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Velankanni

Velankanni

Weather

Velankanni is coastal town and the climate is humid most of the months. Summers (March to May) are very hot and dry with temperature soaring up to 40 degree Celsius. Sea breezes offer a slight respite from the hot and sweltering sun. Monsoons start in June and extend till September. The peak tourist season here is August-September by when the pours are less and the town experiences a moderate climate. Winters here are from December to February beginning which is mild. Temperature during winters ranges between 21°C to 30°C

How To Reach

By Road:

Velankanni is situated 350 kms from Chennai and about 15 kms from the Port City Nagapattinam. Buses and trains from Chennai and Bengaluru frequent Velankanni with pilgrims. Many pilgrims from Kerala frequent the basilica of Velankanni Matha in buses that conduct pilgrim tour packages. There are options right from  buses and semi deluxe buses to ordinary ones.  


By Air:

The nearest domestic airport is Trichinappally which is about 165 kms from here. Thiruchirappalli is well connected to Chennai International Airport, which is one of the busiest Airports in India. Chennai Airport is well linked with all major cities in the world. Taxi services are available from Tiruchirappalli to Velankanni. 



By Rail:

The Velankanni town railway station is a small one. So the nearest railway station is Nagapattinam which is about 12 kms from here. Nagapattanam station is well connected via road to Velankanni and is frequented by trains from various parts of India. There are trains in every two hours via Chennai and Thiruchirappalli that passes through Nagapattanam. 


Overview

Velankanni is a famous Christian pilgrimage center in Tamil Nadu. This small town situated on the shores of Bay of Bengal was once a port that traded with Rome and Greece. But as the nearest Nagapattinam grew as a city, Velankanni gradually lost its charm. Millions of people visit Velankanni Bascillica of our Lady every year to offer their prayers to Virgin Mary making it one of the busiest pilgrim towns in India.

 

Velankanni is visited by Hindus, Muslims and Christians equally. Apart from the church of ‘Velankanni Matha’ there are a host of other attractions too in and around Velankanni town.

People of all classes can find accommodation feasible to them at Velankanni. Velankanni being a place of Catholic Christians, there are many educational institutions and charitable organizations run by them.

 

Velankanni or Vailankanni  was declared a Holy City by the Pope. There are several legends and stories of miracles of Our Lady, associated with this small town. It is believed that Mother Mary has appeared here more than once, carrying Infant Jesus in her hands. Velankanni is also known as ‘Lourdes of the East’ due to its fame. The Arokyamatha festival held here during the months of August-September brings huge crowds and devotees from all over India and from other countries here.

 

The long sandy stretches surrounding this small town is a respite for the crowd that gathers here. Your trip to Velankanni can be clubbed with some near by attractions in Tamilnadu like Karaikkal, Pondicherry, Kodaikkanal etc. Velankanni is also a good place to shop for marine products and handicrafts.