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Nagoor Dhargah

Nagore Dargah (also called Nagoor Dargah or Hazrat Syed Shahul Hameed Dargah) is a dargah built over the tomb of the Sufi a saint Hazrath Nagore Shahul Hamid (1490 to1579 CE). It is located in Nagore, a coastal town in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It was the year 1489. A cool breeze was blowing softly against the elevated palace of Beebe Fatimah. The palace was half shadowed by the darkness of the night and the other portion was well lid by the light of the new moon. It was a symbolic scene of a new period in the life of Beebe Fatimah who had been drowned in the grief of her baby son who has passed of a year ago. Tears rolled down on the supple cheek of Beebe Fatimah calling the soul of her departed baby in her heart Where have you gone my son? Her heart was welled with deep grief-an uncontrollable sadness engulfed her. As she was in that state of despair leaning against the bamboo thatched partition of her balcony, which was overlooking the sea shore, a small white dot was seen floating at the horizon. Within minutes the dot became more visible in the still of the night Beebe Fatimah soon realized that the dot was actually a dove approaching her balcony grounds. It landed on her balcony. Beebe Fatimah was a little puzzled and fearful of that scene as this lonely dove was supposed to rest at that wee hour like all the other animals. Her fear was fuelled further when the dove began to talk to Beebe Fatimah.      Book Now



Kodikkarai Wildlife Sanctuary

Point Calimere, also called Cape Calimere, is a low headland on the Coromandel Coast, in the Nagapattinam district of the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is the apex of the Cauvery River delta, and marks a nearly right-angle turn in the coastline. To visit the Kodikkarai sanctuary, a four wheeler is a must. The entrance point to the sanctuary is about a kilometer and half from the village and here, there is a check point. No two wheelers (including cycles) are allowed inside. Reason cited is that our romeos start chasing the deers once inside in the bikes and so no permission. As always, no plastics or alcohol is permitted. You can hire a taxi at Vedaranyanm (about 7-8 KM on the north). This is the nearest town from Kodikkarai. I hired a Taxi for 600Rs from here for getting in and out and drop back to the Vedaranyam town. For drop up to the gate, he was asking 300Rs. In 1936 a rail line was extended to Kodaikorai for transport of salt from Vedaranyam. Train service was halted in 1988 and the tracks were dismantled in 1995. During World War II a radar station was constructed and operated by Army personnel who had unquestioned access to the forests. In 1943 an experimental Casurina plantation was begun and soon extended by destruction of most of the natural forest. This resulted in a major decrease in numbers and variety of wild animals in the area. Water transport to PCWBS by bullock cart In the early years of the Sanctuary management was concentrated on prevention of poaching and provision of water to the wildlife. Poaching has been controlled but water supply is a continuing effort. In 1979 the first of several water troughs supplied from water barrels transported by bullock cart and open wells were built. Beginning in 2001 several perennial water holes supplied by pipe from bore wells and a large elevated water tank on the western edge of the sanctuary were built.       Book Now



Velankanni

Oral tradition is the source for the two apparitions of the Blessed Mother of Vailankanni in the 16th century and the saving of the Portuguese sailors from a tempest in the Bay of Bengal in the later 17th century. Sometime during the sixteenth century, Our Lady with her infant son appeared to a Hindu boy carrying milk to a customer home. While he rested under a Banyan tree near a tank (pond), Our Lady appeared to him and asked for milk for her Son and the boy gave her some. On reaching the customer home, the boy apologized for his lateness and the reduced amount of milk by relating the incident that occurred on his way. On inspection, the man found the milk pot to be full and realized that something miraculous had happened. That man, also a Hindu, wanting to see the place where the apparition occurred, accompanied the boy. When they reached the tank, Our Lady appeared once again. On learning that it was Our Lady who appeared to the boy, the residents of the local Catholic community became ecstatic. The tank where the apparition took place is called "Matha Kulam" or Our Ladys tank.       Book Now



Poompuhar Beach

Poompuhar Beach is a natural and ancient beach located in Poompuhar, Tamil Nadu, India, along the Bay of Bengal. The beach starts from the Kaveri river and extends around 3 km north side towards Neithavasal. Puhar (also known as Poompuhar) is a town in the Nagapattinam district in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It was once a flourishing ancient port city known as Kaveri poompattinam, which for a while served as the capital of the early Chola kings in Tamilakam. Puhar is located near the end point of the Kaveri river, aside the sea coast. it is mentioned in the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea. it is now established by marine archaeological research conducted by the National institute of marine archaeology, Goa that much of the town was washed away by progressive erosion and floods. submerged wharves and several meter lengths of pier walls have excavated in recent times have corroborated the literary references to Poompuhar. It was rebuilt several times after that. Ancient Pottery dating back to the 4th century BCE have been discovered off shore by marine archaeologists east of this town.       Book Now



Vaitheeswaran Kovil

Vaitheeswaran Koil or Pullirukkuvelur is a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Shiva located in Tamil Nadu, India. ... When pronouncing in Tamil, it sounds like "vaideeswaran". It is one of the nine Navagraha (nine planets) temples and is associated with the planet Mars (Angaraka)..As per Hindu mythological stories, once the planet mars(Angaragan one of the navagrahas) got a deadly disease and worried. He was told by unmanned voice to visit the temple at Vaitheeswaran Kovil. When he visited here his disease was cured by Lord Shiva ( who came in the form of divine doctor along with his consort Parvathi) . So the lord here is called as Vaitheeswaran (a doctor). Thirunavukkarasar was suffering from severe stomach pain. At time, his sister told him to pray Lord Vaidyanatha Swamy. He prayed and cured by Lord Shiva. From that day, he became the great devotee of Lord Shiva and sung many songs for Lord Shiva      Book Now


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