alias Nellai in Tamil Nadu, is a 2000 year old city located on the west
bank of the only perennial river of the south, the Tamraparni. Considered
as the sixth largest city in Tamil Nadu, Tirunelveli has a diverse topography
and varied physical features like high mountains and low plains, rivers
and cascades, seacoast and thick inland forest. The city grew into prominence
during the Pandya Regime and served as their capital for some time. Tirunelveli
along with its twin town Palayamkottai is also one of the oldest Christian
centers in Tamil Nadu.