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A bustling urban centre, that emanates the richness of its glorious past; that of the rise and fall of kingdoms, of its cultural lushness and heritage, leading up to its rise as one of the most important tourism destinations in Tamil Nadu.

Nestling peacefully on the banks of River Thamirabharani, Tirunelveli is the sixth largest city in Tamil Nadu. A city that reflects the grandeur of its amazing history, Tirunelveli has for a traveller many special treats and delights. Topping it are an array of temples that boast of the legacy left by the great Dravidian architectural genre. Works of art and masterpieces themselves, these temples are not just places of divine worship, but also architectural wonders. 

Over 2000 years old, Tirunelveli has witnessed many decisive moments in history. Story of the etymological roots of the name Tirunelveli is fascinating as well. Legend has it that Vedasarma, an ardent devotee of Lord Siva had sown some paddy and went to the river. The region was affected by heavy rain soon, but in spite of that, the paddy did not submerge in water. Hence this place started to be addressed as “Tiru-nel-veli” (Divinely protected paddy). Through the course of history, the area has been under the dominion of various empires including the Pandyas, Cholas, Madurai Nayaks, Chanda Sahib and eventually the British. The legacy of these empires can be seen and experienced in every nook and corner of the district to this day. 

A city of rich traditions, Tirunelveli is today a municipal corporation with an urban face. Not to mention the special gourmet treat known as ‘Halwa’, a melt-in-the-mouth sweet dish that is bought and taken back by people who visit the city. The city is also a venue for textile shopping and many other commercial activities.

Destinations

Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve

Miles and miles of mind-blowing greenery that creates an ideal ecosystem, and a variety of flora and fauna that thrives on the coziness of this shade that Nature has created for them; Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve is indeed a haven for wildlife.

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Srivilliputhur Sanctuary

Deep into the wilderness, everything is fascinating. From trees to shrubs and insects to animals, all the elements that make life on Earth beautiful, deserve protection. Srivilliputhur Sanctuary offers that haven to wildlife; and many memorable experiences to travellers.

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Nellai Wildlife Sanctuary

Tucked away in the captivating wilderness, high up in the serene mountain ranges, is a fascinating destination that is home to many species of exotic fauna and flora. Nellai Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the finest of its kind in Tamil Nadu.

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Manimuthar Falls

Rolling hills of Manjolai blanket the cascading Manimuthar falls. The scenic beauty of this place complete with green spread, hills, tea plantation, garden and a dam make Manimuthar falls one of the most loved tourist spots.

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Papanasam Agasthiyar Falls

This spectacular waterfall located amidst enchanting greenery is at once a most frequented pilgrim and tourism spot. This waterfall is 4km away from Papanasam town and 51 km drive from Tirunelveli.

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