Nagapattinam  Places of Interest


On the East coast between Nagappattinam and Chidhambaram, 3 km from Thirukkadaiyur. People from all over Tamilnadu visit the temple of Lord Anjaneyar for His grace. Special worship of Anjaneya is held on Saturdays and on the days of Amavasya. Timing : 8 am to 1 pm & 4 pm to 8 pm. Ph : 04364-289888.

Ettukudi Velavan Temple :

Lord Murugan with Valli and Deivanai blesses his devotees here. Soundhara Nayagar and Anantha Valli Thayar are also placed with Muruga. He is otherwise known as Velavan. Festival: During Chitra Full moonday, Pramotsavam is held every year. In Aiypasi Kanda Sashti is held. Time: 4.30 am to 12.30 Noon, 4.30 pm to 9 pm. Location: Ettukudi is 20km from Nagapattinam on the way to Thiruthurai poondi. Ph: 04366-245426.


Govt. Museum:

District Introduction Gallery, Bronzes and metal-ware Gallery, Paintings Gallery (contemporary paintings), Natural History Gallery, Anthropological Gallery (Musical Instruments, Palaeolithic tools), Working models on Natural History. The educational activities include Guide service, Competitions, popular lectures, seminars etc. Located in First Line Beach, Nagapattinam - 611 001.


3 km from Poompuhar, Keela-perumpallam receives a stream of devotees every day for worshipping Shri Naganatha Swami. This temple is the seat of the Ninth Navagraha, the Kedhu. Ph : 04364-260424.

Masilamaninathar Temple:

On the sea front, fighting a losing battle against the sea is the last monument in this village, Masilamani Nathar temple, built in 1305 by Mahaverma Kulasekara Pandiyan. Some parts of the temple are still intact and locals still use the temple.

Kodiakkarai (Point Calimare):

11 km from Vedaranyam. 55 km from Nagapattinam. Wildlife Sanctuary boasts of mammals like blue buck, spotted deer, wild bear, semi wild ponies, bonnet macaque, water birds like flamingoes, herons, and spoonbills. Timing : 6 am to 5 pm. Ph: 04369-272424.

Mahalakshmeeswarar Temple:

This temple was built by a chola king. located 7 km on the way to Seerkazhi from Mayiladurai. Time 6-11am, Evening 04 to 08 pm. Ph : 04364-320520.


Situated on the banks of river Cauvery. Mayuranatha Swami temple, Parimala Ranganatha Swamy temple, Kasi Vishwanatha Swamy temple, Punukeeswarar temple, Vadhaneswarar temple and Ayyarappar temple are some of the famous temples in Mayiladuthurai. Timing : 5 am to 12 noon & 4 pm to 9.30 pm. Ph : 04364-223779.


Situated very near Poompuhar and Thiruvengadu. The Valampuranathar temple at Melapperumpallam has Chola inscriptions. It is noted for the famous Nayanmar’s hymns. Keezhapperunpallam is at distance of 2 Kms from Poompuhar. It is the temple where the famous “Kethu” has a separate thalam. Ph : 04364-200890.

Museum (Church):

Situated opp. to the Basilica has a very rich variety of exhibits. The precious offerings made by the devotees are on display here. Biblical incidents are depicted on both sidewalls. Festivals are celebrated here with all pomp and gaiety every year. 6.30am to 8 pm. Ph : 04365-241279.


Nagapattinam Beach:

A pristine beach has been developed to attract people. Main attractions are beach volleyball, Joyful catamaran rides, children’s amusement park and other recreational facilities.

Pillai Idukki Amman Temple:

When Thirugnanasambandar reached the borders of Thiruvengadu, the whole place looked like Sivaloka and the sands Sivalingas. He hesitated to place his legs on this holy land and cried Amma. There will be flag hoisting on Tamil Masi Month (Feb-Mar) on the Punarvasu star day and continues for 10 days. 6 am to 12 am & 5.30 to 9.30 pm are the Puja timings. It is 10 Kms southeast of Sirkali on the Poompuhar road.


It was the capital & port city of Cholas, also called as Kavirippumpattinam, as the river Cauvery drains into the Bay of Bengal here only. Kovalan and Kannagi of the great epic Silappathikaram, written by Ilangovadigal, lived in this town. “Silappathikara Kalaikoodam” a panorama of sculptures depicting scenes from Silappathikaram. Timing: 9a.m to 8 p.m. Ph : 04364-260439.

