Thirunelveli – Connectivity
Thirunelveli has an extensive transport network and is well-connected to other major cities by road, rail and air. The city is located on NH 7. NH 7A, an extension of NH 7, connects Palayamkottai with Tuticorin Port. Tirunelveli is also connected by major highways to Kollam, Tiruchendur, Rajapalayam, Sankarankovil, Ambasamudram and Nazareth. Thirunelveli is located at about 3 Kms from Palayamkottai, 162 Kms from Madurai, 50 Kms from Thoothukudi, 160 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram and 625 Kms from Chennai.
The main bus stand (popularly known as the New Bus Stand), opened in 2003, is located in Veinthaankulam and there is regular bus service to and from the city. Other bus stands (for intracity service) are the Junction and Palay bus stands. The Tamilnadu State Transport Corporation has daily service to a number of cities, and the corporation operates a computerized reservation centre in the main bus stand. It also operates local buses serving the city and neighboring villages. The State Express Transport Corporation has intercity service to Bangalore, Chennai, Kanyakumari and other cities.
Tirunelveli Junction railway station is one of the oldest railway stations in India. The line from Tirunelveli to Sengottai was opened in 1903; the connection to Quilon, which was completed later, was the most important trade route to Travancore province in British India. The city is connected to major cities in all four directions: Madurai and Sankarankovil to the north, Nagercoil to the south, Sengottai and Kollam to the west and Tiruchendur to the east. Tirunelveli is also connected to major Indian cities with daily service to Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruchirappalli, Madurai, Salem, Mumbai, Kanyakumari, Guruvayur, Howrah, Delhi & Trivandrum. There is passenger service to Madurai, Tiruchendur, Tiruchirappalli and Kollam.
The nearest airport to Tirunelveli is Tuticorin Airport (TCR) at Vaagaikulam in Thoothukudi District which offers daily flights to Chennai. Nearest international airports are located at Madurai and Thiruvananthapuram.
Nearest Sea Port is located at Thoothukudi.