Located on the northern banks of the Thamirabarani River, the province of Thirunelveli is situated almost 80 kms north of Kanyakumari, the southernmost point of peninsular India. With an average elevation of around 47 meters or, 154 feet, the city is also known by names like Tinnevelly or Tinnevelli. Also known as the "Halwa City" after the typical sweet produced here, a tour to Thirunelveli is a definite must-include if you are planning a trip to Tamil Nadu.
One the capital of the Pandya kings, the historic city of Thirunelveli has always enjoyed a prominence in the political front of Tamil Nadu. Thirunelveli became one of the most prominent seats of politics during the reigns of the Chola kingdom (c.900–1200) and of the Vijayanagar Empire, before being annexed to the territory of the Nawab ofArcot who later ceded it to the sovereignty of the British.
The festivals of Thirunelveli are varied and add an extra spark of life to the town’s daily lives. Notable among these are:
R.C. Church Car Festival at Uvari
Papanasam Chitrai Visu Festival
Veerapandia Kattabomman Vizha - Panchalankurichi
Lord Murugan Temple Car Festival at Tiruchendur,Kalugumalai and Panpozhil
Saral Thiruvizha, Kutrallam
Nellaiappan Ganthimathi Car Festival - Thirunelveli
Adithabasu Festival - Sankarankoil
Govt. Exhibition at Thirunelveli
Adi Ammavasai Festival at Papanasam
World Tourism Day at Thirunelveli
Pottal Pudur - Mask Sandanakoodu Festival
Thiruchendur Lord Muruga Temple Kandasashti Festival
Athangarai Pallivasal Mask - Sandankoodu Festival
Kulasekarapatinam Thasara Vizha.
Kurukkuthurai - Thirunelveli Junction 'Karthigai Thiba Thiru Vizha
The climate of Thirunelveli is a typically tropical one with hot and humid summers and mild winters. The summers during the months of March to September see an average temperature of around 38°C while mild winters with an average temperature of 32°C can be observed during the months of October to February. This would definitely constitute the best time to plan a tour to Thirunelveli.
The major tourist attractions of a tour to Thirunelveli include :
The important places of tourist interest located around Thirunelveli are :