June 13, 2014

Kalyana Teertham Waterfalls

Site Name:  Kalyana Teertham
Site Type: Waterfalls/River
Location:  Papanasam, near Ambasamudram town, near Tirunelveli city, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights:  A popular picnic spot/tourist destination
Nearest Railway Station: Ambasamudram
Nearest Airport: Tirunelveli
How to reach: Well connected by road from Tirunelveli and Ambasamudram; a lot of buses are available for this town as this is a popular picnic spot
Hotel: Few options in Ambasamduram and Papanasam; more options in the nearby city Tirunelveli
Restaurants: Only few options in Ambasamudram and Papanasam

Ambasamudram is a picturesque town located on the banks of the beautiful Tamrabharani river and on the foothills of the Western Ghats. The nearest city of Ambasamudram is Tirunelveli. It is located in Tamil Nadu state in South India.The town has a lot of scenic spots and temples. Papanasam is a smaller town located near Ambasamudram which offers a lot more scenic spots, dams and wonderful waterfalls. Let us explore a scenic destination, Kalyana Teertham.

Agastiar Falls is a small but scenic waterfalls located in Papanasam. If you trek the hillock above the Agastiar falls, you will reach to Kalyana Teertham. It is a waterfalls and stream flowing down towards Agastiar falls. This place is much more beautiful than Agastiar falls. The water over here is crystal clear and appears to be much cleaner. People are allowed to take bath in the stream but not allowed to reach upto waterfalls due to security reasons. 

The idols of Agastya and his consort Lopamudra installed on a rock near the stream look very attractive.

The entire region is extremely beautiful; it is completely surrounded by Western Ghats hillocks; the ultimate sound of waterfalls and the divine feel due to proximity of temple.

In this place, a small temple of Shiva named Kodi Lingeswarar is found. Apart from Shiva Linga and his consort Loka Nayaki in separate shrines, the idols of Ganesha, Kartikeya and Agastya are also found in this temple. There are some beautiful miniature bas-relief images such as Narsimha, Krishna with four arms and playing flute, Uma and Maheswara on Rishabha, etc. on the temple walls.

Krishnammal was a lady who spent most of her time in this hillock. She is considered as a Siddha by devotees. Her ashram is also found in this region.

It's a serene, silent, peaceful and exceptionally beautiful location. Don't miss to visit this place.

Happy travelling.

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