Thiruchendur, also called Tiruchendur, is a tiny but beautiful costal town located in the Toothukudi district in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Famous for its Temple dedicated to Lord Murugan, Thiruchendar is a popular pilgrim destination located in the Gulf of Mannar.
A Temple Town - Tourist Places in and around Thiruchendur
Thiruchendur is predominantly a temple town which houses beautiful temples such as the Thiruchendur Murugan Temple, Valli’s Cave or Dattatreya’s Cave. Besides the temples, other attractions include the Panchalamkurichi Fort, Melaputhukudi, Kudhirai Mozhitheri, Tuticorin and Vanathirupathi, Punnai Nagar.
Something more about Thiruchendur...
The town is surrounded by arid coastal forests. The dry land forests are noted for rich vegetation of palm trees, cashew plants and tropical plants. This town has been in ancient texts pre Christian era. The legends say that Lord Murugan killed the demon Surapadman in Thiruchendur. The place is considered to be one of the holy abodes of Lord Murugan.
Thiruchendur was earlier known as Kapadapuram which later changed to Tiruchen-Chendiloor and then in the course of time to Thiruchendur. Thiruchendur has been ruled by several dynasties like the Cheras, Pandyas, etc. In 1649, the town was attacked by the Dutch who made an attempt to conquer Toothukudi from the Portuguese. But the Portuguese along with the Nayaks of Madurai defeated the Dutch and the dutch were forced to flee from the place.
Thiruchendur experiences moderate climate throughout the year. October to March offers suitable conditions for tourist activities and pilgrimage. June to September is a good time for temple hoping and short visits.
How to reach Thiruchendur
Travelling to Thiruchendur is also fairly easy as the town is well connected by road. The nearest airport is the Tuticorin Airport which is at a distance of 27km from Thiruchendur. Thiruchendur is also connected with Tirunelveli Junction by rail which is connected to all major cities of India. If you are interested in history and religious tourism, then Thiruchendur is a must visit.