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.
A city and municipality in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu, Ramanathapuram, also known as Ramnad,is located on south east of the state. Well-connected to Madurai through the NH 49, Ramanathapuram is also connected to the state capital via the East Coast Road. The Pamban Bridge that extends between India and the island nation of Sri Lanka, and separate the Palk Strait from the Gulf of Mannar is located here.
Budget Hotels in Ramanathapuram
There are many hotels in Ramanathapuram. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay at Hotel Rupee Lodge (Tariff Rs.300 onwards), Hotel Rupee Sky Palace (Tariff Rs.800 onwards) and Aishwarya Hotel (Tariff Rs.300 onwards).
Events in Ramanathapuram
Annual festivals likePongal, Dussehra, Ramzan, Christmas and Diwali are celebrated here.
Tamil is the Local Language here.
Places to See in Ramanathapuram
Ramalingavilasam Palace (1km), Uchipuli Beach (27kms), Arulmighu Sri MuthumariammanAlayam, Kirubasanam Church of Christ and RamnadAyyappanKovilare places of interest within 2kms of the bus stand.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Madurai
Ramanathapuramhas its own railway station
Ramanathapuram bus stand provides regular bus services. Private bus operators like Sri Bhagyalakshmi Travels, Universal Travels and SRM Transports run regular buses to and from the town. Online bus reservation facility has made the process of bus booking in India very convenient.