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The nine Vishnu Temples are located very close to one another. They are all in Tirunelveli District. The Vaishnava shrines are having an interesting legend. The shrines are notable for nine stone carvings and temple architecture.

Nanguneri Sri Vanamamalai Perumal Thothadri Nathan Temple This is one of 108 Divya Desam. And 18 Kms from thirunelveli and Vanamamalai Mutt is a also in this place.Thirunelveli Nellaiappar kanthimathi Amman Temple is the biggest temple.Thiruchendur Murugan Temple is in Thoothukudi district which one of the Six padai Veedu. Kasi Viswanathar Temple is in Thenkasi which is also oldest temple.Papansam Shiva Temple is one of the Navakailasam and The Dam is also a tourist spot.


Nava Kailasam - Shiva Temples Near Tirunelveli - There are 9 Siva temples in Tirunelveli-Thoothukudi areas





Distance from



Sri Papanasa Nathar Temple


Paapanaasam to Cheran Mahadevi 22 Kms


Cheran Mahadevi

Sri Kailasa Nathar Temple


Cheran Mahadevi to Kodaganallur 25 Kms



Sri kailasa Nathar Temple


Kodaganallur to Kunnathur 12 Kms



Sri Kotha Parameswarar Temple


Kunnathur to Murappanadu 18 Kms



Sri Kailasa Nathar Temple


Murappanadu to Srivaikundam 20 Kms



Sri Kailasa Nathar Temple


Srivaikundam to Thenthirupperai 6 Kms



Sri Kailasa Nathar Temple


Thenthirupperai to Raajapathy 4 Kms



Sri Kailasa Nathar Temple


Raajapathy to Saendha Poomangalam 5 Kms


Saendha Poomangalam

Sri Kailasa Nathar Temple


Most of the Thirupathi are located on the main road from Tirunelveli. Among the nine, two temples i.e Alwarthirunagari and Srivaikundam are located on the main road between Tiruchendur and Tirunelveli. The other seven temples are located little interior from the main road. The pilgrims those who are visiting Thiruchendur they will pay a visit to Alwarthirunagari and Srivaikundam. These two temples are situated on the bank of the river Tamirabarani. In these two temples every year a festival is celebrated in the month of September for 10 days on large scale. Every year in the month of September to October (Tamil month Purataci ) all Saturday ‘s the Tamilnadu State Transport corporation ply the special buses to these Navathirupathi Temples from Tirunelveli New Bus-stand. Advance booking also done.

Chairman Arunachalasamy Temple –Eral: This Temple is dedicated to an ordinary man called Arunachalam who lived in this town and dedicated his life for the welfare of the people. People of this village believed that he is the incarnation of god and thereby began to worship him after his death. A Temple was constructed in the village. In due course of time this temple town began to attract large number of devotees. The festival is celebrated in a grand manner for 12 days before Adi Amavasai and Thai Amavasai every year (Tel: 04630-271281)

Ottappidaram: This is the birth place of Freedom fighter Thiru. V. O Chidambaranar. This place is located at a distance of 25 kms from Thoothukudi and 2kms from Kattabomman Memorial Fort Panchalankurichi. The house in which he lived has been converted in to a Memorial. He was instrumental in the freedom struggle in the district and operated the Swadesi shipping Company during the rule of the British.

Karkkuvel Ayyanar Temple – Kuthiraimozhitheri –Therikudiyiruppu: The famous Karkkuvel Ayyanar Temple is situated in the forest in the Kurthiraimozhitheri –Therikudiyiruppu village near Kayamozhi. It is believed by the people of this region that a notorious thief was killed by a king called Vanniyaraja as ordered by the village deity Karkkuvel Ayyanar. and saved the people. Annual “Kallar Vettu” (Killing the thief) festival is held during the Tamil Month of Karthigai (November/December) which attracts thousands of pilgrims from all over Tamil Nadu.

