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.