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Places of Interest

Kayarohana Swami and Neelayadakshi Temple : It is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Siva . It is still in existence from 6th Century and also finds a mention in Thevaram. The temple is one of the seven temples called as Saptha Vidangam of the Thiyagaraja Cult, where, the presiding deity Thyagaraja is believed to portray different dance styles.

Soundararaja Perumal Temple : It is one of the 108 Divya Desam dedicated to Lord Vishnu is located here in the city. This temple is revered in Nalayira Divya Prabandham by Thirumangai Azhwar, one of the 12 Alwars belonging to the 6th – 9th century. Sikkal, Vedaranyam and Ettukudi Temple can be visited through Nagapattinam also.

Nagore Dargha : It is 5 Kms from Nagapattinam. It is a 16th-century minaret located in Nagore and one of the important pilgrimage centers of the town. Dargah of Hajrath Shahul Hamid (1490–1579), in honor of whom the minaret was built is located here. Kanduri festival is a 14-day event is celebrated as the annual urs(anniversary). The festival is celebrated in commemoration of the saint's death anniversary and pilgrims from various religions participate in the festival. The festival is also seen as a sacred solidarity of mixed faith of Hindus and Muslims. There are three other prominent mosques; one near Nagai Pudhur Road, one near the new bus stand, and another at Moolakadai Street.

Velankanni is a pilgrimage centre located 14 km from Nagapattinam. The town is known for the Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health, a Roman Catholic church built during the 17th century. Pilgrimage in the month of September is an annual festival when people from Hindus, Muslims and Christian faiths and all denominations visit the Basilica. The town has prominent churches like Lourd Madha (Sindhathurai Madha) Church, the Madharasi Madha Church etc.

Sikkal : It is 5 Kms from the town of Nagapattinam. Sikkal Singara Velan temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan. Appar, Thirugnana Sambandar, Sundarar and Manicka Vasagar [ Saivite Saints] have glorified this temple through their hymns in praise of the Lord. In the month of Aippasi [Oct-Nov] during Skandha Sashti Festival, mythical Soora Samharam is enacted by the devotees. There is an Old Siva temple too, where Lord Murugan worshipped Lord Siva in the form of Singaravelan.

Kodikkarai[Point Calimere] : It is around 70 kms from Nagapattinam and 11Kms from Vedaranyam. Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary was created in 1967 for conservation of Blackbuck, an endangered and endemic species of India. Point Calimere encompasses 17.26 sq KM of sandy coast fringed by saline swamps and thorny scrub around the backwaters. Migratory curlews, Terns, Plovers, Sandpipers, Shanks nest in the tidal mud flats from October to March. Black bucks, Spotted Deers, Jackal, Ponies and Wild hare are sighted very often. Flamingo House [Poonarai illam- 04369 – 272424], a Forest Rest House is available at Kodikkarai. Alternative accommodation options are available at Vedaranyam.

Vedaranyam [Thiru Marai Kadu] : It is 60 Kms from Nagapattinam. It is one of the Seven Special Abodes dedicated to Lord Siva called as SAPTHA VIDANGATH THALANGAL. In these temples the Lord Siva is called as “Thyagaraja”. Historically this Town finds an important place in Indian Independence war. It was here the famous SALT SATYAGRAHA took place under the leadership of C.R.Rajagopalachary. This took place parallel to the event of Dandi March by Mahatma Gandhi.

Ettukudi : It is 30 Kms from Nagapattinam. Saint Arunagiri Nathar has glorified this through his hymns. 10 day Chitirai Paurnami festival when Milk Kavadi is offered by thousands of Devotees, Skandha Sashti, Vaikasi Visakam and Tiruvadirai [for Lord Siva] are the important festivals of this temple.

Thirukuvalai : It is 27 Kms from Nagapattinam. Brahmapureeswarar Temple dedicated to Lord Siva believed to be more than 1000 years old is a religious destination of this Village.

Koothanur : Located at 45 Kms from Nagapattinam is associated with renowned Poet Ottakoothar. Temple of Goddess Saraswathy, the only one of its kind in Tamil Nadu, exclusively dedicated to the Goddess of Education and Fine Arts is located at Koothanur. It attracts large number of devotees to offer their prayers for the Educational Success of self and their wards.

Mannarkudi : It is 56 Kms from Nagapattinam. Famous and very popular Vaishnavite Temple dedicated to Lord Rajagopalaswamy is found here. The saying KOVIL PAATHI and KULAM PAATHI [half is Temple and the other Half is Tank] perfectly suits this town. The greatness of the Temple and the Tank are two inseparable features of this temple complex. Inscriptions of Kulotunnga I [ 1072-1122] speaks of the temple’s existence from time even before that period. Contact Phone: 04367-222276.



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