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 town in Kerala’s Palakkad district, Vadakkanchery is a beautiful area with numerous temples, churches and mosques. It is well connected by road as the National Highway 47 passes through this town. It got its name from two Malayalam words vadakkan, meaning northern and cheri meaning street. Some of the nearby towns are Kizhakkancherry, Kannambra, Konnanchery, Puducode, Ayakkad, Mudappallur and Manjapra.
Places to Stay
Hotels are very basic in Vadakkanchery. But you will find a number of budget hotels in Thrissur, which is 35 km away. Some of them include Ambady Kanan Resorts (Tariff –Rs. 1,000), Hotel Peninsula (Tariff –Rs. 1,000) and Pearl Residency Hotel (Tariff –Rs. 1,000).
The languages spoken here are Malayalam and English.
Navratri is celebrated for 12-days in a grand manner in the town.
Places of Interest
Vadakkanchery has a number of tourist attractions in and around the town. Some of the must-visit places include Kammanthara (5 km), Mariyamman Temple, Palayam (6 km), Thiruvara (6.4 km) and St Thomas Evangelical Church (10 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport from here is the Cochin International Airport, which is 78 km away.
Palakkad railway station is the major railhead that connects this place to other major destinations. Situated about 39 km from here, it is the closest to the town.
There are buses from Bangalore, Chennai and Anantapur. Kallada Travels is one of the major operators plying its buses on this route. TicketGoose.com offers online bus booking in India to travellers visiting more than 4,000 destinations.