Nagapattinam is situated just 350 km from Tamilnadu, Located on the banks of Bay of Bengal and is a most important tourist location in the state. The town is a pilgrimage centre with shrines of a variety of religions found here in ample and was a well-known Buddhist centre from 8th to 15th century. There are many other names for this town including Naganadu, Cholakula Vallipattinam, and Shiva Rajdhani.
Nagapattinam was a business centre in earliest Tamil years and Chola dynasty and therefore was considered a major and the oldest port was named as Naval Pattinam meaning “City of Ships”. The ports at Nagapattinam are known to be the house to some of the best harbours in India.
PLACES TO SEE
This is a 17th century awesome sight. Which was constructed in 1620, still stands as a marvellous specimen of Dutch architecture and in fact it is well thought-out as the work of art for Dutch architectural design and style in India. Carvings, paintings attract all kinds of tourists. There is an archaeological Museum which is must seen.
This temple is well-liked by the name of Neelayadakshi and is one of the seven ancient temples present in Vidanagar. The main god in this temple is Kayarohanaswamy, a form of Lord Shiva and the goddess here is Neelayadakshi, the one with blue eyes. As per the myth, Shiva actually blessed Sage Pundari with salvation here, after which a temple was built at the same spot.
Soundaryaraja Perumal Temple
This temple is situated in the central region of Nagapattinam and is illustrious for the popular event held by the name of Kumbabhishekam. The temple devoted to Lord Vishnu has a long history behind its existence as the god here is known by the name of Soundaryarajan and is said to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu itself.
Sikkal Singaravelar Temple
The main god present here in the temple is Singaravelar, which is the name of Lord Murugan.This temple is located very near to the temple town of Nagapattinam in the village of Sikkal. The temple is said to be the place where Lord Murugan received his weapon from his mother Goddess Parvati to eliminate a demon.
Arumugamswamy temple is located in the village Porulvaithacheri. The temple is devoted to Subramanium Swamy
This museum is within the Dutch Fort belongs to the early 17th century. This museum consists of some of the rare ancient Dutch architecture and paintings. The fort and the museum are under administration of Archaeological Department of Tamil Nadu.
This is one of the most pilgrimage centres for Christians in India. This is about 9 km from Nagapattinam. Located on the shores of Bay of Bengal, Velankanni is popular for the shrine Basilica of Lady of Good Health.
HOW TO REACH
the closest airport from Nagapattinam is Trichy which is 140 Kilometres away
Nagapattinam is connected by train to places like Thanjavur, Trichy, and Chennai
from Nagapattinam to Thanjavur, Trichy, Nagore and Chennai, there is a good network of bus services are available.
Best Season to visit Nagapattinam is October to March.