Tirunelveli is a city in the State of Tamil Nadu, nicknamed the Oxford of South India because of the concentration of many important schools and colleges in the area as well as the Thamirabarani River flowing near it. Also known as Nellai, the city has seen many rulers in its 2000-year-old history, starting from the Pandyas, the Cholas, Ma’bar, the Vijayanagara Empire, the Madurai Nayaks, the Karnatic Kingdom and then the British. Because of its position at the tip of the Deccan Plateau as well as its rich history, there are a lot of different attractions to explore in Tirunelveli. Some of the most popular ones are listed below for you to explore, as soon as you avail a car rental in Tirunelveli with a driver:
Agasthiyar Falls: The beautiful waterfall is a great place to start off the trip of Tirunelveli. The bathing spaces are divided into two sections and the experience is magical, a secluded sanctuary of peace and harmony. The water flow is heavy even though the height of the falls is approximately 25ft. Legend has it that the saint Agasthya got a vision of Shiva in wedding attire here. Tourists should be aware of the abundance of monkeys here and their mischievous activities.
Kalakkadu Wildlife Sanctuary: This wildlife sanctuary is one of the 18 biodiversity hotspots in the country and it is a very biodiverse environment housing the tiger, Nilgiri Langur, sloth bear, Lion-tailed macaque, elephant, flying squirrel, pangolin, Nilgiri Tahr and many other such unique animals. Trekking is also a popular activity in these parts, the shadowy trails and different species of plants creating the perfect setting of getting lost in the charm of it all. Safaris are also available for sight-seeing tours.
Kanthimathi and Nellaiappar Temples: The twin temples are famous religious spots of Tirunelveli that are also popular as tourist spots. Dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, there are some remarkable sections of the temple like the Golden Lily Tank and the 1000 Pillars Hall. The pillars are beautifully carved and intricately decorated. One of the most exquisite pieces of architecture is the set of musical pillars that create musical notes when one strikes them.
Vettuvan Koli: About 9kms away from the city centre is the Vettuvan Koli, an incredible collection of ancient caves and excavations, nicknamed a Sculptor’s Paradise. A relic of the 8th and 9th century, it is an unfinished temple with the architectural style of the Pandya era. Despite the religious nature of the spot, the main attraction is the monolithic kind of architecture of the monument that speaks of great skill and aesthetic sensibility.
Holy Trinity Church: A beautiful example of the pluralistic nature of the country, one of the most important spots of the area is the Holy trinity Church, with its exquisite Christmas masses. The entirely white façade of the church reflects sunlight and makes it glow in an ethereal aura and it feels like the grace of God talked about in the scriptures is coming to life through the church. It is said that St. Xavier stayed here for a few days during his visit to India.
Pattamadai: A boast to the local economy of the area is the town of Pattamadai, a hub of the Mat industry. Marsh Reed used as the base ingredient and alternately called the Korai grass, the region produced intricately crafted mats that speak of massive skill and a traditional repertoire of artistry.
The region is also rich with other beautiful temples and natural monuments that give the region its own unique sense of diversity that makes it such a lucrative popular destination. The best time to visit Tirunelveli is between October and February, though there is a decent amount of traffic all year round. One of the remarkable aspects of the city is also its local transport connectivity that makes it so different from other such destinations. But still, the best way of going around the city and the adjacent areas is to avail reliable and convenient Tirunelveli cabs that are found in abundance around the area.