Velankanni - Lady of Good Health
Velankanni is a famous pilgrim place and also a small town that is situated in the Nagapattinam district, which is around 12 km to the southern part of Tamil Nadu. Velankanni is a village on the sandy shores of the Bay of Bengal and it is located around 350 km south of Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu. One of the most famous attractions of the place is the Church of Madonna of Velankanni, who is frequently adverted as the Lady of Good Health. The history of this ancient town dates back to the year 1560, which is when Virgin Mary visited the place. As per the myths beliefs of the people, Virgin Mary asked a shepherd for milk in other to satisfy the thirst of a baby who was later on known by the name of Jesus. It was later on the place grew much more in importance after a of worship was built here. The Church was built here later on in the 16th century when Virgin Mary said to have appeared here thus, making the destination much more popular globally. Now travelers from different of India come here to seek blessings. Stay facilities and options in the region include the rooms offered by the church itself but a visitors will have to wait in long line for his turn. Other than these rooms, there are many budgeted lodges and that situated near to the church and the main bus stand that offer like comfort at rate little bit more than that offered by the Church. There are no major malls situated in the region but common snack and items are available at the small shops that are situated on either sides of the main bus stand. Velankanni used to be a commercial port earlier for the Romans and Greeks who used to spice from this region but it was after the formed of Nagapattinam the place later lost its importance. Velankanni Church pilgrimage can be done all around the year tour package . Visiting Velankanni at the time of festival will be more gratifying and entertaining. It will be better to plan a visit during the months of October to March as the climate will be gratifying and gentle. Some travel companies offers Religious Tours packages for the pilgrims at best price and their convenience. Velankanni holiday packages is well connected by air, rial and road. Generally many of pilgrimage reach Velankanni by road passing through Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala or Andhra Pradesh. The highways that are linking towns with Velankanni are reasonably better and decently preserved. Closest airport is Tiruchirapalli which is nearly 165 km from Velankanni. Nagapattinam railway station is the nearest railway station. Most of the travel companies provides the most budgeted packages as well as accommodation and other traveling expenditures holidays . You can also get cheap air tickets from these travel companies as they have may offers with respect to the purchase of tickets. Not only the cheap air tickets, you can also get bookings for your bus and train tickets.