Silappathikara Art Gallery


Silappathikara Art Gallery:

A beautiful seven tired building of great sculptural value has been built as Sillappathikara Art Gallery. The ‘Magara Thoranavayil’ at the entrance of the Art Gallery imparts an imposing and beautiful look to the whole structure. Timing : 8.30 am to 8.30 pm. Ph : 04364-260439.

Swedaranyeswarar Temple, Thiruvengadu:

24 km from Myladuthurai. 14 km from Sirkazhi. There are six holy places equal to Kashi. Thiruvengadu is one among them. Here everything is three - the presiding Deity, Holy Water and the Holy Tree. This is one among the 51 Sakthi Peethas. This is also called Adhi Chidambaram. Vishnu has a place near the Nataraja here as in Chidambaram. Indira, Iravadha, Vishnu, Sun, Moon, Agni (fire) worshipped the Lord. It is in Thiruvengadu Pattinathar had Sivadiksha, ascesticism. Timing : 5 am to 12.30 pm & 4 pm to 8 pm. Ph : 04364-256424.


The antique temple referred to as Thirusumponpalli in Devaram hymns is situated in this place. It is on the bus route between Tranquebar and Mayiladuthurai. It is a temple of historical significance.

sikkal temple


3 km from Nagore. A beautiful Murugan Temple dedicated to Lord Singaravelar is housed in a large complex. The pillars of this temple are adorned with intricate and exquisite carvings. The beautiful paintings of a bygone era are amazing in colour and portrayal. Beside this temple has the shrine of Siva, Vishnu and Hanuman it is a rare combination, indeed that it is believed. Timing : 6 am to 12.30 pm & 4 pm to 8 pm. Ph : 994289955, 04365-245350.


It is near Chidambaram has one of the most revered Shiva Temples of Tamilnadu. Lord Siva is otherwise known as Sattanathar, Goddess is called Thirupurasundari. It is also home to the Saiva saint Tirugnanasambandar. And the famous Carnatic Music exponent Sirkali Govinda Rajan. Timing : 6 am to 1 pm & 4 pm to 8.30 pm. Ph : 04364-270235.

Sri Swarnapureeswarar Temple, Semponarkoil:

Devotees offer in particular clothing to the Lord and his Consort. Important festival in the month of Chithirai (April-May). There will be car festival for 9 days called Sowramahotsavam. Semponar Koil is situated at 8 kms from Mayiladuthurai on the Tharangambadi road. Timing : 7 am to 12 noon & 5 pm to 8 .30 pm. Ph : 9943797974.

Thillaiyadi Valliammai Memorial :

She was born on 22-02-1898. As a patriot she fought the British to get freedom in her young age. She died on 22-02-1914. As a mark of respect her memorial was opened on 13-08-1971. Her statue, life history and photographs displayed here. A Library also is functioning here. Situated in Thillayadi Valliammai Village at Tharangambadi Taulk.


Thillaiyadi Temple :

27 km from Myiladuthurai. One more thing is to be noted in the history of Thillaiyadi. The prime deity in this temple is ‘Saranganatha Ratchagar’. The Goddess of this temple is Periya Nayagi Amman.

Thirukkadaiyur :

Thirukkadaiyur is on the bus route between Mayiladuthurai and Tranquebar. It is one of the eight temples glorifying the heroic deeds of Lord Siva. The great poet and devotee Abirami Pattar in this place had sung the holy hymn of Abirami Anthathi. Ph : 04364-287429.

Thiru Nangore :

10 km from Sirkzhi. One of the most sacred places of Vaishnava Temples. Shri Narayanaperumal Temple, Purushothama Perumal temple, Kudamadum Kootha Perumal Kovil, Semponnarangar kovil, Pallikondaperumal Kovil, Varadharaja Perumal Koil which had been performed Mangala Sasanam by Thirumangai Azhwar are located in this small town. Timing : 6 am to 12 noon & 4 pm to 8 pm. Ph : 04364- 256044, 944367893.

Thiruvenkadu (Budhan Temple)

Thirusaikkadu (Sayavanam) :

It is situated 2 Kms away form Poompuhar estuary. The Temple is for Thirusayavaneswarar and Iraivi Kuyilinam Nanmozhi Ammai. Timing : 8 am to 12 noon & 5 pm to 7.30 pm. Ph : 04364-260151, 9443107069.

Thiruvenkadu (Budhan Temple) :

Thiruvenkadu, one of the navagraha sthalam, is the Budhan Sthalam deviated to planet mercury . It is situated 15 kms away from vaitheswaran koil. On the sirkali poompuhar road. Here the lord is shwetaranyeswarar and his consort is Brahma Vidyambal.

