A major tourist destination and pilgrimage located in the state of Tamil Nadu, Nagapattinam is noted for its cultural and historical significance. Nagapattinam is once a thriving constituent of Cholamandalam. The 6th century Nagapattinam Kayaroganam Shiva Temple was constructed by Chola Kings. The town has a long pristine beach attracting leisure and adventure lovers. The beach is perfectly ideal for adventure sports and beach entertainments such as boating, beach volleyball, Catamaran rides and water theme parks. Besides, there is a light house and a mini museum that offers majestic view of the beach. Some popular attractions in Nagapattinam include the 17th century Dutch Fort, Velankani Church and Nagore, a prominent Islamic destination with a renowned Sufi Shrine and Dargah. There is a popular temple dedicated to Shani (Planet Saturn), which is located close to Nagapattinam.
How to Reach Nagapattinam from Bangalore
The railway station at Nagapattinam is located within the city premises. Nagapattinam is well-connected to all major cities in India via Tiruchirapalli and Chennai.
Tiruchirappalli Airport is the nearest airport to Nagapattinam. It is located at a distance of 150 kilometers from Nagapattinam. The airport is well-connected to Bangalore and Chennai via regular flights. Taxi cabs play between Tiruchirappalli and Nagapattinam.
The National Highway number 7 connects Bangalore and Nagapattinam. The best is to hire a taxi cab if you are travelling via road. The journey from Bangalore and Nagapattinam will take around 6.5 hours to 7 hours. Nagapattinam is well-connected to major cities and towns in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Attractions in Nagapattinam
Built within the premises of the 17th century Danish Fort at Tranquebar, Archaeological Museum is located at a short distance from Nagapattinam. Built in 1620, Danish Fort is an amazing example of Danish architecture. The fort was renovated and presently it is in perfect condition. The decorations like carvings, paintings and inscriptions are quite noteworthy. The Archaeological Museum puts on display many valuable materials and old artifacts.
A 17th century edifice at Tranquebar, located at a short distance from Nagapattinam, Dutch Fort was built in 1620 and still stands as a wonderful specimen of Danish architecture. Also, it is a magnum opus of Danish architectural design and style in India. The fort is presently under the maintenance of Tamil Nadu Archaeological Department and attracts all kinds of tourists. The fort remains open to public and tourists throughout the year.
Popularly known as Neelayadakshi, Kayarohanaswamy Temple is one of the seven temples in Vidangar. The main deity of this temple is Kayarohanaswamy, a form of Lord Shiva. The goddess enshrined in the temple is called Neelayadakshi, the one with blue eyes. The temple is a popular Shakti Peetha.
Nellukadai Mariamman Temple
One of the popular Mariamman temples in Tamil Nadu, Nellukadai Mariamman Temple was built by a rice trader as per the wishes of Mariamman, who instructed him in his dream. Devotees, who visit this temple every year to offer prayers during Thiruvizha, believe that the temple possess some spiritual powers.