The ancient town on the banks of river Tamarabarani was of considerable importance during the rule of the Pandyas. It is well known for temples, reed mats, palm handicrafts, and palm sugar. The main attraction is the Kanthimathi Nellaiyappar Temple, dedicated to Goddess Kanthimathi (Parvati) and Lord Nellaiyappar Shiva). The shrine is noted for its thousand (Shiva). pillared hall and the golden lily tank.
Kuttalam (Courtallam) (56 kms.)
The charming health resort amidst the Western Ghats is popularly known as the ‘Spa of the South’. In all there are nine cascading waterfalls and the water is said to have great recuperative powers. The best time to visit is from June to September. There are also innumerable temples and shrines in and around Kuttalam. Madurai (160 kms.) and Thiruvananthapuram (112 kms.) are the nearest airports for Kuttalam. The nearest railhead is at Tenkasi, just 6 kms. away.
Mundanthurai Sanc. (45 kms.)
This fine sanctuary in the mountains near the Kerala border was established in 1988. The rocky peaks and forested hill are a haven for rich and varied wildlife. Key fauna includes langur, Nilgiri langur, lion-tailed macaque, sambar, chital, sloth bear, leopard, and tiger. Best season-Sept. to Dec.
Tenkasi (55 kms.)
The pilgrim center known as the ‘Kasi (Varanasi) of the South’ is famous for the temple of Lord Shiva. It has a flagstaff, which is said to be over 400 years old.