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Thiruparankundram Temple
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Suchindram Thanumalayan
Thanumalayan Temple in Suchindram
Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple
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Nagaraja Temple, Nagercoil
Nagaraja Temple, Nagercoil
Nagaraja Temple, Nagercoil
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Pazhamuthir Solai
Madurai Sri Kalamega Perumal koil
Vaishnava Nambi and Thirukurungudivalli Nachiar Temple
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Thiruparankundram Temple
Alagar Temple
Alagar Temple

Nanguneri Vanamamalai Perumal Temple

Nanguneri Vanamamalai Perumal Temple is one of 108 Divya Desam. The temple is about 1500 BC, years old and later it was renovated by Pandya and Nayakar kings. This is a Swayamvektha Ksheram.Nanguneri or Vanamamalai is about 33 kms to south of Thirunelveli.

Legend has it when Asurs Madhu and Kaitapan were killed, their blood spread over the earth and started stinking. Bhooma Devi lost her purity, and she started meditating about Perumal who was pleased with her prayers, and he gave his darshan to her in Vaikunda Vimanam at this place. She was purified by Lord's darshan.

Thirukurungudi Azhagiya Nambhi (Nindra Nambhi)

Thirukurungudi is a holy Divyadesam of 5 temples. Apart from the spiritual sense, every temple is an interesting place to visit & see. There are 5 temples & 5 nambhis in Thirukurungudi. While 5 Nambhis are in 3 temples (Thirukurungudi, ThiruParkadal Nambhi, Malaimel Nambhi temple), the other 2 temples are also very significant. These 2 temples are Thiruvattaparai and Thirumangai Alwar Thiruvarasu.Thirukurungudi Azhagiya Nambhi (Nindra Nambhi) was the one born as Swamy Nammalwar. Amarnda Nambi and Kidantha Nambi are the other Nambhis of the temple. It is also the place where the famous Kaisika Ekadashi Utsavam takes place. Everything about the temple is beautiful. Needless to say, the deity, Azhgaiya Nambhi is simply stunning. It is difficult to take one’s eyes off the deity.


Thiruvattar Sree Adikesava Perumal Temple

In pasurams, Nammalvar refers Thiruvattar as 'Valamikka vattaru'. Mahavishnu is refered as Adikesava Perumal and Thayar (Mahalakshmi) as Maragadhavalli Naachiyaar.

Thiruvattar Sree Adikesava Perumal Temple is situated 6 km north-east of Marthandam and 30 km north-west of Nagercoil (in Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu). The temple is surrounded on three sides by rivers (Kothai,Parali and Thamirabarani). Paraliyar takes a turn in this place and it is called vattaru and when the temple of Adikeasav Perumal was created it came to be known as Thriuvattaru.

Nambi Kovil (Temple)

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).AT the foot of the Mahendragiri hills on the western ghats and on the banks of the river Nambiyaru lies the sleepy village of Tirukkrungudi, the abode of Narayana. In the ``Varaha Purana'' the Lord speaks of His sojourn in this holy village.Thus this place derives its name ``Kurungudi'' the smaller abode of Narayana.


Located 5kms North West of Nagercoil Junction and 2kms off the Tirunelveli highway is the Thiruvazhmarban Divya Desam in Thiruvanparisaram(Thirupathisaram). This is one of the two Divya Desams around Nagercoil. Lord Thiru Vazh Marban (ThiruKuralappan) is seen in a Easting Facing Sitting posture with four hands, a conch and chakra.

This Divyadesam, Thiruvanparisaram has a relation with Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. This place is the birth sthalam of Udaya nangai, mother of Nammalwar. This perumal is worshipped and the pooja is done by the Andhanars of Udipi, in Karnataka.


Thiruparappu Waterfalls

Thiruparappu Waterfalls is an excellent tourist spot in Kanyakumari district situated in Nagercoil to Trivandram highway. Thiruparappu falls is situated 35 KMs from Nagercoil and about 15 KMs from Pechiparai Dam. Thiruparappu water falls is also called as “Kumari Kuttalam”.Thirparappu Waterfalls lies close to the village Kulasekaram which was ruled by kings. Thirparappu waterfall starts from the “Kodayar River” and this riverbed is about 300 meters length. The water pours down from the height of nearly 50 feet and water flows this fall about seven months in a year.

