How To Reach Velankanni
The Tiruchirappalli Airport located at Chembattu approximately 165 kilometers from Velankanni is the nearest airfield that establishes efficient air connectivity between this holy pilgrimage city and numerous domestic as well as international destinations. From the Trichirapalli Airport regular daily flights ply to Chennai, Bangalore, Sri Lanka and Kuala Lumpur. Air India Express operates a daily domestic flight between Trichirapalli and Chennai and a weekly flight between Trichirapalli and Mumbai. Indian Airlines cater services from this airport to various national and international destinations such as Chennai, Sharjah, Colombo and Kuwait. Air Ceylon operates daily passenger flights from Trichirapalli to Colombo via Jaffna. Moreover, Tiruchirappalli is also a convenient low-cost entry point to India from South-East Asia and Thailand. Air Asia provides a flight service between Trichirapalli and Kuala Lumpur whereas Singapore based LCC; Tiger Airways operates a flight between Singapore and Trichirapalli 4 times a week. Air India Express LCC flies to and from Kuala Lumpur, Dubai and Singapore everyday and twice a week to Abu Dhabi. Sri Lankan Airlines and Air Lanka also connect Trichirapalli to Colombo from where many other international destinations are approachable by air. To reach the Tiruchirappalli Airport from Velankanni tourists can avail the state transport or private buses or hire a rental cab that would charge around 1000 to 1500 INR.
Velankanni; the ‘Land of Miracles’ is bequeathed with a small railway station named the ‘Velankanni Railway Station (VLKN)’ which is situated just 1.2 kilometers away from the Shrine Basilica and is easily approachable from there even on foot. The Velankanni Railway Station operates a weekly express train i.e. ‘Velankanni Express’ that plies on the Velankanni – Vasco Da Gama route and connects Velankanni with Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Erode, Salem, Krishnarajapurm, Yesvantpur Jn, Hubli, Dharwar, Madgaon, Vasco Da Gama, etc cities. Apart from that, 2 passenger trains also ply to Nagapattinam and Nagore from Velankanni. For better rail connectivity, tourists can reach Nagapattinam from Velankanni by bus, cab or train and then avail further trains from the ‘Nagapattinam Railway Station (NGT) ‘. This railhead falls on the Erode Nagore Railway Line of the Southern Railways. Regular trains run to Nagore, Chennai, Thanjavur and Trichy from Nagapattinam. ‘Nagore Railway Station (NCR) ‘ sited at the distance of just 20 kilometers from Velankanni is yet another important railway hub from where trains to Nagapattinam, Thiruvarur, Thanjavur, Erode, Coimbatore, Tirupadripulyur, Villuparam, Melmaruvattu, Palghat, Trichur, Ernakulam, etc are easily available.
Velankanni is well connected to almost all the major towns and cities of Tamil Nadu as well as neighboring states including Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh by road. Direct buses (both private and state transport) regularly ply from Velankanni to Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Trichy, Chidambaram, Madurai, Chennai, Pondicherry, Kanyakumari, Trivandrum, Bangalore, and many other intra & inter state destinations. Velankanni is located about 12 km from Nagapattinam, 19 km from Nagore, 30 km from Karaikal, 34 km from Thiruvarur, 93 km from Thanjavur, 94 km from Chidambaram, 151 km from Tiruchirappalli, 162 km from Pondicherry, 225 km from Karur, 272 km from Salem, 281 km from Madurai, 326 km from Chennai, 448 km from Kanyakumari, 479 km from Bangalore, 512 km from Trivandrum, etc.