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Country India
State Tamil Nadu
District Tirunelveli
 • Body Tirunelveli City Municipal Corporation
 • Mayor E. Bhuvaneswari[1]
 • City 169.9 km2 (65.6 sq mi)
Elevation 47 m (154 ft)
Population (2011)
 • City 473,637
 • Density 4,370/km2 (11,300/sq mi)
 • Metro 498,984
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
PIN 627xxx
Telephone code 91 (0)462
Vehicle registration TN-72 TN-76 TN-79
  1. Deccan Chronicle 9 September 2014.

Tirunelveli is a city in the southern part of Tamil Nadu, India. It is also called Nellai. Thamirabarani River flows through Tirunelveli.

Tirunelveli is famous for a sweet that is generally referred to as 'Alwa' in Tamil. There are tiny villages in and around Tirunelveli like Alwarkurichi, Kalidaikurichi, Rangasamudram, Cheran Mahadevi. Tirunelveli is a city in Tamil Nadu state of southern India. It is the headquarters of Tirunelveli District. Tirunelveli is about 2000 years old and is a town of old tradition. Tirunelveli was the capital of the Pandya Kingdom for some time, next to Madurai.

Tirunelveli is on the banks of the river Thamiraparani; it is on the way to Kanniyakumari from Madurai. It is a twin town - Thirunelveli and Palayamkottai. The town is about 650kilometers away from Chennai.

The temple of Nellaiappar and Kanthimathi is in the centre of Tirunelveli. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and worshipped as Nellaiappar. Thiru-Nel-Veli (Thiru - Shri, Nel = Paddy, Veli = Fence). It is believed that food grains collected for worship at the temple were protected from the floods by the fence, hence the name Nel Veli came.

The famous Courtallam Waterfalls are in Tirunelveli District. Tirunelveli is famous for Tirunelveli halwa.

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The Agasthiyamalai hills cut off Tirunelveli from the Southwest_monsoon, creating a rainshadow region.
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Podhigai mountain's shadow falling on Poovankurichi lake.