Velankanni Church Tours

Velankanni Church, a Roman Catholic church located on the coast south of Chennai, is one of India’s most important Christian shrines and a beautiful landmark in Tamil Nadu.  Nicknamed the “Lourdes of the East,” the Gothic-style basilica stands on the spot where, according to local legend, an apparition of the Virgin Mary appeared three times, once to a local shepherd asking for milk, another time to cure a local buttermilk vendor and a third while rescuing a group of Portuguese sailors from a storm.

While none of the supposed miracles has been approved by the Pope, the shrine still draws millions of visitors each year. The structure as it stands today was consecrated in 1962 and granted the status of a minor basilica by Pope John XXIII.

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Velankanni Church is located in the town of Velankanni, 217 miles (350 kilometers) from the Tamil Nadu capital of Chennai. 
Address: Velankanni, India
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Private Half Day Chennai Tour including Sunset at Marina Beach with Dinner

Take a half day private tour of Chennai by visiting two of the most important spiritual attractions in the city that is Temple of Lord Shiva at Kapaleeshwarar temple and San Thome Church - where the mortal remains of St. Learn the legend behind the Shiva temple and take delight in its typical Dravidian architectural style, which  boasts of a tall gopuram (gateway tower) and other wonders. Heading to Neo Gothic style Catholic church of San Thome, ending your night by relaxing at Marina beach and nice dinner in a local restaurant.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours

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