Devoted to Our Lady of Health, the Madonna of Velankanni, the shrine at this church is distinguished as Sacred Arogya Matha Church. Fully consecrated to Virgin Mary and the Heavenly Mother, this church has an expanded Basilica. There is also a shrine of Our Lady of Sorrow, where the grief-stricken Mother is portrayed carrying Infant Jesus in her arms.
A visit to the Velankanni Church is the chief reason for coming for a tour to Velankanni, which includes sighting the museum situated opposite the Basilica. This museum has various exhibits, with biblical incidents depicted on both sidewalls.
Positioned near Velankanni, Nagapattinam is one of the famed harbors of India. It is home to some impressive temples, a mini museum, a lofty lighthouse and the sprawling golden beach.
Sri Rangam Temple:
This temple positioned in nearby Trichy is the premier amongst the 108 Vaishnava divyadesas as also the first Vaishnava temple in South India.
To commemorate the Feast of Our Lady, this 10-day grand festival commencing on 29th of August is celebrated at the Velankanni Church every year. Pilgrims from all over India and even abroad visit the site, bathe religiously in the sea, and tonsuring their heads walk on their knees or roll up to the shrine as rituals.