The Dutch Fort is located in Tranquebar close to Nagapattinam, at a driving distance. The fort which was constructed in the year 1620 is a splendid example of ancient Danish architecture. Even today it is considered to be one of the finest architectural pieces. The fort is a must visit for those interested in colonial history and architecture.
The Kayarohanaswamy Temple is also known as Neelayadakshi. It is one of the most popular ancient temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Within the premises of the temple there are the idols of Lord Shiva and Goddess Neelayadakshi.
It is believed that Lord Shiva blessed Sage Pundari, and he attained salvation here. It is believed that the dead can receive salvation after life in this temple. The mortal remains of the dead are covered with a sacred cloth from the temple and rituals are conducted in this temple. This ritual is said to help the dead attain salvation.
Soundararaja Perumal Temple is a famous temple located in central Nagapattinam. The temple is dedicated to Lord Soundaryaraja who is an incarnation of Vishnu. The idols of the temple are coated with gold and emeralds.
The temple is an ancient one with a rich history. There are idols of Adisesha, the serpent gods, who along with his consorts are housed in the premises of the temple. In the entrance of the temple is a Rajagopuram 70 ft in height along with a Mandapam with four pillars.
The Soundarya Pushkaranj, the source of holy water, and Vasantha Mandapam are added attractions to the place. The temple is well known for its history and architecture. It is a must visit for all the devotees of Lord Vishnu.
The Nellukadai Mariamman Temple is one of the most famous temples of Tamil Nadu. Built by a rice trader, the temple was built as per the wishes of the Goddess who had appeared in his dreams. The temple is believed to have mystical powers. Devotees throng to this place every year during Thiruvizha to offer their prayers.
Point Calimere or Cape Calimere is a low headland on the Coromandel Coast. The area is famous for the Vedaranyam forests which is the last of the surviving dry evergreen forests. The Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary is located here.
The sanctuary is home to the Indian blackbuck, spoon billed sandpiper and Greater Flamingos. There are several religious and historical sites within the sanctuary which makes the place a prime tourist attraction.
The Arumugaswamy Temple is located in Porulvaithacheri village which is at a distance of 6 km from Nagapattinam. The temple has been constructed in the name of Lord Subramanium Swamy whose idol is seen standing near a peacock.
The legends say that the king was impressed with the work of the sculptor and he presented the sculptor with a lot of wealth. However, he also cut off the sculptor’s thumb so that he would never be able to produce an art like that.
Vedaranyam is a municipality in the Nagapattinam district. The town is famous for the Vedaranyeswarar temple from which the place gets its name. The temple constructed by King Parantaka of the Chola kingdom, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The town is home to several other temples. Other tourist attractions are the Salt Sathyagraha Memorial Stubi, the Ayurvedic Medicinal Forest, the Historical Light House, Ramar Paatham and Ettukudi Murugan Temple.