Krishnaswami Thovalai

Krishnaswami, Thovalai

Vaishnavite Temples, Kanyakumari District


Sri Krishnaswamy, facing east



Other Deities

Garudan, Anjaneya, Rama with Lakshmana and Sita, Kalinganarthana Krishna, Navagraha, Nilakanda Sivam

Krishnaswami Thovalai is a beautiful east-facing temple situated in two Prakarams. The temple is entered from the east through a large Mukha Mandapam which is at a lower level than the surrounding area. This is followed by a mandapam in the outer Prakaram in front of the doorway to the inner Prakaram. This mandapam has pillars with beautiful carvings including Rama, Lakshmana, Sita, and Anjaneya on them. The outer Prakaram is filled with trees and has a Nandavanam (Temple Garden). There are new idols and installations of Kalinga Narthana Krishna, Nandavana Krishna, and Shiva in this Prakaram. The inner Prakaram houses the Sanctum sanctorum of the Lord who is in a standing posture. There is a Muruga Temple opposite Krishnaswami Thovalai on a small hill. Further down in the Chekkagiri hills is another old Muruga temple. The village of Thovalai is well known for horticulture activities and its Jasmine Flowers.

Holy Water (Theertham) – No information

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – No information


Krishnaswami Thovalai was patronized by Vira Udaya Marthanda Varma (regnal years 1516–1535) of the Venad Dynasty. An inscription dating back to 1494 CE, is found on the rock on the north side of the Kaakkum Vinayaka temple just outside Krishnaswami Thovalai. This mentions the lord’s name as ‘Thovalayil Ezhundharuliyulla Nayinar’ and Aditha Vinnagar Emperuman’. This inscription mentions donations made to the Krishnaswami Thovalai temple in the form of grains and land around the area.


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Krishnaswami Thovalai is about 11 kilometers northeast of Nagercoil in the Tirunelveli road.

Stay and Food

None locally except tea shops. The closest place for food and stay is Nagercoil.

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