Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Manappad, Thoothukudi

Manappad, Thoothukudi
Manappad is a coastal village in far south India, 60 kilometres (37 mi) from Tuticorin and 18 km (11 mi) south of Thiruchendur. St. Francis came to Manappad in 1542, when he began missionary activity on the Fishery coast. He lived in a grotto cavern on the seaward face of a cliff and held mass at a chapel of the Captain's Cross, built from a ship's mast after a storm in 1540. Holy Cross Church, built close to the sea in 1581, has a relic fragment believed to be from the True Cross of Jerusalem. From 1 to 14 September, every year, the cross is publicly displayed for thousands who attend the festival season.

Manappad is a place of unmatched natural beauty. You can take leisurely strolls down the pristine stretch of beach or bask in the bliss of solitude here. If you wish to add a dose of adventure to your otherwise serene experience at Manappad, you could go surfing. Manappad happens to be one of the best surfing spots in the country. It has a unique coastline that was formed by multiple layers of lava accumulated over a vast period of time. This gives Manappad the rare distinction of witnessing the best wave formations all through the year.

Places of Interest
Holy Cross Church:
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Holy Ghost Church (Holy Spirit Church):
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Manappad Point:
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Manappad Beach:
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Manappad Light House:
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St. James Church:
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Xavier Cave (Xavier Grotto):
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Cinema shoot
The movie Neethaane En Ponvasantham had a climax shoot out from the shores and the coverage exposed the place to many Tamil people. The place is a remarkable location which suited the story ad screenplay of the movie in an excellent projection.

Major part of Maniratnam's Kadal movie has been shot in Manappad. Singam II, has some parts pictured at this church premises.
Best Time to visit: October to March
Activities: Water sports, heritage trail, etc.
Shopping: Shop for products made out of the leaves of the Palmyra trees at the Manappad Palm Leaf Weavers Co-operative Society.
Manappad lies along the State Highway (SH 49), popularly known as the East Coast Road (ECR) in Tamil Nadu. It is situated about 58 kilometers from Tuticorin, also known as Thoothukudi and 18 km (11 miles) south of Thiruchendur. There are direct flights from Chennai to Tuticorin, twice in a day. There are trains departing and arriving from Chennai and Bangalore to the Tuticorin Railway Station; one of the oldest railway stations in the country.
There is a luxury bus that ply between Bangalore and Thiruchendur. The latter is about 18 kilometers from Manappad. Nearest Railway Station is located at Thiruchendur & Thoothukudi. Nearest Airport is located at Madurai, Thiruvananthapuram and Thoothukudi. 


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