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Coutrallam

An interesting holiday spot in South India, Courtallam is famous for its Courtallam Falls in the Western Ghats of Tamil Nadu in Tirunelveli District. Though the falls are located in Tamil Nadu, it also shares the boundary of Kollam district of Kerala State. Also known as Kuttralam Falls, it has gained an extreme popularity, since the water here is believed to have great curative properties for a number of skin problems and even nerve disorders, as they run through a forest of herbs. The town is famous for its pleasant climate and abundant natural beauty. There are nine places at Courtallam where the River Chittar cascades over 92 m., at varying volumes. The falls are at its best during the rainy season (July to late August) and one can see heavy flow in all the places during this time. There is a parking fee of 10/- Rs at every waterfall. The nine waterfalls at Courtallam are - Main Falls (Peraruvi), Small Falls (Chittaruvi), Chembakadevi (Shenbaga) Falls, Honey Falls (Thenaruvi), Five Falls (Aintharuvi), Tiger Falls (Puliaruvi), Old Courtallam Falls (Pazhaya Courtallam), New Falls (Puthu Aruvi), Fruit Garden Falls or Orchard Falls (Pazhathotta Arvui). Besides the water falls, the town is famous for its two temples, Thirukuttralanathar dedicated to Lord Shiva and the another one dedicated to Lord Muruga. It is refreshing to take a bath in the waters of the falls and there are facilities for oil massages near the falls as well as in and around the town. Courtallam is essentially a place for rest and relaxation. But during season, the place could get crowded and less cleanly. As its name suggests, the Main Falls or Peraruvi is the most popular and the biggest among the nine falls.      Book Now



Manimuthar dam

The Manimuthar Dam is 47 km from the same. Papanasam dam is constructed on Tamirabarani River to irrigate about 34,846 hectares of paddy field of Tirunelveli and Tuticorin districts. The British constructed the Papanasam Dam in 1942. It is 744 feet long, 200 feet high and 5.4 meters wide. The total capacity of this dam is 5500 million cusec feet. Water of this dam is spread over 2.24 square miles area. During overflow, water flows at 8000 cusec feet per second. Located in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu, Papanasam is a popular destination for tourists. It is 60 km from Tirunelveli. It features Papanasam dam, Thamirabarani River, Siva Temple, Hydro Electric Power Plant and Papanasam Falls, also called Agasthiyar Falls. The Manimuthar Dam is situated at the foothills of the scenic Podhigai Hills. It is built on Thamirabarani River. The area features marvellous natural beauty. The spot where the waters, the mountains, and the sky meet offers a spectacular view. The dam is 20 km from Papanasam town. Ambasamudram and Kallidaikurichi are the nearest towns from the dam area. The dam falls enroute the drive from Ambasamudram to Pechiparai. Manimuthar Waterfall is located a few kilometres from the dam. It offers an equally breath taking view. Tourists can enjoy a bath here and soak in the rich beauty of nature. The Manimuthar River begins from the Eastern slopes of the Western Ghats located in Tirunelveli district. The river is the chief tributary of the Thambaraparani River. From Ambasamudram town, tourists can reach Manimuthar Dam by taking the road towards Kallidaikurichi. From there, tourists can either hire a private car or bus to reach the dam. Tourists need a boat to reach Manimuthar Falls.      Book Now



