Ettayapuram is located about 54 km from Thoothukudi and is home to several tourists sites. One of the most popular sites is Seenthalakarai which is a pilgrim centre. The site is dedicated to goddess Vetkaliamman, and the statue of the goddess is 42 feet tall.
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Ettayapuram is also home to Bharathiar manimandapam in which the Tamil poet Mahakavi Bharathiyar was born. He was a revolutionary poet and nationalist. The home in which he was born has been converted into a Memorial. Ettayapuram Palace was home to the Pandayas at Madurai. It is one of the most famous tourist spots in Thoothukudi.