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Thoothukudi Travel Guide

Thoothukudi is one of the municipality towns in Tamilnadu. The city protrudes on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. The confederation of Indian Industry referred that the city has the second-highest Human Development Index in Tamilnadu after Chennai. Here is the commercial seaport that serves the inland cities of South India.V.O.Chidambaranar Port trust is the fastest emerging ports in India.

It is also a growing “Emerging Energy and Industrial hub of South India. It is a pearl city because people do pearl fishing here. Modes of transport: railways, roadways, seaways and airways. Here is the sea gateway situated in the Gulf of Mannar. The soil spread here is Red Soil, and this constitutes quartz with variable quantities of fine red dry dust. The town is famous for its salt. So the rural people living here involved in sea-borne trading, fishing and tourism. The city exposes a hot semi-arid climate. There are twenty-one islands between Thoothukudi and Rameswaram that shores in the Gulf of Mannar. It is one of the gateways of Tamilnadu. T Let us see some places most visited by tourists.

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Best Tourists Places In Thoothukudi

  • Kalugumalai
  • Tuticorin Port
  • Our Lady of snows Basilica
  • Manapad
  • Kattabomman Memorial Fort


Here is the tiny tranquil town famous for its ancient rock-cut temples. It houses a colossal church making it a religious place next to temples. It also houses monolithic Jain beds. It was Araimalai or Thirumalai. There are two parts of South Kazhugumalai or Kottai Kazhugumalai. He preached his teachings here, and the devotees worshipped him. It plays a significant role in the Kalugumalai riots of 1895. Histories reveal that this place houses the palace of Pandya King, Ettimanan. The site got this name after its surrounding hills with the same name, meaning most tourists visit here to admire serene beauty. It is the trade route during the early period. It is the Jain Settlement used by Lord Mahavir.

Tuticorin Port

Here is one of the major trading ports in India. A recent, it was renamed as V.O.Chidambaranar Port. It occupies second place in the list of largest ports due to its massive size. It is an artificially created port, and its marvellous construction executes one of the best engineering techniques. It becomes the nation’s premier port after the Sethusamudram shipping canal project because of its operations and management. In Tamilnadu, this is the third international one and second All-weather port. Its location is on the south-eastern coast of India. It is an inevitable comparison to the second busiest ports globally, the port of Singapore. It is nearer to the east-west International sea route in the Gulf of Mannar. It is the fourth-largest container terminal in the country.

Our Lady of snows Basilica

It is a famous place of worship in Tamilnadu. , most tourists visit here to admire the building style of the church stuns everyone. It is one of the biggest in all of Tamilnadu. The church has numerous miracle tales of its own. The church, made in European Architecture, takes styles from Italian and Rome. It houses the shrine dedicated to St. Mary. Our Lady of Snows festival is the grandly celebrated festival of the church. It is the time where the devotees offer prayers and thanks to the Saint. The Golden Car takes the saint idol all over the city to a procession in the annual festival on August 5. Basilica on its own is a spectacle during the festival. The formation of the church is the inspiration from Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.


When all famous tourist places were commercially exploited globally, since there are some genuinely magnificent places excluded from the list, there is an exceptional place in the Indian state of Tamilnadu, the village of Manapad. There are more fun activities and water sports that replenish the mind. It is the standing proof for the unexplored and untouched areas. It is a small hamlet situated amidst the naturally formed dunes on one side and covered by perfect blue seas on three sides. This prestigious site houses more marvellous hubs of heritage and spreads the significance of religion. People consider this as the standing symbol of beauty and majesty. It is highly immersed in natural splendour and has a consistent history. It is a fantastic place for tracking rest away from a bustling-hustling city.

Kattabomman Memorial Fort

The government of Tamilnadu built the fort to honour the great freedom fighter Veerapandiya Kattabomma Karuthayya Naykkar allies, Kattabomman. He was the chieftain of the eighteenth century who refused the invasion of British east Indian company. He stands against them and waged war. But unfortunately, the British offered the death penalty after capturing him and his reign. The memorial is in the palace where the British government hanged him to death. The local consider him as the shrine for his constant struggle and brave death. However, it is slightly far away from the town most tourists visit here to admire his bravery. It establishes the nature of Tamil kings and their courageous thoughts over the British domination. It is a beautiful place to explore the ancient Tamilians and was properly maintained.
Besides all these places, the Thiruchendur Murugan temple, Tuticorin Beach, Ettaiyapuram place, Ottapidaram, Sri Vaikuntam temple, Holy Trinity church and St.James church occupies the second place in the tour list. The rural villages in the district are now developing, protruding with many small scale industries. As Thoothukudi is a seaport and houses rivers, beaches there is a tempting treat for non-vegans. Also, the macaroons ( a sweet made of egg white and cashew nuts) of Thoothukudi tickles your tongue. Amidst the tour, also explore the method of making salt out of water here. Buy pure and natural salts from the place of manufacture if you get a chance!