Kanthimathi - Nellaiyapper Temple

This temple is situated in the heart of the city. This is a twin temple dedicated to Parvathi and Siva. Rare Jewels, the Golden Lily Tank, Musical Pillars, the hall of thousand pillars are worth seeing.

Papanasam (42 Kms)

This holy place is on the western ghat of Pothigai Hills. It is close to the Papanasam Falls, on the banks of the Thamiraparani river where Siva and Parvathi appeared before the great saint Agasthiya.Hence the falls is popularly called the "Agasthiya Falls". To commemorate the visit of the divine couple, the Agasthiya temple was built there.


It was one of the important centres of the Jains. The bas-relief found here are the contribution of Jains and are among the earliest of such works.The Vettuvan Koil (Siva Temple) the rock-cut cave temple is worth visiting

Tenkasi (53 Kms)

The name itself implies that this town is 'Kasi (Varanasi) of the South'. The flag staff of the temple is noteworthy for its sculptural beauty and is 400 years old.

Srivaikuntam (37 Kms)

Srivaikuntam is famous for the temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu known as Srivaikuntapathi Swami with a lofty gopuram.The Thiruvengada Mudaliyar Mandapam is rich with sculptures of Yallis, Elephants and Warriors. The Ekadasi Mandapam which is opened on Vaikunta Ekadasi days, contains exquisite sculptures. During the conflicting days between the East India Company forces and Kattabomman, this temple served as a fort. The Kailasanathaswamy temple is an another important temple. It contains six inscriptions of the times of Veera Pandiya Kattabomman.

Manapad (70 Kms)

Holy Cross Church at Manapad is an ancient one. It was built in the year 1581. Thousands congregate during the festival season from 1st to 14th September every year. The church is associated with St. Francis Xavier.

Kulasekarapattinam (68 Kms)

The Muthuraman temple 20 Kms from Tiruchendur is known for the popular 'Dasara' festival where folk dance artists from all over the state participate in the festival. It is a coastal village with a fine beach.


This small village 10 Kms from the City has a Venkatachala temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is renowned for its remarkable 17C-18C carvings. There are a number of life-size sculptures in this temple with intricate workmanship. Along with the principal sanctuary which houses Vishu with consorts, there are also twin Lakshmi shrines. The Geomagnetic Equatorial Research Lab near Krishnapuram is an observatory centre.