Thoothukudi: Thoothukudi is head quartered of the Thoothukudi district and it is well-known for pearl fishing, making for salt, fishing and other related business. The added attraction to this port city is because it has a natural harbour.
Besides all this, it has significance because it is from this place that the freedom fighter V.O.Chidambaram Pillai set sail his ship to remonstration against British supremacy over India.
There are stretches of sunny and sandy beaches that are restful and calm. There are several towns that have historical and religious significance that are around Thoothukudi. They are Thiruchendur, Manapad, Kazhugumalai, Ottapidaram, Panchalankuruchi, Ettayapuram, Kayalpattinam, Navathiruppathi, Kulasekarapattinam, Puliyampatti, Deviaseyalpuram and Korkai.
Interest Places to visit
Sankara Rameshwarar Temple (Lord Shiva Temple) It is believed that Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi on their way to Thiruchendur halted near the holy tank Vancha Pushkarani. The Lord Shiva explained the secrets of the pranava-manthra to Goddess Paravathi, and the reason for this place being called Thirumanthira Nagar and where the temple is now built. Today this place is called Thoothukudi. This temple is situated near old bus stand. Phone: (0461) 2320680.
Hare Island: The island lies adjoining the port. It is a very good picnic spot for holiday seekers and the domestic tourist. Many tourists visit here during the Pongal holidays when special buses are operated for the benefit of the tourists.
Roche Parkis 4km from Thoothukudi city on the way to port,a lovely place for holiday seekers Roche Park is an ideal site.This area shore is very calm.During festival and weekly holidays there is a heavy Tourist flow to this place.
Church of Our Lady of Snow This church was dedicated to the mother of Jesus and was consecrated by the bishop of Cochin. It was earlier called St.Paul's Church and gradually it came to be known as the Church of Our Lady of Snow. In June 1555, the beautiful statue of Our Lady reached Thoothukudi by the ship "Santalena." A Jesuit priest Fr. Vigilius Mansi laid the foundation stone for the present church. The new church was opened and blessed in August 1713. In July 1982 Pope John Paul II raised the shrine to the status of Basilica. The annual feast is held every year in August.
Suganthi Devadason Marine Research Institute, Thoothukudi This is a marine research and development organisation established at Thoothukudi, with the idea to research the needs of marine and coastal ecosystems in India and to uplift the socio-economic conditions of coastal people, who earn their livelihood from the sea. The objectives of SDMRI are multi- and inter-disciplinary involving the research work, conservation and management of marine and coastal ecosystem, reef ecosystem, remedial work such as reef restoration and creating artificial reefs and other marine related activities. The Manonmaniam Sundaranar University has recognized the courses at the SDMRI.
Vallanadu Deer Sanctuary Vallanadu is a hill area lying between Thirunelveli- Thoothukudi Main Road. The total area is 64 acres. Here you can see deer grazing on the hills. Forest Department fenced the area to protect the deer. It is 35 kms from Thoothukudi.
Thiruchendur Temple and BeachIt is one of the major pilgrim centres of south India. The seashore temple dedicated to Lord Muruga, is one of the six abodes of Lord Muruga called the Arupadai Veedu. The nine storeyed temple tower at a height of 156 feet belongs to the 17th century A.D. Visiting the valli cave, taking a bath in the sea and bathing in Nazhikkinaru here are rituals. It is 60 kms from Thoothukudi. Frequent bus services are available from Thirunelveli and Thoothukudi. There are daily train services also available from Thiruchendur to Thirunelveli.
Kayalpattinam Beach It is located on the main road from Thiruchendur to Thoothukudi. It is 8 kms from Thiruchendur and 32 kms from Thoothukudi. It is one of the good beaches in this district.
Meiganapuram There is a famous ancient church the name St.Paul. It was built in the 18th century by the British. It is situated in Thiruchendur Taluk, 18 kms towards Valliyur road.
