Tam: திருநெல்வேலி tirunelvēli
‘Paddy Field’ [Tinnevelly, Nellai] City/District Tamil Nadu
From Tam: tiru, ‘prosperous’, ‘eminent’, ‘auspicious’; and nel , ‘paddy’; Tam: vēli, ‘field’, ‘enclosure’, ‘land’.
Tirunelveli has a history dating back at least two thousand years, possibly to the Pandyan era when it was a subordinate city to Madurai.
The modern District hosts a large number of wind power stations, a ₹25bn titanium dioxide plant manufacturing for the paint and varnish industries and a pink railway station.