Velankanni is one of the most taken pilgrimages in India. Situated amidst shores of Bay of Bengal, Velankanni is a picturesque town. The city is famous for the shrine Basilica that is dedicated to 'Lady of health'. The shrine draws pilgrims from all faiths and from all over the world. It has not came as a surprise that the Pope has declared Velankanni, a holy city.
This Roman Catholic Church has an extended Basilica, which has two
floors where one can find the statue of Jesus Christ. The Gothic style
of architecture is a unique feature of the Church. The environment
around the shrine is spick and span, radiating rays of hope and piety.
There is also a shrine of 'lady of sorrow' where in the sorrowing Mother
is depicted carrying infant Jesus in her hand.
A museum is situated opposite to the Basilica. The museum has a very
rich variety of exhibits. The precious offerings made by the devotees
are also on display here. Biblical incidents are depicted on both
sidewalls with beautifully produced frescos. The annual carnival is
celebrated here with all pomp and gaiety every year on August 29th.
How to Reach Velankanni
Nearest airport is Tiruchirappali that is 165 kilometers. It is well
connected to rest of India.
Nearest railway station is Nagapattinam that is near about 12
kilometers. Nagapattinam in turn is well connected to all major cities
in India via Chennai and Tiruchirapalli.
Velankanni is connected to all the major towns and cities in and around
Tamilnadu. Regular bus services are available to Chennai, Madurai,
Trichy, Kanyakumari, Thanjavur and Pondicherry etc.