Ayyanar Sunai This centre is 4 kms from Thiruchendur. There is a 'natural spring' here and one can get fresh water throughout the year. There is a temple here dedicated to the village deity Ayyanar. It is a good picnic spot. Nearby is a forest with sand dunes.
Manapad Beach and Church The Holy Cross Church at Manapad was built in the year 1581. Fragments of the True cross was brought from Jerusalem and placed in the church. Pilgrims visit the church throughout the year and the church is situated on the seashore. The church is associated with St. Francis Xavier. It is 18 kms from Thiruchendur and 70 kms from Kanniyakumari.
Manapad Palm leaf Society To encourage the traditional palm leaf handicrafts, this society were formed and varieties of articles have been produced in this society unique of this district and for this state as well. Many of products are exported to foreign countries.
Kazhukumalai This is 60 kms from Tuticorin. The cave temple here belongs to 8th century A.D. The monolithic Vettuvankoil is worth visiting. It is a rock-cut cave temple similar to Pallava cave temples at Mamallapuram. It was one of the important centres of the jains. The bas-relief found here is the contributions of Jains and are among the earliest of the Jain architecture that exists. The Archeology Department of Tamil Nadu controls this archaeological find.
The village may have got its present name from the hill Kalugumalai ("Hill of the vulture"). Earlier it was known as Araimalai or Thirumalai. Even before that it was referred as Nechchuram and Tiruneccuram. Some of the epigraphies mentions that there was a palace for the pandya official called Ettimannan. At the foot of the Kalugumalai a large urn-burial cemetery was found. However hundreds of urns were destroyed during limestone quarrying. Opposite to Kalugasalamoorthy temple there is a small palace which served as local residence of Raja of Ettaiyapuram.
Kovilpatti It is the second headquarters of the Thoothukudi District. The place is located 48 kms away from Thoothukudi town and 45km from Panchalankurichi. This town is famous for its matchbox industry and the spinning mills. It is well connected by road and rail. Madurai is the nearest airport, which is 100 kms from here.
Shenbagavalli Amman Temple The temple is located at an elevated place called Kovilmedu in the heart of the Kovilpatti town near Ettayapuram. The deities are also referred to by the name Poovana Nathar Swamy and Shenbagavalli Amman . The temple is famous for goddess Shenbagavalli who can be seen in a standing posture.The height of the idol is 7 feet. The grace of the goddess is well known in this area and the name Shenbagavalli is adopted for a girl child in every family. The Ambal Adipooram, Vallikappu festival attracts a huge crowd of women and the Chithrai Theertham or the Tamil New Year attracts the public in large numbers.The male deity Arulmigu Poovana Nathar Swamy was worshipped by Saint Agastiar on his way to Pothigai hills.
The Statue of Kayathar Veerapandian Kattabomman: It is located 45 kms from Panchalankurichi and 30 kms from Thirunelveli where the British hanged the great freedom fighter Veerapandia Kattabomman on the tamarind tree. In the memory of this great son of the state, the Tamil Nadu government built statue in this place.
Kattabomman's story is celebrated in many legends and epic poetry in Tamil. Kattabomman is today recognised by the government as one of the earliest independence fighters opposing the British.
Kattalankulam:It is a birthplace of the great freedom fighter Azhagu Muthukon. It is situated near Kayathar. It is connected with Kovilpatti and Kayathar by local transport.
The V.O.C MemorialIt is 20 kms from Thoothukudi and 3 kms from Panchalankurichi and 50 kms from Thirunelveli. It is the birthplace of V.O.Chidambaranar. He was a freedom fighter and his maiden venture in navigation against the East India Company caused him to be imprisoned by the British. He is popularly referred to as the Kappal ottiya Tamizhan meaning the Tamilian who captained a ship. His home has now become a memorial.
