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Tirunelveli - Where The Old Meets The New


Tirunelveli is known by many names. But it is mostly known by three names viz., Nellai, Tinnevely and Tirunelveli. During the days of the British rule in India, it was known as Tinnevely, the anglicised version of Tirunelveli. It has reverted to this name post-independence. Its inhabitants refer to it as Nellai mostly.

It is the headquarters of the Tirunelveli district and is located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. It has geographical significance as well, being the southernmost tip of the Deccan Plateau. Tirunelveli is a good 613 kilometres from the state’s capital, Chennai. It is 152 kilometres away from Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Tami Nadu’s neighbouring state, Kerala.

The Land Of Temples And Windmills - Tourist Places In And Around Tirunelveli

Tirunelveli has its fair share of temples, dating back to ancient times. It also prides itself as being the site where the Nellaiappar Temple is located, the state’s largest Shiva temple.

Tirunelveli’s location has also made it a very feasible spot for wind farming. Power companies that specialise in this sector have thronged to its outskirts to utilise the same. They generate as much as 3500 MW of electric power through windmills.

The other important destinations in and around the area include Kappal Matha Church, Sri Alzhiya Mannar Rajagopala Swamy Temple, Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Mela Thiruvenkatanathapuram Temple, Keezha Thiruvenkatanathapuram and Keezha Thirupathi.

How To Reach Tirunelveli

It is connected to the main centres of Tamil Nadu by a good network of roads, namely the Tuticorin Port, Madurai and the neighbouring district of Kanyakumari.

Tirunelveli Weather

Tirunelveli’s climate conditions are not remarkably different from the other parts of Tamil Nadu. Hot and humid are the words, but temperatures do simmer down during the monsoon and winter seasons.

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How to Reach Tirunelveli

  • By Road
    Tirunelveli is well connected to the rest of Tamil Nadu by road. The distance from Chennai to Tirunelveli is 613 kilometres. The closest place to Tirunelveli in terms of distance is Trivandrum, capital of Kerala. It is 152 kilometres away from Tirunelveli. There are well maintained routes to Tirunelveli from major cities like Kochi, Bangalore, Coimbatore and Chennai.
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  • By Train
    Tirunelveli is easily accessible by rail and is connected to every major city in the country via railroads. Trains from Tirunelveli are mostly bound for other major cities in Tamil Nadu, like Chennai, Madurai, Thanjavur and Coimbatore. Many trains from the neighbouring state of Kerala also come to the Tirunelveli Junction.
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  • By Air
    The closest airport to Tirunelveli is Madurai. The airport has both international and domestic services. It would be feasible to board a flight to Madurai and then travel by road or rail to Madurai. The distance from Madurai to Tirunelveli is 154 kilometres and will take all of the two and half hours to travel, as the roads are well-maintained.
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