Melnaariyappanoor Church, Villupuram
Melnaariyappanoor Church is 100 year old famous church is situated in Chennai - Salem highway and 8 km from Chinna Salem. The church is constructed by the Kunchaan, a devotee of St. Anthoniyar.
This church is located at Melnaariyappanoor is a village panchayat located near Chinnasalem, in Kallakurichi Taluk of Villupuram District, Tamil Nadu. It is famous for the shrine dedicated to the King of Miracles, Saint Antony of Padua. His feast is celebrated every year on June 13.
Melnaariyappanoor is located 3 km away from V.Kootroad, National Highway NH-68 (Salem-Ulundurpet).Buses are available from Melnaariyappanoor to Chennai and Mini buses from Siruvachur to V.Kootroad via Melnaariyappanoor.
Train route connecting Salem (SA) and Vridhachalam (VRI) goes via Melnaariyappanoor (MLYR). Only passenger trains stop here. The nearest major station is at Chinnasalem (CHSM). Trains are available from Bangalore, Mangalore and Salem.
The nearest domestic airport is Salem Airport, 85 km west of the town, Pondicherry 130 km, Madurai 240 km and Coimbatore 240 km. Domestic and international airports are at Tiruchirapalli 100 km, Chennai 250 km, and Bangalore 285 km.