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Velankanni Beach

This Velankanni beach of Tamil Nadu is located at Tamil Nadu India. Velankanni beach is 350 kilometers away from Chennai. Sobriquet name of this beach is Lourdes of the

East as both the places experience a large number of pilgrims on an annual basis.

There are a couple of festivals that go on in the months of August and September. These are major tourist attractions of this Beach. A major tourist attraction of Velankanni beach is the Velankanni Church of our Lady of Health.

This beach is small hamlet on the sandy shore of the Bay of Bengal. Towards the south of the Velankanni village flows a small tributary of the Cauvery River.

The sacred place was once a port and people of this region traded with countries like Rome and Greece, which was the ancient commercial center of the western countries.

It is a center of pilgrimage for Catholic Christians in Tamil Nadu. It is visited on a regular basis by people from various faiths apart from Christianity.

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Major Attractions of Velankanni Beach

Velankanni Church: The Velankanni Church is in honour of the Lady of Health popular as the Madonna of Velankanni. Devotees to the church believe that the Lady of Health possesses miraculous powers. The Church is located on the shores of the Bay of Bengal more particularly at the Eliot's beach in Besant Nagar. Completely dedicated to virgin Mary and the Heavenly Mother.

Nearby Attractions of Velankanni Beach

Sri Rangam Temple: This Temple of Tamil Nadu is in Trichy, it is the first of the Vaishnava temples in south India, the Sri Rangam temple is the premier amongst the 108 Vaishnava divyadesas. The Vaishnava Acharyas made it the head quarter of the Vaishnava movement. In present times the temple is well managed by the Vaishnava Acharyas from the place Nathumani. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the entire Universe.

Shopping: Hand looms and silk are favorites’ among the villagers of Velankanni and can be found abundantly in the villages. Hand made things can be brought from there.

How to Reach Velankanni Beach

By Air:
The nearest airport is Chennai International Airport which is at a distance of 350 kms. and Trichy Airport which is 150kms. from Velankanni.
By Rail: The nearest Railway Station is situated at Trichy and the other major rail stations are at Chennai and Thanjavur.

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