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Nagercoil Travel Guide
Nagercoil (also spelt as Nagarkovil) is the southern most city of India situated in the Kanyakumari district in the Indian state of Tamilnadu. Nagercoil is situated close to the tip of the Indian peninsula. The land is also known as Nagarammankoil.
Nagercoil controls the main routes between Chennai and Thrivananthapuram and is a business centre with a rich agricultural area. Nagercoil is also the hub of industrial and commercial activity in the district; among the city's expanding industries are cotton and rice mills, motor repairing, and the manufacturing of rubber goods, the mining of minerals like limonite and monazite are done at Nagercoil. The land is surrounded by hills and lush green paddy fields. It is also known for different varieties of bananas.
Nagercoil derives its name from a famous old temple called the Naga Raja Temple (temple of five headed- snake god) which still exists in the central part of the town. Besides Nagaraja, there are holy place for Lord Siva and Ananthakrishna too. Images of Jain Tirthankaras, Mahavira and Parswanatha are seen carved on the pillars of the temple. The entrance of the temple is evocative of Chinese architecture of Buddha Vihara. It has been an important temple for Hindus, for centuries, and is also a tourist attraction. Nagercoil is a land of great traditional and cultural significance. Hindu and Christian cultures meet here.
It is difficult indeed to determine the exact age of the temple. There is no authentic reference to aid this historian under the topic of an arrangement of events in time. The Mountain Mahendragiri in the district of Kanyakumari is referred to as the dwelling of Nagas in the Ramayana of Valmiki. From this fact it can be presumed that the origin of Naga influence in the area goes back to legendary times.
Near by attractions around Nagercoil are, St. Francis Xavier's Church, in the Kottar locality of the town, which was built in the year 1600 AD, is historically important due to the visit and stay of St.Francis Xavier. The church was built in the land allotted to St. Xavier by the Venad king.
Mukkadal Reservoir, about 8 km from the town - itself a very scenic place, with a small bushy island in the middle of the reservoir. The reservoir is surrounded by hills of the Western Ghats.
How to get there:
Travelling to Nagercoil is not very difficult; the nearest airport is at Trivandrum located at a distance of about 100 km from Nagercoil. It is directly connected with Bangalore, Mumbai, Cochin, Delhi, Goa, and Chennai by regular flights.
By Rail: Kanyakumari is the nearest railway station, which is well connected by train services with all the places in India. Super fast trains connect the southern most railhead of India with northern cities like Jammu and Delhi. Intercity trains are running from almost all the southern cities.
By Road: Nagercoil is well connected by road with the neighbouring towns and cities. To travel inside the city, local transportation taxis, and auto rickshaws are available.
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