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TIRUCHENDUR TOURS

TIRUCHENDUR TOURS

THIS BEAUTIFUL coastal town, one of the six sacred abodes of Shiva’s son, Murugan¬† has the impressive ubramanyam Temple. Dating to the 9th century, it was renovated in the 20th century. The temple, entered through the towering Mela 8opura, is built on a rocky promontory overlooking the Gulf of Mannar, and provides lovely views. On the seashore are some caves and rock-cut sculptures.

ENVIRONS: Manapad, 18 km (11 miles) south, has one of the oldest churches in India, the Church of the Holy Cross. Built in 1581, it preserves a fragment of the “True Cross”, brought from Jerusalem. An annual festival held every September attracts pilgrims from all over the region. St Francis Xavier visited this coastal village in 1542.

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