About Velankanni

Velankanni - Lourdes of the East

Velankanni is a paradise with many jewels and gems. This beaut destination in Tamil Nadu is utterly serene, natural, and distant from the hullaballoo of the city life. The place is ideal for a pilgrimage tour as well as a beach holiday, making it a must visit when planning a tour to Tamil Nadu.

Popular Places In Velankanni


Velankanni along with being a popular travel destination in Tamil Nadu is also home to several Catholic pilgrimage sites. And The Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health is one of its gems when it comes prominent religious site in Velankanni for tourists. The establishment of this popular church is the attribution of three miracles; the curing of lame buttermilk vendor, the apparition of Mary, and the Christ Child. Erected in the Gothic style of architecture, the church traces its history from the 16th century and comes into recognition in 1962 when Pope John XXIII decided to raise its status to Basilica.

From then, it is one of the eminent tourist attractions in Velankanni. Devoted to Our Lady of Good Health, the shrine is not just only representing Catholicism but is also a place for Protestants Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhism, and other religions. Moreover, the church also organizes its weekend and daily masses in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu, keeping the both native and tourist pilgrims into mind. As far as Church’s attractions are considered, there is an idol of Mother Mary in which she is adorned with the Indian Sari and other one larger chapel.


Probably, one of best family beaches in Tamil Nadu is Velankanni Beach. It is perfect for those looking for a relaxing time. One can spot numerous people swimming in the sea water while some can also be spotted at the seafood shops located on the shore.


Every year, from 28 August to 8 September, a festival celebrated at Velankanni Church. As rituals, pilgrims take bath in the sea water, shave their head, and walk on their knees or roll up to the shrine. These 10 days are considered as highly auspicious days in Velankanni.