Nagapattinam Tourist places

 Nagapattinam is famous for its rich history and culture. It is also famous for its harbors which are some of the best in the country. The town also attracts several pilgrims who come to offer their prayers in the temples located here. The town is located at a distance of 270 km from Chennai. From Madurai to Nagapattinam is 281 km by Road along with an aerial distance of 212 km and the Nearest airport to Nagapattinam is at Tiruchirappalli (150 km). 

Best Tourist Places in Nagapattinam for Sikkal, Velankanni, Poompuhar, Kodiakkarai, Vedaranyam, Mannargudi and Tharangambadi.

A majority of the people of Nagapattinam are employed in sea-borne trading, fishing, agriculture, and tourism. Kayarohanaswami Temple and Soundararajaperumal Temple, Nagapattinam are the major Hindu pilgrimage sites. Nagapattinam is the base for tourism for Sikkal, Velankanni, Poompuhar, Kodiakkarai, Vedaranyam, Mannargudi and Tharangambadi. Roadways are the major mode of transport to Nagapattinam, while the city also has rail and sea transport.

Velankanni Church

Velankanni is a Special Grade Panchayat Town in Nagapattinam district in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It lies on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal, 350 km south of Chennai (Madras) and 12 km south of Nagapattinam. Annually, 20 million pilgrims flock to the shrine from all over India and abroad, out of which an estimated 3 million people visit the shrine during its annual festival from 29 August to 8 September. The 11-day annual festival concludes with the celebration of the Feast of the Nativity of Mary on 8 September.

Sattainathar Temple, Sirkazhi

Sattainathar temple, Sirkazhi is also called Brahmapureeswarar temple and Thoniappar temple. It is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva located in Sirkali, Tamil Nadu, India. The temple is incarnated by the hymns of Thevaram and is classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam. It is an ancient temple complex with three different Shiva shrines in three stories.

The Bhramapureeswarar shrine is housed in the lower level. The second level houses Periyanakar with Periyanayaki on a Thoni, hence the name Thoniappar. Sattainathar/Vatukanathar is also housed here. There are 22 water bodies associated with this shrine.

This temple is well maintained. More investment can groom this temple more. But the old look is the temple’s beauty. Spending time in this temple will make you calm and happy. Nothing commercialized here. Just walk in for a spiritual time.

Try to visit by 12.30 noon during utchikaala poojai, you will get to see spadiga lingam between 12.30 pm to 1pm during lunch closing only at Sivan Parvathy statue near sattanathar on the first floor. Don’t miss both poojai.

The Sattainathar Temple is located at a distance of 67 km from Nagapattinam and Nearest Town is Sirkazhi.

Temple Timings: Morning 06:00 am to 1:00 pm, Evening 04:00 pm to 09:00 pm. Pooja Details: 6 term pooja.
Temple Festivals: Brahmmotsavam in the temple begins on the Chithirai Tiruvadhirai day in April-May.


Tharangambadi is located at a distance of 34 km from Nagapattinam and it lies 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) north of Karaikal.

A few interesting places are here to visit.

Tranquebar Museum: The museum has a wide collection of stones, figurines, sculptures, swords, dagger, spears, sudai, wooden objects and a part of a whale skeleton.

New Jerusalem Church: If you want to celebrate this church do visit Christmas

Fort Dansborg: Dansborg is the second-largest Danish fort ever constructed, with Kronborg in Helsingør being the largest. Do visit the ramparts to get an unobstructed view of the Bay of Bengal. Do click some great pictures too.

Masilamaniswarar Shiva Temple

Thirumullaivasal is situated at a distance of about 12 km from Sirkazhi. Sirkazhi is on the Chidambaram to the Mayiladuthurai route. Other Devara Paadal Petra Sthalams near this place are – Sirkazhi, Thirukkolakka, Thiruvenkadu, Chayavanam, Poompukar, Mahendrapalli, Thirukkurukavur, and Achalpuram

This temple is situated near the coast of Bay of Bengal and the seashore is just half a kilometer away from this temple. The temple is believed to have been built about 1,300 years ago by the Chola King Killivalavan.

It is believed that the holy river Ganga springs in this temple’s well. This is one of the “Panchavaneswaram” temples – the other four being Chidambaram, Chayavanam, Thiruvenkadu, and Pallavanecharam. Lord Dakshinamurthy’s idol is big and very beautiful. He can be seen with the four sages (Sanakathars). In the corridors, there are beautifully carved reliefs that depict the sthala puranam.

Festivals: The Masi Maham Theerthavari festival is celebrated in a grand manner in the Tamil month of Masi (February-March). During this time, the procession idols of Lord Mullaivana Nathar and Goddess Kothaiyammai are taken to the seashore. Other important festivals celebrated in this temple are Shivratri in the Tamil month of Masi (Feb-Mar) and Vinayakar Chaturthi in the Tamil month of Aavani (Aug-Sept). Pradosham is also observed regularly.

Temple Timings: From 08.00 AM to 12.30 PM and 04.00 PM to 08.00 PM.


Kodiakkarai also called Point Calimere or Cape Calimere, is a low headland on the Coromandel Coast, in the Nagapattinam district of the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is the apex of the Cauvery River delta, and marks a nearly right-angle turn in the coastline

Several sites of religious, historical or cultural importance are located within the sanctuary:

Ramar Padam
Kuzhagar Temple or Kodi Kuzhagar Temple
Navakodi Sitthar Aalayam
Sanyasin Muniaswar Kovil
Mattumunian Kovil
Modi Mandapam
Avulaiganni Dargah
Shevrayan Kovil
Adivasi Colony
Chola Lighthouse
British Lighthouse
Kodiakkarai Lighthouse


Puhar is a town in the Nagapattinam district in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It was once a flourishing ancient port city known as Kaveri Poompattinam, which for a while served as the capital of the Early Chola kings in Tamilakam. Puhar is located near the endpoint of the Kaveri river, aside from the sea coast.

Poompuhar Beach is a natural and ancient beach located in Poompuhar, Tamil Nadu, India, along the Bay of Bengal. The beach starts from the Kaveri river and extends around 3 km north side towards Neithavasal. The sand of this beach spreads out around 3 kilometers

Poompuhar (Kaveripoompattinam) is said to have submerged undersea. An exclusive Underwater Archaeological Site Museum was established at Poompuhar to exhibit the antiquities recovered from under water exploration.


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