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.
Kaikatti is a small village in the Tiruchirappalli district of Tamil Nadu. The nearest urban region, Trichy, is 217 km away from here. The capital city of Chennai is located at a distance of 483 km. The vast stretch of paddy fields, coconut groves makes Kaikatti a picture perfect village to visit during the weekends.
Places to Stay
There are no accommodation facilities in Kaikatti. One has to travel to Tiruchirappalli to put up for the night. Some of options worth trying here are Hotel Gold Coin (Traiff-Rs.500), Nandha Residency (Tariff-Rs.600) and Rockfort Residency (Tariff-Rs.700).
Tamil is the official language of this area.
Pongal (January) is the most significant festival in Kaikatti. Ganesh Chaturthi (August) is another important festival celebrated in this region.
Places of Interest
Swami Ayyapan Temple is the main highlight of this place. However, there are several tourist attractions in Tiruchirapalli such as Rockfort Temple (83 m high), St John’s Church (4 km), Government Museum (3 km), Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple (10 km) and other holy places.
How to Get There
Trichy Airport, which is located at a distance of 220km, is the nearest from Kaikatti.
Trichy Railway Station (52km) is the closest to this village.
National Highway 209 passes through this village; therefore, both state buses and private buses are quite active in this area. Sri Bhagyalakshmi Travels and Parveen Travels are some top operator catering to this region. For online bus booking, log on to Ticketgoose.com and get your tickets.