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.
Naidupetta is the fourth largest town in Andhra Pradesh’s Nellore district. Situated on the banks of Swarnamukhi River, this town is 33 km away from Venkatagiri, 66 km from Tirupati, 68 km from Nellore and 106 km from Chennai. Being an industrial town, it is home to several textiles, sugar and packaged drinking water industries.
Places to Stay
Hotels are very basic in Naidupeta, but good budget hotels are available in Tirupati. Some of them include 7 Hills Inn (Tariff – Rs. 946), Bhanu Residency (Tariff – Rs. 663), Hotel Jayasyam Inn (Tariff – Rs.795) and Hotel Bhimas Paradise (Tariff – Rs. 960).
Telugu is the official language of Naidupeta. Urdu and Tamil are the other languages spoken in the town.
Yeti Pandaga, the three-day annual kite festival, celebrated during Pongal in January is the most popular of all the events in Naidupeta. Urusu is another important event celebrated in March. Other festivals include Jatara held in May and Ayyapah Pooja in December.
Places of Interest
Besides the innumerable temples in Naidupeta, there are several destinations of interest nearby. A day’s visit is the best option to see Shrikalahasti (53 km) Tirupati (66 km), Nellore (68), Thiruthani (90 km), Pulicat Lake (113 km) and Vijayawada (340 km).
How to Get There
The nearest airport is Chennai International Airport, which is 119 km away from the city.
Naidupeta has its own railway station, which is 25 km away from the town. But the major railhead on this route is Tirupati railway station, which is 67 km away.
Buses are available daily from major cities like Gudur, Vishakapatnam, Chennai, Nellore, Venkatagiri, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Some of the major operators on this route include Kesineni Travels and Kaveri Kamakshi Travels. Online bus tickets are available on a number of bus booking websites which has made it easy for travellers to confirm their tickets.