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30th Aug 16

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Nirmala s

Nirmala s5.0/5

2 reviews

Bless us all

Its was pure divine through our souls that transferred our mind and body to the holy mother. The ambience has changed a lot. Its getting better and beauty. People gets responsible everyday. Its good to see this change as cleanliness is a crucial factor for this divine place.

Vipin Nadar

Vipin Nadar5.0/5

4 reviews

Its all divine with nice surroundings

Vellankani is a sacred Basilica for the Catholics community. This is located in Nagapattinam district in Tamil Nadu. We can reach this place by rail or road, easily connected by buses from Bangalore and Chennai, and by train from Chennai. I try to visit this shrine at least once every year. This place has peace and tranquillity surrounding it. This place is surrounded by hotels for every budget, and additional to it the shrine management also provides rooms and dormitories for the pilgrims. The Shrine is close to the Vellankani beach. This place offers mouth watering seafood you can choose from crabs to prawns to seasonal fishes. The shrine management also operates few canteens on the premise where you can have good quality regional food for breakfast and lunch. This place has an Aura of its own. Bag packers can travel at very nominal expenses. You will also find large families visiting this shrine also carry along food stuffs and use the community kitchen set-up by the shrine management at nominal fees to prepare dishes for the whole family. You can by souvenirs from the stall managed by the Shrine. They also have their own museum displaying many offerings offered by the pilgrims. This Shrine is one of the best managed religious places in India. The best time to visit Vellankani is during the Church feast during August or during Christmas or Easter.

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History of Velankanni

Velankanni is a small holy town located in Nagapattinam. Located 12 km to the south, this town sits on the Coromandel Coast in Tamil Nadu. The most significant place at Velankanni is the Shrine of Virgin Mary which is dedicated to the Madonna of Velankanni often called Our Lady of Health. Velankanni is a Parish or a Panchayat Town in the district of Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu. This small town shares its borders with Bay of Bengal and is easily reached from Chennai. This is situated to the south of Chennai at the distance of 350 km. History of Velankanni Velankanni has a long history that dates back to 1560, when Virgin Mary is said to have visited this place. According to the tale, Mary asked for milk from the shepherd in order to quench thirst of the baby, the baby she had was known to be Lord Jesus. This site was then marked with the construction of a thatched chapel. Virgin Mary reappeared in the 16th century and this incidence further lead to the construction of the church, which is ever increasing in popularity and is emerging as a strong religious centre among people of all faiths and religions.Things to do in Velankanni The shrine here is commonly known as the Sacred Arogya Matha Church.

The Virgin Mary is alleged to possess magical healing powers which attract many pilgrims from different religion coming here to what is called the Lourdes of East. The church has been constructed intricately and displays an exquisite facade with many large spires and wings that are created in the appearance of a cross. In the alter, nestles the statue enshrined as Our Lady of Health.

People and Culture of Velankanni

This was once a trading port for the Romans and Greeks, but eventually lost its significance to Nagapattinam. Vellalar, a small protruding of Cauvery River runs to the south of this town. Vailankanni holiday packages can be opted for by travellers to know a lot more about this historical town. Shopping in Velankanni At Velankanni handlooms and silks are produced in the villages and are also found in surplus in the villages. Attractive hand made products can be shopped from here. Travelling to Velankanni The nearest airport to Velankanni is in Tiruchirappalli which is at a distance of around 165 km.

Accommodation in Velankanni

Velankanni is well connected to Chennai airport with major airline plying regularly. Taxi services are also available from Tiruchirappalli to Velankanni. Velankanni has its nearest railhead at Nagapattinam, which is just 12 km at distance from the holy city of Velankanni. Nagapattinam is well connected to all major south Indian cities through Chennai and Tiruchirapalli. Velankanni is well accessible by bus from all the major cities and towns in Tamil Nadu and also to cities in neighbouring states such as Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Regular buses ply from Madurai, Kanyakumari, Chennai, Trichy, Pondicherry, Trivandrum and Thanjavur to reach Velankanni. Accommodation options in Velankanni There are a range of hotel options in Velankanni for tourists to choose from. These range from resorts, budget hotels and lodges as well as a few bed & breakfast places.

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Velankanni, Tamil Nadu

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Velankanni, Tamil Nadu
Velankanni Church, Velankanni

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Velankanni Church
Velankanni Church, Velankanni

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Velankanni church

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