Tirunelveli at a Glance
Air :  Nearest airport is in Tuticorin, 28 km from Tirunelveli and Trivandrum airport is 150 km in Kerala State

Rail : Tirunelveli Junction railway station is an extremely busy and important railway junction. It connects to all the major cities in Tamilnadu such as Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Trichy, Tanjore and Kanyakumari.

Bus : Tirunelveli is well connected by road. The city is located on the National Highway no. 7. It is well connected to all the major cities of India by National as well as state highways.

Area : 6,810 sq.km
Population : 27,23,988 (Census 2001)
Rainfall : 777.7 mm (Annual)
Climate : Max : 37.1°C Min : 22°C
STD Code : 0462
603 Km from Chennai


Tirunelveli is a Municipal Corp-oration, sixth largest city in Tamil Nadu (after Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy and Salem) in southern India and the district headquarters of Tirunelveli district.

The city is considered to be one of the oldest in the Indian subcontinent, with a history that dates back to 1000 BC. The city is located on the west bank of the perennial river, Thamirabarani.

Around 1560, the town was rebuilt by Viswanatha, the founder of Nayak dynasty who also erected many temples in it. Tirunelveli was the earliest Pandiya’s Capital. The Nayaks ruled Tirunelveli from Madurai during the 16th, 17th and early years of 18th Century.

Next to Madurai, it was an important city of the Pandya Kingdom as it served as their capital for sometime. “If the boundary of the town is made with stone, it will not be of aesthetic beauty and therefore boundary is fenced with paddy field”, says a Tamil Poet about Tiru-nel-veli. The town has been surrounded on all sides by paddy fields.

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