* 1 History of
HISTORY OF TENKASI
TENKASI is one of the municipalities in the
According to 2011 census ,
As per the religious census of 2011,
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TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT TENKASI
KASI VISWANATHAR TEMPLE / ULAGAMMAN TEMPLE
At a distance of 1.5 km from
The temple was built by Parakrama Pandyan in Dravidian style. The construction of Rajagopuram was completed in the year 1505. The gopura caught fire in 1824 and was in a bad condition till 1966. Then the renovation began and was completed in the year 1990. The Rajagopuram is 180 feet tall and is a masterpiece of aesthetic beauty. A pathway is also provided up to tower in the 9th tier to have an aerial look of Tenkasi.
The temple is dedicated to Kasi Viswanathar a form of Lord Shiva in a self incarnated form (swayambu). It is believed that worshipping the Lord in this temple is as equal to worshipping the Lord in Kasi. The consort of Kasi Viswanathar is known as Ullagamman in this temple.
This temple has three shrines - Siva, Amman and Murugan. This temple
boasts beautiful sculptures and also has musical stone pillars that
produce different sounds when tapped with fingers. There are twin
statues of Veerabhadra, Nataraja, Rathi-Manmatha, idols of Thirumal
and Kali Devi are wonderfully carved. Name of the town is derived from
this temple and known as Kasi of South. The nearby river Chittar is
considered equivalent to Ganga. People here believe that those who
The 10 day Masi Magam in February/March, Navarathri in September/October, Tirukalyanam in October/November, boat festival in August/September are the festivals grandly celebrated in the temple.
COURTALLAM FALLS/KUTRALAM FALLS
At a distance of 7 km from Tenkasi, 160 km from Madurai, 62 km from
The main attraction of this summer resort is its waterfalls. The
The Main falls or Peraruvi is the most popular and the biggest among
the nine falls, at a distance of about 300 meters from
Chitraruvi or Small falls is situated just above the Main falls. There are steps which provide easy access to the small falls. The size of the falls is comparatively small and the people who are scared of Peraruvi can literally enjoy Chitraruvi. Separate sections are present both for men and women to take bath. Chitraruvi leads to other waterfalls like Shenbagadevi falls and Thenaruvi.
Shenbagadevi Falls or Chembakkadevi Falls is situated above Chitraruvi falls / Small falls, at about 3 kms from Main falls. Visitors have to trek through Chitraruvi forest for about 45-60 minutes to reach Shenbagadevi falls, where the water flows from a height of 40 feet. The falls is surrounded by Shenbaga trees. Entry to this falls is restricted during peak season due to flash floods and not safe for bathing. There is also a temple dedicated to Shenbagadevi Amman near the falls. During full moon days numerous pilgrims visit this temple. Vendors sell the fragrant Shenbaga flowers on the way to the temple, which is an offering here.
Honey Falls or Thenaruvi is further 1 km from Shenbagadevi Falls and
4 kms from the Main falls. It cascades down from a height of 40 m
between two large stones. This is the first cascade in the series of
July to October is the best time.
AYIKUDI BALASUBRAMANYA TEMPLE
At a distance of 1 km from Ayikudi Bus Stop, 7 km Tenkasi, 12 km from
This temple is dedicated to Murugan in the form of Balasubramanya Swamy, also popularly known here as Rama Subramanya Swamy. The main deity is a small idol with four hands. The three hands illustrate shaktivaram, vajram and abhaya mudra while the fourth hand holds a peacock and the lord sits on a lotus.
The Travancore Royal family took up the temple management and the temple was renovated. The shrine also houses Vishnu, Shiva, Ambikai, and Ganesha and Aditya (Surya).
KUTRALANATHAR TEMPLE - COURTALLAM
At a distance of 200 m from
The main deity of Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of a self-manifested Linga. This temple situated in a serene atmosphere and it occupies 3.5 acres of land at the foot hills of Trikoodamalai. This is a conch shaped temple and is referred to as Sangakkovil. In the shrine, the presiding deity Lord Shiva is called as Kuttralanathar and his consort Goddess Parvathi is called as Kuzhalvoi Mozhiammai. There is a separate shrine for Adi Parasakthi which is very popular which is a Shakthi Peetha. Nandi idol is facing the main shrine.
According to the legend, this temple was originally a Vishnu shrine.
Lord Siva sent Saint Agastya to the south to avoid an imbalance due to
overcrowding in the Mount Kailas on his celestial wedding. At
This is one of the Pancha Sabha Kshetram of Lord Shiva known as
Chithra Sabha temple. The five dance halls of Shiva are Chidambaram,
The initial Thirukkutralanathar temple was constructed by Raja Raja Chola. During the Pandyan reign, the artha-mandapa, maha-mandapa, separate temple for the goddess and several other structures were built. At the time of Nayak rule, parasakthi temple, the compound wall, sangu street, inner street and few other shrines were built.
There are the statues of Lord Vishnu, Kasi Viswanathar, Kasi
The 10-day Purattasi Navarathri for Parasakti in September/October, Brahmotsavam in Aipasi (October/November), Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December/January, Thai Float festival in January/February, Panguni Uthiram in March/April are the main festivals celebrated in the temple.
FIVE FALLS / AINTHARUVI
At a distance of 4 km from
The water here splits into five branches while falling, so it is called Five Falls. It is unique as water flows in five directions, resembling a 5-headed cobra. It is highly revered among locals as they compare it to Adishesha. Among the five falls, three are open to men and two for women. There is a Swami Ayyappa Temple and Vinayaka Temple close to waterfall. Bathing here is very safe and enjoyable activity. There is also an Eco Park and boat house nearby.
