Velankanni Church -Located near the Bay of Bengal shores, Velankanni town in Tamil Nadu is the home to the Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health. Velankanni church, known around the world for its sacred shrine and annual festive celebrations is visited by innumerable pilgrims from around the world. Built in the Gothic architectural style, the church is a great venue to attain peace of mind.
According to the legends, the church marks the significance of miraculous apparitions of Mother Mary, carrying infant Jesus, to a Hindu shepherd boy and a crippled buttermilk vending boy. However, the most popular legend is associated with the Portuguese sailors who were rescued by Mother Mary from a furious sea storm. Over hundreds of years, the church has been constantly expanded and has become one of the top religious sites in India.
Popularly referred to as the Lourdes of the East, the church has highlights like three chapels, a church museum, Stations of the Cross, Stations of the Rosary and Our Lady’s Tank. The month of September witnesses huge number of visitors around the feast day.Being at the church facing the sea during the dusk offers pleasurable views to the eyes.