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.
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.
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
Nearby Places of Interest
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
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.
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
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,
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.