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Thiruchendur - A Temple Town Near The Sea


Thiruchendur, also called Tiruchendur, is a tiny but beautiful coastal town located in the Thoothukudi 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 Panchalankurichi 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 Thoothukudi 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 Weather

Thiruchendur experiences moderate climate throughout the year. October to March offers suitable conditions for tourist activities and pilgrimages. June to September is a good time for temple-hopping 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 27 km 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.

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How to Reach Thiruchendur

  • By Road
    Regular bus services by Tamil Nadu Road Transport are available to Thiruchendur from Chennai, Madurai, Tiruneveli, Trivandrum and Kanyakumari. These are inexpensive and are comfortable, making Thiruchendur easily accessible.
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  • By Train
    Thiruchendur is connected with Tiruneveli Junction by train and is at a distance of about 60 km. Tiruneveli is well connected to cities such as Madurai, Trivandrum and Chennai by regular trains. Tuticorin railway station is also connected to cities such as Chennai, Coimbatore and Mysore.
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  • By Air
    The nearest airport is Tuticorin Airport which is at a distance of 27 km from Thiruchendur. Madurai domestic is another option which is close to Thiruchendur. The closest international airport is Trivandrum International Airport which is at a distance of 150 km from Thiruchendur.
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