Tirunelveli that is situated on the banks of the river Tambraparani was once the capital of the Pandayas. The history of this town goes back to 2000 years. Tirunelveli district has an area of 6,838 km² and is bounded by Indian Ocean in its South.
The main attraction of modern-day Tirunelveli is the twin temples of
Kanthimathi-Nellaiappar dedicated to Parvati and Shiva respectively.
Among the interesting sights in the temples are the golden lily tank and
the thousand-pillared hall that has some exquisite sculptures.
The city is also famous for Courtallam waterfalls that are located
along the Chittar River. It is said that a dip in any of the nine
waterfalls rejuvenates the body and the mind. The water is supposed to
have healing properties due to the herbs that grow in the area.
The great Tamil poet Subramanya Bharathy was born in Tirunelveli only.
The poet cum freedom fighter wrote many articles on range of subjects.
He emphasized the unity of India in spite of its variety in languages,
religions, and cultures.