Mathur Thotti palam

Mathur Aqueduct or Mathur Hanging Trough, is an Aqueduct in Southern India, in Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu state. Built over the Pahrali River (also called Parazhiyar), it takes its name from Mathur, a hamlet near the Aqueduct, which is at a distance of about 3 kilometres from Thiruvattar town and about 60 km from Kanyakumari, the southernmost town of India. It is one of the longest and highest aqueducts in South Asia[citation needed] and is also a popular tourist spot in Kanyakumari District. The nearest railway station is Kullithurai Railway Station which is about 15 kilometres and the nearest airport is the Trivandrum International Airport which is about 70 kilometres.

Padmanabhapuram Palace

A magnificent wooden palace of the 16th century, Padmanabhapuram Palace lies at the land's end of mainland India - Kanyakumari. An enticing ediffice to any lover of art and architecture this old palace of the Rajas of the erstwhile Travancore (1550 to 1750 AD) is a fine specimen of Kerala's indigenous style of architecture. The antique interiors are replete with intricate rosewood carvings and sculptured decor. The palace also contains 17th and 18th century murals. One can see: the musical bow in mahogany, windows with coloured mica, royal chairs with Chinese carvings, 'Thaikkottaram' or the Queen Mother's palace with painted ceilings, rose wood and teak carved ceilings with 90 different floral designs.

Kutrallam (59 kms):
Kutrallam, the " Spa of the south" is situated at an elevation of about 170 m high, on the western Ghats in Thirunelveli district. This is not only a tourist spot but also a health resort too. The waterfall has medicinal properties since the water runs through forests of herbs and the water has therapeutic qualities to cure physical ailments. During the season between June to September every year thousands of tourists visit this place.
 It is located 60 kms from Thirunelveli. The famous Shiva temple is located at the bottom of Western Ghats and also very near to the origin of the River Tambraparani. Every year The Chitrai Vishu festival is celebrated in the month of April and another festival Adi Ammavasai is celebrated in the month of July and lakhs of people congregate there. It also serves as a picnic spot.

Thiruchendur (56 kms):
The shore temple here is one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya and the only one of them to be built on an unelevated stretch of land. Thiruchendur is believed to be the place where Subramanya offered prayers for his victory. to his father Lord Shiva after slaying the demon Surapadma. The Skandasashti festival is celebrated at this temple in November each year. There are a couple of other temples at Alwarthirunagar and Srivaikuntam close to Thiruchendur.



Manappad (71 kms):
Also built on the shore, the 400-year old Holy Cross Church at Manappad has some fragments of the True Cross from Jerusalem and is one of the churches associated with St. Francis Xavier.
Thuthukudi  (48  kms):
Thuthukudi is the district headquarters of the district of the same name. One of the major ports in the country, Thuthukudi was at one time known for its pearls and was one of the most prosperous cities on the coast. It is a major pearl fishing center, but now Hyderabad is taking over as the centre of the artificial pearl industry in the south. Thuthukudi now better known for its fertilizer and heavy water plants, as well as its thermal power station. It is also a major salt production centre.
Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary (42 kms): 
Though this sanctuary is a Project Tiger Reserve, one is likely to sight other animals like the leopard, sambhar, sloth bear and the chital apart from a wide variety of Indian primates including the bonnet macaque, common langur, Nilgiri langur and lion-tailed macaque. The best time to visit Mundanthurai is between October and January. Accommodation is available at the rest house on prior booking.
Fountain at Kanniyakumari(67kms)
Kanyakumari district, which lies in the southern most tip of Peninsular India, is famous for its majestic hills, virgin beaches, pristine rivers and meandering rivulets. The district has a fragrance of architecture culture and customs of neighbouring Kerala mixed with the rich deep traditions, culture and architecture of Tamil Nadu. However, for want of promotional campaign and lack of basic amenities most of the tourists coming to this district return back after seeing just Kanyakumari and Padmanabhapuram Palace. It was at this juncture that the district administration decided to take up tourism promotion initiatives in a major way. Attempt has been made to put up basic amenities at the virgin beautiful spots so as to facilitate the inflow of the tourists.


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