Dotted with temples, with spirituality engulfing you, Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu is a must-visit city. Apart from temples, the city also has natural wonders which make it a place not only for those on a spiritual quest, but for nature lovers too
This nearly 2,000-year-old ancient city is situated in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. In 1790, it became an important hub for the East India Company. The city is called Nellai Mavattam by the Tamil-speaking population all over the world.The city is the headquarters of the Tirunelveli district and, back in the day, it was ruled by many Pandya rulers and served as their headquarters too. History reveals that the city was ruled by many different rulers like the Vijayangara rulers, Palayankars and Madhurai Nayaks, among many others before coming under the British rule.The city is growing rapidly and has already started experiencing urbanization, but the traditional aspect is not yet lost. While some people wake up to make it to work, some wake up to make it to the various places of worship.Tirunelveli has many temples that are present at every other corner in the city. The Kanthimathi Nellaiappar temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is perhaps the most famous temple in the city and attracts many tourists. The Sri Varadharja Perumal Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and the Pottalpudur Dargah, which is a mosque built in the form of a Hindu temple, are also important places of worship here.The city also has the Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, which is rich in flora and fauna and houses many different species of birds, animals and plants. The District Science Center is a tourist destination in the city that attracts many visitors and offers them a different way of looking at science and technology.Not too far away from the city are some beautiful places to enjoy natural beauty in the form of waterfalls and hills.The Thirunelveli Halwa, which is a smooth, brown sweet is named after the city and is a specialty here. It is available at all the local sweet shops and shouldn’t be missed.Tirunelveli is also well known for its locally made handicrafts, which you should pick up before leaving the city.Getting around Tirunelveli is fairly convenient. There are buses that run across the city and connect all the different corners. Auto-rickshaws are also available and help you commute around town. Cycle-rickshaws can be used to travel short distances. In order to travel comfortably, you can choose hire a taxi or private car.Language is a major problem here so make sure you befriend a local who can help you understand things and get around.Dress well and decently in the city especially when visiting the temples
Tirunelveli is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Trivandrum at a distance of 87kms.
Airports: Trivandrum International Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Tirunelveli from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Tirunelveli