Manappad Point, Thoothukudi
Manappad point is a high sandy head land jutting into the sea on the south side of the Manappad Bay-along its coast line is situated Manappad fishing village. On the summit of promontory and close to the lighthouse is situated the Holy Cross Church built in 1581. The great apostle St. Francis Xavier visited Manappad in 1542 and again in 1543.
Manappad Point is located near Manappad Village in Tamilnadu. It is situated at an average elevation of 24 m above sea level. Manappad Point is popular for sea water sports such as surfing. However, this surfing point is still to be explored by much of the tourists. As for now, it is mostly visited by fishermen, nearby villagers and a few foreign nationals.
Manappad has a unique coastline that is formed by multiple layers of lava accumulated over hundreds of years back. This gives Manappad the rare distinction of witnessing the best wave formation throughout the year. This spot called "Manappad Point" is one the best surfing spots in India. The point is a beautifully formed ancient lava flow that extends into the water and when the rights are working, expect up to a 400 yard ride followed by a long walk back to the point.
Apart from Surfing, the unique shape and profile of the Manappad coastline also makes it a suitable location for other water sports like, Sailing, Stand up Paddle, Para sailing, Wakeboarding, Snorkeling, Scuba diving. Other leisure water activities like, Game fishing, Open ocean boat rides, Dolphin watch trips can also be done in Manappad.
As a fishing harbor, the place supports the nutrition of many coastal people. The way of life is very casual here and locals are friendly. Visitors can enjoy the beach at night as well. There are no hotels in Manappad Point. However, one can rent a house of the local fishermen. Hotels are available at the nearest town, Thiruchendur, although not many.
The nearest airport is at the distance of 176 kms, Madurai and the nearest railway station is at Thiruchendur, 18 kms away from Manappad Point.