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Thiruchendur Murugan Temple

      Tiruchendur Murugan temple is known as the second Arupadai Veedu of Lord Muruga. Lord Muruga won the battle with the asura, Surapadma and worshipped Lord Shiva in this sacred place. The temple is situated along the shores of the Bay of Bengal.

      Normally, the Raja Gopuram will be in the eastern side of temples in Tamil Nadu. But in Tiruchendur alone the Raja Gopuram is in the western side. It is said that the Raja Gopuram was not erected on the eastern side since the sea is very close in the eastern side.

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Sri Aayirathu Enn Vinayaka Temple

      Acharya Sri Adi Sankara sang His Ganesha Pancharatna hymn in this temple before proceeding to Tiruchendur to worship Lord Muruga with his Subramania Bhujangam for remedy from a physical problem.

Sri Vaithamanidhi Perumal Temple

      Due to a curse by Mother Parvathi, Kubera lost all his wealth. The Nava Nidhis – 9 kinds of wealth – left him and they came to Lord Narayana – Perumal. As Perumal was the custodian of the wealth (nidhi), He came to praised and named Vaitha Manidhi Perumal. He is granting darshan to devotees keeping these Nidhis under His right shoulder. Kubera worshipped this Perumal and got back the Nidhis, according to scriptures. Perumal is also known as Adharmapisunam

Sri Kalugasalamoorthy temple

      The main deity of this temple is Murugan. The main deity hall and entrance hall is excavated inside the foot hills of kalugumalai in the south western corner of the hill and with external structural additions. The temple has many aesthetic sculptures.The temple dates to 18th century. The main deity is Lord Murugan with his wife Deivanai. The temple complex also has shrines of Shiva, Akilandeswari, Vinayakar and many lesser deities

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Sri Venkatavaanan temple

      According to the history of the place-Sthala Purana, Kamalavathi, daughter of a Brahmin performed penance on Lord Vishnu, who took Her hands in wedding. The place is also known as Palikai Vanam. The history further goes to say that a demon Ashmasaran fought with Lord and was killed by Him. Perumal danced his body. As requested by the Devas, He accepted the name Maya Koothan – dancer. Sri Garuda Bhagwan has the honour of being by the side of Perumal as procession deity.

Sri Makaranetunkuzhaikkaadar temple

      The temple is big in size. Mother Earth – Bhoodevi chanted the Ashtakshara Mantra taught to her by Sage Durvasa, performed penance on Lord Perumal. When she came out from the sacred river Tambiraparani after a bath, She got two precious ear rings and came to be known as SriPerai – Thiruperai in Tamil. She offered the two fish shaped ear rings to Perumal on a Panguni Poornima day in March-April, thus Perumal became Nedunguzhai Kadhan. Since Mother Bhoomadevi was named Sri Perai, the place also was named Thenthiruperai. Varuna the God of Rains performed penance on Perumal here to cleanse himself of his disrespectful behaviour against Jupiter-Guru, performed Tirumanjanam to Lord and the place received rains then, according to Sthala Puranas.



The cluster of 9 Sacred Srivaishnava Temples located near Tiruchendur are known as Navathirupathis. They are 1)Srivaikuntam, 2)Thenthirupperai, 3)Thiru Puliankudi, 4)Thiru Kurugoor, 5)Thiru Kulanthai, 6)Thiru Koloor, 7)Twin Tirupati-1, 8)Twin Tirupati-2, 9)Thiru Varagunamangai.

Ayyanar Sunai

It is located 10 Kms from Tiruchendur. A natural water spring in the desert near Ayyanar Temple attracts local tourists.

Kulasekara Patnam

The Mutharamman temple is located 20 Kms from Tiruchendur (Thoothukudi Dist) is known for the popular Dasara festival where folk dance artists from all over the state participate in the festival. More than 1500000 devotees gather together and celebrate Navarathiri in this village. This coastal village used to be a port in its earlier days. This place has other two famous temples including Katchiappar temple and Chidarambeswar temple.


