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Places of Interest in vellankani

Vedaranyam  This is a historic town. It was to this town that C. Rajagopalachari led the Salt march in the south India, while Gandhiji was leading the March to Dandi in Gujarat in March 1930. A destination of tourist attraction is Vedaranyam, which is also known as Thirumaraikkadu. It is situated 55 kms from Nagapattinam. Shri Vedaranyeswarar Temple in this seaside town has some striking features. This large temple consists of Mahamandapam, long corridors, and the beautiful Rajagopuram and is surrounded tall compound walls.

Kodikkarai (Pt. Calimere) Situated 66 kms from Nagapattinam and 11 kms south of Vedaranyam, this seaside town Kodikkarai has many wonders for its visitors. Popularly known as Point Calimere, it has wild life sanctuary for animals and Bivats sanctuary for migrating birds. This area was declared a wildlife sanctuary in the year 1967. There are more than 2000 blue bucks and spotted deer in this sanctuary. Other than the deer, this sanctuary also has wild boar, semi wild ponies and bonnet macaque. The birds’ sanctuary receives migrating birds from all over the world. Braving dangers and hardship, these feathered travelers come from as far as Russia, Siberia, Iran, Australia and Himalayas. Tourists are attracted by the varieties of birds like flamingos, ibises, herons, spoonbills, woodcock, hornbills, storks, willow warbler, wagtail and the wild duck. Starting from October until March, birds migrate to this place. The lighthouse of the ancient Chola period, the foot print of Lord Rama called Ramar patham meaning Rama’s footprint and the Government Herbal farm are some of the other important places of tourist attraction here.

Visiting hours: 10.00 a.m to 6.00 p.m.

Lodging Facilities at Kodikkarai  : Forest Lodge Poonarai illam: (04369) 272424.

Thirunallar Among the nine Navagraha places, Thirunallar is the seat of Lord Saneeswara Bhagawan. It is located 5 kms west of Karaikkal on the route Kumbakonam within the limits of Pondicherry state. Arokkiyamadha Festival during August – September.Christmas Festival December 25th.New Year Festival : January 1st


Quality Inn ( MGM Group )  263900
Hotel Velankanni 263527
M.G.M Lodge  263336.
V.G.P. Beach Resort  263561.
V.J.Lodge 263861.
S.P.T. Lodge 264071.
Hotel Golden Sand 263426, 263626.
Hotel Sea Gate 263910
Hotel Picnic    263510
Hotel Prakash     263740
Little Flower Pilgrimage quarters     263512
St.Joseph Pilgrimage Quarters 263512
Quality Inn 263900
Hotel Velankanni                 263527
Chandra Hotel   263462
Ariya Bhavan          263675


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