Christmas and New Year holidays are a joyful occasion for a blissful vacation with family and friends. This time, plan your Christmas and New Year vacation in Tamil Nadu. Brimming with numerous Churches to attend the Holy midnight mass and plenty of stunning places for a rocking New Year celebration, Tamil Nadu is an awesome destination to spend your Christmas and New Year holidays.
Here’s is the list of Must Visit Places In Tamil Nadu During Christmas and New Year:
SanThome Cathedral Basilica:
Santhome Cathedral Basilica also known as San Thome Church in Chennai is one of the best places to enjoy Christmas with all its divinity as well as grandeur. The magnificent Church is beautifully decked up during Christmas celebrations offering a visual treat. The preparations for the grand day starts before 20 days of Christmas.
This is one of the oldest churches in Chennai, in the state of Tamil Nadu. Devotees flocks here from far and wide on Christmas eve to attend the solemn Christmas service and the special Holy mass. The Church celebrates Christmas and New year in a grand manner and gifts are distributed to kids during the celebrations.
Things to do: Attend holy mass, Visit the St. Thomas Museum,
Places to visit: Marina Beach, Vivekananda House, Victory War Memorial, Fort St. George.
Velankanni Church or Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health:
Fondly known as the “Lourdes of the East”, the Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health or the Velankanni Church in Nagapattinam is the most sacred Christian pilgrimage centre in India.
It is a very divine place where traditions recount that Mother Mary had appeared with the Infant Jesus. To Visit Velankanni Church during Christmas & New Year and attending the midnight mass is a blessed experience. One can witness the Church glittering in the spectacular lightings during the festive time.
Things to do: Attend holy mass, Spend some quality time in prayers at the Church.
Places to visit near Annai Velankanni Church: Velankanni Church Museum, Velankanni Beach, Nagapattinam.
Marina Beach Chennai:
The Marina Beach in Chennai hosts elegant Christmas and New Year parties. If you love to have some fun on the beach along with indulging in the Christmas and New Year parties, Marina Beach is an ideal pick.
The Marina Beach in Chennai is considered as the second largest beach in the world featuring a long shoreline for basking and other beach activities. The beach is bustling with numerous stalls selling handicrafts, artefacts, ethnic jewellery, and food items. Admiring the beautiful sunrise and sunset at Marina Beach is a pleasant experience.
Things to do: Strolling, Admire sunrise and sunset, Shopping, Fly kites, Pony riding.
Places to visit: Vivekananda House, Semmozhi Poonga, Chepauk Palace, Lighthouse, MGR memorial, Anna memorial.
Annai Velankanni Church:
Annai Velankanni Church is one of the must-visit places in Chennai, Tamil Nadu during Christmas. The entire Church is spectacularly lit and decked with amazing decorations. Various small-scale stalls set up on the church’s ground also creates a festive mood.
Located on the shores of Chennai’s Elliot’s Beach, this small yet beautiful Church is a favourite worshipping centre for devotees across Tamil Nadu. The open ground outside the church will be swarmed with devotees who have come to attend the midnight mass during the Christmas eve and New Year eve.
Things to do: Attend holy mass, Visit the Elliot’s Beach.
Places to visit: Besant Nagar/Elliot Beach, Besant Gardens.
St. Andrew’s Church (The Kirk):
An epitome of a timeless masterpiece and a fascinating colonial-era monument, the St. Andrews Church is one of many exquisite colonial landmarks in Chennai. It is also one of the oldest churches in Chennai and was built by the East India Company.
The most striking features of the Church are its elegant blue-painted dome supported by a circle of 16 magnificent Corinthian pillars. The well-disciplined service and inspiring sermons of St. Andrews Church are very popular. Their incredible soul-soothing carols make it a must-visit place during Christmas and New Year.
Things to do: Attend the Christmas service, Enjoy the Christmas carol, Explore the mesmerizing architecture of the Church.
Places to visit: Ripon Building, Government Museum Chennai.
Built-in 1712 and dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the Armenian Church is one of the oldest churches in India, located in Chennai and must-visit church during Christmas and New Year eve. It is believed that the wishes of devotees who visit this Church and offer sincere and honest prayers are fulfilled.
The beautiful ambience and the serenity offered by the Church is its highlight. The sparkling lights and ornate decorations make the church look spectacular during Christmas. A huge number of people visit the Armenian Church on Christmas eve to attend the holy mass.
Things to do: Attend the Holy mass, Spend some quality time in prayer at the Church, Admire the beauty of the Church.
Places to visit: Victory War Memorial, Fort St. George, Marina Beach, Vivekananda House.
St. George’s Cathedral:
Established in 1947, the St. George’s Cathedral in Chennai is counted as one of the first churches of Independent India. Though the Church has lost its past glory, it is still admired for its intricate architecture and peaceful atmosphere.
