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Native ameTirunelveli (திருநெல்வேலி)
Other nameNellai (நெல்லை)
StateTamil Nadu
Total Area41.9 sq mi (108.65 km2)
Altitude47 m
Total Population411298 (2001)
Density (pop.)3781/km2 (9792.8/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneIST (UTC+5:30)
Telephone91 (0)462

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Tirunelveli ( ), also known as Nellai ( ), and historically (during British rule) as Tinnevelly, is a city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is the headquarters of the Tirunelveli District. It is the fourth biggest city in Tamil Nadu in terms of area after Chennai, Madurai and Tiruchirappalli. The city is spread over an area of 108.65 sq. km. In terms of population, it ranks sixth in the state after Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Trichy and Salem. It is situated 700 km (435 mi) southwest of the state capital Chennai and 140 km (87 mi) east of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the neighboring state of Kerala.

Tirunelveli is an ancient city and is home to many temples and shrines, including the largest Shiva temple in Tamil Nadu, the Nellaiappar Temple. The city has a history that dates back to 1000 BC. It is located on the western side of the perennial Thamirabarani river, whereas its twin municipal city Palayamkottai, is located on the eastern side.

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