Nagercoil (Tamil: நாகர்கோவில்) is the 12th largest city in the Southernmost Indian state of Tamil Nadu and a municipality and administrative headquarters of Kanyakumari District. The city is situated close to the tip of the Indian peninsula is the southernmost city in the Indian mainland.
The town was a part of the erstwhile Travancore state, or later Travancore-Cochin state, till almost a decade after the Indian independence in 1947. In 1956, the city and the District were merged with Tamil Nadu. In its earlier days, the town and its surroundings were known as Nanjilnadu.
The Nagaraja Temple(which gives Nagercoil its name) The Nagaraja Temple has Nagaraja, the King of Snakes, as its principal deity, to whom milk is offered by the devout.
Suchindrum and the Thanumalayan Temple,about 6 km from the heart of the town, are famous Hindu shrines for pilgrims from all over South India. The Suchindram Temple is unique amongst Hindu temples in that it unites the worship of the Trinity of Hinduism - Shiva (Sthanu), Vishnu (Perumal or Mal) and Brahma (Aiyan) - in the presiding deity, Thanumalayan. The tradition of the temple is that the King of the Devas, Indra, worships at the temple each night.
Krishnancoil situated on the way to Trivandrum at NH-47 is named after the temple where the presiding deity is Lord Kishna in his childhood avatar. This temple is just 1.5 km from the heart of Nagercoil town.
St. Francis Xavier’s Church, in the Kottar locality of the town, which was built in the year 1600 AD, is historically important due to the visit and stay of St.Francis Xavier. The church was built in the land allotted to St. Xavier by the Venad king.