Christmas and New Year celebrated here with much pomp and grandeur making it a must-visit during the festive season. The Church witnesses a huge number of devotees as well as tourists who visit here to seek the blessings of the Lord and to celebrate Christmas and New year. The solemn service and holy mass of St. George’s Cathedral is very popular in the city.
Things to do: Attend the Holy mass, Explore the Church, Spend some quality time in prayer at the Church, Admire the beauty and tranquillity offered by the Church.
Places to visit: Semmozhi Poonga, Vivekananda House.
St. Theresa Church:
Another popular church to visit during Christmas and New Year is the beautiful St. Theresa Church, situated in Nungambakkam, Chennai. It was built in the year 1970 by the British.
The Church witnesses the maximum number of devotees twice a year – on the first week of October when the Church celebrates the festival of St. Theresa with great devotion and during the Christmas eve and New Year eve. There is a special mass in the Tamil language during Christmas which is very popular.
Things to do: Attend the Holy mass, Explore the Church, Spend some quality time in prayer at the Church.
Places to visit: Semmozhi Poonga, San Thome Church, Government Museum Chennai, The Faraway Tree Gallery, Vivekananda House.
St. Thomas Mount National Shrine:
St. Thomas Mount National Shrine is a well-known attraction in Tamil Nadu. Perched atop a hillock, the Church stands on the site where the tradition states that St. Thomas, the Apostle of Jesus Christ was killed.
Situated in a small hillock near Guindy in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It is a must-visit place during your trip to Tamil Nadu. The entire Church is decked up in glittering lightings attracting hundreds of people during Christmas. The solemn prayer sessions and lectures are worth inspiring. The spiritual tranquillity offered by the Church takes you to a different world.
Things to do: Attend the Holy mass, Explore the Church, Enjoy the scenic views from the hillock, Spend some quality time in prayer at the Church.
Places to visit: Marina Beach, Fort St. George, San Thome Church, Government Museum Chennai, Vivekananda House.
For those seeking a peaceful getaway in the lap of nature, the alluring hill station of Kodaikanal is a perfect choice and a must-visit place in Tamil Nadu to celebrate this Christmas and New Year.
Known for its mesmerizing natural beauty and soothing climate, it is reckoned as the “Princess of Hill Station“. Treat yourself to the spellbinding views of sprawling lush green tea plantations and rolling hills when you are at Kodaikanal.
Things to do: Admire the natural beauty of the place, Boating, Strolling, Trekking, Hiking, Shopping.
Places to visit: Coaker’s Walk, Pine Forest, Pillar Rocks, Bryant Park, Lake View Point, Guna Caves, Mannavanur Lake, Poomparai Village.
Nature lovers who wish to spend their Christmas and New Year holiday amidst nature, Kutrallam is the place for you. Fresh air, sprawling greenery, spellbinding cascades of waterfalls and picturesque surroundings makes Kutrallam a haven for nature lovers.
The waterfalls of Kutrallam is said to possess some medicinal properties. Enjoy a peaceful and joyous Christmas and New Year, exploring the panoramic vistas and relaxing in the unadulterated nature of Kutrallam.
Things to do: Admire the beauty of the place, Have fun at the waterfalls, Shopping.
Places to visit: Shenbaga Falls, Five Falls, Main Falls, Palaruvi Waterfalls, Adavi Nainar Dam, Kasi Viswanathar Temple.
How about watching the New Year begin, admiring the most incredible sunrise? Then visit the iconic tourist attraction Kanyakumari. It is said to be the only place in India where you can observe the sunrise and sunset at the same beach.
Home to many pristine beaches and beautiful churches, Kanyakumari is one of the best places in Tamil Nadu to celebrate Christmas and New Year. The place offers a unique opportunity to behold the sight of confluence of three oceans – the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal, and the Indian Ocean.
Things to do: Admire the beauty of the place, Watch the incredible sunrise and sunset, Boating, Shopping.
Places to visit: Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Padmanabhapuram Palace, Thiruvalluvar Statue, Thirparappu falls.
Known as the ‘Little France of India‘, there is no better place than Pondicherry to celebrate the Christmas and New Year eve. It’s a hub for party lovers and the popular restaurants, hotels and beach resorts in Pondicherry hosts night parties, wine parties, cocktail parties, etc with rocking DJ, unlimited food, snacks, grand firecracker display and spectacular live performances by various artists.
If you wish to enjoy this Christmas and New, indulging in parties, think no further and head to Pondicherry. Besides, Pondicherry is a picturesque place with plenty of beaches and seashores. If you are not into the parties, spend your vacation exploring the exquisite beauty of Pondicherry.
Things to do: Indulge in Christmas and New Year parties, Explore the beaches, Admire the beauty of the place, Shopping.
Places to visit: Paradise Beach, Chunnambar Boat House, Serenity Beach, Promenade Beach, Arikamedu, Auroville.
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