Leisure Places

Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary was established in the year 1962. Though this sanctuary is a Project Tiger Reserve, one is likely to sight other animals like the leopard, sambhar, sloth bear and the chital apart from a wide variety of Indian primates including the bonnet macaque, common langur, Nilgiri langur and lion-tailed macaque. The best time to visit Mundanthurai is between October and January.The Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve was created in 1988 by combining kalakad Wildlife Sanctuary and Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary.

Manapad is a coastal village in south india. It is 60 kilometres from Tuticorin and 18 km fromTiruchendur.Also built on the shore, the 400-year old Holy Cross Church at Manappad has some fragments of the True Cross from Jerusalem and is one of the churches associated with St. Francis Xavier. The church of the Holy Cross was built in 1581, encasing the Captain's Cross. Contributions towards building of the church were spontaneously given by the inhabitants and Rev. Fr.John de Salanova, the parish priest of the only church in the village.

Kalakad Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1962.This sanctuary is very popular with botanists and ornithologists as it has a great variety of fauna and bird life. Among the animals that roam here are tiger, panther, jackal and wild dogs while reptile population includes cobra, python and several other snakes. The lion-tailed monkey can be spotted at the Kalakadu Sanctuary. The best season to visit this sanctuary is between March and September. It is a reserve for the Lion tailed macaque.

Museums & Art Galleries

Valliappan Olaganthan Chidambaram Pillai is popularly known as V.O.C. and also known as Kappalottiya Tamilan.V. O. Chidambaram Pillai was born on 5 September 1872 in Ottapidaram at Tuticorin districter Olaganathan Pillai and Paramayee Ammal.Chidambaram worked as Taluk office clerk for some time before his father sent him to Tiruchirappalli to study Law. He passed his Pleadership exam in 1894, returning to Ottapidaram to become a pleader in 1895.Chidambaram established many institutions like Swadeshi Prachar Sabha, Dharmasanga Nesavu Salai, National Godown, Madras Agro-Industrial Society Ltd and Desabimana Sangam.He launched the first indigenous Indian shipping service between Tuticorin and Colombo with the Swadeshi Steam Navigation Company in October 1906 competing against British ships.At one time a member of the Indian National Congress he was later charged with sedition by the British government and sentenced to life imprisonment, V.O.C house now converted as Library in thoothukudi.

Ettayapuram is a Panchayat town. This is the birthplace of the great twentieth century revolutionary poet Subramanya Bharathi who is ranked as the best Tamil poets of modern era. Ettayapuram was originally Ilasanadu, which was ruled by the pandya Kings. When they could no longer rule directly due to their failure against Nayak kingdom, Ettappan was appointed as Zamindar by Madurai Nayak dynasty under the supervision of Vijayanagar kingdom. After 150 years of rule by the descendants of Ettappan, Ilasanadu became Ettayapuram in 1565. Subramanya Bharathiar patriotic poems were aroused strong feelings of nationalism, when the freedom struggle had begun to gain momentum at the beginning of the century. His home has now been converted into a memorial.

Monuments

Veerapandiya Kattabomma Karuthayya Nayakudu is also known as Kattabomman was a courageous 18th-century Palayakarrar from Panchalankurichi.Also known as Kattabomma Naicker he was among the earliest to oppose British rule in these regions. He waged a war with the British six decades before the Indian War of Independence He was captured and hanged in 1799 CE.The memorial fort was constructed here by the Government of Tamil Nadu in 1974. A temple dedicated to Sri Devi Jakkammal, the family deity of Kattabomman, is located near the fort.A Cemetery for British soldiers is seen near the fort. within the Memorial Hall, there are beautiful paintings on the walls depicting on the walls depicting heroic deeds.

V.O.Chidambaram Port is formerly called as Tuticorin Portand it is one of the 12 major ports in India. It was declared to be a major port on 11 July 1974. It is second-largest port in Tamil Nadu and fourth-largest container terminal in India.On 1 April 1979 the Tuticorin minor Port and the newly constructed Tuticorin major port were merged and the Tuticorin Port Trust was constituted under the Major Port Trusts Act of 1963.V.O.Chidambaram Port is an artificial port.It has services to USA, China, Europe, Sri Lanka and Mediterranean countries.Tuticorin Port is an artificial deep-sea harbour formed with rubble mound-type parallel breakwaters projecting into the sea for about 4 km. The north breakwater is 4098.66 metres long; the south breakwater is 3873.37 metres long and the distance between the breakwaters is 1275 metres. The port was designed and executed entirely through indigenous efforts. The harbour basin extends to about 400 hectares of protected water area and is served by an approach channel of 2400 metres length and 183 metres width.The port is also helping increase the tourism in the region. A new ferry has been commenced between Tuticorin and Colombo.

Places of Worship

It is located in the small town of Thiruchendur.It is 55 km south-east of Tirunelveli, 40 km from Tuticorin.Thiruchendur Murugan Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Muruga and one of the Arupadaiveedu. The shore temple here is one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya and the only one of them to be built on an unelevated stretch of land. Thiruchendur is believed to be the place where Subramanya offered prayers for his victory to his father Lord Shiva after slaying the demon Surapadma.Tiruchendur temple which is situated nearer to the sea escaped from Tsunami with the blessings of Lord Muruga on December 26, 2004. The sea level opposite to the sanctum sanctorum was higher than the ground level at the sanctum sanctorum, even then the sea didn't enter the temple, though the nearby areas were affected by the sea waves.

Our Lady of Snows Shrine Basilica is located at Thoothukudi. It is one of the Catholic pilgrimage centers in India dedicated to the Our Lady of Snows a title given to St. Mary. The Shrine name refers to the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.The beautiful statue of Our Lady of Snows has always been looked upon as a miraculous one, as many miracles are said to have occurred in the Shrine from the time of its installation at St. Pauls Church, Tuticorin.Wishing to build a beautiful church of Our Lady of Snows Basilica, Fr. Vigilius Mansi whole heartedly took great efforts. He had to face lot of difficulties from the side of the Dutch as well as that of his own people. He obtained permission from the Dutch Government to construct a new church for Mother Mary of Snows in tuticorin, he laid the foundation for the new church on 4 April 1712 and within a year he was able to complete the church. On August 5, 1713, the new church was opened and blessed and the first feast in the new church was celebrated in a very grand scale.In 1982, when the Church of Our Lady of Snows celebrated the 400th anniversary, Pope John Paul II raised it to the status of Basilica through his apostolic letter Pervenute illa Dei Beatissimae Genitricis Effigies dated 30 July 1982.The Church, usually is built with front facing the east. Generally it is constructed in one of the classical styles of architecture. It should contain some works of art or house the body of a Saint.