Tourism in Thirunelveli: Things to do in Thirunelveli

Tourism in Thirunelveli


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.

Fairs & Festivals

The festivals of Thirunelveli are varied and add an extra spark of life to the town’s daily lives. Notable among these are:

Pongal Festival

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

Best Time to Visit

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.

How to Reach


The nearest airport to Thirunelveli is the Tuticorin airport, at Vaagaikulam, about 28 km from Tirunelveli city.


Thirunelveli is home to one of the busiest railway stations of Tamil Nadu, called the the Tirunelveli Junction railway station.


Thirunelveli is well-connected to a number of neighboring cities by an efficient network of roads. These cities include Quilon, Tiruchendur, Rajapalayam, Ambasamudram and Nazareth.

Tourist Attractions

The major tourist attractions of a tour to Thirunelveli include :

Places Around Thirunelveli

The important places of tourist interest located around Thirunelveli are :

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