Velankanni is a small town in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is famous for its Roman Catholic Latin Rite Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health ... More info ›
Velankanni is a small town in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is famous for its Roman Catholic Latin Rite Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health. Also known as the "Lourdes of the East", nearly 2 million pilgrims visit the Basilica every year. Three miracles have been reported around the area where the Basilica stands although the Holy See has not sanctified any of these.
• Drive to the Basilica past the South Indian countryside
• Gothic style of architecture of the Basilica
• Three miracles attributed to Our Lady of Good Health
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health, Velankanni Centre Nagapattinam district,Tamil Nadu, Velankanni 611111 India
You will be picked up from your hotel in Thanjavur in the morning and driven to the Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health.
The origins of the church can be traced back to the mid-16th century. Three miracles were reported from the area around the Basilica - the apparition of Mary and the Christ child to a slumbering shepherd boy, the curing of a lame man and the rescue of Portuguese sailors from a violent storm. The Basilica was finally built by Portuguese sailors. Built in the Gothic style, the Basilica contains three chapels. The shrine started as a thatched chapel in the mid-sixteenth century and became a parish church in 1771 when the Catholics in India were under persecution from the Dutch. In 1962 it was granted the special status of a Minor Basilica by Pope John XIII.
Duration: 2 hours