Tiruvaikuntam is a panchayat town in Thoothukudi district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is located on the banks of the river Thamirabarani.

Tiruvaikuntam has a temple dedicated to Vishnu, known as Tiruvaikuntapathi Swami, with a lofty gopuram. The Thiruvengada Mudaiyar Mandapam is rich with sculptures of Yallis, elephants and warriors. The Ekadasi Mandapam, which is opened on Vaikunta Ekadasi days, contains sculptures. During the period of conflict between the East India Company forces and Veera Pandiya Kattabomman, the temple served as a fort. The Kailasanathaswamy temple is another important temple and contains six inscriptions of the times of Kattabomman.[citation needed]


Tiruvaikuntam is located at 8.63115°N 77.9095017°E. It has an average elevation of 17 metres (55 feet). The town is located on the north bank of the Tamirabarani river. It is 30 km east of Tirunelveli , 30 km west of Tiruchendur and 39 km from Tuticorin.


As of 2001 India census,[1] Tiruvaikuntam had a population of 16,214. Males constituted 48% of the population and females 52%. Tiruvaikuntam had an average literacy rate of 77%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy was 81%, and female literacy was 72%. In Tiruvaikuntam, 11% of the population was under 6 years of age. Tiruvaikuntam has Considerable Appanad Maravars, Brahmins in that region




Agasthiyar Falls (also called Papanasam Falls) is located close to Papanasam in Tirunelveli district in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The falls is located on the Western Ghats and to the south of Papanasam lower, the lake from where Tamiraparani River originates. It is located 42 km (26 mi) from the nearest city Tirunelveli. As per Hindu legend, it is the place where sage Agasthya got a view of Shiva in his marriage costume.


Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM

Distance (From Tirunelveli): 51 Kms

Trip Duration (From Papanasam , Including Travel): 3 Hours



The 200 ft fall features steps that are cut out into the rocks for breaking flow of the cascading water to make it safe for bathing. The water flows through two rocks and drop into the valley to form this waterfall. Along with separate bathing areas for men and women, tourists can engage themselves in oil massages. Bathing here is safe and is a popular activity.

Road access is available close to the falls and about 100 meters walk is needed to reach the falls from parking area.

Tiger Falls or Puli Aruvi is situated 2 km from Courtallam bus stand. It is situated between the Main Falls and Old Courtallam. This artificial falls has a moderate flow of water which is collected into a lake and is diverted for irrigation. This falls is situated inside a private property. There is a Sastha Temple and a Bathing Ghat for pilgrims. It is a perfect and safe place for children to enjoy. There is also an old palace, now a private property.


Distance (From Tenkasi Bus Station): 11 Kms

Trip Duration (From Courtallam Main Falls , Including Travel): 1 Hour




At a distance of 16 km from Papanasam and 45 km from Tirunelveli, Manimuthar Dam is an artificial dam in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. This is one of the largest dams in Tirunelveli district and also one of the top places to visit in Tirunelveli.

Manimuthar Falls Entry: Rs. 25 for Person & Rs. 25 for Camera


Timings: 8 AM – 5 PM

Distance (From Tirunelveli): 45 Kms

Trip Duration (From Papanasam , Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day




At a distance of 16 km from Thirumalpuram and 56 km from Tirunelveli, Sri Sankaranarayana Swamy Temple is a famous Hindu temple situated at Sankarankovil in Tirunelveli district of Tamilnadu. It is one of the top pilgrimage places to visit in Tirunelveli region and also one of the popular temples in Tamilnadu.

The temple is dedicated to Sankaranarayanar, who is the combined manifestation of Shiva and Vishnu. This temple was built by Ukkira Pandiya Thevar in the 11th century AD. This temple also called as Avudaiamman Kovil or Davasu Kovil. According to mythology, once the devotees of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva quarreled with each other to determine whose god is powerful. Then Lord Shiva appeared as Sankaranarayanar to mark his devotees to understand that both Hari and Shiva are one and the same. So it is held sacred by Saivites and Vaishnavites as well. Hence this temple depicts the concept of Hari and Haran being one God.

The temple of Sankaranarayana is situated on 4.5 acre site in the heart of the Sankarankovil Town.


                           Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu appers in the single form to the devotees. During March and September months, the rays of Sun fall on Sri Sankaralingam for three days from 21st of the respective months.The ant-hill sand is offered as Prasadam which the sick consume along with water for cure. Adi Thapas is the famous festival of this temple.


Timings: 6 AM – 12 PM & 4 PM – 9.30 PM

Distance (From Tirunelveli): 56 Kms

Commonly Visited From: Tirunelveli

Trip Duration (From Tirunelveli, Including Travel): 3-4 Hours

Place Location: At Sankarankovil

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab

Travel Tips: Non




Nellaiappar Temple

Nellaiappar Temple is one of the Pancha Sabha Temples (Copper) of Lord Shiva. This is one of the big temples in Pandiya Naadu measuring 756 in length and 378 feet in breadth. There are 2 temples at Tirunelveli,

Timings: 6 AM – 12 PM & 4 PM – 9 PM

Distance (From Tirunelveli Railway Station):

Trip Duration (From Tirunelveli Railway Station, Including Travel): 




After arriving at Tirunelveli from Bangalore by train, we got into another train coming from Egmore to Tiruchendur. Within forty five minutes we reached Tiruchendur, a town located in Tuticorin Dist, Tamilnadu. The Murugan temple is not far from the town. We can go by auto to the holy temple which is located just 200 meters from the sea shore. Before entering the temple devotees take holy bath in the sea and then proceed to bathe with water from a well called Nali Kinaru. Lord Murugan created this well by his spear to quench the thirst of his followers while fighting with Surapadman and other demons.

One has go down the steps to bathe with water from the well. The water of this well is said to have many curative properties and taste very sweet A very big welcome arch is seen at the front leading us towards a very long walkway . The Raja Gopuram is 133 feet high with nine tiers. Many shops and stalls are seen while we move towards the sanctum. This temple is unique as this is the only Murugan temple.