- Nagapattinam - The City of Coromandel
The ancient port city of Nagapattinam has occupied a significant place
as a hub of trade and commerce, from times immemorial. Remnants of the
ancient glory of this city survive still today in the vast
archeological ruins scattered throughout its coastline. Nagapattinam has
carved for itself a unique place amongst the Indian pilgrimage places,
being a confluence of three religions - Hinduism, Islam and
Christianity. The city lures pilgrims and tourists alike with its
unique blend of sacred sites, historical remains and rich tapestry of
Nagapattinam is a place brimming with ancient history, magnificent architecture, stunning landscapes and of peace and healing. This city of immeasurable archeological wealth dazzles as a precious gem perched on top of a splendid crown. The place finds mention in Ptolemys travelogues as one of the most important trade centers of ancient Tamil Nadu. The city also boasts of a rich Buddhist heritage dating back to the 3rd century B.C.
- Place of Interest
Poompuhar, an ancient port of the Cholas is situated on the banks of one of the estuaries of the river Cauveri. The extensive excavations done in Poompuhar have revealed several buildings, Buddhist artifacts, ancient Chola coins, numerous water reservoirs and innumerous wells. The Silappathikara Art Gallery is a must see in Poompuhar apart from the beautiful ancient temples.
Velankanni, the Lourdes of the East, located on the East coast of the Bay of Bengal at a distance of 14 Km south of Nagapattinam, is the most important center for Christian pilgrims in India. The Basilica dedicated to Our Lady of Health stands in its Gothic grandeur, attracting pilgrims from all walks of life irrespective of their faith.
The Sufi shrine located at Nagore, 5 Km north of Nagapattinam is an important place of worship for Moslems.
The Koothanur temple, located at a distance of 45 Km from Nagapattinam houses the magnificent temple dedicated to the great Tamil poet Ottakkoothar.
Kodikkarai located at a distance of 68 Km from Nagapattinam has a bird sanctuary and serene backwaters, attracting nature lovers and honeymoon couples.
The Shani temple at Thirunallar is the only temple in India where Saturn or Shani Dev is worshipped. This temple is also intertwined with the Indian astrology, as Shani is believed to be a planet having strong effects on the fortune of an individual.
Tranquebar located at a distance of 35 Km from Nagapattinam has several buildings in the Danish architectural style. The archeological museum housed inside the Danish fort attracts hoards of visitors throughout the year.
17th century Dutch fort at Tranquebar
Nagapattinam itself has a long and clean beach that is one of its main attractions. Some of the activities here include beach volleyball, catamaran rides, amusement park and other recreational facilities. There are also many temples including the Amman and the Perumal temple. There is also the mini museum and a towering lighthouse near by.
- Best Time To Visit
November to February.
- How to Reach
The nearest airport is at Trichy at a distance of 147 Km.
Well connected by rail.
Nagapattinam is well connected to most of the major cities in the state through private and public modes of transportation.