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.
Kalamassery is a suburb of Kochi, an urban hub in the South Indian state of Kerala. There are a number of fertilizers and chemical industries in this place due to which a companies have also been flagging in this area. By virtue of its location close to an estuary and the sea, the air carries a lot of humidity. Those with a desire to try out temples, beaches and South Indian cuisine should try this place out.
Places to Stay
There are many hotels in Kalamassery that are suitable for budget travelers; some of the options include the Royal Residency (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Chandrika Tourist Home (Tariff – Rs. 900), MIK Tourist Home (Tariff – Rs. 900) and YMC Youth centre (Tariff – Rs. 800) among others.
Kochi Festival is celebrated in Fort Kochi is the last ten days of December. Kochi Muziris Biennale is an international exhibition of contemporary art held after every two years between November-January. Some of the other important festivals of the area are Vishu in April, Onam in August, the two Eid(s) and Christmas.
Malayalam is the local language spoken in. English is a commonly used language.
Places to Visit
The interesting places to visit in Kalamassery are the Museum of Kerala History, St. Mary’s Jacobite Syrian Church, and St. Pious Church along with many other temples and churches all within a 20 km radious.
How to Get There
Cochin International Airport is 19 km away, with many international and domestic flights plying to and fro.
Ernakulum Junction and Ernakulum Town are the two main railway stations which are well connected to Chennai, Mumbai, Coimbatore, and Calicut and are located at distances of 14 and 10 km respectively.
Buses from all the major cities of Kerala are available for the area. Online bus ticket booking facility can save you a lot of time and energy.