Walk down to the church by night.The feeling is magical , with wonderful sea breeze and a bright moon in the sky.Lot of families sit around the massive courtyards around the church.The Asian tsunami took the lives of hundreds of pilgrims here.Now the entire church complex has been beautified .more
VELANKANNI CHRUCH (PHOTO 1)----------- The building is totally painted in white color as u can see in picture, except for the roof that is made of tiles of striking red color and it gives this chruch a great look.There are interesting legends associated with the construction of the church. The main statue that they had placed at the altar of the...more
On the left side of chruch Near to Salvation center there is this garden.And people are not allowed to enter inside of garden.Inside of garden u will find human sculpture and some animal and bird statues.And near to it there is counselling and marriage center available.And near to chruch there are shops available on both side of road which sells...more
Here u will a place for head shaving and ear boring.People offer their hair for god as sacrifice.generally after kid is one year old some people do their kids head shaving n ear boring here at velankanni.this place is just nxt to chruch and v have to pay just 5 Rs. for head shaving and 5Rs. for earboring,there will b a long queue and u hv to wait...more
Next to the museum of offerings there is book depot,apart from book u can buy many things,suvenior,religious cds its quite a big collection and its at reasonable price.And this is quite strange for me,photography is strictly not allowed so pls keep ur cameras inside of purse when u go inside of museum and chruch.and pls no cellphones.u will find...more
We next proceeded to the Church museum, which was in a building adjacent the Church. This museum was built to house the offerings which the devotees presented to the mother as a token of gratitude for the bountiful blessings they received. People had donated eyes, hands, legs, stethoscopes and hearts made of silver and gold depending on the ailment...more
Our lady chose this place to dispense her miracles to mankind. A strong oral tradition attests to Our Lady’s apparitions at Vailankanni(Velankanni). The tradition is built around the following three significant events:Sometime during the sixteenth century, Our Lady with her infant son appeared to a Hindu boy carrying milk to a customer’s home....more
HOW TO REACH HERE:
Nearest Airport is Tiruchirappali (4 Hrs By Bus)Next nearest Airport is Chennai (9 Hrs By Train)
Nearest railway station is Nagapattinam (11 kms) Others are Trichy, Chennai and Thanjavur (89kms)
Buses are available from Chidambaram, Chennai, Madurai, Pondicherry (4 Hrs), Trichy (141kms) and Thanjavur.
Buses frequently run from Nagapattinam (every 15 minutes).
1) Once u will reach on beach u will lot of food joints,especially u will see lot of shops with lot of fried fish,and that looks quite yummy but seriously u should not get tempted.avoid thats the final word
2)weather is the biggest problem in velankanni,or i can say all over south india,those who have travelled already they may b knowing it.but for the first timer i suggest bring cotton cloths without fail,and still u forget to do so then u can buy some cheap t-shirts road side shop at very cheap price.Price may start from 80Rs to max u can pay 200Rs.not more than that.
3)pick pockets they are all over the world,keep ur money safe
4)Drink lot of water,tender coconut is great and readily available.
5) If u need any help then pls dont ask those who come forward to help u in most of the cases they need some benefit from u.Please ask from office at velankanni or some security staff or best is hotel reception they will really helpful and guide u properly.
6)Dont bring unnecessary attention,like if u r in pair then avoid being extra affectionate(ofcourse u love ur hubby but get a room)
7)Not too much revealing cloths.People are in south are lil conservative.
8)If u dont like anyone taking to u then,keep walking avoid argument.
9)Use common sense,i know common sense is not so common but u need to use it at last,be safe and make ur trip memorable.