Tourism Information - Arulmigu Nellaiappar Temple,Tirunelveli
Courtallam or Kutralam, Spa of South India, is a panchayat town situated at a mean elevation of 160 m (520 ft) on the Western Ghats in Tirunelveli District of Tamil Nadu, India. Many seasonal and few perennial rivers such as the Chittar River, the Manimuthar River, the Pachaiyar River and the Tambaraparani River originate in this region. The numerous waterfalls and cascades along with the ubiquitous health resorts in the area have earned it the title the Spa of South India. The falls carry a good amount of water only when there is a rain on the hills, so it is advisable to see the weather forecast, when one plans to come to Courtallam . Season begins from June of every year till September. The South West Monsoon brings in the cold breeze with mild temperature. From October to December North East Monsoon sets over in Tamil Nadu and the climate is cold and the rains are very heavy sometimes. Sometimes the falls get flooded and people are not allowed to take bath during floods.
Manimuthar River :
Manimuthar River originates on the eastern slopes of Western Ghats in Tirunelveli District of the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India. It is a major tributary of the Tambaraparani River.The river begins in the dense forest on a mountain peak 1300 meters above sea level in Ambasamudram taluk and flows 9 km though small cataracts until it reaches the Tambaraparani River near Kallidaikurichi.The tributaries of the Manimuthar are the Keezha River and the Varattar River. As a tributary, the Manimuther River adds a considerable amount of water to the Tamiraparani River as it seasonally is always in full.In 1957, Manimuthar anicut was built across the river three km before its juncture with the Tamiraparani.
Manjolai Labourers massacre or Thamirabarani Massacre of July 23, 1999 was the death of 17 labourers, including two women and two-year old Child, when they got into the river to escape Tamil Nadu Police lathi-charge. Public were going in procession to Tirunelveli Collectorate to submit a memorandum demanding wage settlement for the tea plantation workers of manjolai estate. An altercation between the police and the marchers resulted in lathi-charge by police. When the marchers ran helter skelter, many fell into the river of death.
Tenkasi also called as South Kasi has a very famous Shiva temple known as Ulagammai Viswanatha Temple. Dating back over 400 years, the temple was erected by the king Parakkra Pandya and features a large gopuram (Mahagopuram), the monolithic pillar, sculptures and musical pillars. Built in a unique architectural style, the tower of the temple is decorated with many carved features, plasters and a few koshta figures.
Courtrallanathar Swamy Temple
This is only official website of the Thiru Courtrallanathar Swamy Temple. This temple is administrated by The Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments Department Tamilnadu and inspected area Thenkasi.This temple is located at about five kilometers, away from Tenkasi, Tirunelveli - district. Ad midst of Sylvan surroundings, with the adjoining background of main falls, this Courtralanathaswami temple is found in the Courtralam Township. As Courtralam - falls is popular among the people; Sri Courtralanathaswami Temple is famous for one of its Pancha-Sabha known as Chitra - Sabha.
The temple is dedicated to Sri Thiru Courtrallanathar, Thirukootachalapathi and Kuzhalvoimozhi Amman (Devi whose voice is as sweet as the music of the flute). Jack tree is the Sthala Vruksha. Saint Tirugnanasambander of 7th Century A.D. glorifies the Lord of Kutralam in 2 pathihams one of which relates to the Sthala Vruksha Other Saints Tirunavkarasar Manickavachagar Pattinathar etc., have poured forth their feelings of spiritual ecstasy in soul – stirring lyrics.
Arulmigu Kasinatha swamy Temple, Thirunelveli
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.The youth wanted to spend the material gifts he got from the king for a public cause. He proceeded to Pothigai hills to seek the advice of Sage Agasthya. Before leaving, he left his valuables with the Archaka of the temple to get it back after his return. The Archaka-priest gave the youth a dal bag when he returned. The youth took the case to the king. The priest simply told the king that he did not receive gems but only dal. When asked to depose before the Lord, the priest unhesitatingly spoke lie in the temple. Angry Lord burnt the priest. The youth begged the Lord to restore the priest to life again and the merciful Lord responded to youth’s prayer.
Other temples that you can visit are:
Kasi Viswanathar Temple - 6 kms, Achankoil - 28 kms, Nelliyappar Kanthimathi Temple - 55 kms, Madurai Meenakshi Temple - 167 kms, Padmanabha Swamy Temple - 95 kms,
Papanasam - 46 kms, Kumbarutti Falls -23 kms via Parpozhi, Manimuthar Dam - 40 kms, Palaruvi - 28 kms, Main Falls - 500 mts, Five Falls - 5 kms, Old Falls - 12 kms, Tiger Falls - 4 kms, Kundraru Dam - 9 kms,
There are interesting facts about the waterfalls here. It is believed that the water of the falls have medicinal properties as they run through the forests of herbs before their descent. According to the tourists who visited these falls and took bathe, have experienced smooth skin, made the old feel young and healed the sick rapidly.