The district was formed by the East India Company in the year 1790. The name Tirunelveli means ‘sacred paddy hedge’ in Tamil language.
It is the largest district area wise with Tirunelveli town as the administrative headquarters. The district’s economy depends mainly on agriculture and fishery development and production.
Major Tourist Attractions in Tirunelveli District
- Manjolai Hills
- Swami Nellaiappar and KanthimathiAmbal Temple
- Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve
- Bird Sanctuary, Koonthankulam in Nanguneri Taluk
- Sankaran Koil
- Melaseval Navaneethakrishnan Temple
- Manimuthur Dam/Falls
How to reach Tirunelveli
Road – The district is well connected to major cities in the state through State Road Transport Corporation.
Rail – The town has its own Railway Station named as Tirunelveli Railway Station. It is well connected to major cities like Mumbai, Bilaspur, Coimbatore, Guruvayur and Howrah.
Air – The nearest airports are at Thoothukudi (32 kilometres away), Madurai (150 kilometres away) and Thiruvananthapuram (158 kilometres away)