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 in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu, Ramnad is located close to the important Hindu pilgrimage centres, Rameswaram and Devipattinam. The river Vaigai enters the Big Tank situated in this city. Ramnad has the Indian part of the mythical Rama’s bridge, which incidentally is a chain of low islands and shallow reefs that extend between India and the island nation of Sri Lanka. Former Indian president A.P.J. Abdul Kalamdid his schooling in this city.
Budget Hotels in Ramnad
There are many hotels in Ramnad. Tourists’ visiting the town can stay atHotel Garish Park (Tariff-Rs.1300 onwards), Raja Rajeswari Tower (Tariff-Rs.1000 onwards) and Hotel Arunachala (Tariff-Rs.1000 onwards).
Tamil is the Local Language here.
Events in Ramnad
Annual festivals likePongal, Dussehra, Ramzan, Christmas and Diwali are celebrated here.
Places to See in Ramnad
Devipattinam (18kms), Erwadi-Dargah (25kms), Uthirakosamangai (18kms), Thiruppuiani (9kms) and Oriyur Arul Anandar Church (60kms)are places of interest near this town.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is at Madurai.
Ramnad has its own railway station.
Ramnad bus stand provides regular bus services. Private bus operators like Sri Bhagyalakshmi Travels, Universal Travels, Sri Renugambal Travels and SRM Transportsrun regular buses to and from the town. When you are booking your tickets through Ticketgoose.com, look out for bus ticket coupons and save money.