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.
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.
[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
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.