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, Tamil Nadu

(Vailankanni is also spelled as Vailankani / Velankani / Velanganni)
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State: Tamil Nadu
District: Nagapattinam
Famous for/as: Pilgrim
Languages: Tamil
Best Season: Throughout the year
Weather: Summer 22-37°C, Winter 19-32°C
Altitude: 87 m
Pincode: 611111
STD code: 04365
Vailankanni, a small hamlet on the coastal region of Bay of Bengal near to the famous Nagapattinam, is a revered Christian religious destination. This holy city is known for the famous Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health (Velankanni Mother Mary Church). This city was declared as a holy city by the Pope as this city thrives with religious activities and faith in Mother Mary is the way of life in this coastal region. This is a world renowned Marian pilgrimage centre.

Legendary stories tell that Mother Mary blessed the place Vailankanni with her appearance while carrying Infant Jesus during the end of the 16th century or in the early periods of 17th century. Like Lourdes in France, thousands of Christian devotees throng to this place all through the year and hence this place is nicknamed as the 'Lourdes of the East'. Vailankanni is also a famous tourist destination with an amazing beach and many other attractions in and around the village. Huge crowds of devotees throng to this sacred town during the festival season of Arokkaiyamatha festival during August and September. There is a church museum with diverse exhibits attracting tourists. The structure of the Church is marvelous with many biblical inscriptions on the wall.

Sandy long stretch of shores vibrant with sea waves are ideal for spending leisure times. This is a nice place fro relaxation and secluded stay together with religious activities. Vailankanni is also an attractive location for delicate silks and handloom materials. This is a good shopping place with rare collections of marine products and cosmetic items.
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