Our Lady of Dolours Church, Marthandanthurai, Kanyakumari
Our Lady of Dolours Church is located at Marthandanthurai, a coastal village on the shores of the Arabian Sea in Kanyakumari District of Tamilnadu near the border with Kerala and Tamilnadu. The Village belongs to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Trivandrum from 1967. Before 1967 this village was part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Cochin.
The village is known for its beauty and versatility. It is a pilgrimage centre of Our Lady of Lourdu and is dedicated to the patronage of Our Lady of Dolours. The historical AVM Canal flows through this village. Its golden sand beach is the tourist attraction of this village. Marthandanthurai also call as 'Land of Marthanda Varma because the king who did lot of favors to this village.
· Feast of Our Lady of Dolours, on 15 September
· Feast of Our Lady of Lourdu, on 11 February
· Feast of St. Joseph, on 19 March/ 1 May
The Church is located at about 13 Kms from Vilavancode, 15 Kms from Kuzhithurai, 19 Kms from Marthandam, 41 Kms from Nagercoil, 65 Kms from Kanyakumari and 40 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram. Nearest Railway Station is located at Kuzhithurai. Nearest Airport is located at Thiruvananthapuram.