Velankanni Church


14.6/5(73 Ratings)

Velankanni Church Overview

Ranked 1 of 19 sightseeing in Velankanni

Velankanni Church, one of the religious sites, is situated on the Bay of Bengal coast. The holy shrine was constructed in the memory of the Lady of Health, also known as the Madonna of Velankanni. She was renowned among the people for possessing miraculous powers. Dedicated to Virgin Mary and the Heavenly Mother, this church is popular as a Sacred Arogya Matha Church.

According to the manuscripts, Mother Mary once visited this shrine with Jesus in the 16th or early 17th century. It is also said that Mary appeared in the dreams of Father Arulappa and expressed her desire of having a church in her name. For constructing the same, Arulappa along with J.P Dsouza, an engineer, finally established an Annai Velankanni Church at the site.

Housing a 97 feet Belfry, the church was started in 1971 and was opened in 1972. Offerings are made to God in the form of different shapes of candles, such as in case of jaundice, a liver shaped candle is offered. The preservation centre at the church exhibits small golden or silver replicas of the organs that have been presented to God after the disease has been cured.

Representing a Gothic style of architecture, the building of the church is painted white, while the roof is covered with red tiles. The church organises Holy masses in eight languages namely, English, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu, Hindi, Konkani and Marathi.

The local people state that the Goddess performed three miracles at different sites, which provided a platform for construction of the Basilica. The premises of the church witnessed the appearance of Mary with the baby Christ, the rescue of the Portuguese sailors from the dangerous sea and curing a lame buttermilk vendor.

After the safe landing of the Portuguese sailors, they constructed a chapel whose annual feast is organised in the month of September as Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: More than 3hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
5:00 AM -9:00 PM
5:00 AM -9:00 PM
5:00 AM -9:00 PM
Public Holidays:
5:00 AM -9:00 PM

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Divya prathima

Divya prathima5.0/5

2 reviews

Divinity on earth

This place cannot be described easily because whatever is told about it is less. The power of mother Mary's intercession unites people from all faiths and walks of life. The apparitions rekindle our faith in the presence and power of the divine in our lives. I condemn the commercialisation of this place and reckon that every believer will receive soul food at their visit here.

Elamma Varughese

Elamma Varughese4.3/5

9 reviews

Our Lady of Health

The Church has two three stories of miracles. People come from all over India for various prayers and blessings. It is very beautifully built. There is also FREE counseling centre in the premises where you can speak to sisters about your worries and seek advice with prayers. Do visit at least once in a year..

Denny Paul

Denny Paul5.0/5

2 reviews

A good holy place

Visit and your will feel great. Its the place of mother mary. Pray and all your needs will be answered. This is a nice place to visit and feel holy and at peace.

Sunil Pinto

Sunil Pinto5.0/5

13 reviews

A divine surrounding

The most peaceful place, inspire of the rush you find the peace in the holy shrine. The divinity just surrounds you and you can spend hours contemplating and praying. You are always left in awe when you see the statue of our Lady. The architecture of the church is fascinating.



2 reviews

Church to watch in India

It is a very calm and peaceful place. We can feel a sought of happiness once we enter the premices. The church with its mass and people, also the stalls are nice to see. It is a must watch place. Many people with different problems come here and get it relieved.

Vom Ragnborg

Vom Ragnborg5.0/5

18 reviews

Peace and Serenity

Nothing to beat the peace and serenity one feels in the shrine, one has to experience it. Even when it is heavily crowded you don't feel the crowds. Keeps drawing us back!

Rajesh Mani

Rajesh Mani5.0/5

8 reviews

Nice Church with well architect

Well architect, we visited many times. Though it is church, other religious people too visiting often. We recommend others to visit there. It can be reached by Train or Flight.

Anthony Rupert

Anthony Rupert5.0/5

4 reviews

Beautiful church construction

Yes the visit was worth and most of my wishes were fulfilled. So I have planned to visit again in the next year. To visit the church it is good during the morning hours and evening hours when the sun is down.

Inquisitive  Traveller

Inquisitive Traveller5.0/5

18 reviews

A serene atmosphere

Visit the shrine and find yourself to be in the most calm and serene atmosphere of all. Pray, introspect, meditate you will feel the heaven and God.

Jacob John

Jacob John3.9/5

4 reviews

New church is a masterpiece with modern architecture

The time when we went, the renovation work was in progress; hence could not enter from the main entrance. Hence we had to enter from other entrances. We could spend as much time as we wanted for the prayers etc. We could also attend the mass in the new church, the Morning star church. This new church is a masterpiece with modern architecture.

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Velankanni Church, Velankanni

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Velankanni Church
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Velankanni Church, Velankanni

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Velankanni Church