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TTDC / Velankanni

Twelve kilometres from Nagapattinam, one of the most revered Christian Pilgrim Centers of the State called the Basilica of our Lady of Good Health is a highly popular Roman Catholic Latin Rite shrine.  Pilgrims of all faiths and religions throng this shrine as devotees believe that Virgin Mary has miraculous healing powers. Its origins can be traced back to the 16th Century.

There are three miracles associated with this church. As the legend goes, it is believed that Virgin Mary appeared before a shepherd and asked for milk to feed Jesus. And since then the sheperd’s pitcher never ran dry. Later, at the end of the 16th Century, Virgin Mary appeared to cure a lame boy – and the Church was constructed after this miracle.

Velankanni is famous for its annual feast celebrated from 29th August for 10 days. Annually 20 million people flock to this shrine, of which around 3 million are estimated to visit the shrine during the annual festivities alone. Devotees who are afflicted by any ailment offer a metal replica of that part of the body, asking the Our Lady for a cure. Tonsuring of heads and ear-piercing ceremonies are also followed in this temple.

General Information

General Information


Area 5.5 sq Kms.
Population 11,108 [census 2011]
Altitude Sea level
Max. Min.
Summer 36.0ºC 28.0ºC
Winter : 29.0ºC 21.0ºC
Rainfall 350 mm.
Season Throughout year.
Languages spoken Tamil and English
STD Code 04365.

Vedaranyam: Repeated under Thanjavur

Kodikkarai [Point Calimere]: Repeated under Thanjavur


Over thousands of years Hindu astrology has been strongly to rooted the belief that 9 major celestial bodies hold control over our destinies. The Nava Grahams [or nine planets] are propitiated and appeased at specific temples, where an incarnation of god represents these nine planets. These temples are predominantly situated in Kumbakonam and Thanjavur Districts in Tamil Nadu.


Arokkiyamatha Festival : August-September

Christmas and New Year: December 25 and January 1st

Hotel                                         STD Code : 04365

Hotel Sea Gate                            263910

Hotel Picnic                                263510

Seagate Resorts                          98424 56109 / 264910

Hotel Velankanni Lodge                        263527

M.G.M Lodge Velankanni Residency        263361 / 263900

V.J.Lodge                           263861

S.P.T. Lodge                               264071

Hotel Golden Sand                       263426, 263626

Hotel Prakash                            263740


Family restaurant (hotel seagate)   263910

kerala restaurant (hotel picnic)              263510

Hotel Velankanni                        263527

Chandra Hotel                             263462

Ariya Bhavan                              263675

Road: Connected to all major towns and cities. Regular bus services available to Chennai, Madurai, Tiruchirappalli, Kanniyakumari, Thanjavur, Pondicherry

Rail: Nearest Railway Station is Nagapattinam [12 Km ] that connects to major cities

Air: Nearest Airport is at Tiruchirappalli [165 Km]

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