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Eraniel Junction
Eraniel is located in Tamil Nadu
Location in Tamil Nadu, India
Coordinates: 8°12′N 77°18′E / 8.2°N 77.3°E / 8.2; 77.3Coordinates: 8°12′N 77°18′E / 8.2°N 77.3°E / 8.2; 77.3
Country  India
State Tamil Nadu
District Kanyakumari
Elevation 10 m (30 ft)
Population (2001)
 • Total 9,554
 • Official Tamil
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Vehicle registration TN 74, TN 75

Eraniel is a panchayat town in Kanyakumari district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India.


Eraniel is located at 8°12′N 77°18′E / 8.2°N 77.3°E / 8.2; 77.3.[1] It has an average elevation of 10 meters (32 feet). its near to Thuckalay. Eraniel's ancient name is "Eranyasinga nalloor".

Eraniel is a small settlement in Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu. Sprawling over an area of around three km², it is bounded in the north Thalakkulam and in the east by Villukuri. Eraniel is around 72 km from Thiruvananthapuram and 7 km from Colachel Port. Kanyakumari, southern- most tip of India, is nearly 32 km from the town. Nearby tourist destinations include Padmanabhapuram Palace(was the capital of Travancore) and In 1745, the capital was shifted from Padmanabhapuram to Thiruvananthapuram.

Eraniel Railway Station

The nearest airport is Trivandrum International Airport, 72 km away. Eraniel Railway Station serves the town. Eraniel can be approached by road from Nagercoil, Muttam and colachel.

Eraniel has a small Palace located near Eraniel Gramam. The palace compound which spreads over slightly more than three- and- a- half acres only now consists of threeidentifiable parts - the Padippura or the majestic entrance way (now in total ruins), the main palace (also called Kuthiramalika) and third the vasanthamandapam (spring pavilion).The central courtyard of this typicalnalukettu played a major role in the dayto-day life of the occupants, as thisbecame an extension of the interiorfunction into the semi exteriors. Theupper level rooms also have an important relationship with the courtyard. There is a verandah, which runs all along the ground floor of the Kuthiramalika serving as a buffer and circulation space for the building. The Vasanthamalika,which used to be the spring palace of the King, has an Ottakkal Kattil (one stone cot), which is remarkable for its rich stonecarvings. Above this is a wooden pavilionadorned with wooden decorations depicting episodes from Ramayana.


Moreover Eraniel is an historical place. A lost palace at Eraniel, Eraniel Palace at Marthandom (near Padmanabhapuram) adjoining the stateof Kerala, which has witnessed many adecisive change in the history ofTravancore, is dying. There are no clearrecords that are left out in history about the construction of this palace at Eraniel.Yet, it is presumed that Eraniel palace was constructed during the reign of VanchiMarthanda Varma of the Venad dynasty about five hundred years ago.When Padmanabhapuram(Kalkulam) Palace was completed in 1601 the King Ravi Varma Kulashekhara shifted the seat of power to Padmanabhapuram and Eraniel was maintained as the sub capital. Thehistorical importance of Eraniel palace is also connected with Marthanda Varma Maharaja who is rightly regarded as the maker of modern Travancore. The palace at Eraniel has always glittered in the chronicles of Venad and later Travancore and the ruining sight of the palace evokes, pain in the hearts of those who are devoted lovers of history.


As of 2010 India census,[2] Eraniel had a population of 9844. Males constitute 50% of the population and females 50%. Eraniel has an average literacy rate of 82%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 84%, and female literacy is 80%. In Eraniel, 9% of the population is under 6 years of age. [1]


Government Higher Secondary School Eraniel
Government High School for Girls Eraniel
Government Middle School(Kotayakam)
Government Middle School(Eraniel Jn) Government Higher Secondary School Kannttu villai


All buses from Thingalnagar busstand will pass through Eraniel starting from Thuckalay.

Many buses from Nagercoil via Eraniel. All the buses stops at Eraniel, even we have buses to Chennai from Eraniel.

Eraniel railway station (comes under Trivandrum Railway Division)
Ananthapuri Exp (Time :17:15 towards chennai) (Trivandrum to Chennai), Island Exp to Bangalore, Guruvayur to Chennnai Mail, kanya kumari to Mumbai cst exp will stop at this station.

Daily it has local trains from Nagercoil to Trivandrum also stops at Eraniel.

Computerized Railway reservation counter now started in Eraniel Railyway Station. Passengers can book railway tickets for any route from this station.

Omni Buses will also go via Eraniel.

Nearest Hospital[edit]

Dr.S.Chithambara Kuttalam Pillai, Eraniel[Child specialist]
SIVA Hospital (Dr.Murugan), Near GHSS Eraniel
B.N.Clinic [Dr.Kollappan] CSI Mission Hospital, Neyyoor

Nearest Banks[edit]

State Bank of India, Thingalnagar (1 km from Eraniel, Stop: Eraniel Court)
Indian Overseas Bank, Eraniel (Near SBI)
HDFC Bank, Thukalay (at Court Junction)
Syndicate Bank, Thingalnagar (Opp to Thingalnagar Bus stand)
Tamil Nadu Mercantile Bank, Thingalnagar (Near SBI)
Kaniyakumari District Co-operative Bank, Thingalnagar (Near Junction) Federal Bank, Eraniel

Nearest ATM[edit]

State Bank of India(Near Eraniel Court)
Indian Overseas Bank, Eraniel (Near SBI)
Tamil Nadu Mercantile Bank (Near Eraniel Police Station)
ICICI Bank (Near TMB) FEDERAL Bank INDIAN Bank (Near Neyoor Hospital)

Other Nearest Government Offices[edit]

Magistrate Court / Civil Court (Stop: Eraniel Court)
Police Station / Women Police Station (Opp to Eraniel Court)
Sub-Register Office (Next to Court)
Telephone Exchange (BSNL)
Electricity Board (TNEB) (1 KM from Eraniel ) Post Office 629802 (Near Eraniel Court bus stop on Nagercoil road)


  1. ^ Falling Rain Genomics, Inc - Eraniel
  2. ^ "Census of India 2001: Data from the 2001 Census, including cities, villages and towns (Provisional)". Census Commission of India. Archived from the original on 2004-06-16. Retrieved 2008-11-01.