Tirunelveli Travel Guide

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Tirunelveli   is a city corporation and the sixth largest city in Tamilnadu state of southern India . It is the headquarters of Tirunelveli district. Tirunelveli is located on the banks of the perennial Thamirabarani River , 80 Km to the north of Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of India . The Thamirabarani contains traces of Copper, hence its name (Thamiram means copper in Tamil). The name 'Tiru-Nel-Veli' owes to a Hindu mythological story where Lord Shiva protected the nel (paddy) by creating a veli (fence). The city also goes by the name Nellai and sometimes called as Halwa city.

Transport Roads

Tirunelveli is well-connected by roads. The city is located on the NH 7, 150 km to the south of Madurai and 80 km to the north of Kanyakumari. NH 7A, an extension of NH 7, connects Palayamkottai with Tuticorin Port. Tirunelveli is accessible by road from Maduri (3 hours) or Nagercoil (1 1/2 hours).Tirunelveli is also connected by major highways to Quilon, Tiruchendur, Rajapalayam, Ambasamudram and Nazareth .

The Tirunelveli sub-division of the TNSTC (State Transport Corporation), Madurai division services the district's road transport needs with a string of local and mofussil services. The State Express Bus Corpn. (SETC) operates express services to Chennai, Bangalore , Salem , Coimbatore , Nagapattinam, Erode, Villupuram, Tirupati originating from Tirunelveli.


A majestic looking structure with a high elevated facade, the Tirunelveli Junction Railway station is an extremely busiest and important one in Tamil Nadu. It connects to major stations in all four directions, Maduri at North, Nagercoil at South, Tenkasi/Senkottai at west and Tiruchendur at East. The Railway station invariably produces profit for the Madurai Railway division. Nellai express is a superfast train connecting Tirunelveli and Chennai Egmore runs almost jam packed throughout the year. It is one of the trains in India keeping time into perfection. The Rail way station has 6 platforms, of which first three for Metre gauge and the remaining for Broad gauge. Tirunelveli junction is coded as TEN.

Railway stations in Tirunelveli city are:


·          Tirunelveli Junction


·          Palayamkottai

·          Town

·          Pettai

·          Melapalayam

·          Talaiyoothu

The major trains which run through Tirunelveli Juntion are:

Nellai Express Kanniyakumari Express Ananthapuri Express Koodal Nagar Express Nagarcoil-Mumbai Express Quilon Mail Airport

The nearest airport is the Tuticorin airport, located at Vaagaikulam, about 28 km from Tirunelveli city. The Madurai and Trivandrum airports are about 150 km away by road.


The temple of Nellaiappar and Kanthimathi is situated in the centre of the town and at a distance of two km. from the Railway station. The very name of the town, Tirunelveli which was known in the past as Then Pandyanagaram is a part of the town which has developed around the temple of Nellaiyappar . There are many sculptures in and on the various temples. The Nellayappar temple is in fact bigger than the Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple, but the latter is more famous due to its historical imporatance and tourist attraction.

This is a twin temple dedicated to Goddess Parvathi and Lord Shiva. Rare Jewels, the Golden Lily Tank, Musical Pillars, the hall of thousand pillars are worth seeing. Like other Siva temples Tirunelveli is also popular among the 'Saivites'(vegetarians who worship lord Siva)

From the distance itself one can have a beautiful view of the great gopuram tower. Both the gopurams were built according to the rules laid down in the agamasastras by Rama Pandyan.

Nindrasir Nedumaran who reigned in the Seventh century A.D. also contributed by constructing and renovating important parts in this temple. A beautiful flower garden originated in 1756 A.D. next to this Chain mandapam welcomes us with many colourful fragrant flowers. This garden had been designated by Thiruvengadakrishna mudaliar. A square vasantha mandapam with 100 pillars is found in the midst of this garden. In this area one famous place called AVUDAYANOOR.


August 23, 2006 change by giorgio

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