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.
Paramakudi is a town, a municipality in Ramanathapuram district in the Tamil Nadu. The river Vaigai flows through Paramakudi on its way to the Bay of Bengal. The town is located approximately 75 kms east of Madurai, 35 kms west of Ramanathapuram on the Madurai-Rameswaram National Highway and 480 kms from the state capital Chennai. Cotton and chili peppers are the main cultivated crops in the villages surrounding the town.
Budget Hotels in Paramakudi
Some of the good budget hotels in Paramakudi are New Raja Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 300 to Rs.1000), Vasantha Bhavan Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 300 to Rs.1000), Ariya Bhavan (Tariff - Rs. 300 to Rs.1000) and Venkateswara Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 300 to Rs.700).
Tamil is the official language in Paramakudi.
Events in Paramakudi
The Chitra Festival is held annually on the full moon day of the month of Chithirai. Other important festivals are Panguni festival for Sri Muthalamman Temple (March & April) and Kaman Pandigai.
Places to See in Paramakudi
Paramakudi’s charm lies in its religious places. Some of the popular temples in paramkudi are Perumal Temple, Sri Chandrsekara Swamigal Temple (Eswaran Temple), Meenakshi Amman Temple and Muthalamman Temple.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is Madurai airport (95 kms) from Paramakudi.
Rameswaram railway station is the nearest major railway station (71 kms) to Paramakudi.
Some of the best bus operators that offer a good experience for passengers traveling to Paramakudi include SRS Travels Bangalore, Sri Bhagyalakshmi Travels and SRM Transports. Online booking of bus tickets have made ticket booking very convenient.