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Thiruvattar - The Sacred Land


Thiruvattar, a divine and the holy land, is a small panchayat town that lies quietly tucked in the Kanyakumari district of the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The town is a must-visit for the Hindu pilgrims because it is one amongst the 108 Divya Desams of the Hindus.

Apart from its religious significance, the town is a famous tourist destination as well because its scenic beauty is a treat for the sore eyes. Thiruvattar lies sandwiched between the two rivers Pahrali and Kothai that run along the length of the town. In fact, the place gets its name from the convergence of these two rivers at Mooovattumugam; "Thiru" means "sacred" in Tamil, "vatta" means "surround" and "aru" means "river". Thus, Thiruvattar means the sacred area surrounded by rivers.

Tourist Places In And Around Thiruvattar

The main attraction at Thiruvattar is the sacred and the holy temple of Sri Adikesava Perumal and the presence of this temple renders the town its divinity. The other famous and often visited tourist destinations in the town of Thiruvattar are the Mathur hanging bridge, the St James Church (that is about a hundred years old), Udayagiri Fort and the Thirparappu Waterfalls, which are about 10 km from the town of Thiruvattar.

How To Reach Thiruvattar

Since the town is a pilgrim centre for the Hindus, efforts have been taken to make it well connected to other parts of the country via roads. The nearest railway station is at Kanyakumari, and the closest airport is at Thiruvananthapuram.

Thiruvattar Weather

Pilgrims and tourists prefer travelling to the town during the winter months since the weather at that time is very pleasant. Summers can be scorching hot and during monsoons the place experiences storms of cyclonic proportions, thus, making it difficult to travel.

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How to Reach Thiruvattar

  • By Road
    It is very easy to reach Thiruvattar from Kanyakumari and Nagercoil by road. The Government of Tamil Nadu as well as that of Kerala run buses from the major cities and towns in their states to Thiruvattar. The roads are in good condition; so the bus journey is comfortable. One can also hire private cabs from Kanyakumari to Thiruvattar.
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  • By Train
    Thiruvattar has no railway station of its own. However, the Kanyakumari Railway Station and the railway station at Nagercoil are very close to the town. One can take a train to either of these two towns since they are well connected to the rest of the country via good railway network.
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  • By Air
    There is no airport in the town of Thiruvattar. The airport nearest to the town is the Trivandrum International Airport located in Thiruvanthpuram, the capital city of Kerala. The airport is about 46 km from Thiruvattar, and it takes 3 ½ hours to reach the place. You can hire a private cab to take you to the town from the airport. Cab charges are between 1000-1500 INR.
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