Road access is available close to the falls and about 100 meters walk is required from the parking area to reach the falls.
Fruit Garden Falls or Pazhathotta Aruvi is situated above the Five Falls. This small falls set amidst deep forest range. It is popularly known as VIP Falls or Orchard Falls as only politicians and bureaucrats are allowed to bath in waters here. Others need to seek permission from the Tourism Board for bathing at the Pazhathotta Aruvi.
Palaruvi or the New falls is about 28 km from
PAZHAYA COURTALLARUVI/ OLD COURTALLAM
The 200 ft fall features steps that are cut out into the rocks for breaking flow of the cascading water to make it safe for bathing. The water flows through two rocks and drop into the valley to form this waterfall. Along with separate bathing areas for men and women, tourists can engage themselves in oil massages. Bathing here is safe and is a popular activity.
Road access is available close to the falls and about 100 meters walk is needed to reach the falls from parking area.
TIGER FALLS OR PULI ARUVI
Tiger Falls or Puli Aruvi is situated 2 km from
At a distance of 5 km from
Panpoli Bus Stop, 14 km Tenkasi, 18 km
The main deity Murugan is found with four hands in the standing posture. The deity here is called Thirumalai Kumaraswamy or Thirumalai Murugan. Lord Muruga gave darshan to sage Agasthiar at this place. This temple has 2 enclosures and two entrances. The sanctum faces the east. The temple boasts a mukha-mandapa, maha-mandapa in front of the sanctum. At the entrance of the main sanctum, there is a small idol for Lord Ganesha. A three tiered gopura covers the entrance to the inner enclosure. Much of the current structure of the temple dates back to 15th century. There are few 18th century inscriptions found in the temple.
At the entrance of the hill, there is a shrine for Lord Vallabha Vinayaka. There is another Vinayaka shrine in the middle of the hill path. The sacred spring at the top of the hill is called Ashta Padmakulam. A flower called Kuvalai blossomed here. The Saptha Kannikas worshipped Muruga by offering the flower. The idols of Saptha Kannikas are installed on the banks of the spring.
There are 625 steps to reach the temple at the hill top. There is also a motorable road which can take you directly to the entrance of the temple. This hill temple is surrounded by lot of coconut plantations.
THIRUMALAPURAM ROCK-CUT CAVE TEMPLES
At a distance of 1 km from Thirumalapuram Bus Stop, 24 km
There are two rock cut cave temples which are excavated by Pandyan Kings in 750 AD. Among the two caves one is finished and other is unfinished. The finished one is more significant with rectangular ardha-mandapa with a flight of steps and cells on the western walls. It contains bas-relief sculptures and two inscriptions from Pandyan period.
This temple has 3 sections with 3 bas-relief structures. The first one is a beautiful dancing Siva with a bhootha gana and bull on both sides. Lord Shiva is seen in dancing posture of Chatura. A dwarf near his foot plays the musical instrument. Second carving is a standing Lord Vishnu with 4 hands and 2 seated bhootha ganas on either sides with sankha and chakra on upper two hands. Seated Ganesha is seen next to him. On one side is the sanctum sanctorum with a Siva Lingam. On either sides of the entrance of sanctum sanctorum are dwarapalakas. There is another relief sculpture of Brahma with 4 hands and 3 visible heads. On the centre of the hall, facing the Siva Linga is a monolith Nandi which is in broken state.
These figures in these temples are excellent examples of Pandyan art. An inscription of 12th century mentions a gift of land to the temple by a prince named Chakravartin Srivallabhadeva.
This dam is located near the
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DESTINATIONS FROM TENKASI
CLIMATE DATA FOR TENKASI, TAMIL NADU
MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR
AVERAGE HIGH °C (°F) 29.7 (85.5) 31.3 (88.3) 33.0 (91.4) 33.2 (91.8) 33.4 (92.1) 31.7 (89.1) 30.9 (87.6) 31.3 (88.3) 31.6 (88.9) 30.8 (87.4) 29.3 (84.7) 29.2 (84.6) 31.28 (88.31)
AVERAGE LOW °C (°F) 21.6 (70.9) 22.3 (72.1) 23.8 (74.8) 25.0 (77) 25.5 (77.9) 24.6 (76.3) 24.2 (75.6) 24.3 (75.7) 24.0 (75.2) 23.7 (74.7) 22.8 (73) 21.9 (71.4) 23.64 (74.55)
AVERAGE PRECIPITATION MM (INCHES) 48 (1.89) 37 (1.46) 67 (2.64) 97 (3.82) 76 (2.99) 120 (4.72) 105 (4.13) 47 (1.85) 57 (2.24) 214 (8.43) 221 (8.7) 105 (4.13) 1,194 (47)
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TENKASI BANKS LIST:
1.BANK OF BARODA
2.BANK OF INDIA
4.CITY UNION BANK
9.INDIAN OVERSEAS BANK
12.KARUR VYSYA BANK
13.LAKSHMI VILAS BANK
14.PANDIYAN GRAMA BANK
15.PUNJAB NATIONAL BANK
17.STATE BANK OF INDIA (NEWBUS STAND,POST OFFICE,YANAI PALAM)
20.SOUTH INDIAN BANK
21.TAMILNAD MERCANTILE BANK(POST OFFICE,SIVANTHI NAGAR)
22.UNION BANK OF INDIA