Tirunelveli Temples


Ambasamudram 40 Km from Tirunelveli. Like Kanchipuram, it is also a temple town. Because many more temple are located here. Kasi Vishvanathar temple, Thirumulanthaswamy temple, Veerama thandeswarar temple, Ammaiappan temple, Krishnaswamy temple, Purushotama Perumal temple and Lakshmi Narayana Perumal temple are situated here.

Courtallanathar Temple

Located Courtallam near main falls, it is dedicated to Lord Siva, which contains many inscriptions about Chola and Pandya Kings. Contact Ph 04633 283138.


13 km from Tiranelveli . The temple in Krishnapuram is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The Presiding deity is Thiruvenkatanathar. There are a number of life-size sculptures in this temple with intricate workmanship.

Kurukuthurai Murugan Temple

Lord Muruga temple here in the midst of Tamiraparani River on both the sides is beautifully carved out of a rock known as Thiruvuruvamalai. It is said that the same rock was used for carving the temple of Lord Muruga at Tiruchendur in 1653.

Muruga Temples

There are two temples to Lord Muruga, one is in the heart of Tirunelveli junction and is 300 years old. The other is situated on an island in the river Tamiraparani and is carved out of a rock. It is said that the same rock was used for the Muruga temple of Tiruchendur.

Nambi Malai

On the hills close by stands a small temple dedicated to Lord Nambi called Malai Nambi with a panoramic view of the village below. This hill is called Nambi Malai (Nambi Hill).


Nanguneri is 30 km from Tirunelveli, Nanguneri is surrounded by lush green fertile, big water tank and acres of fertile land. The western part of Nanguneri is dotted with a chain of mountains called Western Ghats. People in the town live a simple life. Their daily routine may include taking bath in the water tank, visiting Sri Vanamamalai Temple and worshipping the Deity, taking blessings of Jeeyar and partaking prasadam offered in the temple. Nanguneri lies north of Eruvadi.


42 km from Tirunelveli This holy place is on the western ghats of’ Pothigai Hill. It is close to the Papanasam Falls, on the banks of the Thamiraparani River where Siva and Parvathi appeared before the great saint Agasthiya. Hence the falls is popularly called the “Agasthiya Falls”. To commemorate the visit of’ the divine couple, the Agasthiya temple was built there. Papanasam Dam is located 49 km away from Tirunelveli. This is a beautiful picnic spot.


It is known for its beautiful commits. This is also the birth place of Swami Sivanantha, the saint and philosopher.

Sri Vaikuntam

37 km from Tirunelveli Srivaikuntam is famous for the temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu known as Sri Vaikuntapathi Swami with a lofty gopuram. The Thiruvengada Mudaliyar Mandapam is rich with sculptures of Yallis, Elephants and Warriors. The Ekadasi Mandapam which is opened on Vaikunta Ekadasi days contains exquisite sculptures. The Kailasanathaswamy temple is another important temple. It contains six inscriptions of the times of Veera Pandiya Kattabomman.

Nellayappar Gandhimathi Temple

This temple is situated in the heart of the city. This is a twin temple dedicated to Parvathi (Kanthimathi) and Siva (Nellaiyappar) Rare Jewels, the Golden Lily Tank, Musical Pillars, the hall of thousand pillars are worth seeing. Ph: 0462 2339910.

Sankaran Kovil

56 km from Tirunelveli. Sankaran Kovil is a unique temple dedicated to Sankaranarayana who is the combined manifestation of Siva and Vishnu. There are two other shrines dedicated to Siva and Parvathi. Twice a year, the sun’s rays fall on the pedestal. Ph: 04636 222265.

Salaikumaran Temple

The Lord Muruga Temple in the heart of Tirunelveli Junction is a popular temple. This temple received Silver Trophy in 1965 for best maintained temple. Most of the marriages of Hindus are held here.

Tenkasi-Kasi Vishwanathar Temple

53 Km from Tirunelveli and 5 km from Tenkasi. The name itself implies that this town is ‘Kasi (Varanasi) of the South’. The temple is, 554 feet in length and 318 feet width. 172 feet temple tower was built in 1456 by King Parakirama Pandian. Then the temple tower was damaged in 1924 due to thunder and it was rebuilt by Sivanthi Adithan with height of 163 feet. Ph 04633-222373.


40 km from Tirunelveli. Athalanathar temple and Narumpoonathar temple on the banks of river Tamiraparani river attracts tourists mainly because of scenic beauty. The stone sculptures are legend of the temples is interesting. The four styles of temple architecture viz. Pandiya, Chera. Chola and Vijayanagara beautify the glorious temple.

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