Papanasam is a small village.
It is 60kms from Tirunelveli from where buses ply to Papanasam.
The river Tamiraparani flowing from the Western Ghats reaches the plains at
Papanasam. While flowing down the rocky bed it forms into many falls. The agasthiyar falls
being the popular one.
This waterfall is believed to absolve all sins from people who bathe in it.
This has made Papanasam (papa+vinasam, meaning absolution of sins) an important pilgrim centre.
Fishes are found in abundance in the water. They are quite harmless and approach the bathers in large numbers.
The devotees believe that these fishes are redeemed souls and harming them
would bring retribution.
Papanasam lies north
west of Eruvadi. These photos are the beautiful
Tamiraparanai river flowing down majestically
in the rocky beds of Papanasam hills.