The former name of Thoothukudi is Tuticorin. Thoothukudi is a port city in the state of Tamil Nadu. The city is located on the Coromandel Coast of the Bay of Bengal. The town of Thoothukudi is known as the “Pearl City” for catching pearls. Tuticorin is a busy port town hidden away in Tamil Nadu. The city is one of the sea gateways of Tamil Nadu. It is also one of the major seaports in India with a history dating back to the 6th century AD. The majority of the people of the city are employed in salt pans, sea-borne trading, fishing, and tourism. Thoothukudi has been a center of maritime trade and pearl fishing for over 2000 years.
Visiting place in Thoothukudi
Basilica of Our Lady of Snows
It is one of the Catholic pilgrimage centers in India dedicated to the Our Lady of Snows. The construction of this church is influenced by the Roman and Italian styles in European architecture. The Shrine name refers to the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. The Basilica di Santa Maria in Rome is inspired by Maggiore.
The port of Tuticorin is known as V.O.Chidambaranar Port. This port is an artificial port. It is the second-largest port in India. This port was declared as a major port of India on 11 July 1974. It is the only port in South India that provides weekly direct container services to the United States of America and Europe. It is the third international port in Tamil Nadu and its second all-weather port.
Thiruchendur Murugan Temple
This temple is one of the few temples in India to have various forms and incarnations of both Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. The temple is located within 200 meters of the sea. The Tiruchendur Murugan Temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan. The puranic name or historical name for this temple is Jayanthipuram. It is one of the six main abodes of the Kaumaram religion.
Manapad is a beautiful village. The village is most famous for tourists.St. Francis Xavier came to Manapad in 1542, when he began missionary activity on the Fishery Coast. These small villages are nestled between naturally formed hills on one side and bounded by a clear blue sea on three sides. This ancient place is surrounded by much great heritage, tourism, and places of religious importance.
Srivaikuntanathan Perumal temple
Sri Vaikuntanatha Perumal Temple is also called Srivaikuntam Temple and Kallapiran Temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The architecture of this temple is done in Tamil style. Srivaikuntam Temple is one of the nine holy Vishnu temples in India. A granite wall surrounds the temple, enclosing all its shrines and two of its three bodies of water.