Tuticorin Travel Guide
Tuticorin, also known as ‘Pearl City’ is a port town in Tamil Nadu. It is called Pearl City because it’s famous for pearl fishing. The town offers a blend of nature and architecture. Serene beaches, rich wildlife, and intricate temples and awe-inspiring churches are a part of the town’s tourist attractions. It is a destination that offers myriad experiences for all kinds of travelers, you can be a nature lover, history buff, adventure lover, or a foodie, Tuticorin has something interesting for everyone. Enjoy a wholesome holiday experience in this dainty town with unwinding and sightseeing. The town gives a glimpse into the rich varied heritage it has acquired over the years. You can find blend of culture and architecture from Portuguese, Dutch, British, and different Indian dynasties – Cholas, Pandayas etc.
Peaceful Shikara, Dal lake, Nishat park., Shalimar, Shalimar Mughal Garden
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Beach, Wild Life, Temples & more at India’s oldest Port City
Thoothukudi, known as Tuticorin by British, is a port city in the state of Tamil Nadu. This commercial sea-port caters to the needs of the inland cities of South India and is one of the sea entryways of Tamil Nadu. Thoothukudi is also known as "Pearl City" as pearl fishing is carried out extensively in this town. Interestingly, there are 21 islands between Thoothukudi and Rameshwaram shores in the Gulf of Mannar and these are the first Marine Biosphere Reserve of India. Rich in life, this Biosphere has around 36,000 species of flora and fauna.
Thoothukudi or Tuticorin port is one of the oldest & an important seaport in India, with a history that dates back to 6th century AD. The city has been of prime importance in the past and was ruled by different dynasties in different times. Starting from early Pandyas, medieval time Cholas & later Cholas, later Pandyas, Ma'bar Sultanate, then by Vijayanagar Empire, Madurai Nayaks, Chanda Sahib, Carnatic kingdom, Portuguese, Dutch and then the British, all rules this place.
Tuticorin is a busy port town tugged in Tamil Nadu, but this place has much more to offer to travelers. From mouth-watering Tamilian food & desserts to captivating temples and spellbinding beaches, this place is sure to make your vacation fun & relaxing. If you are looking forward for a break from the hectic city life, this place will not only disconnect you from the humdrums of daily life but also bring those high stress levels to null. When here enjoy the beautiful beaches, Kalakkad Wildlife Sanctuary, Kalugumalai Temple, Tuticorin Port, Our Lady of Snows Basilica Church, Kattabomman Memorial Fort etc.
This place is also known for the Our Lady of Snows Shrine Basilica festival that takes place in August every year. The festival is celebrated to commemorate love and gratitude towards the miraculous statue of Our Lady of Snows. The other famous festivals are Soorasamharam, Brahmothsavam, Vasanthothsavam, Visaka Visakam and Skandha Sashti, each celebrated in different time of the year, as per Hindu calendar. Besides all these, two Maha Utsavams namely, Aavanipperunthirunaal and Maasipperunthirunaal. All these festivals are celebrated with great enthusiasm and attracts huge number tourists from far & near.