Tirunelveli

The city of Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu is located 700 kilometers south-west from the state capital Chennai. It is the administrative centre for the Tirunelveli district and is located on the banks of the river Thamiraparani.

Tirunelveli is an ancient settlement dating back 2000 years that has been ruled by the various kingdoms, sultinates and empires, including the British, and once even held the role of being the capital of the Pandya Kingdom. Because the city is a historical melting pot, you’ll find a number of interesting sites dotted around the Tirunelveli, the most notable being the Nellaiappar Temple.

Today, the city flourishes with industries, from administrative services and agriculture through to banking. It is also a major player in the wind-power generation sector, where most of Tamil Nadu’s wind-power generation units are located around Tirunelveli.

One of the city’s most famous gastronomic dishes is halwa, a sweet that’s made from wheat, sugar and ghee, making it Tamil Nadu’s sweet-making parent, since the art of sweets spread of other parts of the state after the Lakshmi Vilas Stores opened in the city in the mid 19th century.

Sightseeing

Knthimathi- Nellaiyapper Temple – Located at the heart of the city, this impressive and ancient temple is dedicated to the god Shiva and his consort Parvathi. The main attractions of this Dravidian temple are the Golden Lily Tank, Musical Pillars and the Hall of a Thousand Pillars.

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Deccan Odyssey 2018: Days 6 & 7

Deccan Odyssey 2018: Days 6 & 7

Princely's latest Deccan Odyssey Update     Deccan Odyssey teams had seen some amazing sights on Day 4 & 5, but nothing compared to what late in store on Days 6 & 7. Seeing the Ellora Caves is one of the highlights of the entire Rickshaw Challenge calender, and this year was no different. Here is ...
20 Jun, 2018 by David 
Deccan Odyssey 2018: Days 4 & 5

Deccan Odyssey 2018: Days 4 & 5

Princely's stories from the Deccan Odyssey Days 4 & 5.     After a testing Day 3, the Deccan Odyssey 2018 headed from Belgaum to Kolhapur, and then onward to Pune. As with any Rickshaw Challenge, there were breakdowns, but also amazing sights; long days, but also incredibly rewarding experiences. Here...
20 Jun, 2018 by David 
Deccan Odyssey 2018: Day 3

Deccan Odyssey 2018: Day 3

Princely updates us on the third day of the Deccan Odyssey 2018.     After two days of training, it was time for this Rickshaw Challenge to hit the road! The Deccan Odyssey travels a beautiful but challenging route and, as with any event, the first day let loose on the road can be daunting. Here is Prince...
18 Jun, 2018 by David 
Deccan Odyssey 2018: Day 2

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Princely reports on Deccan Odyssey Day 2.   After training on Day 1, on the Deccan Odyssey Day 2 there was a mini-challenge to complete. An easy day by the standards of the Rickshaw Challenge, but for some it turned out tougher than expected. Here is Princely's report:   Deccan Odyssey 2018 Day 2!  ...
14 Jun, 2018 by David 
Deccan Odyssey 2018: Day 1

Deccan Odyssey 2018: Day 1

We bring you Princely's first update from the Deccan Odyssey 2018.     It's been a year, but it's finally time for another Deccan Odyssey! It's one of the most exciting Rickshaw Challenge event of the year: partly because the route takes us between two of our favourite places, Goa and Mumbai. The rain can...
13 Jun, 2018 by David 
Malabar Rampage 2018: The Gang Get to Goa (Eventually)!

Malabar Rampage 2018: The Gang Get to Goa (Eventually)!

  The final day of the Malabar Rampage 2018.   It had been a late night but teams were up early to make the most of the final day of the Malabar Rampage. It's always sad to say goodbye to a Rickshaw Challenge, but everyone was excited to reach the golden sands on Goa. However, for some teams it wasn't as ...
12 Jun, 2018 by David 
Malabar Rampage 2018: Mayhem in Murudeshwar

Malabar Rampage 2018: Mayhem in Murudeshwar

On Day 7 teams enjoyed the wonderful town of Murudeshwar.      The craft beers of Day 6 didn't stop the Malabar Rampage teams leaving bright and early on Day 7, which was a smart decision as we had a gorgeous destination in our sights: Murudeshwar. This day was what the Rickshaw Challenge is all about. A...
8 Jun, 2018 by David 
Malabar Rampage 2018: Tukkles in Togas

Malabar Rampage 2018: Tukkles in Togas

On Day 6 of the Malabar Rampage one team got a very special invitation.     On Day 6 of the Malabar Rampage, teams travelled from Kozhikode to Mangaluru, a relatively relaxed trip compared to the long journey of Day 5. As ever on the Rickshaw Challenge, though, there were lots of sights to see and challen...
31 May, 2018 by David 
Malabar Rampage 2018: Teams on Track(s)

Malabar Rampage 2018: Teams on Track(s)

  Day 5 of the Malabar Rampage was the toughest yet.   After a relaxed day in Kochi, Day 5 of the Rickshaw Challenge was the toughest of the entire Malabar Rampage, and it wasn't just hangovers that teams had to contend with! There was a long way to go, with engines being tested in the heat, and we threw i...
17 May, 2018 by David 
Malabar Rampage 2018: Chilling in Kochin

Malabar Rampage 2018: Chilling in Kochin

Day 4 of the Malabar Rampage wasn't too strenuous. After three busy days, on Day 4 the Malabar Rampage Rickshaw Challenge slowed down. It was a short drive from Alleppey to Kochin, so teams had plenty time to do sightseeing, or just relax in the pool...   Houseboat Hunting An easy to challenge to start off w...
10 Apr, 2018 by David 
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