TENKASI TOURISM | TOURIST PLACES TO VISIT & TOUR PACKAGES
#20 of 20 Places to visit in Tamil Nadu
Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days
Nearest City to Tenkasi: Trivandrum (109 Kms)
Best Time to Visit Tenkasi: July to October
Peak Season: July to September
State: Tamil Nadu | District: Tirunelveli
At a distance of 56 km from Tirunelveli, 109 km from Trivandrum, 160 km from Madurai, 100 km from Kollam, 132 km from Kanyakumari & 625 km from Chennai, Tenkasi is a popular tourist destination situated on Madurai - Kollam highway and also one of the top Tamilnadu places to visit. Tenkasi is famous for numerous waterfalls spread around the region including the famous Courtallam Falls.
It is the second largest town in Tirunelveli district surrounded by the Western Ghats on three sides. A river called Chittar flows through the town. Tenkasi was founded by Pandyan kings who ruled Southern Tamil Nadu for long time. The Word Tenkasi means Kasi of the South referring to Kasiviswanathar temple situated in the town. The temple was built by Parakrama Pandyan, but was shattered by lightning. In the 1990s, the temple was restored and it was given a fresh coat of paint again in 2006. The main deity here is Kasi Viswanathar (Lord Shiva).
Tenkasi has another magnificent Kulasekaranathar Temple, which has been closed for longtime. There is also a temple pond in middle of the town, adjoining the Kannimaramman Temple. Anggalap Parameshwari Temple is in Malayan Street and it is famous for 10 days festival, with Sivarathiri and Alaghu. Esakki Amman Kovil is also located in Malayan street.
Tenkasi has train connectivity with Chennai, Madurai, Tiruneveli & Sengottai. It has good bus connectivity from Madurai, Tiruneveli, Kollam, Kanyakumari, etc,
Every year July to October tourists can enjoy the waterfalls season and it is also the best season to visit this place. Pongal, Ganesh Chaturthi, Tamil New Year, Maha Shivaratri are the famous festivals celebrated in Tenkasi.
It usually takes one full day to explore the major attraction around Tenkasi.
Kasi Visweswara Tirukalyanam (Oct/Nov)