Mayura Thottam This peacock farm is situated at Ottapidaram about 22 kms northwest of Thoothukudi. It can be reached by rail from Vanchimaniyachi 12 kms and also from Thoothukudi railway station 22 kms. The farm is 130 kms from Madurai and 68 kms from Thirunelveli. This farm has Bed and Breakfast accommodation by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Department. Mayura Thottam is spread over an area of 55 acres. The garden is filled with coconut and guava trees, and many other plants. The peacocks have made this farm their home and the birds even breed here. They can be seen during the months of October and November. During these months there is the famous Peacock dance almost everywhere in the farm. Phone:(0461)2366365
kattabommanKattabomman Memorial Fort, Panchalankurichi the Government of Tamil Nadu built the existing Memorial Fort of his heroic deeds in 1974. Sri Devi Jakkamma temple, the hereditary Goddess of Kattabomman is located inside the fort. A cemetery of British Soldiers can be seen near the fort. The Archeological Department of Tamil Nadu protects the cemetery of the old fort. Inside the memorial fort, a statue of Kattabomman is installed. The half size statue for Oomathurai, Thanathipathi Pillai, Sundaralingam and Vellayathevar, who were the prominent chieftains of Veerapandiya Kattabomman.
There are seven arches installed on the road leading from Kurukkusalai to the Fort via - Ottapidaram in honour of the prominent chieftains of Kattabomman and there is also one arch that is in honour of the traditional Goddess Jakkamma. The annual festival is held in the month of January and in the second week of May, and it attracts thousands of people. The Tourism Department rest house is available. It is 25 kms from Thoothukudi. City bus services are available from Thoothukudi.
Bharathiar Manimandapam The great Tamil patriot poet Mahakavi Bharathiyar was born here. Ettyapuram is now one of the important places. The poet used revolutionary themes in his poems and exhorted only for the Tamil people but for the whole nation to get out from the clutches of British regime. The Bharathiyar memorial Mandapam and the birth house of Bharathiyar made as memorial. It is 42 kms from North of Thoothukudi.
Chinnaswami Subramania Bharatiyar(11 December 1882 – 11 September 1921) was an Indian writer, poet, journalist, Indian independence activist and social reformer from Tamil Nadu, India. Popularly known as "Mahakavi Bharatiyar", he is a pioneer of modern Tamil poetry and is considered one among the greatest of Tamil literary figures of all time. His numerous works were fiery songs kindling patriotism and nationalism during Indian Independence movement
Ettayapuramis a panchayat town in Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu, India. It is notable for being the birthplace of the great Tamil Poet Mahakavi Bharathiar.
SeenthalakaraiKali Parasakthi Tavasithar Peedam Vetkaliamman Statue Miracles of Seenthalakarai are famous and this is one such pilgrim centre. Here goddess Sri Vetkaliamman is worshipped. The 42ft height statue near Ettayapuram is great and gigantic. The height of Vetkaliamman inspired Bharathiyar to sing Yaathumai Nindra Kali. Sri Ramamoorthy Swamigal constructed the great Kalai Parasakthi deva sittar peedam here
Tuticorin Airport: Tuticorin Airport (IATA: TCR) is located 16.9 km (10.5 mi) from Thoothukudi (Tuticorin), Tamil Nadu, India serving the districts of Tuticorin and Tirunelveli in southern Tamil Nadu
Madurai Airport: 137kms away from Tuticorin.
Trichy Airport: 277kms away from Tuticorin.
Coimbatore Airport: 345kms away from Tuticorin.
Chennai Airport: 583kms away from Tuticorin.
Trivandrum Airport: 199kms away from Tuticorin.
Tuticorin: Tuticorin Railway Station.
Tirunelveli: 54kms away from Tuticorin.
Senkottai: 119kms away from Tuticorin.
Madurai: 146kms away from Tuticorin.
Nagercoil: 127kms away from Tuticorin.
Road: Well-laid road connect the city with all major cities and towns in the state. NH7A and Madurai Tuticorin Express Lane.
Port: Natural Harbour.