|Pilgrimage to Velankanni - 04
and assistance on arrival at Trichy airport in the morning.
Then transfer to Velankanni and On arrival there transfer
Afternoon visit to Church
Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel.
very famous for its Marian church known as "Shrine Basilica of
Lady of Health". Thousands of people from all around India and
World visit this place and hence is known as "Mecca of
Christians" and "Lourdes of the East". There are a number of
churches and other buildings in the Basilica complex and on one
side it is flanked by Bay of Bengal sea.
Brief History of Velankanni
The history of Velankanni goes back as far as 16th century.
According to legends, Mother Mary appeared twice to milk boys
during this period. There are churches on both these places
(inside Basilica complex). In the first appearance, Mother Mary
asked for milk from a boy. Boy gave milk to mother and later it
was found that the milk pot is still full. This place is known
as "Our Ladys Tank". In the second appearance, Mother Mary
cured a crippled boy. There is a small church at this place
The third miracle happened sometime
during seventeenth century and probably it was this miracle
which caused rapid expansion of Velankanni church. A Portuguese
ship going from Macao in China to Colombo was caught in a
violent storm. The sailors prayed to Mother Mary for
protection. It is said that the ship landed in Velankanni and
as an offering sailors built a church at the seaside. In
subsequent visits, Portuguese continued to build and expand the
In 1962, Pope John XXIII granted
Minor Basilica status to Velankanni church. The first
bishop of Thanjavur, R.A. Sundaram was behind this decision. A
new church extension modeled after the Lady of Lourdes was soon
Dinner and overnight stay at
Day at leasure in
overnight stay at Hotel.
Morning transfer to the airport for
departure flight to Colombo.
EndsThe sequences of visits
are subject to change.
85,000/- per person
Rs 65,000/-per person
CHILD BETWEEN 2 - 12 YRS
Rs 59,000/- per child
• Economy Class Return Air
• Tips for the Guides, Drivers, Hotel staff & Airport
• Travel Insurance Policy (Coverage:
US $ 75,000/age up to 70 years/ Subject to
conditions as per the Insurance
• Star Class Hotel Accommodation in India as per the
• Breakfast and Dinner as mentioned in the
• Arrival/Departure/Transfers and Sightseeing in
India A/C Coach as per the itinerary.
• Airport taxes in Sri Lanka.
• Entrance fees for all visits as mentioned in the
• Visa fee for India
• Travel Insurance Policy-Additional surcharge of Rs.
8,500 will apply to pilgrims between age 70-85 years
• Transportation to/from Colombo Airport
• Beverages during the meals / Laundry
• Excess baggage charges
• Expenses of a personal nature
• Any monument entrance fee.
• Camera/video entrance fees
Full Payment of Rs.
65,000/- to be made at the time of booking
for a Confirmed