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Tourist Places in Tirunelveli

Tirunelveli welcomes people from all over the globe, throughout the year for its never ending list of tourist attractions that include age old temple, unique churches, historic mosques, waterfalls and so on. However, Tirunelveli is not just about far-famed religious sites, but the region offers something for everyone. Some of the other significant places of interest in Tirunelveli district include hill station, dams, waterfalls, sanctuaries and so on. Let's find out some of the most interesting places of interest in Tirunelveli along with many useful information for travelers.

Manjolai Hill Station

Located just 57 km away from the bustling city of Tirunelveli, Manjolai is situated at a whooping elevation of 1162 sq.metre above sea level. Basically an off-beat hill station, Manjolai is the home of a lot of tea estates scattered in and around the hill station. Bombay Burma tea estate is one among the most popular tea estate located in this place.

Manjolai Hill Station

Manjolai is all about pleasant climatic conditions, tranquil ambiance and breath taking sceneries. The hill station is set deep inside the Western Ghats mountain range within the Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve in Tirunelveli. Some of the other significant tourist attractions of Manjolai hill station include Kakkachi, breezy point of view called Mupudathi Amman Kovil, Agasthyar Falls, Kuthiravetti, Singampatti Zamin, upper Kodaiyar Dam and Nalumukku.

Best time to visit: Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec (after sunrise and before sunset)
Approx. visit duration: 3 to 4 hours
Advisory: Written permit from the Tirunelveli Forest Department should be obtained for visiting Manjolai estate and Kuthiraivatti

How to get there: Plenty of buses are operated from Tirunelveli, Ambasamudram and Manimuthar, Taxis are also available from Tirunelveli.


Regarded as the natural 'Spa of South', Courtallam is a landmark of Tirunelveli. The awe-inspiring waterfalls, pleasant atmospheric condition and sporadic mizzling genuinely afford a special influence to the holidaymakers.


The ecstatic prospect of Courtallam becomes intensified by a gentle breeze. Generally, the best season starts from the month of May and extends until September. The magnificent water touches down in eight different locations with altering force which depends on the elevation of the drop-off. Courtallam is not just about one single waterfall, but it is nine different waterfalls located at different places. They are
  • Main falls
  • Small falls aka Citharuvi
  • Five falls aka Aindharuvi
  • Kundaru falls
  • Tiger falls aka Puliaruvi
  • Old Courtallam falls aka Pazhyaruvi
  • Senbahadevi falls
  • Honey falls aka Thenaruvi
  • Milk falls aka Paalaruvi
The facilities put in place by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Department (TTDC) for the convenience of visitors is applaudable. It is important to note that the Courtallam waterfalls is a preferred spot for patients suffering from arthritic pains, nerve troubles and other chronic pains as the water is said to have some medicinal qualities because of various herbaceous plants grown in this mountain.

Best time to visit: Jan, Feb, Mar, Oct, Nov, Dec
Things to do: During peak season, Tamil Nadu Tourism Department sets up boating options in the Melavannamadai lake which is located close to the Aindharuvi road. 

Manimuthar Waterfalls

Yet another gift from the nature to Tirunelveli district. The picturesque falls has a beautiful pool nearby that has a depth of 27 m. The waterfalls i located just 35 km away from the busy city of Tirunelveli.

Manumithar Waterfalls

A lot of government buses are operated to Manimuthar falls at regular intervals from most of the nearby towns, especially from Kallidai Kurichi. Just above the Manimuthar waterfalls, one more visitor's paradise called Kothaiyar is located. Visitors who visit Manimuthar waterfalls often visit Kothaiyar dam too.

Other important Places of Interest in Tirunelveli district include:

  • Krishnapuram Village
  • Pulithevan Palace
  • VOC Manimandapam
  • Robert Caldwell Memorial

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