Belonging to the newly formed Tenkasi district, which branched out from Tirunelveli, this region is nourished by the bountiful Chittar and Anumanadhi rivers, fostering flourishing agriculture. Often referred to as the "Kasi of the South" Tenkasi dates back to the 13th century. The Kasi Vishwanathar Temple stands as a testament to its ancient history, housing inscriptions from 1384, during the reign of Vira Pandiya. These inscriptions document generous donations made to Brahmanas for the recitation of Vedas and Puranas in the temple.
Tenkasi is renowned for its unique blend of cultural elements and serene landscapes. Among its notable attractions are the Courtallam waterfalls, where visitors seeking rejuvenation and Ayurvedic treatments can immerse themselves in the healing waters of the Chittar River, infused with medicinal plants. Adjacent to Courtallam lies the enchanting Kutraleeshawara Temple, famous for one of the five sabhas performed by Lord Nataraja. Tamil poet Thirikooda Rasappa Kavirayar immortalized the beauty of Courtallam in his poem "Kutrala Kuravanji."
Adding to the city's allure is the ancient Kasi Vishwanatha Temple, a masterpiece of architectural brilliance that stands for over 500 years. The temple's main deity, Lord Shiva as Kasi Vishwanatha, draws devotees from all corners of the world, especially during the grand annual festival "Aadi Pooram." Another spiritual gem is the Sankaranarayan Temple in Sankarankovil, where Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva are revered as Lord Sankaranarayan during the popular 'Aadi Thabasu' festival.
Aside from its religious and natural wonders, Tenkasi boasts the Paapanaasam Dam and tempts taste buds with the mouthwatering local delicacy, Tenkasi parotta.
Undoubtedly, Tenkasi is a hidden gem, waiting to be explored, and offers an abundance of wonders to discover. One visit may not suffice to experience all the beauty and surprises this enchanting town holds. Regardless of how well-traveled one may be, Tenkasi will leave a lasting sense of wonder and an insatiable desire to uncover more of its magical treasures. Its invitation to witness its many gifts and immerse oneself in its captivating charm is an opportunity not to be missed.