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India officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area, the second most populous country, and the most populous liberal democracy in the world. India is a union of twenty-eight states and seven federally-governed union territories. New Delhi is the capital of India.
 
Nagercoil is a city and a municipality in Kanniyakumari district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is the southernmost city in South India, situated close to the tip of the Indian peninsula. The town is also the administrative headquarters of Kanyakumari District. It was a part of Kerala, the erstwhile Travancore state, till almost a decade after India's Independence from Britain in 1947. In 1956, it was merged with Tamil Nadu. In its earlier days, the town and its surroundings were known as Nanjilnadu. Though the official population count is close to 2.25 lakhs, a significant population lives around the town.
 
Nagercoil derives its name from a famous old Jain temple called Naga Raja Temple temple of the serpent king which still exists in the central part of the town. Originally a Jain temple, it is now an important temple for the local Hindus and is also a tourist attraction. Nagercoil came under the rule of various kingdoms, notably the Chera, Chola and Pandya kingdoms at various points of time ; historical records reveal that these kingdoms fought over the control of the fertile area of Nanjilnadu and Kottar. Archaeological records also show Jain influences in ancient times.
 
Nagercoil has generally been a communally peaceful place, though there was some tension and violence between the Christian and Hindu communities in the 1980's. Since then, inter-religious meetings organised by various religious faiths and by District Collectors have helped in a good understanding between the various sections of the population.
 
Places of interest in  Nagercoil are Kanyakumari, Vattakkotai, Suchindrum, St. Xavier’s Church, Swamithoppe Ayya Vaikundar Pathi,  Padmanabhapuram Palace, Chitharal Jain Monuments, Thirunandikkara temple, Thengapattinam Beach, Udayagiri Fort, Mathur Hanging Trough,  Keeriparai,  Kodhayar, Pechiparai Reservoir, Thiruparrapu Falls, Muttom, a coastal village.
 
Nagercoil is said the place of best geographical environment and can trace its origins back to prehistoric times. It enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers.

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