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 village located 7kms from Sirkali and 27kms from Chidambaram, Vaitheeswarankovil is well-known for the Vaitheeswaran Temple or Pullirukkuvelur, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Pilgrims visit Vaitheeswaran (God of healing) to pray for curing diseases and to take the holy dip in the Siddhamirtham tank within the temple complex, which is believed to contain nectar that cures illness. The village is also well-known for an ancient form of palm leaf astrology known as Naadi astrology in Tamil.
Places to Stay
There are many places in Vapi offer affordable accommodation. Places like Hotel Sadhabisegam (Tariff-Rs.999 onwards), Hotel Sri Akshardham (tariff-Rs.1560 onwards) and Subam Lodge (Tariff- Rs.450 onwards) are within 1-2kms of the bus stand.
The annual Brahmotsavam is celebrated during the Tamil calendar months of Pankuni and Thai (January–February). Karthigai festival during November is also celebrated with pomp and glory. Kantha Shashti, a festive occasion for Subramanya, is celebrated in the shrine of Muthukumaraswamy.
Tamil is the local language here.
Places to Visit
The Arabian Sea, at the delta of the Damangana and Daman and Silvassa are located within 7kms of Vapi city centre.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Tiruchirappalli Civil Airport (116.1kms).
Vaithiswaran Koil has its own railway station.
The Vaitheeswarankovil bus stand connects the city to the neighbouring towns. There are great bus operators like Parveen Travels that offers travellers regular bus services to and from the village. If you are booking bus tickets online through ticketgoose.com you can travel hassle-free to anywhere in India.