Sunday, September 13, 2015

Agasthyar Falls

Agasthyar Falls

Papanasam Falls, 42 km west of Tirunelveli, lies on the Thamiraparani River. The falls, also called Agastya Falls, is believed to be located at the place where Shiva and Parvati appeared before the sage Agastya. Papanasam means absolution of sins. It is an important pilgrim center where people take bath in the waters to relieve themselves from sins. Papavinashweshwara (Shiva) Temple is nearby.

It is located at a distance of 4 km from the Papanasam Shiva temple. Agasthiyar fall has a height of 100 m. It also has a 3 km trekking trail which attracts adventure enthusiasts. Water of this waterfall is believed to have medicinal healing properties. One can also visit other waterfall named Kalyana Theertham which is located at a height of 125 m above Agasthiyar falls. Water in Agasthiyar fall is supplied by Kalyana Theertham.

The Papanasam Falls are believed to cleanse the sins of those who bathe in their holy waters. They are rightfully called Papanasam, which means the destruction of all sins. A 3 kilometers trek down the road, will lead to the Agasthiar falls. The cities near the Agasthiar falls are Tirunelveli, PaalayamKottai, Pathanamthitta, Virudunagar, Aruppukkottai, Arpookkara, Ilayangudi, Karur, Malappuram, Vikramasingapuram and Ambasamudram. Hotels available for tourist accommodation near the Agasthiar Falls are Krishnatheeram Ayur Holy Beach Resorts, Saj Vagamon Hideout, Emerald Inn, Great Escapes Resorts, Hotel Hill View, Airlink Castle and The River Retreat Heritage Ayurvedic Resort.

Nearby Places of Interest

The important places of interest near the Agasthiar Falls in Tirunelveli are Harvey Pool, Kaaraiyaar Dam, Tirupanipuram, Thamiraparani Dam, T-Club, Kottaram, Sorimuthu Ayyanar Temple, Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Agasthiyamala, Thamirabarani River, Siva Temple, Papanasam Dam, Agasthiyar Munivar Temple, Kalyanitheertham, Papanasam, Thiruchendur, Manappad, Thuthukudi, Panchalankuruchi, Panartheertham, Kodaiyar, Manjolai, and Servalar Dam.

The Papanasam town is a famous picnic spot amongst the locals and the tourists. The Pothigai Hills beautifully provide background to the Agasthiar Falls. These falls are created by the River Tambarapani. The best time to visit the Agasthiar Falls is in the morning, at the time of sunrise.

One can bask in the beauty of the hills surrounding these falls, along with friends and family. However, one needs to be careful of the monkeys inhabiting the area and attacking the tourists occasionally. The falls have a stable flow of water all year round; therefore, one need not wait until the monsoons subside, to visit this cascade.

Legend of the Agasthiar Falls

The height of Agasthiar Falls is 120 meters. The shrine of Munivar Agasthiar is located atop the cascade. It is believed that during the holy matrimony of the Hindu God Shiva and Goddess Parvati, all the Gods and Goddesses from Heaven had gone to the Kailash Parvat, in order to attend the auspicious ceremony. This disrupted the balance of Earth, for which Munivar Agasthiar meditated at the Agasthiar Falls and the wedding was completed smoothly. To commemorate this event, a procession is taken out by the locals of the idol of Munivar Agasthiar on the anniversary of Shiva and Parvati every year.

Agasthiyar Munivar Temple

Close to the waterfall, you can also find the temple of Agasthiyar Munivar. The temple is situated above the waterfalls; attached to the rocky walls of the mountain. An idol of Saint Agasthiyar Munivar is installed here. This is the place where Agasthiyar Munivar had meditated, during the wedding of Lord Shiva & Goddess Parvathi, to balance the world on the south. Later, Lord Shiva appeared to him and blessed him.


It is a sacred pool from where Papanasam Falls get the water. The pool is situated at an elevation of 125 feet over the head of the falls. A temple of Lord Shiva can be found near the pool.


Air: The nearest airport is at Madurai, 151-km away.

Rail: The nearest convenient railway station is at Tirunelveli, which is an important railway junction on the Southern Railway and is connected to all the major cities of South India . 

Road: Tirunelveli is well connected by road with the important towns and cities within and beyond the state. Regular buses are available from Tirunelveli and the neighboring towns.


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