Once a port that traded with Rome and Greece, the tiny commercial centre 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 Vellayar, a minor branch of the Cauvery River, runs south of the town and discharges into the sea.

Velankanni, is a very popular Roman Catholic pilgrimage centre and is the home to the imposing Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health. The town is fondly referred to as the ‘Lourdes of the East’ because like Lourdes in France, millions of pilgrims visit the shrine throughout the year, praying to our Lady for various needs and thanking her for the favours received through her intercession.


160 Kms to the South (3h 30min drive)

Forget the race, visit Pondicherry. A city of bon vivants- heritage, peace, delicious food and memories in store just for you. Come once, you will come again.


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