Velankanni is a Christian Pilgrimage destination; and attracts lot of devotees for the famous Church of Our Lady of Velankanni.
It is popularly known as the "Lourdes of the East".
In ancient times, Velankanni was a port that traded with Rome and Greece. And was not a well noticed place.
The place got it significance after the miracles that triggered to build the famous Church of Our Lady of Velankanni. Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared in Velankanni in 1560 and the town’s rich religious character started from this time.
The church's founding is attributed to three miracles:
• the apparition of Mary and Jesus to a slumbering shepherd boy,
• the curing of a lame buttermilk vendor,
• the survival of Portuguese sailors assaulted by a violent sea storm.
The annual festival of 'Feast of the Nativity of Mary' from 29 August to 8 September attracts millions of pilgrim from all over the world.
You can buy handicraft items at affordable rates at the shops near the Velankanni Beach.
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Our Lady of Velankanni church / Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health
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Our Lady of Velankanni is a celebrated Roman Catholic church and Blessed Virgin Mary believed to have appeared in the town. The church is a famous pilgrim centre. The church complex contains various spots where the miracles had occurred. Some of the prime attractions in the complex are the Velankanni Church, shrine of Our Lady of Sorrow, the Museum of Offerings, the Shrine Depot, the Fountain of Revelation, the Holy Path and the Lady’s Tank Church.
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Velankanni beach is at walking distance from the church. You will find many tourists bathing in this beach. There are many eateries and shops selling handicraft goods at this beach side.
Entry Fees :₹ Time To Visit :9 AM to 5 PM
Church Museum is located in front of the Basilica. It houses different types of objects and articles put on display with events from the holy bible portrayed on both sidewalls. Some of the offerings made by the devotees are also displayed here.
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Nagapattinam is one of the well-known ports in India. It houses a number of imposing temples and a rambling golden seashore. A towering lighthouse and a mini museum are also there. Nagapattinam is located at a distance of 12 kms from Velankanni. Sowriraja Perumal temple, Shri Kayahorana Swami Neelayathatchi Amman temple and Nellukkadai Mariamman temple are the famous temples of this port city.
Entry Fees :₹ Time To Visit :7.00 AM - 7.00 PM
Sikkal is a city, which is known for housing a beautiful Muragan Temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Singaravelan. Possessing a large complex, the temple premises and its pillars are adorned with intricately designed stone carvings. The temple also houses a wide collection of paintings that represent a perfect blend of colours and portrayals. It is located at a distance of 12 kms from Velankanni.
Nagore Dargah / Nagore Shariff
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Nagore Dargah is present at Nagore, which is ar a distance of 17 kms from Velankanni. The shrine is dedicated to Hazrat Syed Hameed Qadir Vali, a Muslim saint, who delivered the message of One God, One Soul, One Supreme Power, and preached doctrines related to love and devotion.
Sri Rangam Temple
Entry Fees :₹ Time To Visit :6.30 AM - 9.00 PM
Sri Rangam Temple, believed to be the first Vaishnava temples in South India, is situated at Trichy. Considered as one of the prominent temples among the 108 Vaishnava divya desams. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and sprawls across an area of around 6,31,000 sq km.
The nearest airport is Pondicherry Airport (PNY), at a distance of 150 kms.
Tiruchirappalli airport is at a distance of 165 kms.
Velankanni (VLKN) railway station has regular train connectivity with major cities of the country.
Velankanni has good road connectivity. And has regular bus cities with neighbouring cities.
Here are some major distances to note-
Pondicherry - 158 kms
Chennai -328 kms
Bangalore - 489 kms