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Monsoon Diaries: Ambasamudram in Tirunelveli

Written By: Akshatha Vinayak

Rain has the power even to convert a concrete city to a green city; one heavy rain can make a city look like rivers! Just imagine the beauty of a place which is enclosed by the Western Ghats and bordered by a river? Ambasamudram looks like a paradise in monsoon. Hence it is one of the must-visit destinations in Tirunelveli.

Papanasanam Temple

Papanasini Temple
Photo Courtesy: MaRISELVAM

A place named Vilankurichi became Ambasamudram because of the temples and water sources. The name is derived from the two words Amba and Samudra. Legend has it that the great sage Agastya lived in Ambasamudram for some time.

Ambasamudram is not just a religious place but also a paradise for nature lovers. On one side it is the Western Ghats and on the other, it is Tamirabharani River that cascades along the town.


Banatheertham Waterfalls
Photo Courtesy: Rajkumar1985

We can explore a lot in and around Ambasamudram. A visit here is never complete without a stroll around the beautiful temples. Kaishivanathaswamy Temple, Papanasanam Papanasar Temple, Melaseval Megalingeshwara Temple and MelasevalVenugoapalaswamy Temple are the prominent temples in Ambasamudram.

Tourist Places Around Ambasamudram

The Western Ghats are surely mystical; Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve along with Manjolai Hills are the two famous tourist places near Ambasamudram.

Kairaiyar Dam

Karaiyar Dam
Photo Courtesy: Rajkumar1985

Manjolai Hills is full of Tea Plantations and viewpoints. Hence, it is one of the beautiful destinations near to this town.

Other Attractions

Agasthiyar Temple, Karaiyar Dam, Upper Kodaiyar Dam, Baana Theertham Falls and Tamirabharani River are the other attractions around this town.


Hills Near Kalakkad
Photo Courtesy: BenoitL

Ambasamudram is also a great place for bird lovers. The green cover is an abode for many species of birds.

Interestingly, Ambasamudram is not only famous as a monsoon destination but also for unique handicrafts. Don't miss out on checking out the carved wood handicrafts and the grass mats called Paai here.

This enchanting temple town is just amazingly attractive for all.

Ambasamudram is undoubtedly a total package and one of the best monsoon destinations in Tamil Nadu.

How To Reach Ambasamudram

It is around 42 km from Tirunelveli to Ambasamudram.

By Bus: Several buses are available from Tirunelveli to Ambasamudram.

By Train: Tirunelveli is the nearest railway station to this temple town.

By Flight: You have to take a flight to Madurai or Thiruvananthapuram

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