The word Thirunelveli is derived from three Tamil words: “Thiru, nel and veli”, meaning "sacred paddy hedge“. The City is located in the west bank of the Thamirabarani River which flows through Tirunelveli. Tirunelveli is an ancient city, recorded to be more than two millennia old. The city is an educational hub of southern India, with many schools,colleges, Institutions and Government offices and that is why it is also called as Oxford of South India. It is the sixth-largest Municipal Corporation in the State after Chennai.