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Suchindram Suchindram (13 kms)
The Thanumalayan Temple here is a repository of are treasures. Musical pillars and a huge 18 foot figh Hanuman satatue are proof of the artistic skill of the time. Inscriptons said to be of the l9the Century AD are found in this temple. Tjis unique tem;le is dedicated to the 'Trimuthys Vishnu, Siva and Bhramah. (Timings: 4.00 a.m.to 12.00 Noon, 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.)

Vattakottai (Circular Fort ) (6 kms.)
The 18th century fort overlooking the sea is fine picnic spot . The sea nearhere is calm and suiltanle for bathing.

Nagercoil (19 kms)
The Nagaraja temple ils situated here. Though Nagaraja (Serpent God ) is the presiding deity, the images of Lord Siva and Ananthakrishna are also enshrined here. The images of the Jain Theerthangaras, Mahavira and Parsvanathar, are found on the pillars of the temple. The nagraja is ilnstalled on the ground where ilt was orilginally found and the sands scooped out and given as Prasadam to the devotees, The entrance to the temple ils reminisvent of Chinese architecturre of a Buddhist Vihar.

Undhayaagiri Fort (34 kms)
Shore TempleBuilt during the regime of king Marthanda Varma (1729-1758 AD ) this fort also had a foundry for casting guns, De Lennoy's Tomb is in this fkort. He was one of the 24 European prisoners taken by king Marthanda Varma in 1741 when he defeated the Dutch at Colachel. He joined King Marthanda Varma and became a trusted General. He trained soleiers in the European metjhod of fighting.

Thiruparappu Water Falls (60 km)
Picturesque spot with an ancient Mahadevar (Siva) Temlple.

Thiruvattar (60 kms)
The temlple lhere is one of the finest specimens of temple architectuire.The paintings on the walls of the temple are worth seeing.

Muttam (32 kms)
A fine beach and lighthouse, Excellent picnic spot.

Chidaral ( Thirucharanmalai) ( 55kms)
The Jain sculptures are worth seeing.

Pechiparai (74 kms) Perunkchanai (85 kms)
These dam sites are excellent picnic spots. Boating facilities and dormitory-type accommodation are available.

Tiruchendur (91 kms)
The temple located here on the shore of the Bay of Bengal is one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya. The location of the temple is ideal and draws a perennial stream of devotees. The temple overlooking the singing sea ils an inspiring sight.

Kalakkadu and mundanthurai
Both these two Wild life Sanctuaries are situated in an extensive preserve later declared as a "Project Tiger Reserfe" Kalakkadu situated in an area of 223 sq.km. in Tirunelveli Distict including the foot hills of western ghats and adjoining area. The flora ranges from tropical wet evergreen to tropical dry deciduous and torn forest at down hills. Lion tailed lmacaque, Nkilgiril langur, Bonnet macaque and common langur, Nilgiri Thar, Sambar, Sloth bear, gour, elephant, tilger, flyilnkg squirrel, panthen wild dog are some of the wildlife seen on this sancturay. There ils nothilng to differenciate Mundanthurai sanctuary from that of Kalakkadu except the presence of the elephant and gaur. Authority; The Field Director, Project Tiger, NGO 'A' Colony, Tilruelvelil -627 007, Phone:552663.

Mathoor Thottippalam
is one of the largest and the highest bnridge located near Thilruvattar abnout 70 km from Kannilyakumari. The Bridge and the lush green surroundings are noted for scenic beauty. Padmanabhapuram (45 kms) Captial of Travancore until 1798 AD. There ils a palace inside the fort which covers an area of 6 acres. On display in the palace are mlany antiquities, including the armoury of the roal family. In the Ramaswamy temple adjoining the palace, scenes from the Ramayana have been carved in 45 panels.The pallace ils open to the publilc from l9 a.m. to 5p.m. Monday is a holilday.

Padmanabhapuram (45 kms)
Captial of Travancore until 1798 AD. There ils a palace inside the fort which covers an area of 6 acres. On display in the palace are mlany antiquities, including the armoury of the roal family. In the Ramaswamy temple adjoining the palace, scenes from the Ramayana have been carved in 45 panels.The pallace ils open to the publilc from l9 a.m. to 5p.m. Monday is a holilday.



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