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Nagapattinam , Tamil Nadu

This is one town in the Nagarpattinam district that is famous for not temples but the church that is built here. Quite different from most of the towns in Tamil Nadu , Velankani was once a very important port in these shores which had trade relations with Rome and Greece. Slowly, with the development of the Nagarpattiman city , this port was lost into oblivion. Yet it bears its legacy in te form of a truly wonderful church that graces the lands of Velankanni. The Basilica of our Lady of Good Health is the church that is in question here. The church can be traced to the mid-16th century and its founding is attributed to three miracles: the apparition of Mary and Jesus to a slumbering shepherd boy, the curing of a lame buttermilk vendor, and the survival of Portuguese sailors assaulted by a violent sea storm. These are the events that has given this church a very high status in the land and people from all over come here to pray . The Gothic style of architecture is a unique feature of the church. The church itself is an imposing building with inspiring architecture. While the buildings have been painted white, the roof of the church is made of red tiles, providing a striking contrast to the colour of the walls. This is one of the grandest churches that you will see in India. It is so beautiful that the whole place actually looks picture perfect because of the presence of this wonderful church. It is truly worth everything to visit this quaint town and go to this beautiful Basilica.

Distance / Time Current Temperature Mean Rainfall Altitude Population Best Times Min Hotel tariff
km / Hrs 29.0°C /84.0°F 122 mm 21feet 10144.0 /km2 Jan-Mar,Oct-Dec Coming Soon


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  • Velankanni Church

  • Vailankanni Beach

    "Velankanni beach is located at Tamil Nadu. A major tourist attraction of Velankanni beach is the Church of our Lady of Health. It is a center of pilgrimage for Catholic Christians in Tamil Nadu. It is visited on a regular basis by people from various faiths apart from Christianity.\nThe closest unit of Hotel Tamil Nadu to Velankanni beach is at Nagapattinam, which is at a distance of 14 kilometers from the place. This means that accommodation is not a major issue. Bethesda Inn MGM is a major hotel at Velankanni beach. The normal tariff rate is between INR 2100 and INR 3000.\nThis resort is only two kilometers away from Velankanni beach and there are 20 rooms over there. There is another resort named Sea Gate Resorts in Velankanni beach. Its tariff range is more than INR 3500.\nVelankanni beach is 350 kilometers away from Chennai. It is also called the Lourdes of the East as both the places experience a large number of pilgrims on an annual basis. There are a couple of festivals that go on in the months of August and September. These are major tourist attractions as well.\nVisitors can enjoy activities like swimming at Velankanni beach but they need to be cautious. They have to ask the resort they are staying at before they venture out to swim as the sea does become rough on certain occasions.\nVisitors to Velankanni beach can also visit other important places like the dargah at Nagore and the Sri Rangam temple at Trichy. They can also visit the museum at Basilica as it has a splendid collection of exhibits.\nVisitors can also go the Velankanni beach for purposes of shopping for handicrafts. There are handloom products and fabrics like silk available at Velankanni beach, which makes it an attractive shopping destination."

    Vailankanni Beach


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