Thoothukudi Tourism

Thoothukudi took its name from the two words of Tamil language; ‘Thoothu’ and ‘Kudi’ meaning ‘Dig’ and ‘Drink’ respectively. As per the history of the town, it had no rivers and the only source of drinking water was from wells. The city is very famous for its pearl fishing and various ports located here. The city attracts huge number of the tourists every year due to its various beaches and churches mainly. This city caters to the demands of the children to adults to old age people in terms of visiting places. Best time to visit this city is from October to March.

Beaches in Thoothukudi



Beaches in Thoothukudi

When it comes to the beaches of the city of Thoothukudi, Harbour Beach and Pearl Beach are the most popular among the masses here. Apart from them plenty of beaches are located in the city itself. Kayalpattinam Beach located at a distance of about 32 Km from Thoothukudi and Kulasekarapattinam Beach located at a distance of about 54 Km from the city are another famous beaches of Thoothukudi district and attracts vacationers on a regular basis.

Religious Places in Thoothukudi


Religious Places in Thoothukudi

Thoothukudi is mainly famous for the various churches located all around the city. Some of the most famous churches of the city include WME church, Our Lady of Snows Basilica and Paniya Matha Church. Apart from them numerous churches are located in the vicinity of Thoothukudi. Holy Cross Church located at Manapad at a distance of about 58 Km from the city is another major attraction of Thoothukudi district. Sri Vaikundapathy Temple and Sri Sankara Rameswarar Temple comes under the most famous temples of the city. Lord Subramanya Temple located at Trichendur at a distance of about 40 Km from the city is another famous religious place among tourists and locals.

Wildlife Spots in Thoothukudi

Wildlife spots have become a craze among the younger generation of this era. Located at a coastal destination, Thoothukudi enjoys the benefits of having a marine national park in its lap. Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park is a must visit for all the tourists visiting Thoothukudi to enjoy the marine life at its best. Kalakadu Wildlife Sanctuary and Mundanthurai Wildlife Sanctuary are other popular destinations among the wildlife enthusiasts to visit in Thoothukudi.

Historical Monuments and Parks in Thoothukudi

Thoothukudi is home to many historical monuments located all around the city. Ettaiyapuram Palace and Kattabomman Memorial Fort are two of the most famous monuments of the city among tourists. Roche Park is one the most famous park located in Thoothukudi. Apart from that, Harbor Park and Rajaji Park are another parks to give a visit when you are on a trip here.

Historical Monuments in Thoothukudi

Other Tourist Places In and Around Thoothukudi

Hare Island and Panchalankurichi are another two major tourist destinations of Thoothukudi.  Kalugumalai, famous for its rock cut Jain cave temple is another major attraction of the district. Tuticorin Port is also famous among the masses here to visit. As far as tourist places around Thoothukudi are concerned, Rameshwaram (181 km), Courtallam (109 km), Trivandrum (192 km), Madurai (135 Km), Kanyakumari (133 Km), Kodaikanal (274 Km) and Munnar (294 km) comes under some of the very famous destinations of Thoothukudi.

Weather and Best Time to Visit Thoothukudi   

Located at the southern coast of India, Thoothukudi enjoys pleasant weather all around the year. Its temperature varies from a minimum of 20 degree Celsius to a maximum of 38 degree Celsius. Best time to visit this city is from October to March when the weather is at its best.

How to Reach Thoothukudi


Thoothukudi offers all the way of travel including rail, road and air, to all of its tourists.

By Rail
Thoothukudi railway station provides the facility of connecting the city to various other destinations including Chennai, Mysore, Tirunelveli, Trivandrum, Bangalore and Madurai among others.

By Road
Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation Ltd. (TNSTC) provides the facility of buses to and from Thoothukudi to other major destinations of the state. The city has one major bus stop, which connects its passengers to other cities including Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai among others.

By Air
Regular flights are available to and from Thoothukudi Airport to the major destinations including Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai. The airport is located at a mere distance of about 17 Km from the city and is easily accessible by local transport including taxi and auto rickshaw.

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