Places of Interest

Temples and other interesting places

Nagore is at a distance of 5 kms. north of Nagapattinam. Irrespective of caste, creed and religion people offer their worship at this Islamic Shrine. Kandhuri festival during October and November is very popular.
Velanganni is situated on the coastal line of Bay of Bengal at a distance of 14 Kms south of Nagapattinam. Sacred Arokkiya Madha Church here is a holy place for the Christians. People of all religions offer their worship at this Church. The festival during August and September is very famous.

Sikkal is on the Bus route from Nagapattinam to Thiruvarur. This place has an age – old Shiva Temple where Lord Muruga is worshipped in his popular form of Singaravelan.
Kodiyakkarai is 68 kms. from Nagapattinam. This place is noted for the birds sanctuary. Its nearby place is Muthuppettai with its backwater which attracts tourists.

Vedaranyam (Thirumaraikkadu)
Vedaranyam lies at a distance of 58 Kms from Nagapattinam. Vedaranyeswarar temple here is worth mentioning. It is one of the ‘Saptha Vidanga Thalams’. This place was the centre stage of Salt Sathyagraha during freedom struggle.
The distance between Nagapattinam and Ettukkudi is 28 Kms. Murugan temple at Ettukkudi is considered a holy place of Muruga. This temple finds a place in hymns of saint Arunagirinathar.
Tirukkuvalai lying at a distance of 27Kms. from Nagapattinam is one of the ‘Sapthavidanga Thalams’. Thiyagaraj Swamy temple and Angalamman temple are well known. It is the birthplace of former chief minister Mr. M. Karunanidhi, whose memorial house is in Thirukkuvalai.

Koothanur at a distance of 45 Kms from Nagapattinam is associated with the life of the great poet Ottakkoothar. There is a separate temple for Goddess Saraswathi, goddess of Knowledge.
Mannarkudi situated at a distance of 56 Kms from Nagapattinam is famous for its Vaishnava temple Rajagopalaswamy temple.
It is 35kms north of Nagapattinam on the east coastal line of Bay of Bengal. Danish Architexture is the attractions of Tranguebar.