosed with concentric rectangular walls.
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3.Veerapandiya Kattabomman Statue:
Veerapandiya Kattabomman was an 18th-century Palayakarrar and chieftain from Panchalankurichi in Tamil Nadu, India. He refused to accept the sovereignty of the British East India Company and waged a war against them. He was captured by the British with the help of the ruler of the kingdom of Pudukottai.
4.Vallanadu Black Buck Sanctuary:
Vallanadu Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area of Tamil Nadu in South India created for the protection of blackbuck antelope. Located on an isolated hillock in Vallanadu Village of Srivaikundam Taluk, it is the southernmost place in India where a natural population of blackbuck .The sanctuary is a South Deccan Plateau dry deciduous forest. The thorny hardwood and xerophytes.
5.Sankaranarayanan Koil (Sankarankovil):
The Sankaranarayanan koil is a temple dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Shiva and is said to be 900 years old. The main deity here is the Sankaranarayanan which is a combined form of Shiva and Vishnu. The gopuram is a massive dome which is 135 feet high and has 9 tiers. The temple is best visited during the festival of Adi Tapas which is celebrated between the months of July and August. Just 65 km from Tirunelveli.
The small town of Papanasam is one of the most popular picnic spots in Tirunelveli. Large acres of lush green paddy fields surround the town and the town is a home to 108 types of medicinal herbs that are not found anywhere in the world. The various dams, rivers and waterfalls here are considered to be major tourist attractions and are a home to several species of migratory birds. The Manjolai Hills are a must visit to experience amazing views of the surrounding landscapes. Just 60 km from Tirunelveli
Known as the Spa of Southern India, Kuttralam is located at the Western Ghats. A number of perennial rivers originate from this area and thus provide the town with a vast array of flora and fauna. The various waterfalls that are located in the area attract a huge number of tourists each year and visiting during the months between June till August is considered the best. The Shenbagadevi Amman Temple is a must visit and are located near the Shenbagadevi falls. just 75 km from Tirunelveli.
8.Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve:
The second largest protected reserve forest in Tamil Nadu, Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve spreads across an area of 895 square kilometers at an elevation of 1,800 meters above sea levels at the Western Ghats. The sanctuary is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna including several species of endemic plants, fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals. Also the Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve as the name suggests is a major habitat of the Royal Bengal Tiger. Just 45 km from Tirunelveli.
Located in Tenkasi or South Kasi, the Ulagamman Temple is one of the major temples built by the Pandya Kings. The massive gopuram of the temple is the second largest in Tamil nadu and is build in the distinctive Pandya Dravidian style of architecture. The temple like the various other Dravidian temples has the musical pillars which are intricately carved. The main deity in the temple is Kasi Visvanathar a form of the Hindu deity Shiva.Just 60 km from Tirunelveli.
Located in the temple village of Krishnapuram, the Venkatachalapathy Temple is one of the major temples in the city. The temple site although is considered to be 9000 years old the current structure dates back to being 700 years old. The temple is adorned with a brightly colored gopuram and is one of the few temples dedicated to Venkatachalapathy a form of the Hindu deity Lord Vishnu.