Places to Visit in Thoothukudi

Thoothukudi Tourism

Thoothukudi, also known as Tuticorin, and is a major harbor in the state. It is also dubbed as the ?Pearl City? and is famous for its pearl production.

The city ranks second in India in terms of salt production after Gujarat. Tuticorin is famous for its shipping activities and pearl fishing. The city is an important commercial harbor and functions as the entrance to Tamil Nadu. In the beginning of the 20th century, the place played a key role in the struggle for Indian freedom.


Tuticorin offers a host of shopping opportunities to the avid shoppers. You can purchase silk sarees, textile products, boutique items, trinkets, and furniture from this place at reasonable prices. There are a number of pearl shops from which you can buy pearls at attractive prices. Fashion accessories, item of clothing, electronic goods, books, ornaments, and handicrafts are the popular buys.

Places to see in and around Thoothukudi
  • Ettaiyapuram- Ettaiyapuram is the hometown of Mahakavi Bharathiar (renowned Tamil writer). Constructed during the era of the Pandya Kingdom the Ettaiyapuram Palace is among the top draws of the area.
  • Sivan Temple- This place of worship lies at the center of the city. There is a pond named Theppam. Festivals like Sasti and Chithrai Therottam are observed here with fervor.
  • Kalugumalai- Kalugumalai is known for its historic stone-cut cave Jain temple.
  • Sankara Rameshwarar Temple (Lord Shiva Temple)- This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and lies close to the old bus stand.
  • Hare Island- The Hare Island is situated next to the harbor. This island is a popular spot for picnic for both the local and the overseas visitors.
  • Thiruchendur- Constructed in the 17th century Thiruchendur is one of the important religious hubs in Southern India. This holy place of worship lies at a distance of 40 km from Tuticorin. The seaside mandir is devoted to Lord Muruga and is one of the six residences of the deity.
  • Vallanadu Blackbuck Sanctuary- This wildlife reserve lies in the Vallanadu village which comes under the Srivaikundam Taluk. Visitors traveling via the Tirunelveli-Thoothukudi Road can see this sanctuary and the distance from Tirunelveli is 18 km.
  • Arulmigu Mutharamman Temple- This famous temple is located at Kulasekaranpattanam. It is known for the dasara festival which continues for a period of 10 days. The principal attraction of this event is the Dasara Kuzhu.
  • Meignanapuram Church- This cathedral is one of the tourist draws in Tuticorin and its elevation is 196 feet.
  • Panimaya Matha Church- This church is also known as the Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Snow. The colonizers from Portugal constructed this cathedral in 1711. The church carnival takes place annually on August 5 in an impressive way which draws many religious travelers across the world.
  • Roach Park- This park is located on the southern end of the city en route for the port.
  • Harbor Beach Park- This park lies next to the port guesthouse.
  • Rajaji Park- This park lies close to the Government Hospital and is known for its assortment of plant species.
  • Teppakulam Park- This park is located near the Sundara Vinayagar Temple Tank in the center of Thoothukudi.
  • Nehruji Park- This is based in the northern corner of the city.
  • Manapadu- It is a shoreline village lying at a distance of 18 km from Tiruchendur and 70 km from Tirunelveli. The prime attraction here is the Holy Cross Cathedral. Constructed on a steep rocky formation it draws countless religious devotees round the year especially at the time of the carnival in the month of September.
Best Time to visit

November to January

Nearest Airport

The closest airport is located at Vagaikulam, which is 14 km from Tuticorin. The airport offers daily flights to Chennai. The airport is also known as Tuticorin Airport. The closest international airport is Madurai Airport.

Nearest Railway Station

Tuticorin Railway Station

Languages Spoken

Tamil, English

Last Updated on : January 13, 2014