Nellaiappar Temple

According to the puranas, both the Gopurams were built by Muluthukanda Rama Pandiyan and the other important parts of the temple were constructed by Nindraseer Nedumaran who reigned in the 7th century A.D. The mani mandapam with its famous musical pillar was built by Nindaraseer Nedumaran in the 7th century A.D. Originally the Nellaiappar and Kanthimathi temples were two independent structures with spaces in between. It was in 1647 A.D. that Thiru Vadamalaiappa Pillaiyan, a great devotee of Siva linked the two temples by building the "Chain mandapam". To the western portion of the chain mandapam is the flower garden that was set up in 1756 A.D. by Thiruvengadakrishna Mudaliar. In the centre of the Flower Garden is a square vasantha mandapm with 100 pillars. The Nandi mandapam is said to have been built by Sivanthiappa Nayak in 1654 A.D. The flag stand near the Nandi was set up in 1155 A.D There are a number of stone inscriptions in the temple. The most important of them are those Veerapandiyan who regained about 950 A.D. and those of Rajendran I and Kulothunga chola I. The inscriptions of Maravarma Sundara Pandiyan refer to the Lord as "Woodayar" and "Wodeyanayanar" and the Goddess as "Nachiar". From the inscriptions of Kulasekkara Pandiyan we learn that he defeated the Chera, Chola and Hoysala kings and built the outer walls of the temple with the war booty. Siva is said to have been worshipped by Agastya in a bamboo grove and by Rama after having killed Mareecha some nine miles away at Manoor.      Book Now



Papanasam Dam

Papanasam Dam is located in Tirunelveli District of Tamil Nadu. It was built during the British rule and is 5.4 m wide, 265 m long and 240 m high. The Papanasam dam is also known as the Thamiraparani River Dam and has a total catchment area of 147 sq km, actually it is two dams, Upper dam is called as Karaiyar Dam & Lower Dam is called as Papanasam dam This holy place is on the Western Ghats of Pothigai Hill. It is close to the Papanasam Falls, on the banks of the Thamiraparani River where Siva and Parvathi appeared before the great saint Agasthiyar. Hence the falls is popularly called the Agasthiyar Falls. To commemorate the visit of the divine couple, the Agasthiyar temple was built there. Papanasam Dam is located 49 km away from Tirunelveli. This is a beautiful picnic spot. The dam is around 10 km west of Ambasamudram and is an hour drive from Courtallam.The Papanasam dam is located 49 kilometers (30 mi) away from Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu, India. Dam is useful to irrigate 86,107 acres (34,846 ha) of paddy field cultivated in Tirunelveli and Tuticorin districts. It is 744 feet long, 200 feet high and 5.4 meters wide. Timings Beach closes at 6:30pm. Papanasam Hydroelectric Power Plant was a design capacity of 28 MW. It has four Francis turbine-generators. The first unit was commissioned in 1944 and the last in 1951. It is on Thambirabarani river. It is operated by Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited (TANGEDCO).      Book Now



Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve

Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, located in the Southern Western Ghats in Tirunelveli District and Kanyakumari District in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is the second-largest protected area in Tamil Nadu State. Covering nearly 900 square kilometers, the combined area of the Kalakad Sanctuary and the Mudanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary is a treasure trove for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers. Extremely rich in biodiversity, one can spot Mundanthurai wildlife in all its surrounding beauty. The dense, dark forest cover is thrilling in its mystery with the promise of a surprise at every corner. It is the 17thdeclared Tiger Reserve in the country. Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve has been classified as a Type-1 Tiger Conservation Unit (TCU) representing tropical moist evergreen forests in the world Nestled between Kerala and Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, the Agastya Mala Hill Range forms the core area of the Wildlife Sanctuary and is one of the five named biodiversity and endemism centers in India. It is also under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee as a world heritage site. A trust has been working with the locals to educate and provide them with alternative sources for fuel and creating awareness about the value of the biodiversity of the sanctuary delicate and the need to protect it.      Book Now



sankarankovil temple

In the 11 th Century king Ukkirapandia ruled over Ukkirankottai. He used to go over to Madurai for dharsan of Lord Arulmigu Somasundarar. One day when he was priceeding to Madurai for worship God Arulmigu Somasundarar, The Elephant tusked the earth on the way and plunged into a pit. At that time Manikireevan, the watchman of Punnai forest came there and told the king Oh king! Here is an anti-hill in the middest of Punnai forest. When the anti-hill was demolished there appeared a tail less cobra.      Book Now


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