Papanasam : Located around 60 kms from Tirunelveli. The famous Papanasa Nathar temple dedicated to Lord Siva, is located at the foot hill of the Western Ghats and also very near to the origin of River Tamaraparani. Chithirai Vishu [April] and the Adi Amavasai [Jul-Aug] are the two popular festivals when lakhs of tourists converge in this town.
Tiruchendur [56kms] : This is one of the Six Special Abodes [Arupadai Veedu] of Murugan called as Lord Subrahmaniyan. Here Lord Murugan offered prayers to Lord Siva after the Soora Samharam. Popular and great Skandha Sashti Festival is celebrated during November and lakhs of pilgrim worship the Lord here during the festival days. The temple has a 156ft tall nine stage temple tower that dates back to 17th century. Bathing in the Tiruchendur Sea and the Nazhi Kinaru [sacred well], visiting Valli cave are some important rituals practiced by the pilgrims visiting Tiruchendur.
Manapad [71 kms] : Beach and Church : It is 18 kms from Tiruchendur. The Holy Cross Church at Manapad was built in the year 1581. It is said that, fragments of the True Cross was brought from Jerusalem and placed in the Church. Pilgrims visit this seashore Church throughout the year and the Church is connected to St.Francis Xavier.
THOOTHUKUDI [48 kms] : This was called as Tuticorin earlier. This town is the State Capital and the District Head Quarters of Thoothukudi District. This is also called as Pearl City because of the availability of rich pearls in the sea here. This is a major Salt Production area. This town has a natural harbour. V.O.Chidambaram Pillai, popularly called as VOC, a noted freedom fighter, set sail the First Indian Ship from this port to Colombo, as a protest against the British Supremacy.
Panchalankuruchi [54 kms] : It is 3 kms from Ottapidaram and home of the 17th Century freedom fighter Veerapandia Kattabomman. The Memorial Fort built at Panchalankuruchi was built in the year 1974 by the Government of Tamil Nadu. The Fort Complex houses the temple of Devi Jakkamma, hereditary Goddess of Kattabomman Family. Cemetery of British soldiers is located near the fort. The Archaeological Department of Tamil Nadu maintains these sites.
Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary [42 kms] : This is a 900 km2 Project Tiger Reserve sanctuary. Leopard, Sambhar, Sloth bear and many varieties of primates too are found in this forest area. October to January is the best season to visit this sanctuary. For rest house accommodation contact: Chief Conservator of Forests - Tirunelveli – Phone: 0462-2552663.
Kalyanatheertham : This is a holy water body located at an elevation of 125 feet on the Agasthiyar Falls and it gets its water flow from this kalyanatheertham. Kodilingeswarar temple dedicated to Lord Siva is located here.
Baana Theertham : The perennial falls, called as Banatheertham Falls is situated in the Western Ghats, above the Karaiyar Dam. Tamiraparani river meets Kariyar Dam at Baana Theertham. Boat ride across the dam is used to reach this spot and it is a picturesque journey with the forest area of Western Ghats posing a panoramic view. December – January is the best time to visit these falls.
Agasthiyar Temple and Falls : This is 4 kms from Papanasam Sivan temple, midway to Banatheertham, adjoining Agasthiar Falls. 3 km trekking will lead the pilgrims to this temple. Bus facilities are available too.
Upper Kodaiyar and Manjolai : Upper Koaiyar is 5o kms from Ambasamudhram, located at an altitude of 6000 ft. Manjolai an ideal Summer Resort, is a nearby town of Upper Kodaiyar. Winch services are available to reach Lower Kodaiyar. Oothu, Kuthiraivetti, Kalachi, Nalumuku, are the best view points. There is a Balamore - Upper Kodayar Track to reach this place. The Guest House of the erstwhile Royal Family of Travancore called “Muthukuzhi vayal” is located here. Regular bus services are available from Manimutharu and Ambasamudhram.
Kalakadu Wild Life Sanctuary [47 kms] : This sanctuary is very popular with a great variety of Flora and Fauna. Short list includes Tiger, Panther, Jackal and Wild Dogs among the carnivores; King-Cobra, Python and several other Snakes among the reptiles population. The Kalakad Sanctuary was declared a forest preserve for the rare lion-tailed macaque, which is easily spotted here. The best season to visit this sanctuary is between March and September. Trekking is allowed here with the prior permission from the officials of Forest (Wildlife) Department. Other attraction in the vicinity is Kudirai Mozhitheri, a natural spring 12 kms from Tiruchendur.