Velankanni Church and Beach Nagapattinam

 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,[4] out which an estimated 3 million people visit the shrine during its annual festival from 29 August to 8 September.[3] The 11-day annual festival concludes with the celebration of the Feast of the Nativity of Mary on 8 September.




Due to the large number of pilgrims that visit this town, the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC), State Express Transport Corporation (Tamil Nadu) (SETC) and several private bus operators ply to cities like Bengaluru, Chennai, Coimbatore, Ernakulam, Madurai, Nagercoil, Salem, Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli and Trivandrum. The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation-run a daily bus service to Changanassery.

Velankanni railway station is a terminal station on the 10 kilometers long Nagapattinam – Velankanni broad gauge line



Velankanni Church Mass Timings – Week Days

5.40 AM : Morning Prayer in the Main Shrine
6.00 AM: Mass in Tamil in the Main Shrine
7.00 AM: Mass in Tamil in the Lower Basilica
8.00 AM: Mass in Telugu in the Upper Basilica
9.00 AM: Mass in Malayalam in the Lower Basilica
10.00 AM: Mass in English in the Lower Basilica
11.00 AM: Mass in Hindi in the Upper Basilica
12.00 Noon: Mass in Tamil in the Lower Basilica
6.00 PM: Rosary and Litany in Tamil followed by Mass in Tamil in the Lower Basilica

1st Friday: 6.00 PM: Mass in Tamil Eucharistic Procession around the Shrine Sermon and Benediction from the front view of the Upper Basilica

All Sundays
7.30 AM: Mass in Tamil in the Lower Basilica (Instead of at 7.00 am during the week)
5.00 AM: (Additional) Mass in Tamil for the Parishioners of Vailankanni in the Lower Basilica
6.00 PM: Rosary, Novena Prayer, Benediction and Mass in Tamil in the Lower Basilica

All Saturdays

7.00 AM: Mass in Tamil at Our Lady’s Tank Chapel
5.45 AM: Car Procession of Our Lady of Health around the Shrine Benediction and Mass in Tamil in the Lower Basilica

1st Saturday: 5.30 PM: Car Procession of Our Lady of Health thought the Beach Road Blessing of the Sick with the Blessed Sacrament Benediction and Mass in Tamil in the Lower Basilica




9.00 PM: A Three-Hour Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament in the Main Shrine

2nd Saturday: 9.00 AM: A Healing and Fasting Prayer Service from 9 am to 4 pm at Vailankanni Retreat House

3rd Saturday: One Hour Intercessory Prayer Service at Our Lady’s Tank Chapel after 7.00 am Mass

4th Saturday: 6.30 am: Mass in Tamil at Naduththittu Chapel
8.00 pm: Children’s Evangelization Programme in front of the Presbytery

The month of May: Our Lady’s Car Procession around the Shrine on all the days

Velankanni Beach 


It’s a very good beach. From the Velankanni Church, on the opposite, there is a lane, where hundreds of shops are on both sides. Many things are there to buy. Good economical things are for sale. At the end of the lane, there is the beach. Nice to cool off at the beach. Good petty snacks are there to keep upbeat. There are two restaurants on the lane. Fish tastes better. It’s better to visit the beach before 10.00 pm night when the crowd is there





March to May is not at all a good time for visiting that place. It is due to the hot weather at that place. If you have plans to visit that place with your kids, be prepared to expend high for them. There are plenty of small scale shops nearby the beach.

Vellankani Beach is one of the most pious and scenic beaches on the Eastern coast of the Indian subcontinent. It is the perfect buzz-filled holiday spot with the bustling crowds and swaying palm trees. The beach is one of the most popular destinations in the region. The Church of Our Lady of Health is located very close to the beach which makes it a pilgrim hotspot. Vellankani has a history of religion and culture. It was a trading port for Rome and Greece only to lose its importance to its harbor Nagapattinam later. It is one of the most visited pilgrim destinations in Southern Indi





Street food is very famous in Velankanni. You can get fresh fish fry at the beach. More than 100 fish shops are there. Also in the hotel both South Indian and north Indian food available.


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