It is located 18 Kms. from Tiruchendur. It is on the sea-shore at the Bay of Bengal. An ancient Roman Catholic Church is here where the Cross is said to have been brought from Jerusalem, This Church is also associated with St. Xavier, the famous missionary from West. Since there are other small Churches here in this place, it is called as “Chinna Jerusalem” (Small Jerusalem).


It is located 58 Kms from Tiruchendur. From here the great warrior “Veerapandiya Kattabomman” raised his voice against the British regime in the 17th Century A.D. The fort was converted as a memorial by the Govt. of Tamil Nadu in 1974. Sri Devi Jakkammal Temple, the hereditary Goddess of Kattabomman, is located near the fort. The cemetery of British soldiers are seen near the fort. Within the memorial Hal!, there are beautiful paintings on the walls depicting the heroic deeds of the saga.

Pabanasam Falls

It is located 95 Kms from Tiruchendur. There is a falls where Shiva and Parvathi appear befor the great saint “Agasthiya”. Hence the falls is popularly called as Agasthiyar Falls.


Manimuthar Falls is a natural water falls flowing through out the year situated above the Manimuthar dam. Really it is an adventorous feeling, if people drive there by bike. The falls near by has a pond which has a depth of 90 feet. It is really a picturesqe place. It is just in 90kms from Tiruchendur.

Courtallam Falls

Courtallam, the 'Spa of the south', is located 110 Kms from Tiruchendur. Courtallam is the most famous tourist spot in the district. The natural water falls, pleasant weather and intermittent drizzling really gives an unusual charm to the visitors. The rapturous scene of the falls gets heightened by cool breeze. Usually, the season is in between May to September. The water falls down in eight places with varying force depends on the height of the cliff. 1)Main Falls, 2)Small Falls (Sitraruvi) 3)Five Falls 4)VIP Falls or (Palathotta Falls) 5)Tiger Falls 6)old Courtallam Falls 7)SenbahaDevi Falls 8)Honey Falls (thean aruvi)


The only shrine dedicated to TRINITY is Thanumalaya's at Suchindram 70 Kms from Kanyakumari. The name Thanumalayan denotes the combination of the Trimurthis Sthanu is a synonym for Siva, Mal for Vishn and Ayan for Brahma. It is believed that the top, middle and base of the Linga in the temple represent Siva, Vishnu and Brahma respectively. Tradition goes that Indra was purified at this place and hence the Suchindram. Suchi means Purity.


It is located 85 Kms from Tiruchendur. It is a paradise for both the nature-lover and landscape-photographer. A unique feature of Kanyakumari district is that it has all kinds of natural eco-systems. Thus, one can see beaches, mountain valleys, evergreen forests in the deep interior, rubber and clove plantations on the highlands, etc. - all in a 50 km radius of Nagercoil

Thirparappu Falls

Thirparappu falls is a natural beauty spot attracts many tourists. It is located at a distance of 100 kms. from Tiruchendur. There is a lord shiva temple. The lord after destroying the yagam of dhaxan as virabhadra murthi has taken abode over here. This temple is one in the shivalaya ottam temples. This temple is situated in a very scenic background as the kodhaiyaru rivers makes a fall near the temple.

Padmanabhapuram Palace

Padmanabhapuram Palace Capital of Travancore until 1798 A.D. It is an ancient seat of Travancore rulers, situated at a distance of 90 Kms from Tiruchendur. There is a palace inside the fort which covers an area of 6 acres. On display in this palace are many antiquities, including the armory of the royal families.


Kaalikesam is a beautiful place to visit. It is located at a distance of 100 kms from Tiruchendur. It's a very good picnic spot.


This small 18th century fort overlooking the sea is worn visiting. It is located at a distance of 90 kms from Tiruchendur. The sea is not rough and suitable for bath.Overlooking the sea, it is a circular serene tourist spot. It is a beautiful picnic spot and an ideal spot for relaxing with abundant coconut trees.