Pick up from your hotel and drive towards Velankanni. Velankanni is 150 km away from Trichy, covers the distance by road in 2 hours 30 minutes.
Velankanni is a small town situated on the shores of Bay of Bengal at a distance of 12 km south of Nagapattinam. It is one of the most visited pilgrim centers and a prominent tourist destination. It was once the commercial center of trade in this region, a port that traded with countries like Rome and Greece. Town has the prominent Roman Catholic shrine dedicated to lady of health. People from all walks of life irrespective of religion, caste come here to respect to the great lady. Velankanni beach is also frequented by beach lovers on a
Velankanni day trip.
Arrives Velankanni. Upon arrival,
Sightseeing of Velankannistarts.
Velankanni Church is the most popular attractions of all in this holy town of Velankanni, situated on the Bay of Bengal coast. The shrine was built in the memory of the Lady of Good Health, dedicated to Virgin Mary and the Heavenly Mother, also known as the Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health. Mother Mary is said to have visited this place along with Jesus in 16th Century. Church is painted white and the roof is covered with red tiles, showcasing the Gothic style of architecture. The Church opens at five in the morning to nine in the evening, and daily services include masses given in eight languages such as Tamil, Malayalam, English, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Konkani and Marathi. at various points of the day. Novena Prayers, Rosary and Evening prayers are carried out at six in the evening as well. Church is flocked by the pilgrims during the time of the feast in September and Christmas season.
Velankanni beach lies on the coastline of the Bay of Bengal, one of the prime attractions of the area. The beach is often called as the Lourdes of the East. Number of shops lined in and around Velankani beach making it quite a different shopping experience for the travelers. Some vendors near beach sell wax replica of body parts that are meant to be offered at the church. Swimming is the main activities on the beach to look out for.
Shopping in Velankanni:
If time permits, Shopping at Velankanni village is a good idea. Hand-made items, hand looms and silk can brought home as souvenirs for your loved ones.
After enjoying the day in Velankanni, drive back to Trichy.
Arrives Trichy. Upon arrival, drop at your hotel.