The region is located at the southernmost tip of the Deccan plateau and experiences a hot and humid climate. May and June are the hottest months when the temperature goes up to 45 degree Celsius. The major crops grown in the region are cotton, paddy, chilli and tobacco. Palmyra Palm is the most common tree found in the region and is also used in the form of raw material in cottage industries.
The historical inscriptions indicate that Tirunelveli has been an economic centre and economic development has been noted near the Nellaiappar temple. During the British times too, the cotton production in the city had a high demand. Presently, the city houses many cement and beedi factories, mills for cotton, spinning and weaving. Paddy and cotton are the major agriculture crops grown in the region. The city is a major hub for wind-power generation; hence there are many related companies and industries in and around the city. In 2007, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Tata Group and the state government to establish a titanium dioxide plant in Tirunelveli, but was put on hold after much protests and oppositions.
Places of attraction
It is an ancient city which is about 2000 years old and has rich culture and traditions. Religious tourism has flourished in the city due to the presence of varied pilgrim sites - temples, mosques and churches. Nellaiappar temple is the most famous temple in the city which is a twin temple and dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Pottalpudur Dargah is the oldest dargah of this region which attracts visitors belonging to different faiths. Some other important temples of the city are Krishnapuram Vishnu temple, Thiruvenkatanathapuram Vishnu temple and Kurukkuthurai Murugan temple to name a few. The Tirunelveli district also comprises many beautiful waterfalls such as Courtallam, Agasthiyar Falls and Manimuthar Falls.
Tirunelveli city is well-connected by road as it is situated on NH 7 and NH 7A. The national highways connect it to cities like Madurai, Palayamkottai, Kollam, Nazareth and many others. The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) runs bus services within and around the city. There are also Express services to cities like Bengaluru, Chennai, Coimbatore, Tirupati and others which are operated by the State Express Bus Corporation (SETC). The Tirunelveli railway junction is one of the busiest railway stations in the state and connects it to other cities. Many express trains pass through this junction like Kanyakumari-Rameswaram Express, Nagarcoil-Mumbai Express and Tirunelveli-Jammu (Tawi) Express. Tuticorin Airport is the nearest airport to the city and is approximately 24 km away from it. Also, there are Thiruvananthapuram and Madurai airports which are at a distance of about 150 km.
Last Updated on : December 24, 2015
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