Ambasamudram is a small but picturesque town located in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. The Tamirabarani River runs by its side and it is situated on the foothills of the Western Ghats. Its sister town, Kallidaikurichi, is on the opposite bank of the Thamirabarani River. Thus, the town is sprawling with natural beauty and greenery.
Ambasamudram is also known by the name of Vilankurichi. It was the seat of the saint Agastiyar who contributed immensely to the Tamil language several thousand years ago. The word Ambasamudram is derived from the two words Amba and Samundar. The place was christened with this name as the place flourished with temples and water bodies.
The town is well-known for its beautiful handicrafts carved out of wood. The town is also known to house various temples and churches. The place houses many temples such as Papanasam Papanasar Temple, Melaseval Navaneethakrishnan Temple, Melaseval Megalingeshwarar Temple, Melaseval Venogopalaswamy Temple.
However, the biggest attraction of the place is the Mundanthurai-Kalakad Tiger Reserve. The festival of traditional durbar is celebrated every year in the month of Aadi which draws a lot of tourists. Other places of tourist interest are Papanasam dam, Agasthiyar falls, Manimutthaar Dam & Waterfall, Karaiyar Dam, Manjolai Hills and Vikramasingapuram.
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Travellers visiting Ambasamudram must not forget to taste their famous ‘Kai Murukku’ and buy some of their famous grass mats known by the name ‘Paai’. Overall it is a complete tourist destination for people of varied interests ranging from wildlife to bird-watching to temple-hopping and historical architecture.
In order to reach Ambasamudram by air one has to take a flight to either Trivandrum or Madurai. From Chennai trains are available to Tirunelveli which is the closest railway station to Ambasamudram. From Tirunelveli one has to take a bus to Ambasamudram.
The weather of Ambasamudram is mostly hot and humid. However, the post monsoon season experienced during the months of September to March is the best season to visit the place and the temperature is slightly lower and the pleasant.