Nagapattinam Tourism
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Nagapattinam Tourism

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49 Ratings & 28 Reviews

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Govindaraj Anbu
  • Govindaraj Anbu
  • Lives in Chennai
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"HA HA NAGAPATTINAM"

  • Posted 11 months ago
Temples around nagapatinam are worthwhile for the devotees for all religion and especially velankanni, nagore dharga nad neelathakshayini amman sikkal singaravelan etc. for nonveg people very delicious fish dishes available there. Food,....... More
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  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • Posted 1 year ago
It was a religious destination, and at such locations no one looks at the hotel from an overview point, besides the location is such that it seems to be only a commercial locality and not a holidaying. Food, sight-seeing and shopping:....... More
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Nagapattinam Info

  • State: Tamil Nadu
  • Famous for/as: Beach

Nagapattinam is a coastal city in the state of Tamil Nadu of southern India.  The city is a municipal and an administrative centre in the Nagapattinam district. Located on the banks of Bay of Bengal, the same was carved by divergence of the Thanjavur district.

History of Nagapattinam

Nagapattinam is commonly known by many other names, these include Cholakula Vallippatinam, Naganadu and Shiva Rajadhani. As the ruling centre of Cholas, this place is often designated as the vital trade centre in ancient Tamil Nadu. The rich heritage of this town dates back to the 3rd century while the construction of Budha Vihar took place on the orders of the Great Ashoka.

This town remained a Buddhist centre between 4th and 5th century and the stupas that stand till date are the evidence for it. In addition the town also has testimony of the Dutch invasion, which is seen on the engravings that are visible even till day. This however is thought to have occurred in 1680.

Nagapattinam is located on the eastern coast of the Indian peninsula and is just 350 km from Chennai, which is the state capital. Other important places that link to this town are Karikal, which is 20 km away and Tirucharappali that lies 90 km to the east.

The town with its rich historical past is also known to possess rich soil. The major crops that grow in this area include groundnut, rice, gingili, pulses, cotton and sugarcane. These add significantly to the economic activity of the place.

Things to do in Nagapattinam

The harbours at Nagapattinam are known to be the house to some of the best harbours in India. Apart from a rich historical past, the place is a major pilgrimage centre too that attracts visitors from all over. From shrines of Islamic to church and temples, this town is a true exemplification of unity in diversity.

The salt swamp located near Nagapattinam is the most bio diverse area in southern India. Apart from these, visitors can enjoy the best of both worlds at the Sapta Vidangar (Sundara Vidangam) and also the 19th Divya Desam. The sacred town of Velankanni is another popular attraction to visit. Nagapattinam packages offer tourists to visit and explore the town of Nagapattinam. 

Travelling to Nagapattinam

Nagapattinam has the nearest airport at Tiruchirapalli at a distance of about 140 km. It is well connected to Chennai airport with major airlines plying regularly. Also, to reach Nagapattinam, tourists can hire taxis that are available from Tiruchirapalli.  

There are train facilities from Nagapattinam to Thanjavur, Chennai, Trichy and Nagore. Bus services are also available from Nagapattinam to Thanjavur, Trichy, Nagore and Chennai, along with interstate buses plying as well.

Accommodation options in Nagapattinam

Nagapattinam hotel options include budget hotels, heritage hotels, resorts as well as 5 star hotels for tourists. Tourists are advised to book hotels in advance during the peak season before visiting Nagapattinam. 

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