It is small and very popular coastal region located on the shores of Bay of Bengal in Nagapattinam district. It is the major Christian religious attraction. The sacred city is well known for the holy church called Velankanni Mother Mary Church or Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health. Pope declared this city as Holy City as it thrives with various religious activities. This is world renowned marine pilgrimage. The amazing beach attracts tourists from all over the world. Many festivals are celebrated in this village, Arokkyamatha festival is among famous which is celebrated with great pomp. The architecture of the church, biblical inscriptions and a church museum are the major tourist attractions. Thevast stretch of sandy beach is an ideal place to spend vacation. It is an excellent place for big time shop freaks as one can find delicate silk, handloom cloths, marine products and various cosmetic items. Tourists can enjoy best sea foods in nearby restaurants.
Places to visit
This is a fabulous religious attraction on the shores of Bay of Bengal, was constructed in 1971. The Mother Mary is known as Our Lady of Health and Madonna of Velankanni. People offers different shapes of candles to recover from diseases. The architecture was a fine evidence of Gothic style. Arokyamatha festival is celebrated with much pomp.
It is the prominent attraction of Velankanni. It is famously expressed as Lourdes of the East. Wonderful place to enjoy water funs.
Nagapattinam, NagoreSikkal and SriRangam temple are other nearby places to visit.
How to reach Velankanni
Trichirapalli domestic airport is located around 127 km from Velanakanni is the best option to reach b air.
Nagapattinam railway station is at distance of 12 km from Velanakanni is the nearest railhead.
Several state run and private owned buses are frequently available to reach Velankanni from all major and minor cities of Tamil Nadu.
In summer 22-37°C and in winter 19-32°C. Best visited throughout the year.