Thiru Vikraman Temple at Sirkazhi :

In order to rule over the king Mahabali Lord Vishnu came to the earth as Vamana. He appears as Thiru Vikraman at Sirkazhi which is birth place of Thirugnana Sambandar. The prime deity of this otherwise called as ‘Jhadalan’ which means the who measured the whole world. The Goddess in this temple is called as Loga Nayagi Amman. Festival : Bramotsvam in June (Vaigasi). Timing : 7-30 to 11.30 am. & 4.30 pm to 8 pm Location: 2km from Sirkazhi Bus Stand. Ph : 04364-270207, 9442419989.

Tranquebar (Tharangambadi) :

35 Km north of Nagapattinam. The Danis constructed fortifications on the coast at Tranquebar. It was used as a Public Works Department Travellers Bungalow for government servants and colonials till 1977 AD. This fort was declared as a protected monument by the Department of Archaeology.

Vaitheeswaran Kovil :

5 km from Mayavaram Bus Stand. Vaitheeswaran, Thaiyal Nayaki, Muthukumaraswamy an ancient temple dedicated to Shiva - as Vaitheeswaran literally meaning the divine provider of cures. Adorned with imposing towers, Mandapams and pillars, this well visited shrine has been sung by the Saivite Saint Poets. This shrine is also referred to as an Angarakasthalam. Timing : 5.30 am to 1 pm & 4.30 pm to 9 pm. 04364-279423.

Zion Church (Tranquebar):

The Dutch settlers built Zion Church in 1701. The British renovated in 1782-84 and again in 1839 the Church. It is still in good condition and you can appreciate the Dutch architectural design of the renaissance era that is very evident in its construction.


45 km from Nagapattinam. Here “Salt Sathyagaraha” was staged in 1930 during the freedom struggle.

Nagore Dargha:

One of the popular pilgrimage centres for Muslims and symbol of religious harmony. The Nagore Dargah shrines are situated at three locations, Nagore, Vanjur and Silladi. The golden dome building houses three tombs in three separate chambers, inside the compound of the main campus. In the tombs lay buried the mortal remains of Meeran Sahib, his son Syed Mohammed Yusuf and his daughter-in-law Syed Sultana Biwi. Adjacent to the golden dome building is the ‘Peer Mandap’ where the ‘Peer of the Dargah’ stays fasting for three days during festive season of the Dargah. A mosque is located some distance away from here where regular prayers are held. The Friday congregations in this Mosque are massive. The second part of the dargah, the Vanjur Shrine where Meeran Sahib reportedly stayed in meditation for 40 days inside an underground cave, is about 2 km from the main Dargah. The third campus Silladi Shrine is loacted about a km east of the main dargah. The main festival ‘Kandhuri Urs’ falls in the month of May. Contact : Trustee Nagore Dargha, 04365-250194.

Velankanni Church

The site of an important Roman Catholic shrine dedicated to Our lady of Good Health Velankanni is an unique Holy place for South Asian Christianity. The church is dedicated to our Lady of Good Health. Vailankanni Church is popularly called as ‘Sacred Arockia Madha Church. It is a famous pilgrimage destination for Christians and also for people of other faiths. Velankanni is one of the most visited pilgrim centers of India. Our lady chose this place to dispense her miracles to mankind. A strong oral tradition attests to Our Lady’s apparitions at Velankanni. Hundreds of miraculous cures are reported every year. Vailankanni church was raised to the status of basilica by His Holiness Pope John XXIII in 1962. Anyone who goes to Velankanni can visit The Shrine Basilica, comprising of three Churches, Our Lady’s Tank, Church Museum, Priests’ Residence, Offering Center, Stations of the Cross, Stations of the Rosary, Shrine Mega Mahal and Velankanni Beach. People can have accommodation at Nagapattinam. The unique feature of the church is its Gothic architecture. Velankanni church was built in late 16th century and made many expansions later on due to increasing number of pilgrims. Church is located about 350 km south of Chennai, on the Coromandel Coast, 12 km south of Nagapattinam.
Contact Office : Ph : 04365-263423

Velankanni Church Festival

The main festival here is the feast of our lady. The festival commences on 29th August to 8th September every year. A large crowd, about 1.5 million people visit the place at this time. Holy masses are conducted in at least eight languages, Tamil, English, Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu, Konkani, Hindi and Marathi.

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