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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.

Hogenakal Falls
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.

Tuticorin Boat building
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 Shiva.

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.

Hogenakal Falls
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 temples.

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 viewpoints.

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.



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