Velankanni is a Special Grade Panchayat Town in Nagapattinam district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Once a port that traded with Rome and Greece, the tiny commercial center gradually lost its importance to the larger city of Nagapattinam. The canal built to link this town with Vedaranyam still lies to the west. The town is home to one of the most visited Roman Catholic Latin Rite shrines called the Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health.
Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health
The Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health is located in the small town of Velankanni in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India. The Roman Catholic Latin Rite Basilica is devoted to Our Lady of Good Health and is home to one of the most visited Roman Catholic Latin Rite shrines.
Vellankani Beach is one of the most scenic beaches of Tamil Nadu. The beach is marked by swaying palm trees and offers great views of the sunrise and sunset. The beach is the most popular among families, even though it is also frequented by couples and groups of friends, especially from nearby areas.
Sikkal Singaravelan Temple
Sikkal Singara Velan Temple is one of the most popular Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Muruga and a contender for the unofficial seventh Padaiveedu of Muruga, along with the popular Arupadaiveedu.
Museum dedicated to the apparitions of Mary at Velankanni, with offerings and testimonies of devotees.
Nagore Dargah is a dargah built over the tomb of the Sufi saint Nagore Shahul Hamid. It is located in Nagore, a coastal town in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
Best Time To Visit Velankanni
The best season to visit Velankanni is between October and March. The summer months are hot and dry, and June to September is sultry, but moderate temperature prevails so short trips are advisable. The temperature soars during the summer in Velankanni and ranges around 28 °C to 38°C. Due to the cool breeze from the sea, the evenings are reasonably pleasant. Tourists are recommended to avoid the hot days of summer, especially between April and May. Mild to medium rainfall is what one can expect in the monsoon. The mild climate and pristine surroundings are the positives of visiting from June to September. The beach is more or less isolated during the rainy season, but a number of tourists still visit Velankanni in the monsoon season. A pleasant climate can be expected in this time period. Temperatures range from 21°C to 30°C from December to February. The Christmas season sees large crowds throng to Velankanni, and it’s a special time to visit the holy town as Church festivities are in full swing.