A sprawling beach, with the expanse of the Bay of Bengal lying before you, sparkling waters stretch out as far as the eyes can see. Fishermen go about their day at a far end, throwing open their nets, hoping to make a big catch and relying on the bounty and generosity of the sea
Kids play in the sand, building castles of dreams. Does this blissful picture appeal to you? If it does, you should head straight to the idyllic town of Nagapattinam, in Tamil Nadu, for your next holiday.A town and region endowed with a rich history and culture, Nagapattinam has much to offer to the discerning traveler. Devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, restoration efforts are still underway as the resilient locals refuse to be beaten down by the forces of nature.With a strong and interesting Buddhist history, a temple where Hindus and Muslims celebrate together, and its proximity to the famous Christian pilgrimage site of Velankani, Nagapattinam gives you many reasons to fall in love with it.Plan your trip around the Kanduri festival that takes place at the holy site of Nagore Durgah. Built in the 16th century, this minaret is a beautiful landmark in town. The festival celebrates the death anniversary of Saint Hajrath Shu Hamid, for whom the minaret was built. Not only do people of all religions and faiths come here to participate in the festivities, but there is a sacred ritual that brings Hindus and Muslims together in a show of solidarity.There are many other temples in and around Nagapattinam that are also worth visiting. These include the Kayarohanaswami Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, which is believed to have been in existence way back in 6th century CE. The Sikkal-Singaravelavar and Soundararajaperumal Temple, among others, should also be added to your itinerary.Kodikarrai is just about 68 km from Nagapattinam, and is also worth visiting for its bird sanctuary and beautiful backwaters.Auto-rickshaws are easily available and are a convenient way of getting around. State-run and private buses also ply through the city, offering a cheaper alternative. You can also hire a private car or cab for a more comfortable experience.Be careful while swimming at beaches, as currents can be too strong, even for more experienced swimmers.Keep an eye on your belongings when visiting crowded religious sites
Nagapattinam is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Tiruchirappally at a distance of 123kms.
Airports: Tiruchirapally Civil Airport Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Nagapattinam from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Nagappattinam