Velankanni, a town in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu, is a popular coastal destination located near the shores of Bay of Bengal. It is 350 km away from south of Chennai and 14 km from Nagapattinam. The town is famous for its Our Lady of Velankanni Church, which attracts about 1.5 million people annually during the 10-day festival celebrated in August and September. With several places of tourist interests and beaches, Velankanni attracts millions of people every year from across the world.
Budget Hotels in Velankanni
There are many budget hotels to stay near Velankanni. They include the Golden Sand (Tariff – Rs. 928 onwards), Hotel Picnic Country Club (Tariff – Rs. 825 onwards).
Tamil is the main language spoken in Velankanni. English, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Konkani, Hindi and Marathi are also spoken in some parts.
Events in Velankanni
A 10-day festival celebrated at Our Lady of Velankani Church in August and September.
Places to See in Velankanni
Nagapattinam (11 km), Nagore (17 km), Thiruvarur (27 km), Karaikal (30 km), Velankanni Beach, Our Lady of Velankanni Church, Nagore Sikkal and Sri Rangam temple are some of the nearby places to visit.
How to Get There
Civil Airport located about 140 km from Velankanni is the nearest airport.
The closest railway station is Andanappettai railway station, situated 9 km away.
Velankanni has a wide road network connecting major cities in Tamil Nadu and other states in India. There are several regular government and private buses plying from Nagercoil, Chennai, Bangalore, Coimbatore, Madurai, Tirunelveli, Trivandrum and Ernakulam to Velankanni. Some of the top private bus operators include Sri Bhagyalakshmi Travels, TVLS Transport, JRS Travels and RBR Travels. To book a bus ticket you no longer need to go to a bus counter, as online tickets are available on bus booking portals.
Edappally is a part of Kochi and is one of the fastest developing towns of Kerala.
Places of Stay
There are plenty of hotels and restaurants that provide comfortable places of stay and food at affordable prices near the bus stand.
Places of Interest
Thrikkakkara Temple: This temple is located about 2 kilometers from the Edappally Toll junction.Edappally Sree Maha Ganapathy Temple: This temple is known for the “Udayasthamana Pooja“ celebrated with great pomp and show. St George’s Forane Church: The annual feast “perunnal” draws flocks of Christian pilgrims to this church of Edapally.Fort Kochi Beach: This beach lies about 23 km from the Kakkanad Bus Stand.
How to Get There
Cochin International Airport is the nearest airport to this place.
Ernakulam North Railway Station connects this town by a good network of railways.
There are also regular Volvo, non-ac, sleeper and semi-sleeper buses to this place which are booked by tourists through Online Bus Booking websites like TicketGoose.com. Book bus ticket online from the comfort of your home with just a click of a mouse.