Tiruchendur is one of the six Aarupadai veedu shrines of Murugan, enshrining Senthilandavar. It has been venerated by the Tamil Sangam Period work Tirumurugatruppadai and by 83 Tiruppugazh hymns of Arunagirinathar. It is one of the most visited shrines in Tamilnadu, and is located on the seashore in the southern part of the state near Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari. There are several literary works singing the glory of Tiruchendur. The Sangam works Puranaanooru and Akanaanooru speak of Tiruchendur as Senthil and Alaivaai respectively. Illango Adigal refers to Tiruchendur, Tiruchengode and Swamimalai as abodes of Skanda in his work Silappadikaaram. While the other five padaiveedu shrines are situated on hills or mounds, this is situated on the seashore, bounded on the north and the east by the sea.
It is believed that this shrine was originally rock cut structure, cut out of a local hill, and later renovated with granite. The temple is an imposing structure with a nine tiered gopuram (137 feet in heicht)adorning its entrance, visible for miles around. In front of the temple is the Shanmukha Vilaasa mandapam with several carved pillars.
The main entrance to the temple faces south although the sanctum faces the east. The temple has two prakarams. The sanctum to Subramanyar (moolavar) is located within the innermost mandapam. Adjacent to the sanctum is the Panchalingam shrine in a cave like structure, where it is believed that Subramanyar worships Shiva.
By Rail : The southern railway is operating train services from tirunelveli to tiruchendur. tiruchendur is 52 km away from tirunelveli.