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 among the 108 DivyaDesams 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’ is the Tamil word for surround and ‘aru’ is the Tamilian word for river. Thus, Thiruvattar means the scared area surrounded by rivers.
Tourist places in and around Thiruvattar
The main attraction at Thiruvattar is the sacred and the holy temple of Sri Adikesavaperumal 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 center 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 Thiruvanthapuram.
Pilgrims and tourists prefer traveling 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.