It is a small Town on the Western ghats in Tirunelveli District with a population
of 3026 [2011 census]. The Hillocks disappear into the
blue mist of Agasthiar Malai, named after the Tamil Saint who is believed
to have lived here. Numerous waterfalls, cascades, countless health resorts in the
Courtallam have earned the title Spa of South
India. This waterfall zone is the source of perennial rivers like
Chittar River, Manimutharu, Pachaiyar and
Tamirabarani. The season
begins in June and carries on till September. It is when the area experiences substantial
rainfall and it is a treat to watch and enjoy. Senkottai
and Tenkasi are few important and closest towns of Courtallam. The
Nearest Airport is Thuthukudi 90 kms away and Tenkasi is the nearest
Railway Junction just 5 kms from this town.
Thiru Kutrala Nathar Temple is the oldest and one of the
14 Sivasthalams of the Pandya Kingdom. This is one of the Five abodes or
Natya Sabhas where Lord Siva performed his divine Cosmic Dance.
Because Lord Natarajar is in the form of Chithram or Mural is called as Chitra
Sabha. The Hall called as Chitra Sabha is a little away
from the main temple of Kutralanathar. In addition to these painting, you can find
a lot of paintings of various Hindu Gods and Goddesses across the walls of the entire
temple. You can also find various mythological stories and scenes from epics
in the form of mural paintings in this temple.
Water Falls of Courtallam
The 60 ft Peraruvi (Main Falls) the prominent falls has
a deep crater at Pongumakadal that controls the rush of water. Chitraruvi(Small
Falls) with a thin flow of water attracts tourists prominently. Tourists can reach
Shenbagadevi, Tehnaruvi and the Herbal farm from here by trekking.
Shenbaga devi Falls rushes through the Shenbagam Trees [michaelia Champak]
and the temple of Shenbaga Devi Amman temple is located here. Thenaruvi
(Honey Falls) because it is full of Honeycombs where there is no water, hence it
is called by this name. It is 3 kms from Shenbagadevi falls in the form of a cascade
between two large rocks. Aintharuvi (Five Falls) five
different cascades of rushing water is called by this name. Bathing in this will
be on the agenda of every tourist. Pazhathotta Aruvi gets
this name as water flows down from beneath the Orchard. Puli Aruvi
(Tiger Falls) is an artificial waterfall and the water from here is collected in
a lake and used for irrigation. Because tigers are sighted here some time it is
called by this name. Pazhaya Courtallam(old Falls),
Palaruvi are the falls found in the Courtallam area.
Tirumalai Aruvi located at 15 kms distance has the popular Lord
Murugan temple. Peraruvi [main falls], Aintharuvi [five falls]
pazhaya Courtallam [old falls] are the falls that can be reached by road.
The rest of the falls should be reached by trekking only. Boat Houses, Aquarium,
Children”s Park, Snake Park, Swimming are the other options available
besides the Water falls. Convenient Local Transport system, other
essential services are being fulfilled by the Local Administration.
Thirukutralanaadhar Temple near the Main Falls is dedicated to
Lord Siva. It is an important and the oldest temple.
Thirumalai Kovil is dedicated to Lord Murugan at Panpoli
located 3 kms from Courtallam and another temple of Lord Murugan is also located
at Ilanji 8 kms from Panpoli.
Kasiviswanathar Temple, a Siva temple at Tenkasi
[6 kms], Dakshinamoorthy Temple another abode of Lord
Siva at Puliyarai [12 kms], Papavinasar and Ulagambigai
temple at Papanasam [35kms] are few other important temples in and around
How can we reach there
- Airports : Thoothukudi [100kms], Trivandrum [112kms] and Madurai
- Railway Junctions : Tenkasi, Senkottai [6kms] and Tirunelveli [ 60
- Road : State Transport System operates frequent Services to various
Destinations of the District and State.