Lord Viswanatha appeared in a dream build a temple at Tenkasi. Accordingly the king built the shrine and installed the presiding deities,Sri Kasi Viswanather and his consort Lokambikai in two separate shrines. The holy gages is believed to have appeared at the Kasi Kinaru at the bidding of the Lord.
The main nine storeyed tower of the temple was partly destroyed by fire some 200 years ago.
An idol of Sri Balasubramanya was installed in this temple recently.
At the entrance to the Swami shrine there are some wonderful sculptures carved out with rare skill and craftsmanship.
Courtallam, famous for the water falls, is situated four miles from Tenkasi. The bracing climate and the natural beauty of the surrounding forests have invested the place with peculiar charm. Near the falls, there is a Siva temple dedicated to Sri Kutralanathar.