Nagapattinam district, The Land of religious harmony, known for its rich religious heritage was carved out by bifurcating the composite Thanjavur district on 18.10.1991. Its long stretch of beach runs along the Bay of Bengal for 188kms. Nagapattinam boasts of having one of the most thriving harbours of India and it is one of the oldest port cities of Chola empire. It was called as "Naval Pattinam"- The city of ships. It has Shri Kayahorana Swami Neelayathatchi Amman Temple, Sowriraja Perumal Temple, and Nellukkadai Mariamman Temple. The mini museum, the towering lighthouse and the long beautiful beach are some of the worth visiting places in this city. The town was completely devastated by the Tsunami that struck the southern hemisphere in the year 2005 and renovation work is still in progress.
This small town is situated on the coast of Bay of Bengal 14 kms south of Nagappattinam. The Arokiya Madha Church or the Velankanni Basilica here is a holy place for the Christians.However, people of all religion offer their worship at this church. The festival during August and September is very famous.
Poompuhar is in Sirkali Taluk of Nagapattinam District. It is known as Kaveripoompattinam. Tourists have to alight at Mayiladuthurai junction to procede Poompuhar by road, visitors from Chennai by train have to get down at Sirkali. Poombuhar is connected to Mayiladuthurai as well as Sirkali by road. The distance from Poompuhar to Mayiladuthurai is 24 kms and to Sirkali 21kms.
This town is 5 kms north of Nagapattinam. Irrespective of caste, creed and religion people offer their worship at the Islamic shrine here. The Kandhuri festival during October and November is very popular.


The Sikkal Shri Singaravelavar temple is located 5 kms on the bus route from Nagapattinam to Tiruvarur. The Tamil Shaivite saints Appar,Thirugnana Sambandar,Sundarar and Manickavasagar glorified this temple in their divine songs. The festival, Soora Samharam is the most important festival celebrated here in the month of Ippasi. This place has an old Shiva Temple where Lord Muruga is worshipped in the form of Singaravelavar.

It is 68 kms from Nagapattinam. This place is noted for the birds’ sanctuary. Muthupettai, a nearby town with its backwaters also attracts tourists.
Vedaranyam (Thirumaraikkadu):
Vedaranyam lies at a distance of 58 Kms from Nagapattinam. The Vedaranyewarar temple here is worth mentioning. It is one of the Saptha Vidanga Thallams. The place is historically important because it was the centre stage of Salt Sathyagraha in South India, during freedom struggle.
The distance between Nagapattinam and Ettukkudi is 28 kms. This old Murugan temple at Ettukkudi finds a place in hymns of the Saint Arunagirinathar.
Thirukkuvalai in Tiruvarur lying at a distance of 27 Kms. from Nagapattinam is one of the Saptha vidanga thalams. The Thyagaraja Swamy temple and Angalamman temple are popular places to visit.
Koothanur at a distance of 45 kms from Nagapattinam and is associated with the life of the great Tamil poet Ottakkoothar. This temple has a separate temple for Goddess Saraswathi, the goddess of learning and fine arts.
Mannarkudi situated at a distance of 56 kms from Nagapattinam is famous for the Vaishnava temple - Rajagopalaswamy temple.
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