Chennai to Velankanni Trip

ONE DAY CHENNAI TO VELANKANNI TRIP WITH JESSIE TRAVELS
LOURDES OF THE EAST

The church of Velankanni located in the Nagapattinam district is fondly called as the “Lourdes of the east”as it is the most visited pilgrim centres in India irrespective of the diversity in thereligion. It was in 1962, where Pope John XXIII declared this church as Basilica.  This 500 year old church standing majestic on the Coromandel coast attract visitors all over the world for the miracles performed by our lady and its Gothic style architecture.

Chennai to Velankanni Tour Package

This Roman Catholic Church dedicated to the “LADY OF GOOD HEALTH – AROKIA MATHA”is about 12kms from Nagapattinam and 350 kms from Chennai. So let’s explore this miraculous church with SRI KAPILESWARA TRAVELS.

ANTIQUITY!

FIRST MANIFESTATION OF OUR LADY

It is believed that Mother Mary with baby Jesus appeared before a milk vendor and asked for milk for baby Jesus. The milk vendor offered milk to our lady and continued his daily chores. Later, the milk vendor realised the milk in the jar was up to the brim in spite offering milk to our lady. To testify this manifestation of Mother Mary, a small shrine was built near the place where the vendor encountered Mother Mary and baby Jesus. This place is now called as “MATHA KULLAM” (“OUR LADY’S POOL”)

SECOND MANIFESTATION OF OUR LADY

It is said that in 1597, Mother Mary and boy Jesus appeared before a maimed boy who was selling buttermilk. Mother Mary then asked the boy to offer some buttermilk to her child. When the boy willingly offered some buttermilk to Jesus, Mother Mary asked the boy to inform the concerned authority to build a chapel in honour of her manifestation. When the boy frantically made way to inform the concerned person, he realised he was no longer torpefy.

STAR OF THE SEA

The Portuguese while sailing from Macao to Srilanka was caught in a tempest and earnestly prayed to our Lady –The star of the sea. The storm calmed all of a sudden and nearly150 members on the board were saved. To witness the miracle of the star of the sea, the Portuguese rebuilt the shrine of OUR LADY OF GOOD HEALTH.

It was then in 1962, Pope John XXIII declared this shrine as the “Basilica”- “THE LOURDES OF THE EAST”.

Velankanni Tour Package

MUST VISIT PLACES IN VELANKANNI

  • BASILICA OF OUR LADY OF GOOD HEALTH
  • VELANKANNI MUSEUM
  • VELANKANNI BEACH
  • OUR LADY’S POOL (MATHA KULAM)
  • MORNING STAR CHURCH

BASILICA OF OUR LADY OF GOOD HEALTH

This shrine is built in honour of our Lady’s manifestation to the lame boy and the Portuguese safe return to the shore.

        This church is known for the miracles performed by Mother Mary. People from different parts of the world irrespective of caste, creed, and nationality come to this shrine with lots of hope and trust in our Lady. As said before, this church is built in Gothic style and stands as a consolation to the distressed irrespective of religion.

  • Departure : 10:30 Am
  • Unmissable: Our Lady Of Good Health
  • Timings: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Holiday / Closed on: Open on All Days
  • Recommended Duration: 45 Minutes
  • Entry Fee: No Entry Fee

VELANKANNI MUSEUM

The Velankanni museum situated in the church premises, beautifully exhibits valuable offerings of the devotees who present it to our Lady of Good Health as a token of their gratitude. It also exhibits beautiful statues of Jesus, our Lady and other saints.

The Annai book centre situated on the first floor of the museum contains innumerable collections of religious books.

  • Departure : 11:30 AM
  • Unmissable: Statues,Offerings, varied collections of books
  • Timings: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Holiday / Closed on: Open on All Days
  • Recommended Duration: 45 Minutes
  • Entry Fee: No Entry Fee

VELANKANNI BEACH

The cool breeze from the sea, the engrossed shops on the way to the beach and the exuberant people make Velankanni beach the best place for the tourists and devotees to relax and calm themselves amidst their industrious routine. This could be made even more radiant with SRI KAPILESWARA TRAVELS.

  • Departure : 1:00 PM
  • Unmissable: unique handicraft and silk products
  • Timings: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Holiday / Closed on: Open on All Days
  • Recommended Duration: 45 Minutes
  • Entry Fee: No Entry Fee

OUR LADY’S POOL

The place where Mother Mary appeared to the milk vendor asking for milk for her child is now termed as “OUR LADY’S POOL” or MATHA KULLAM.

The devotees walk on their knees to Our Lady’s Pool invoking the intercession of our Mother. It is said that the way towards MathaKullamwas rugged. But now, it has turned smooth naturally, cause thousands and thousands of devotees walk all the way to the pool on their knees seeking the intercession of “Our Lady”.

  • Departure: 3:00 PM
  • Unmissable: Our Lady’s Pool
  • Timings: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Holiday / Closed on: Open on All Days
  • Recommended Duration: 45 Minutes
  • Entry Fee: No Entry Fee

MORNING STAR CHURCH

The church being 120ft wide and 500 ft long can accommodate nearly 10,000 people and stands majestically as the largest church in India.

       The view of the church is very calm and relaxing which would help us to invoke the presence of our Almighty.

    The Church is known for the paintings of “LAST SUPPER” and “VELLANKANNI MATHA”

  • Departure: 3:45 PM
  • Unmissable: Architecture and Paintings.
  • Timings: 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Holiday / Closed on: Open on All Days
  • Recommended Duration: 45 Minutes
  • Entry Fee: No Entry Fee

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR VELANKANNI TEMPLE

When is the best time to visit Velankanni?
It can be visited all throughout the year or between October and March for a pleasant weather or during the festive season that falls between late August and mid September.

What is the average temperate in Velankaani?

  • Highest -37C
  • Lowest -23C

What is famous in Velankanni?

Velankanni is famous for handloom products and silk fabric.

What are the best hotels in Velankanni?

  • Sea Gate
  • MGM Velankanni Residency
  • Hotel Dravidar

Is Velankanni safe for the tourists?
Though the place is crowded all throughout the year, proper safety measures are implemented to provide safe and pleasant visit to the devotees.

What are the best places to visit in Velankanni?

  • Basilica Of Our Lady Of Good Health
  • Velankanni Museum
  • Velankanni Beach
  • Our Lady’s Pool (MathaKulam)
  • Morning Star Church

Is it necessary to book the rooms prior to the visit?

It would be better if you could book the rooms prior to the visit especially during the festive season. This can be made much easier with SRI KAPILESWARA TRAVELS.

Why SRI KAPILESWARA Travels?
It is customer friendly and makes the customers enjoy a hassle free and a pleasant trip.