Velankanni is one of the most visited pilgrim centres in India. It is a town situated on the shores of Bay of Bengal. This renowned shrine Basilica of our Lady of health draws pilgrims from all over the world. Not only Christians but also the people of other faiths come to this Church to pray at the shrine of "Our lady of health".Knowing the importance of this town the Pope in the Vatican city has declared Vailankanni as a "Holy city". This Roman Catholic Church has an extended Basilica, which has two floors where one can find the statue of Jesus Christ. The Gothic style of architecture is a unique feature of the Church. The church itself is an imposing building with inspiring architecture. While the buildings have been painted white roof of the church is made by the tiles with striking red in contrast to the colour of the walls. The environment around the shrine is spick and span. Radiating rays of hope and piety.
Velankanni where the Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Health gloriously stands, is situated on the East Coast 10 kms to the south of Nagapattanam which is 350 kms to the South of Chennai the Capital of TamilNadu, India. The history behind the global fame of Our Lady of Health, is founded on three events that took place intermittently since the 16th Century at Velankanni.