Papanasam: It is located 60 kms from Thirunelveli. The famous Shiva
temple is located at the bottom of Western Ghats and also very near to the origin
of the River Tambraparani. Every year The Chitrai Vishu festival is celebrated in
the month of April and another festival Adi Ammavasai is celebrated in the month
of July and lakhs of people congregate there. It also serves as a picnic spot.
Thiruchendur (56 kms): The shore temple here is one of the six
abodes of Lord Subramanya and the only one of them to be built on an unelevated
stretch of land. Thiruchendur is believed to be the place where Subramanya offered
prayers for his victory. to his father Lord Shiva after slaying the demon Surapadma.
The Skandasashti festival is celebrated at this temple in November each year. There
are a couple of other temples at Alwarthirunagar and Srivaikuntam close to Thiruchendur.
Manappad (71 kms):Also built on the shore, the 400-year old Holy
Cross Church at Manappad has some fragments of the True Cross from Jerusalem and
is one of the churches associated with St. Francis Xavier.
Thuthukudi (48 kms): Thuthukudi is the district
headquarters of the district of the same name. One of the major ports in the country,
Thuthukudi was at one time known for its pearls and was one of the most prosperous
cities on the coast. It is a major pearl fishing center, but now Hyderabad is taking
over as the centre of the artificial pearl industry in the south. Thuthukudi now
better known for its fertilizer and heavy water plants, as well as its thermal power
station. It is also a major salt production centre.
Panchalankurichi (54 kms): Just 3 kms from Ottappidaram and is
the home of the Patriot Veerpandya Kattabomman, a 17th century freedom fighter.
The Government of Tamil Nadu constructed the Kattabomman Memorial Fort in 1974 while
the original fort now in ruins is under the protection of the Archaeological Survey
of India. Also near the fort is a cemetery of British soldiers and the Jakkammal
Temple dedicated to the family deity of Kattabomman.
Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary (42 kms): Though this sanctuary
is a Project Tiger Reserve, one is likely to sight other animals like the leopard,
sambhar, sloth bear and the chital apart from a wide variety of Indian primates
including the bonnet macaque, common langur, Nilgiri langur and lion-tailed macaque.
The best time to visit Mundanthurai is between October and January. Accommodation
is available at the rest house on prior booking.
Kalyanatheertham This is a holy pool located at an elevation of
125 feet on the Agasthiyar falls and it gets its water flow from this pool only.
This is called kalyanatheertham. Near the pool, there is a temple dedicated to Lord
Panartheertham:The River Tambraparani commences its course from
this point. It is located just opposite the upper dam. One can reach this spot,
crossing the dam by boat when the dam is full. During the festival days domestic
tourists around Papanasam visit this place.
Agasthiyar Temple and Falls: This temple adjoining the falls named
Agasthiyar falls is located half way to the Panatheertham, which is at a distance
of 4 kms from Papanasam Shiva Temple. One can reach these Agasthiyar Falls and the
Temple by trekking a distance of 3 kms. Regular buses are available to visit these
Upper Kodaiyar and Manjolai: This quiet Hill resort in the Western
Ghats is about 6000 feet high. Manjolai is the nearby town and is an ideal summer
resort. It is 50 kms from Ambasamudram. This hill station may also be reached from
Nagercoil. One can reach Lower Kodaiyar by winch. There is also a road from one
place Balmore to upper Kodaiyar. This hill resort offers a panoramic view to the
tourists. Important locations are Oothu and Kuthiraivetti etc. They are the best
The guesthouse of the Travancore Royal Family is located here and is called "Muthukuzhi
Vayual." The approach road begins from Manimutharu and Ambasamudram to Kodaiyar
and Manjolai. Regular bus services are available from Manimutharu and Ambasamudram.
Kalakadu Wildlife Sanctuary (47 kms): This sanctuary is very popular
with botanists and ornithologists as it has a great variety of fauna and bird life.
Among the animals that roam here are tiger, panther, jackal and wild dogs while
reptile population includes cobra, python and several other snakes. The lion-tailed
monkey can be spotted at the Kalakadu Sanctuary. The best season to visit this sanctuary
is between March and September. It is a reserve for the Lion tailed macaque. Kudirai
Mozhitheri has a natural spring which is 12 kms from Thiruchendur. Nanguneri is
famous for its Thothadri temple.