Arulmigu Gajendravaradaswamy Temple - Athalanallur
Tourist Places & Nearest Temples :
Arulmigu Kasinathaswami Temple :
Aipasi annabishekam is observed in the temple on the first day of this month against the Poornima day - full moon day traditionally followed in other Shiva temples.
There are shrines for Kasi Viswanathar, Annamalayar, Arumuganayinar (Muruga), Lord Meenakshi Chokkar, Juradeva, 63 Nayanmars, Sani Bhagwan (Saturn) and Sastha with Pooranai and Pushkalai.
A king of Kerala fell ill which could not be cured by the best physicians of the day. A voice advised the king to make a doll of black dhil (Ellu), transfer the disease to the doll and donate it to a Brahmin. King followed the advice. A poor Karnataka Brahmin youth accepted the doll donation. The king also gifted to him valuable gems and diamonds. The doll became alive and told the youth that it would leave him if he parted with it half the benefit of the Gayathi mantra chanting he had done so far. The youth agreed and freed himself from the disease he acquired from the king through the doll.
Website : www.kasinathaswamy.tnhrce.in
Arulmigu Krishnaswami Temple :
As Lord Perumal never parts with His consorts, He is praised as Nityakalyana Perumal - ever in a wedding form.
The Five Garuda Sevas - Perumal granting darshan seated on Garudas - is a famous festival of the temple celebrated on 5th day of the 10 day Brahmmotsavam in the temple. Lord Venugopala and Lords from the Navaneethakrishna, Lakshminarayana, Sundararajar and Purushothama temples arrive here to enjoy this festival. As Lord came from Punnaivanam, He grants darshan at this place on the seventh day of Brahmmotsavam festival. Garuda Seva is celebrated on Purattasi Saturdays also.
Website : www.ambaikrishnasamytemple.tnhrce.in
Papanasam Papanasar Temple :
Papanasam Papanasar Temple is one of the most significant temples of the Tirunelveli district. The temple is located in a small village called Papanasam. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The name of the temple has been derived from the belief that anyone who takes a bath in this temple will be washed off their sins or Papa.
Website : www.papanasaswamy.tnhrce.in
Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Ambasamudram :
Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve which covers an area of over 800 sq km was conferred with the status of a National Tiger Reserve in 1988. It is in the southernmost part of the Western Ghats.
Thamirabarani River :
The Thamirabarani River flows on the shore of Ambasamundar town. It originates in the Western Ghats and flows through the Tirunelveli and Tuticorin districts. The river derives its name from Tamiran which means Copper. The river contains traces of metal and is said to have medicinal properties as it flows through the Podhigai hills where a lot of medicinal herbs grow.
Agasthiyar falls :
The Agasthiyar Falls is located close to the Papanasam Shiva Temple at a distance of about 4km uphill. It is one of the most popular tourist spots in the region. The height of the waterfall is around 100 meters, and it can be reached by trekking from the Papanasam Temple.
Manimutthaar Dam & Waterfall :
The Manimutthaar Dam & Waterfall is a water reservoir located at the foothills of the Podhigai Hills. The scenic beauty of the location is splendid, and the place where the mountains, water and the sky meet is a breath taking view. The Manimutthaar waterfall is a few kilometres away and is an equally picturesque location. One can enjoy a bath and beauty of nature to the fullest.
Karaiyar Dam :
The Karaiyar Dam is located within the premises of the Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve and is a part of it. The Karaiyar Dam provides with boating services which is sure to thrill travellers.
Half an hour boat ride takes one through the smooth backwater as well as amidst the drizzles of a huge waterfall. The waterfall is called the Vaanatheertham. The waterfall is a huge tourist attraction as the water is said to contain minerals with medicinal properties. The water of the reservoir is known to be the house of crocodiles.
Manjolai Hills :
Manjolai Hills is a hill station which is famous for its tea estates and plantations. The height of the hills is about 1162 meters. Various varieties of tea are grown in the estates. The place is also known for its scenic beauty. The serenity of the place provides people with peace of mind and relaxation.
Kakkachi and Nalumukku are other prominent tourist spots close to the Manjolai Hills.
Papanasam dam :
The Papanasam Dam was constructed in the year 1942 and is located on the Western Ghats of the Pothigai Hills. The Dam is in proximity to the Papanasam Falls which is on the banks of the Tamirabarani River.
The place is considered holy because it is said that Lord Siva and Parvati appeared before Saint Agasthiyar here. The Agasthiyar temple is built here to commemorate this visit. The dam is also a popular picnic spot today due to its picturesque location surrounded by towering mountains and trees.