A small hamlet in Tamil Nadu on the sandy shore of the Bay of Bengal, Velankanni is 350 km far from Chennai and 14 km south of Nagapattinam. Velankanni is an eminent tourist destination and as a great deluge of pilgrims turn up here, like Lourdes in France, it is nicknamed as Lourdes of the East. Numerous tourists come and visit the church of Mother Mary. Delicate handlooms and silk are extensively available in Velankanni.
Tourist attractions in Velankanni
Some of the famous tourist attractions in Velankanni are the -
- Velankanni Church: The shrine here is dedicated to Our Lady of Health, the Madonna of Velankanni, and is well-known as Sacred Arogya Matha Church. Fully consecrated to Virgin Mary and the Heavenly Mother, this church is nestled on the shores of the Bay of Bengal.
- Velankanni festival: For ten days from 28th August to 10th September every year, a magnanimous festival is celebrated at the Velankanni Church. Pilgrims from different parts of India and even abroad throng to the site, bathe religiously in the sea, have their heads shaved and then walk on their knees or roll up to the shrine as rituals.
- Sri Rangam Temple: The first Vaishnava temple in South India, this temple, located in Trichy, is the premier amongst the 108 Vaishnava divyadesas.