The city of Tirunelveli, a major city in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is also known by the name Nellai. it was known as Tinnevelly during the British era. It is an ancient city which is about 2000 years old and it is a town of ancient tradition and culture. River Thamirabarani flows through this city. It is an educational hub with many schools and colleges such as Anna University Regional Campus, Tirunelveli Medical College, Tirunelveli Law College, the Tirunelveli Veterinary College and Research Institution, etc. Tirunelveli has around a million residents employed in the service-sectors pertaining to administration, agro-machinery, agricultural trading, tourism, banking, information technology and educational services. The city has beedi and cement factories, workshops for steel-based products, tobacco companies, mills for cotton textiles, spinning and weaving units, etc. There are several small-scale industries like tanneries and brick kilns. Agriculture, as well as the handloom industry, also contribute to the economic growth of the city. The city is very well-connected to the rest of the state and the country via road and railways. There are a number of historical monuments at Tirunelveli - the Swami Nellaiappar Temple being the most famous one.
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